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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday September 1, 2013
I was alerted to the existence of the British Trust for Ornithology, a non-profit organization, currently discussing the fall migration of birds moving across the North Sea. Our British friends had a number of scarce and rare migrants come into view, which has been making bird watching for them more than astounding. Get more information on the site:
Baikal Teal Sighting
For American Birding Association rare bird news, the Baikal Teal of eastern Russia and eastern Asia has been sighted in where of all places? Alaska! Get the full story at
According to Audubon, Project Puffin is saving seabirds across the world with wooden carvings. How, you ask? Steve Kress, the Puffin Man, had a vision that became a reality on how to get puffins to breed again off the coast of Maine, and this will help puffins elsewhere survive.
Canada has a lot going for it in way of birding hotspots, where to stay, tours, and anything birding. Take a gander at this site, and remember that the sky is the limit in Canada.
- Birdwatching in Canada | birding .com
Birding.com's list of Birding Hotspots and places to birdwatch in Canada
Boomer Lake has had a wonderful bird of interest show up a couple of evenings this week, and that is the beautiful Mississippi Kite. Almost as regal as you can get, one cannot miss the unmistakable red eyes and black unbarred tail. This falconlike bird is quick and graceful, and resides in the southeast and south central regions of the U.S. It winters in central South America, so if you have the chance, come visit the area for this gorgeous specimen.
More Great Egrets have been seen this week, many of which have performed rather well during acrobatic moments. They have been watching Boomer Lake quite carefully, as they will soon be on the move southerly. They have been fishing in preparation for their impending move, which I suspect will be in about two weeks. Their interior breeding sites are rather localized, but their range is expanding, especially in the northeast.
Butterflies are still doing well in the heat of this week, but still no sign of any monarchs. I might have seen one in a nearby field close to my residence, but it moved too quickly for me to get a good look. I strongly suspect that I was correct in my assumption. I have heard that there were sightings south of this area, but not as prevalent as we generally host, even though there was quite a bit more milkweed than usual.
I was fortunate enough to be able to spot a few sleepy oranges this week, and here is what they look like.
This group is virtually everywhere, and the breeding males that plan to migrate are almost ready to do so. Most of their new flight feathers have grown in, and they are definitely restless. It appears that many of the immatures and their families will be permanent residents for the winter. They are well fed and stout.
I do not know where this originated, but PLEASE keep this in mind when the weather gets cold, and you might have mice move into your homes. Many of these poisons that cause a problem make the mice leave the homes and seek out water. In transit, an innocent raptor could become a victim of this slow and painful demise, just by innocently seeking out a meal.
I died today.
I was found by a kind, sweet woman who does wildlife rescue.
I was so sick, I could barely open my eyes.
She took me inside, cradling me in her warm arms, and made me warm and comfortable.
I opened my eyes and looked at her and thanked her for making my last few minutes as comfortable as possible.
But i was too sick to keep fighting anymore.
I had eaten a mouse that was poisoned, and it made me very sick.
I closed my yellow eyes for the last time and went somewhere else.
please, all I ask is never use poison to kill the mice.
poison kills owls, like me.
All I wanted was a mouse for dinner.
I died today....
Please SHARE this for poison awareness.
Stop the use of poison for rats or mice.
Save a precious life today.
it only takes one share to spread the word.
Where to Find Boomer Lake Park
There are still a few Scissor-tailed Flycatcher families with a few young that aren’t quite full grown yet, but they should be within the next week or two. The stragglers will then be on the move for southern climes, namely the tropics. The Eastern Kingbirds will soon be heading to South America where they will spend the winter. It amazes me that September is already upon us, and some new birds could well be venturing through here very soon. As you know, I will watch as best I can and give you the latest report, as I see these birds on the move.
Now, I must bid you adieu until next week. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding now, through winter and fall, as well as the upcoming winter season. I hear that some of the ducks are finishing up with their young up north, and we will most likely see them on Boomer Lake in December. I expect a good winter lineup, and chances are very good with the rarities that have been going throughout the country that we could easily see several of our own.
As usual, I have great interest in hearing what my readers have been seeing in their parts of the country, as well as around the world. Any unusual sightings will help me gauge what I might expecting, and help me alert others on what to be on the lookout for. As you know, with global warming, climate change, or whatever you wish to address it as, there are many unusual visitors that could show up at any given time. Do keep your cameras handy, as you could be recording valuable information for posterity.
© 2013 Deb Hirt