Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday September 16, 2012
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
Even though the weather didn’t co-operate much this week, there are still several pictures that I managed to obtain. Today was a wonderful surprise, as a lovely flock of American White Pelicans decided to pay a visit to Boomer Lake on their migratory stopover. The lead bird made it obvious who he was, strutting about his group and displaying as much as possible. There was nothing shy about this particular bird, and honestly, there doesn’t have to be.
Since I haven’t been out there for a while, I went to check on the Northern Reaches to see if there was anything new this morning. I heard some familiar squawking, and since it was in flight at the time, I saw the beautiful Belted Kingfisher. He also jumped into the water and made the attempt to grab a fish, but I wasn’t fortunate enough to get that shot. However, he came a little closer in my direction, so even with the overcast day, you can still easily tell this bird, who had his crest raised. What a stunning bird, especially in the sunlight, but I can’t ask for everything.
The Cormorant is Back
A single Double-Crested Cormorant came to perch yesterday, so he gave a lesson in wing-drying once again. These beautiful birds were here over the first portion of the summer until they decided to continue north to get a little more temperate weather. It appears now that they are trickling back for the fall.
A Beaver, Too
Yesterday, I confirmed my suspicion on a beaver residence, as I saw one heading to it. There was no question that they were in the area, as during the spring, a few smaller trees were down with the classic cut marks. This was the first one that I have seen since I began visiting Boomer Lake. Considering the size of this area, there could well be several families of them in this complex, located on the southern sheltered area, a prime fishing spot. Since it has rained a little over the past couple of days, it doesn’t appear that we will lose our area residents, as least while the water level remains constant.
The Ferruginous Hawk likes to come around when it is overcast, so I caught him on top of the pole where one of the martin houses is placed in the spring. Needless to say, I tried to get a better approach on a photographic opportunity, but he decided to leave for parts unknown. As he flew overhead, he gave me a twitter, so it could be the same one that I have been seeing here and there.
Stunning Green Heron
A Green Heron has been fishing in assorted locations on the east side of the lake, and I found him nearby. He has gotten quite used to me, and I was able to catch this shot just as the sun was peeking through the clouds and shined upon him.
This particular Canada Goose either injured his foot, or was born with a club foot. He can walk, but has an extensive limp. If he has to move more than a few hops, he will fly to his destination. He was one of the several caregivers to the young geese over the summer.
This concludes our weekly events. Keep your eyes on the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding and wherever you are, enjoy the birds passing through your areas.