Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday September 8, 2013
Fifteen new birds were discovered in the Amazon, the greatest discovery in the birding world since 1871. What have we got? Get the details at:
The ABA adds the Nutmeg Mannikin, making species #981 on their birding checklist. But is this realistic? See the ABA’s response at:
Of the 10,000 bird species in the world, only a few have made it to 8,000 species. Is it an honor, an obsession, or a contest? Find out the details at:
Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine, the Outdoor Magazine of Texas: They're members of the 8,000-bird club.
Birdbaths are very important, not just in summer. Is yours clean and healthful for the birds that stop at your residence? There are some useful tips to keep birds coming back to your yard, and that isn’t just birdseed. Here are ten birds to attract and how to recognize them, courtesy of Birdwatcher’s Digest:
An endangered Russian owl needs old-growth forests in order to survive. Will this keep Blakiston's Fish Owl from becoming extinct? Read more at:
Butterflies and Dragonflies
Butterflies, butterflies, everywhere, and just what do they eat? I found a rather large group on a rotten peach, and I learned that they weren’t eating the fruit at all, but drinking the nectar through the proboscis. They will also ingest salt that they require through animal dung and mud. The only time that they feed, is when they are in a caterpillar state.
Dragonflies and damselflies will eat mosquitos, bees, flies, moths, butterflies, etc. They use the basket formed by their legs in order to catch their meals while they are in flight.
Great Blue Heron
The herons are still plentiful in the area, catching fish and mice at the end of the day for their final meals. I have no idea what disturbed this heron, but take a look at the crest here.
Spider Silk and Cocoons
Here are a couple of wonderful examples of both a cocoon and spider silk. Some of the webs that I saw measured two- by three feet, with some rather good-sized spiders in the center. None of my arachnid photos turned out too well, but I was amazed by the sizes. How long does it take for a spider to construct a web? I have seen them go up as quickly as ten minutes, to as long as a half hour. You may not see them being built, as most are constructed at night. The spider will eat the old one, as most will not last more than 24-hours due to rain, wind, and other natural and unnatural forces. Next time you see a web, take a good look, and see how intricately it is constructed.
Yesterday evening, I got some remarkable photos of Eastern Kingbirds in various forms of flight and standing stationary. Many times bugs will fly rather close to them, and they will just snap them up from where they are sitting, or actively dive for them. I have seen remarkable instances of two or three of them together doing barrel rolls and dives to obtain their meals. Here are a few interesting shots for you.
These wonderful insects are still plentiful, and should last into the fall. Did you know that they possess five eyes, no ears, and live everywhere except the North and South Poles? This is a common grasshopper in central Oklahoma.
Dangers of Glue Traps
I wanted to mention another hazard for birds that are commonly used to catch mice. The glue trap has been known to catch many ground feeding birds that might come onto your porch where you have mice problems. Once a bird has been ensnared by these traps, it is virtually impossible to free them safely, and they will most likely die. If you have any of these, please consider the fact that they can cause harm to others, as well as mice. It is also a very slow death for mice, who could just suffocate in the “glue,” starve, and/or dehydrate.
Prevalent Birds at Boomer Lake
There are many birds still in the area and I was pleasantly surprised to find the Baltimore Oriole, as well as several trees that are hosting the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Several Scissor-tailed Flycatchers have been spending time with the Eastern Kingbirds. Both of these species are Tyrant Birds, which means that they will actively chase other birds out of their territory, if they should innocently wander in. No eviction notices are posted.
Cornell Lab’s e-Bird Migratory News
The eastern U.S. will be seeing more movement than the western. The Eastern Kingbird, the Barn Swallow, a few warblers, some sparrows, and others will be on the move according to the latest map:
Where to Find Boomer Lake Park
One Year Ago Today
- Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Saturday September 8, 2012
As we are well into September, let's see what the month has in store for us. If nothing else, there are certainly plenty of photos.
I’ve still been looking for wandering birds, but have not seen any, as of yet, but we aren’t in the full swings of migration yet. Keep your eyes to the ground, and your head in the clouds. Happy birding, and have a wonderful week until we see each other again.
© 2013 Deb Hirt