Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Thursday May 8, 2014
Bird Rarities of the World
From the common to the uncommon to the downright rarities of the world, this trailer is sure to please. Presented lovingly, only from The World of Birds:
- World Of Birds Trailer - YouTube
WORLD OF BIRDS TRAILER: Some of Earth's most interesting creatures don't live on the ground. In the sky, there is whole other world full of birds: some exoti...
Mating Ritual of the Sarus Crane
Observe the mating ritual of the remarkable Sarus Crane of Asia and Australia. They have a great stronghold in India and Pakistan and are the tallest cranes in the world. They are graceful, elegant, and a spectacular sight to behold. Welcome to this world of utter beauty…
- Sarus Crane (Grus antigone) - YouTube
Sarus Crane (Grus antigone) * Family: Gruidae, * Genus: Grus, * Species: G. antigone, * Phylum: Chordata, * Class: Aves, * Order: Gruiformes, * Type: Bird, *...
The African Drongo
The African Drongo is a thief, or an opportunist, just like the gull or the grackle. However, the drongo doesn’t steal food from its own species, it looks to meerkats for sustenance. Read on to see what science learns on a daily basis:
Water is the Elixir of Life
It appears that the dry weather is going to cease for a little while, a fortunate thing. Much of Oklahoma and the surrounding states are experiencing a dry spell. Fortunately, Boomer Lake is weathering well, and a great deal of birds are here specifically, due to the water supply. This is reason enough for a Bald Eagle family to have settled in Stillwater, and the way things are going, we can possibly expect to have more.
There's Much More Than Birds...
Birds are not the only form of wildlife at the lake. This week, I saw a white tailed deer, a box turtle, numerous red eared sliders, and we have two beaver condos in the Southern Cove.
Great Egret and His Breeding Plumage
The beautiful Great Egret has been visiting the main part of the lake. He is dressed in his spectacular breeding plumage, and as been advertising for a mate to come his way. This beauty has an appendage to his tail and has been developing a white headdress as well as additional tail plumes.
The First Mallard Ducklings
Not only are we looking at a dozen Canada Goose families, we now have a Mallard first family. Mother and father have proudly been taking their children around the lake, which has been eliciting many oooo’s and ahhhhh’s from the locals, people included.
Great Blue Heron and Spotted Sandpiper
Boomer Lake is filled with fish, and Great Blue Heron has been getting several good sized crappies for his eating pleasure. The Spotted Sandpiper has been foraging around the Southern Cove with Mr. Heron and provided a wonderful photographic opportunity for all of us. This Sandpiper is in breeding plumage(due to the spots).
This little Killdeer was on the north side of the lake by Goose Island. These birds nest directly on the ground, and their eggs are spotted in such a way that they are camouflaged very well for dirt and rocky areas.
The Northern Mockingbird is all around the lake, and this one is a prime example of a single male. These singles will make a good amount of racket in order to attract a female and do flips in the air from high places, namely telephone and electrical lines. Not only will it attract other birds, but it will make you notice them, too. They can also be seen on the ground wing-flashing, when hunting for bugs. They raise their wings and lower them while walking on the ground.
Cedar Waxwings are also plentiful, as are the Bell’s Vireo and Clay-colored Sparrow.
Additionally, I have seen the Northern Cardinal in plentiful supply in other areas of the state.
The Red-winged Blackbirds also have a superb stronghold all over the lakefront, and have been moving the American Crow and Red-shouldered Hawk whenever they come into their territories. They generally mob these birds, so if you see the blackbirds in hot pursuit, it is just a general police escort that really could turn nasty rather quickly.
There appears to be more Baltimore Orioles in the area than there was last year. I find their call soothing and their orange-yellow breast very easy to spot. They will make pouched, weaved nests on the ends of branches in deciduous trees. These are some of the strongest, safest nests that I have ever seen, a wonderful natural talent.
The Double-crested Cormorants are named as such, simply for their breeding plumage, which are two crests on the top of the head. They will stay with us until the heat becomes unbearable, then head for all points north.
Last But Not Least
There are many more birds that I spotted this week, including the Red-bellied and Red-headed Woodpeckers. Green Heron has not showed himself to me since the weekend, but is in the vicinity. There are also several other warblers and sparrows in the surrounding areas, as well as a whisper of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. These are fast and tiny little things, so if you spot one, you are lucky. If you manage to photograph one, you are even more fortunate.
All good things must come to an end, so I will temporarily bid you adieu. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding until next time. Dust off those binoculars, charge that camera battery, and get out there to enjoy your own wildlife. We will talk again next week.
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