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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Tuesday November 12, 2013
Sarus Cranes in Pakistan
Sarus Cranes begin arriving in Pakistan and the Indus region. This is an important time of the year for one of the most remarkable and gorgeous birds in the world. Read more at
Lead Ammunition Being Phased Out
The lead in ammunition will be phased out in CA by 2019. Call this exciting and wonderful news, as birds with shot in their bodies will no longer die painful and horrible deaths from lead poisoning. Hear about CA’s upcoming plan, which was championed by a number of great organizations:
Shade Grown Organic and Bird Friendly Coffee in Florida
Shade grown organic and bird friendly coffee now being served by the FL Turnpike Service Areas. The word is really getting out for the importance of bird survival in Central and South America, soon to be taking the world by storm:
Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Nordmann's Greenshank
New hope for Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Nordmann’s Greenshank, the world’s most threatened waders on the coast of China. Even though they will likely still end up extinct, there is a glimmer of hope. Read more at:
- New hope for two of the world's most endangered birds | News | Birdwatch Magazine
New hope for two of the world's most endangered birds - A multinational survey team has found a record total of two of the world's most threatened waders on the Chinese coast
For the Birds, From Audubon
Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants have been becoming more familiar with one another as time goes on. Also Great Blue Heron has been retiring to his private tree here-and-there just for a little peace. The Red-winged Blackbirds have been harassing the poor heron, even though all he cares to do is stand in the Southern Cove and fish. It’s almost like some of those strange friendships that we are all familiar with.
Northern Mockingbird Activity
A number of Northern Mockingbirds have moved onto the lake proper, and I do believe that my pal from last year is among the group. Not only do I have one constantly in tow, I sometimes have the entire clan with me. They have been needling a local Blue Jay, who actually appears at the lake first thing in the morning, but the sad thing is, the mockers tend to call him or her just for the sake of it. This poor bird seems to think that it is a kindred soul, but he/she always comes in hopes of companionship. Perhaps, one day, we will both see that second jay instead of the mischievous mockingbird.
Mallard and Cayuga Cross
Our Mallard and Cayuga cross has been one of the highlights of the week. That gorgeous, iridescent green and black just stops the show for me. Never have I ever seen a more beautiful duck. Last year, this boy was with a female Mallard, but this time around he is in the company of a male.
The Pied-billed Grebes have also made themselves available for a number of photographic opportunities. I have been consistently watching, as last year we also had a Western Grebe come to the lake. Since I have a better lens this year, I certainly hope that we will be graced with the presence of this striking grebe, too. The western is rather large and very striking with red eyes, yet similar to a Clark’s Grebe. Let’s see what happens this year in the grebe arena.
The non-breeding Ruddy Ducks are also on the scene, but before long, they will be in breeding plumage. The breeding ruddy males have blue bills and are certainly some of the most handsome stiff-tailed ducks.
I hope to be able to visit the Northern Reaches and see what I might be able to locate for you later this week. There is a short window of opportunity right now where we might just be able to happen upon some little beauties that we were unable to see during the summer.
Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds until my report next week. I suspect that I will definitely have a few things to tell you about.
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© 2013 Deb Hirt