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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Wednesday February 5, 2014

Updated on February 5, 2014
Megellanic Penguin
Megellanic Penguin | Source

Field Notes

Even the Southern Hemisphere Sees Climate Change

Climate change is killing Megellanic Penguin chicks of southern Argentina, not just with lack of food, but also with the stifling heat and driving rainstorms. Will it ever get better, or will this be another species soon to be extinct?

Notable Child Birder

Mya-Rose Craig, an 11-year-old girl from the United Kingdom, travels the world with her parents, and thus far has spotted 3,000 species. That is amazing for a child to have such an interest in the avian world, but why?

Bowerbirds with Nest
Bowerbirds with Nest | Source

Australia's Bowerbird

Being a male Bowerbird is quite a job. This beauty builds some of the most elaborate nests in the world in order to attract a female, and it is getting to be rather hard to pass on their genes in view of this. National Geographic comes up with quite a photographic layout. This is a natural talent for this bird.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source

Great Blue Heron Handles Winter in NJ

Cape May, NJ has had one of the coldest winters in a long time, but many of the Great Blue Herons have been staying put. For more information, read this:

Common Potoo
Common Potoo | Source

Common Potoo of Brazil

Can you spot Brazil’s Common Potoo? This bird is really in plain sight, and has a chick, no less!

Punxatawney Phil
Punxatawney Phil | Source

Groundhog Says Winter Will Last Six More Weeks

The groundhog says that there is six more weeks of winter left, which I find very hard to believe. Why, you say? Just because it has already been cold enough for an entire season already. We’ve even had a little more snow than usual around these parts, but you know, there are days where I can barely stay out. THAT is a bad sign.

Cedar Waxwing with Berry
Cedar Waxwing with Berry | Source

Cedar Waxwing Strikes Poses

However, I have discovered haunts, and they are wonderful haunts at that. How many of you have ever seen the beauty of the Cedar Waxwing? These are one of the most regal looking birds that we have in this country, yet many people have never witnessed this beauty. The fact is, that they can be seen all over the U.S. How’s that for such wonderful photo opportunities as these. Get out there, and get some pictures.

American Robin
American Robin | Source

The American Robin

What else have I managed to spot this week? The American Robins are out of their neighborhoods, no longer hiding within the confines of greater warmth. They are itching to explore, to set up housekeeping, to say goodbye to this frigid season.

Canada Goose Lying on Icy Boomer Lake
Canada Goose Lying on Icy Boomer Lake | Source

Resident Canada Geese

The Canada Geese are also ready to begin a season of new life, instead of standing around and waiting for spring. However, on some o these days, that is about all the options that they have. We are all ready for change, and the sooner the better.

Ice Damming
Ice Damming | Source

Winter Reflections

There are so many things that I have been unable to see this year, but on the other hand, I have been grateful for the new and wonderful opportunities that I have had. In many ways, it has been like a breath of fresh air to see all the things that I have. Even though the cold has drained me in so many ways, it has managed to invigorate me to the point of so many priceless discoveries.

Winter has given nature the downtime that she needs to rest, in order to renew life in the coming months. I look forward to her offerings, especially the new discoveries that always come along with these things. I, for one, am just like the kid in the candy store, waiting to see what new surprises are in that store of life, just for me. It will always be sampled, and its wonders will stay with me for as long as that flavor remains. Yet, I will be able to search for more. Maybe I’ll find additional supplies, but there will always be something else to take its place if there is not.

Grass Sheaf
Grass Sheaf | Source

Looking Forward to Spring

Spring is surely on its way, that ultimate harbinger of hope and resilience. Bask in its offerings and search for the life that it has to offer. Listen to her gifts of new life, see the greenery that has been left for you in an uncommon place, and treasure the scents of the best that is yet to be. New life is soon to break forth in a frenzy of color, stereophonic sound, and may the sun shine upon you in every way as that happens in your cities and towns. Embrace it with open arms, see it with all your senses, and share it with your loved ones. In turn, these wonderful things will impassion and delight you like only they can. I will leave you as the caretakers for the new life about to unfold.

Keep your eyes on the ground and your head in the clouds until next time. Happy birding, and may you relish the new life about to be bestowed upon you.

I Want to See Boomer Lake!

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing | Source
American Robin
American Robin | Source
Canada Goose
Canada Goose | Source
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source

© 2014 Deb Hirt


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