Thursday, March 26, 2015

Stars of the South


                                                        Female Red-winged Blackbird


                                                         Great Blue Heron in Flight


                                                                     Canada Goose


                                                           Male Red-winged Blackbird


                                                          Female Northern Shoveler


                                                             Male Northern Shoveler


                                                            Northern Shoveler Pair


                                                                Male Song Sparrow


                                                                 Male Mallard(Drake)


                                                                Male Eastern Bluebird


                                                                    Eastern Phoebe

0745-0920 hrs./44-45 degrees/15-20 mph wind/full sun

Even though the morning was cool due to the unsettled weather front that moved in yesterday, it was no deterrent for these birds to hold over at Boomer Lake.  There were four Northern Shovelers, the first of the season for me at the lake.  The Song Sparrow was with his mate near their nest site, belting out his "my territory" vocalization.  Also proudly at attention was the male Eastern Bluebird, but if you look closely, you'll notice his deformed beak, which doesn't interfere with his getting plenty of sustenance.  The Eastern Phoebe was first of season for me, and I also heard the Eastern Meadowlark, also first of season for me at the lake, in the field on the east side of Husband St. just north of Kicker.

Generally, there will be birds holding over in the area during inclement or unsettled weather, so that is an excellent time for birding.  Happy birding!