Sunday, October 18, 2015

Stillwater International Airport on Boomer Lake Has Flights Coming and Going


                                                (Juvenile)Southwestern Red-tailed Hawk


                                                                   Turkey Vulture


                                                       (Non-breeding) Eastern Bluebird


                                                                   Pied-billed Grebe


                                                                Great Blue Heron

0745-1020/52-60 degrees F/partly cloudy/building to 20 mph wind gusts

There's plenty of activity on the lake and the creek over the past couple of days.  As a
matter of fact, it's almost like an international airport observing all the different flight patterns.
However, birds don't need to be directed or instructed like human pilots, as they have been
flying since they were knee-high to a grasshopper, so staying in one piece comes naturally.

The fall birds are coming in, and some of the summer birds are on their way out.  Keep your eyes
on the skies for most of the action, especially in early mornings.

Killdeer populations have temporarily increased, as have the meadowlark family.  Hawks and
kin are quite prevalent, as are their activities.  What few Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are left are
still living up to their latin names and terrorizing the raptors and vultures.

Blue Jays are caching for the winter months and have their noses into everything.  Ducks are
spending a little time before they move through, and some are passing us by until the weather gets colder.  A couple of Northern Pintail flew by early this morning, but a handful of American Wigeon
are in the middle of the lake now.

There is more yet to come, so grab a coffee and settle in for the ride.  Tell 'em that I sent ya.