Saturday, December 31, 2016
Bald Eagle Over Boomer Lake
Fox Squirrel in Wood Duck Nesting Box
Female Belted Kingfisher
Herring Gulls (in rear with Red Dots on Lower Mandible)
These are more shots from the latter half of the month and the time period encompasses both cold and warmer mornings, which is still happening.
Since it has been more warm than cold recently, we just haven't been getting normal duck influx, but
the area has been getting plenty of longspurs not far from here. Chances are excellent that I might be
able to get a shot or two if Lady Luck is on my side tomorrow. Keep those fingers and toes crossed for me, but don't do that with your eyes.
I'm behind on editing and posting pictures, as this new photo program is not yet to be trusted in my hands without a little guidance, so by next weekend, I hope to have more shots for you to see.
Head over to the lake, especially on those days when the barometer is falling, as that is the best time
for you to see plenty of birds. They can detect air pressure and will lie low during those times, so what is already there will not go elsewhere. Try it, and I guarantee that you won't be disappointed. Get a weather station and you'll always be in the know, just like I am.
Happy New Year, and may you experience spectacular birding in 2017.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Greater White-fronted Geese
Flying In From Dam
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate Colored)
12-05 - 12-17-16
This assortment was taken both before and after the Deep Freeze of 2016. With the freeze
came the first photo, the Greater White-fronted Geese. They were in the company of Canada and Cackling Geese, as well as a Wood Duck, Northern Shovelers, Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards, and a
handful of domestics.
It wasn't as cold as it had been for that shot, it was just coming out of sub-zero wind chills, some of which were a little above zero. I'd been out during those days and it wasn't pleasant, but good shots came with the territory. Birds still must eat no matter what the temperature is, and they will come
nearer the colder that it gets.
Harris's Sparrow, the Dark-eyed Junco, and Bewick's Wren were braving the wind just as I was, so
that was my reward for those endeavors.
The birds and I wish you the happiest of holidays and we'll still be seeing you after Christmas.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
|Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk|
|Female Downy Woodpecker|
Great Horned Owl
Adult Red-shouldered Hawk
Great Blue Heron Holding Berries
Great Blue Heron Releasing Berries
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron
El Nino still holds on fast to many things, even though its time should be up. Global warming
has taken on a stronger foothold, so birds that should have been on their way to more southern climes are still with us in mid-December, like the Great Egret, juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron, and even a vagrant Brown Pelican from the briny waters. I did not see the pelican yesterday, but my sources are very trustworthy, so I know that it was on Boomer Lake.
Rumor has it that winter will be warm and wet for the Great Plains, but the northern areas will be even colder and snowier. Good fortune to all, and keep warm.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016
As an infant, I had a mobile over my own crib. It was soft colored plastic with soft covered birds. There was a Northern Cardinal, a Blue Jay, and a Goldfinch. I reached out and played with them several times a day before nap times and bed time. These birds brought me so much joy.
Finally, as a scientist--a chemist, biologist, and now an ornithologist, trust me when I relate to you that global warming has been quite real for a half century. This movie speaks the truth, and a friend paid a lot of money to do this with scientific collaborations to make certain that it is the truth.
Watch this movie, not for me, but for your own information that this is what is really happening in an analogy. After you have finished think about it, and I beseech you to help me help our animals. This is something that will not wait. Do it for yourself, your family, and the people on the earth that you do not know. Help me help them. Please.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
This video made on a Columbia coffee farm in the Northern Andes shows where some of our birds spend the "winter" season. It is critical habitat for them in shade grown coffee stands, which is also much
healthier coffee for us to drink, WITHOUT pesticides if certified as bird friendly, as our birds would be killed if they are foraging for protein. Help me help them, by viewing this important video with fellow scientist Amanda Rodewald of the Cornel Lab of Ornithology. She is every bit as passionate as I am with her work in ecology as I am with ornithology.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Great Blue Heron
2nd Summer Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Juvenile Eastern Phoebe
These are shots over the past several weeks, as there hasn't been a lot of migratory
movement. Weather has a way of being a deterrent, but one also must be in the right
place at the right time. It cooled down for a little while, long enough for a few more
ducks to come through the area, and temperatures are finally quite seasonable and
pleasant. May those people that had to endure Hurricane Matthew be all right and may
you recover from that ordeal as soon as possible.
As a general synopsis, our young Yellow-crowned Night-Heron stayed with us at
Heron Cove for the better part of September, and chose the best willow to rest in
during the day, the same one that the strongest Green Heron chicks were hatched in.
Both Boomer Lake and Boomer Creek hosted more different species of herons than
normally this year, including a strong possibility of the Little Blue Heron, as well.
Larger than normal woodpecker numbers stayed at the creek, and many of them
were hatched here, including one female adult red-shafted Northern Flicker as a parent.
It is not known if there are any red-shafted offspring as a result of this uncommon union.
There were also good numbers of the Red-bellied Woodpecker young, and a few Red-
headed Woodpecker juveniles. No Pileated Woodpecker young were observed.
The Clay-colored Sparrow spent about a week with us on Boomer Lake and there were at
least two of them in our midst. Good numbers of the Carolina Wren were seen over the
season, and Bewick's Wren is once again in our midst.
Sadly, butterfly numbers were down by half, but on the positive note, this was the first
year that I have noticed the Red-spotted Purple in the five years that I have been in
Stillwater, and I only observed it on the Kameoka Trail at Boomer Creek.
Ambient water temperatures have risen two degrees F in the time that I have been in the
area. If this continues to increase, birds and other animals are expected to remove
themselves in a northeastern pattern.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
2nd Summer Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Top)
Green Heron (Bottom)
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron
Adult Green Heron
0745-1249 hrs./62-80 degrees F/partly cloudy/8 mph SE winds/61% RH
The Yellow-crowned Night Heron is quite at home at Heron Cove, allowing for several shots, as
well as behavior observation. When the sun hits a high range and seems to be in the bird's eyes, it no
longer wishes to be out in the open. This most likely is due to its red eyes being sun sensitive. At that point, it wishes to retire to a favorite tree where it sleeps until late afternoon.
For size perspectives, the photo with the Yellow-crowned Night Heron and Green Heron is shown,
so one can get a rough idea on how large they are by sight. Great Blue Heron is the largest heron.
The night-heron is medium sized, and Green Heron is small.
1030-1200 at Boomer Creek
This was my first time at the creek for a good week, and I observed and took several photos of this
wonderful Snowy Egret pair, who most likely spent breeding time siring young at the heronry. This
Great Blue Heron had been watching me creep up to a natural blind the entire time in order to get closer to the snows, and never uttered a squawk, which would have made them go into high alert.
Luckily, I was between two young trees with a small opening between leaves in order to photograph
0755-1045 hrs./65-75 degrees/partly cloudy/8 mph SSW winds/94-63% RH
The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, a rare visitor to the area, is shown so much just to record
the possible changes to its transition from juvenile to adulthood. It is unknown how long it intends
to be in the area.
The Double-crested Cormorants are returning to the area and should be juveniles for the most
part. The adults will be coming in again from their breeding grounds, but it is possible that they might not stop at Boomer Lake on their return southbound.
A larger number of butterflies were observed, mostly the gulf fritillary and a few monarchs. The monarchs should be migrating right about now.
Great Blue Heron
0740-0922 hrs./73-81 degrees F (feels like 89)/partly cloudy/7 mph S winds/80% RH with a
heat advisory for the day
Due to the extreme heat, my point of exploration was under the trees at Heron Cove to spend
time with the herons.