Sunday, April 24, 2016

First Time Seen At Boomer Lake, the Neotropic Cormorant


                                                                  Cedar Waxwing


                                                                   Tufted Titmouse


                                                               Great-tailed Grackle


                                                       Neotropic Cormorant(foreground)


                                                             White-crowned Sparrow


0710-1030 hrs./62-74 degrees F/partly cloudy/light and variable winds to 17 mph wind gusts

It is said that there is a first time for everything, and the highlight of this week was finding a
Neotropic Cormorant on Boomer Lake.  This bird is found year round in the southern and
southeast portion of Texas, and can summer in the southernmost sliver of Oklahoma.  It migrates
through Oklahoma and can rarely be found slightly north of here.

The Cedar Waxwing has been in the area for quite some time this year, feeding on seeds and berries,
like the mulberry, found commonly in the south.  They tried the fruit of the western soapberry tree, but I observed no real interest in it, as it was discarded.  Once I had tasted the fruit, which tastes like
soap, so I can understand why it was not ingested.

The White-crowned Sparrow shown here is one of the East Taiga subspecies, which has a pink
bill.