Friday, April 22, 2016

Getting in the Groove of Spring with the Neotropical Migrants

                                                                 Baird's Sandpiper

                                                               Kansas Glossy Snake

                                                                   Barred Owl

                                                                  White-faced Ibis

                                                        Yellow-rumped Warbler(Myrtle)

                                                                      Green Heron

                                                                 Cedar Waxwing

                                                                    Female Gadwall

                                                                       Blue Jay

                                                                  Harris's Sparrow

                                                                Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

55-67 degrees F/partly cloudy/light and variable winds

The first four photos are a carry over from my time spent in the western part of Oklahoma.  Sadly,
I was unable to capture a Cassin's Sparrow, which was in the area and the prairie dogs and Burrowing Owls were staying undercover.

Upon my return home, I was still greeted with rain, which came from a front that infiltrated Texas
and western Oklahoma first.

As you can see, I still was able to get some good photos over the past couple of days, which made the wait well worth it.   A Neotropic Cormorant has been at Boomer Lake for several days.  The Baltimore Oriole and Warbling Vireo are now home as well as one member of my Green Heron family, the eldest.  I believe this one is a grandparent, one of the original settlers of the Southern Cove.  Last year, that art of the lake hosted two families.  So we shall see what this summer brings

The female Gadwall pictured here was all by herself, taking up with an American Wigeon, some Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, and some American Coot.  Observed yesterday was another male Wood Duck, so perhaps he will get used to my presence and maybe I'll be fortunate enough to see some young on the creek.

There are plenty of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, at least a couple of Orange-crowned Warblers, and at
least one Yellow Warbler on the lake proper.  A Common Loon was spotted, which I thought I saw a couple of days ago with a raft of Double-crested Cormorant, but dismissed that thought.  I guess I was right after all!

Onward and upward!