Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Heroes of the Boomer Lake Brigade


                                                2nd Summer Black-crowned Night-Heron


                                                                        Green Heron


                                                                            Ditto


                                                          Black-crowned Night-Heron


                                               Immature Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker


                                                           Great Blue Heron in Flight


                                                               Red-winged Blackbird


                                                                        Great Egret


09-05 through 09-13-16

This is an assortment of some of the temporary residents who will likely be migrating out of
here this fall.  We are in the middle of migratory activity, some light, and sometimes with moderate numbers.

There is a fairly heavy population of water birds and this has been an excellent year for Green Herons, yet many of the other herons have and will show themselves in smaller numbers.

It is still a pleasure to have the sub-adult Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Heron Cove, and the
area has been a valuable respite and resource for many others of the heron clan.

Red-winged Blackbirds, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, and Eastern Kingbirds are still roosting.  Both
the kingbirds and flycatchers are tyrants, so it makes sense that they will travel south together.
It is always a sad time to see them leave, but they always return the next year.

The weather wasn't always co-operative this summer, so I missed a few things due to rain, as well
as heavy clouds, but we'll see if it will be better from here out.