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.