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.