Sunday, June 18, 2017

061817 SNP Edition, Life at Boomer Lake


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Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Green Heron Two Clutch Day


                                                             Original Clutch #1
                                                                "Missing Link"


                                                              Three Members, Clutch #1


                                                                          Ditto
                                                                    "Circle Game"


                                                            Two Members of Clutch #1


                                                                 "Then There Was One"
                                                                           Clutch #1


                                                              Clutch #1, Fourth Born


                                                                 Adult Green Heron


                                                                 Fourth Born, Clutch #1


                                                               Adult Green Heron


                                                             Third Born, Clutch #1


                                                                Fourth Born, Clutch #1


                                                                  Adult Green Heron


                                                              Four Nestlings, Clutch #2


                                                               Third Born, Clutch #1


                                                                Adult Green Heron


                                                                     Ditto, Same Bird


                                                                      "Tag, You're It"
                                                              Adult Pursued By Fourth Born


                                                                 Fourth Born, Clutch #1


                                                                  Clutch #1, Intent on Parent


                                                              Awaiting Rest of Family


                                                             Nestlings Awaiting Breakfast



Saturday, 06-17-17

0715-0900/81-85 F/mostly cloudy/S-12/73-69% RH/29.70-29.73 Hg and steady

Remember that missing clutch of birds that I assumed that I had lost, because they vanished into thin air?  They're B-a-c-k.  Clutch #1 apparently switched trees, just like they did last year, when a second
set of eggs was laid.  Last year, the parents simply led the young ones over the branches to the next
tree with the snag on the right.  I just missed seeing it this time.

Our missing birds had been in the lower nest.  The second nest was built above that one, where the current nestlings are located.  This is the first nest that has been within view since the Green Herons
have been using Heron Cove.  All of the other ones have been much higher and out of view, though they have all been over the water.

These photos are all from today.  I will try to get the remainder posted, which will be from the beginning of the week, when the nestlings are even younger.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Nature At Its Best at Boomer Lake and the Creek


                                                             Mallard and Ducklings


                                                                 Green Heron on Nest


                                                               Scissor-tailed Flycatcher


                                                                       Snail


                                                             Red-winged Blackbird


                                                       Another Mallard with Ducklings


                                                             Fungus in Dead Tree


                                                       Green Herons Switch Nest Sitting


                                                             Prothonotary Warbler


                                                                           Ditto


Week of 06-05-17

I don't want to jinx it, but it appears that our fearless Green Herons might have young this time.
Even though we have blowing willow leaves and branches in the way, I might have seen three little sleeping forms in the nest today, while the pair was off foraging for food.

There are also plenty of young Mallards on the water of both Boomer Lake and Boomer Creek, and naturally our Canada Geese have reared plenty of young, as well.

Now we are seeing young of nearly all shapes and sizes that belong to nearly all the area birds, and I will try to get photos of some samplings, as I am able to do so.  There were several young robins observed this morning.

Boomer Creek has been giving us beautiful things, mostly nature related, but I also finally managed a
couple of halfway decent shots of a Prothonotary Warbler.  Since the birds always seem to be in the same general area, I have also been looking for the nesting cavity.  I believe that I have found the tree, but I don't want to appear too interested, as it could make the pair fearful.  After all, I have had the good fortune to photograph one or both of them, so I cannot complain.

Here's to the week ahead!  

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Gratuitous Findings at Boomer Lake For All


                                                                   Green Heron


                                                          Great-tailed Grackle #1


                                                              Great-tailed Grackle #2


                                                                   Barn Swallow


                                                         Diamondback Watersnake


                                                             Male Northern Cardinal


                                                              Mallard with Ducklings


                                                             Green Heron in Nest


                                                                Ruddy Shelduck


                                                                          Ditto


                                                                  Canada Goslings


05-29 - 06-04-17

This week gave us a little bit of everything for the season, but the Ruddy Shelduck was a
bonus, who I actually saw arrive at 1110 hrs. on 06-03.  This was the original bird that
came to stay with us for about a week.  It then left the area, and I was told by a resident that it
had spent time at The Links, also for nearly a week.

Our Green Heron has been on her nest on and off, again for what seems to be an extended
period of time.

Young birds are in abundance on the lake and many birds have been and are with young.  There are three sets of Mallard ducklings that I know about, and an easy dozen families of Canada Geese.

This male Cardinal's female refused a photograph, as she is presently molting, but he appears to be
in a fresh set of feathers.

It has been more than a challenge to find the Cliff Swallows at rest, but another Barn Swallow managed to accommodate.  When they were here, the Rough-winged Swallows sat en masse upon
a snag.

We experienced a little rough patch of weather, but it wasn't much of a deterrent for the birds.  Let's see what next week holds.

060417 SNP Edition, Life at Boomer Lake


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Saturday, May 27, 2017

There Is Plenty of Light on Boomer Lakefront


                                                               Yellow-billed Cuckoo


                                                                   Green Heron Pair


                                                                       Green Heron


                                                               Female Orchard Oriole


                                                                   Canada Gosling


                                                                     Least Flycatcher


                                                                Female Orchard Oriole


                                                                        Ditto


                                                                  Great-tailed Grackle                                                              
                                                   
       

                                                          Female Red-winged Blackbird


                                                                    Great Blue Heron


                                                             Prothonotary Warbler


                                                           Scissor-tailed Flycatchers


                                                                Green Heron on Nest


                                                                 Male Orchard Oriole


                                                                    Least Flycatcher


                                                                     Great Blue Heron


05-22 through 05-26-17

This was an impressive workweek, as far as I am concerned.  The trumpet vine bush on Boomer
Lake's east side is nearly in full bloom, which invited the Orchard Orioles that nest nearby to partake.
They have nested in the area for years, most likely because this bush exists there, as well as the fact that their site is in the willows by the water, which really attracts a number of good birds to its habitat.

Another wonderful piece of habitat is Heron Cove and the surrounding area, which has native trees, mulberries, and plenty of wetland habitat, which attracts my beautiful Heron colony.  Right now, there are two pairs of Green Herons there, which perturbs my Great Blue Heron.  He just doesn't have the freedom to come and go as he pleases, but he really does accommodate his Green Heron cousins quite well.

Our usual suspects also enjoy the area, which includes the grackles, blackbirds, warblers, flycatchers, warblers, and when in the area, the catbirds.

Boomer Creek also has dense habitat for those birds that prefer those kinds of areas, like the breeding birds, the shy Yellow-billed Cuckoo, this year's first Least Bittern, and a good group of migratories when they come through.

There are still a few more photos in the camera, which I will save until a later date.  These include a few that are a bit on the unusual side, but I'm sure that you'll be pleased.

Until then, enjoy your own private birding areas, and as always, let me know what you are observing.