Sunday, October 26, 2014

10-26-14 SNP Edition, Life at Boomer Lake

Saturday, October 25, 2014

                                                        Courtesy of Jeannie Pratt Dibble

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Fall Fever

                                                              Eastern Meadowlark

                                                             Double-crested Cormorant

                                                           Female Red-winged Blackbird

                                                    Roosting Double-crested Cormorants

                                                                Northern Mockingbird

                                                                  Male Monarch

partly cloudy/0800-0930/50s/15-20 mph winds

These were Sunday morning's shots.  Saturday was a very dark day, a complete washout.
I considered myself fortunate to see the Eastern Meadowlark, which s getting to be more rare.  It is a ground nester and with Dow and Monsanto's targeting, it could well become a bird of the past.  According to the older area residents, they had once been very prevalent birds in the welcoming fields.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday October 5, 2014

Frost, Pumpkins, and the Smells of Gingerbread and Pie Fill the Air of Fall

                                                                  Painted Lady

                                                                   Bewick's Wren

                                                      Juvenile Male Red-winged Blackbird

                                                                  Great Blue Heron

                                                                "First Morning Rays"

                                                             Female Northern Cardinal

                                                                  American Coot

55-67 degrees/light and variable winds/partly cloudy/0730-1015

Many beautiful mornings are still in store for us before the frost really hits.  The Scissor-tailed Flycatchers still bide their time, Blue Jays are still coming out of the neighborhoods to enjoy play time,
The Northern Reaches are still filled with life,  assorted woodpeckers are preparing for cold weather
by seeking roosting areas, and other birds are coming closer to civilization where it is warmer, like the little Bewick's Wren.  Large numbers of Northern Cardinals are choosing winter habitat, and the influx
of Double-crested Cormorants watch over Goose Island.  Great Egrets are getting sparser, and assorted
hawks are peppering the roadsides waiting for tender morsels.  With the change of seasons comes a
change of the cast of characters, so join me in biding our time while we greet new guest stars.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Thanks to City of Stillwater, OK Waste Management

Just spoke to the manager of the waste management facility. I picked up a LOT of trash at the Northern Reaches yesterday afternoon, enough to fill a 45-gallon bag. Some of it was close enough to the water to end up there. Sadly, a lot of the area fisherfolk have contributed to this travesty, as I found a lot of tangled line, empty lure boxes, and a lot of other things that might or might not be related to fishing, like empty refreshment bottles.
Nonetheless, I am thankful for the city's help in getting rid of this trash that I collected. I still have more, but I'll wait for the grass to die down in the colder weather for the rest of it.
Thanks for your help, Ian!

Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday September 28, 2014