Sunday, October 26, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Look for the Audubon Society "Life at Boomer Lake with Deb" on page 6, and a blurb about my latest endeavor on page 10.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Female Red-winged Blackbird
Roosting Double-crested Cormorants
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 12, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Juvenile Male Red-winged Blackbird
Great Blue Heron
"First Morning Rays"
Female Northern Cardinal
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
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!