Saturday, December 31, 2016

More From the Latter Half of December

                                                      Bald Eagle Over Boomer Lake

                                                Fox Squirrel in Wood Duck Nesting Box

                                                           Female Belted Kingfisher

                                                                     Gadwall Pair

                                    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.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Pre-Christmas Surprises of the Season

Greater White-fronted Geese

                                                                   Bewick's Wren

                                                                     Brown Pelican


                                                                Flying In From Dam

                                                                     American Robin

                                                                  Northern Cardinal

                                                      Dark-eyed Junco (Slate Colored)

                                                                     Harris's Sparrow

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 11, 2016

Summer Relinquishes to Fall's Finer Showings

Eastern Bluebird
Double-crested Cormorants
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


American Goldfinch

11-20 through12-02-16
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. 

121116 SNP Edition, Life at Boomer Lake