Friday, May 26, 2017

The Beauty of Boomer Lake, Starring the Migratory Black Tern

                                                                   Black Tern

                                                                   Black Tern

                                                    Ruddy Shelduck x Domestic Variant

                                                                     Black Tern

                                                                     Brown Thrasher

                                                                Prothonotary Warbler

                                                               American Goldfinch

                                                                     Least Flycatcher

05-20 (Saturday) and 05-21-17 (Sunday)

Last weekend provided a small push of migratory birds with a minor low pressure system coming through.  With it, came the largest amounts of Black Terns that have graced Boomer Lake.  I believe the high count was thirty-five terns.  It was no easy task, but I managed a few decent shots.  These terns were a lot faster than the usual local birds, which provided some good practice on how to photograph them.

These terns tend to migrate through the North American interior.  In summer, they tend to become marsh birds and in winter, graces both Central and South America as coastal seabirds.  These birds forage for insects on the wing, dipping to the water to also glean fish from the surface.

Also in the background was another Ruddy Shelduck, much more of a mixed domestic than the last one.  This bird was also a wild bird that had reverted from its original domestic state, as can be observed above.

Birds are with young at various stages.  The first parent birds are the Canada Geese and Mallards, followed by the American Robin and Mourning Dove, then the grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds.
Our Green Heron family is sitting on a nest or two.

Boomer Creek should soon have young Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Eastern Phoebes, assorted Woodpeckers, and Prothonotary Warblers, to name just a sampling.