So it was another cloudy morning during my walk at Boomer Lake, though I can’t complain about the temperatures (it was in the fifties). Since the temperatures have been up and down for the quite awhile, it doesn’t seem that there as many birds up at the lake, compared to early last month.
But of course I’m not going all the way around the lake, so there could be more birds on the other side of the lake (also there are little coves that are harder to get to, and there are probably numerous birds in those locations).
This morning, while there weren’t numerous birds at the lake I did manage to see three different great blue herons. I saw the first one at the beginning of the walk, and then I saw two basically back to back close to the first little bridge. This one was standing under a tree among the roots and other brush looking for small fish (or other small critters) for breakfast. The third one was actually walking up from the lake and I did manage to capture a picture or two of it taking flight and flying off.
I am going to continue doing my weekend walks, but probably only in nice to slightly warm weather (mainly because cold weather makes it difficult due to cold weather fogging up my glasses–which makes it difficult to see what I’m trying to take a picture of; and then thick gloves makes it difficult to actually focus and get the good photograph). Cold weather photography is something I’m going to work towards, but it may not be this coming week.
So the pictures finally came through (I had to lower the resolution of the files a little), and here they are.
So this is the second or third year that we’ve had a pair of mallards coming up to the side feeder to graze. We don’t live that far from a large lake, where they spend majority of their time, and when the creek has water in it for them to paddle up and down, they occasionally come through to graze on any sunflower seeds that have fallen out of the bird feeder (or that I may have intentionally spilled on the ground for them and the other birds that are ground feeders). I don’t know if this is the same pair of mallards that have visited year after year, but I’m pretty sure that it is (I can’t see them tell other birds where there is prime bird seed to munch on).
It’s nice to see certain wildlife coming back around yearly (even if it’s not the same animal). I haven’t see any turkeys in the neighborhood so far, and while I did see a opossum a few days ago–it toddled off too quickly and I couldn’t get a picture of it. I was really happy to see it though, it meant there is some natural tick control in the area (as tick that latches on to a opossum usually dies quickly), and this is going to be a very bad year for ticks (and mosquitoes). But luckily if there are mosquito larvae in the creek–it’s flowing so they will be washed down stream, and there are numerous other critters that like to snack on mosquito larvae.