Over the previous week, Payne County has seen 1.09 inches of rain. Uncommon hen observations for a similar interval included the Willow Flycatcher on July 16 within the Teal Ridge Wetlands, a hooded feminine Merganser in Boomer Lake on July 18, and a extremely vocal Scarlet Tanager within the Lakeview Rd wooded space in The Pines with its attribute name on July 26.
Dragonflies and cicadas are additionally populating Boomer Lake Park, nevertheless Mississippi kites stay on the property’s edges and like to catch their insect prey outdoors. The author is aware of there’s a minimum of one totally flown juvenile kite in our space, however August tends to be the time they select to hunt for his or her protein at Boomer Lake. Final yr, a gentleman was delighted that his first catch was an grownup Mississippi kite along with his first digital camera.
Coots seem to have briefly disappeared from the lake, however the variety of red-billed grebes is growing. There are lots of Vireos that chirp each in and across the space, together with a minimum of one juvenile. There are nonetheless one Barn and two Cliff Swallows, whereas an outgoing Purple Martin is uncommon to see, which is mostly on course for the season. They like to answer relaxation websites in Tulsa earlier than leaving en masse for South American soil. Their numbers have additionally been declining total, aside from the final two years.
The yellow-billed cuckoo continues to be within the neighborhoods, whereas the woodpecker nonetheless responds to Heron Cove for protein snacks. Heron Cove is leafy and thick with timber across the quiet waterway, making it a problem to look at any birds that could be inside its protecting arms. It has been the right place for molting songbirds to stay invisible from each hen and raptor eyes.
American robins, mourning pigeons and chimney swifts enhance the nearer you get to the night hours, whereas many Canada geese make their option to secure waters for the evening. Most younger Canadian geese are very near maturity, shedding to their full grownup colours with few tell-tale indicators of unfastened feathers.
A number of blue herons have moved into the lake space correct from their nesting grounds on Boomer Creek. The author recollects a really dry winter a number of years earlier when it was attainable to traverse nearly the whole space of the island on foot. That was the yr we realized that that is the place herons nested in the course of the spring / summer time season. Sadly, it had been far more tough to traverse the world from Arapaho as a result of dense timber and undergrowth with out turning round and straying astray. Maybe at some point it is going to be attainable to get pictures of unadorned blue herons and nice blue herons, or snowy egrets and nice egrets from that lonely space.
Preserve your eyes on the bottom and your head within the clouds. Completely happy hen watching!