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Life at Boomer Lake With Deb, Sunday July 15, 2012

Updated on November 17, 2012
Killdeer | Source

The Killdeer Will Rise Again!

Since it has been so hot and the water is going down at Boomer Lake, we now have a shore again. The Killdeer are getting ready to nest again, and some most likely have nests already. There are 15 of them on the north and east sides of the lake, so they definitely are proliferating and there is no danger of them hitting the endangered list here. There appear to be five pairs or better on the shoreline. The downside is that if we get a substantial amount of much needed rain, the eggs could end up under water.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source

What Are You Doing Up There?

A Great Blue Heron took to the trees for three days this week, even during a fairly warm part of the day. I was seriously thinking that he was addled since he was in Mockingbird Tree on the east side of the lake, putting up with the harassment from one of them. Evidently it decided that the mockingbirds were lords and ladies over that tree, for he moved elsewhere.

Young Chimney Swift
Young Chimney Swift | Source

We Finally Have Kids!

The Chimney Swifts have nestlings, and I managed to see one when I was out yesterday. Surprisingly, none of the adults were home at the time, and a little one wandered out. This of course, allowed me this wonderful photo opportunity. The House Sparrows and Purple Martins are all still living in this martin house and are good neighbors for one another. At least there is no riff raff in this apartment housing.

European Starling
European Starling | Source

So Resourceful...

Babies are still everywhere, and I happened to be in the area when a starling was gathering nesting material. Not only do starlings hang around geese in hopes that bugs will jump out of the grass where the geese are feeding, but those in need will snap up the wonderful down feathers for underlayment in a nest. The starlings are, without a doubt, opportunists of the first degree.

Due to the lack of rain, the cracks in the ground are getting wider, and I discovered that lizards are living in them. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to be fast enough in obtaining photos of these little speedsters. One of these days, though, my time will come.

Info From an Area Resident

A lady duck hunter happened to chat a bit with me yesterday. She showed me photos of her yellow lab with the ducks that he retrieved, and they were beautiful. Not that I advocate hunting for me, I shall not hold it against other people. She told me that I can look forward to seeing Canvasbacks in autumn, and I am honestly looking forward to fall migration this year. It’s always exciting to get glimpses of birds on their way through to Central and South America, and that will begin for the northern regions in late August.

Red Wasp
Red Wasp | Source
Blue Damselfly
Blue Damselfly | Source
Insect Shell
Insect Shell | Source

Special Guest Stars

The red wasp finally allowed me a photo, and I also found this gorgeous blue damselfly while chatting with the Killdeer on the shore. Today I got this wonderful locust casing, as it recently shed its outer shell. The detail is just marvelous, don’t you agree?

Great Blue Heron with Mallard
Great Blue Heron with Mallard | Source
Close Up of Canada Goose's Face
Close Up of Canada Goose's Face | Source
Canada Goose
Canada Goose | Source
Spray of Water
Spray of Water | Source

Notable Mention

Here’s a few other photos for you to take a look at. One of my favorite types of photos includes multiple species, so I thought that you might like that, as well. A goose came rather close, so I took this shot. Notice the serrations on the bill. This Canada Goose actually hopped from the shore onto the mainland, and used its wings to steady itself. Then for those of you that are in hot climates like me, I thought that you might like to see this nice water spray. I hope that the idea cools you down a little.

Mallard | Source

This is all that I have for you this week. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Until next week, happy birding!

Fledgling Great-Tailed Grackle
Fledgling Great-Tailed Grackle | Source
Baby Marsh Rabbit
Baby Marsh Rabbit | Source


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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, precy anza. I actually have lots of shots of the marsh rabbits. The smaller the babies are, the more challenging it is, as they are so speedy.

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      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      Love all the photos! But that damselfly really caught my eyes :) Love the color of it. And glad you finally got a photo of one of those Marsh rabbits. :) Voted up!

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hello, shiningirisheyes. Yes, we sure do need rain. The skies are only teasing us here. West Nile Virus proliferates in this kind of weather, and the microbes spread a lot more when they are uncovered in water.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      7 years ago from Upstate, New York


      The blue heron holds a special place in my heart as they were one of my Dads favorites. I enjoyed reading about the plethora of other wildlife as well. The babies are adorable. I only hope a significant amount of rain comes soon for wildlife AND we humans.

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Nell. I love finding little surprises, myself. It makes nature so worthwhile.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Your hubs are so beautiful, the wonderful photos and all the information. The shell casing was a great find, I really love these, nell

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I grew up with ducks and other shore birds, which could be why I am partial to them.

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad you like them, Photography-blog. I'm just learning.

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, vwriter. I've been pretty lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Cindy. Don't forget the love of nature part, too.

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wet and cold gets boring after a while, Johan. Glad to be of service.

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      There's a good thing that there are limits on hunting. Thanks, pagesvoice, for the vote of confidence. Great Blue Heron's nest in trees, but I knew that this one didn't belong to Mockingbird Tree.

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      My pleasure, Mhatter. I'm just grateful to have them all.

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, bdegiulio. It's just great when these photo opportunities present themselves. Think about all the ones that I manage to miss!

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jeannie, glad that you like 'em. I'm just having fun out there, as usual.

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      7 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Great photos, Deb! I am very partial to ducks!! I get so excited when they land on our pond...

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      7 years ago

      wow!! i love all these pictures!! they are great!!

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      7 years ago from US

      Great photos. Voted it up.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Western NC

      I just love how you mesh your love of going to the lake and your love of photography into one. These are beautiful pictures and this must be such a special place for you. Nice!

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      Johan Smulders 

      7 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Thanks for another visit to Boomer Lake! We are looking forward to summer here in SA as it is wet and cold!

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      Dennis L. Page 

      7 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting. As always, you never disappoint with your articles and accompanying photos. Although we have herons here, I have never seen one in a tree. I found that to be quite interesting. I share your feeling about hunting ducks. I don't begrudge the just isn't my cup of tea. In New York State the waterfowl hunting season varies from one are to the next, depending on duck and geese populations and of course there are bag limits.

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this picturesque outing.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Deb. Great Hub here, really enjoyed it. The photos are amazing. Especially liked the Starling collecting down and the Blue Damselfly, just amazing. It's been very dry here in the Northeast this summer also. Will vote this up, share, and AUIB

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      Jeannie Dibble 

      7 years ago

      You're making it more difficult to pic favorites....

      The European Starling with the feather captures my heart to most...

      The rabbit close up draws me in and that's my style, close-up photography...Keep up the great work and keep snapping and've got us spoiled...


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