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Life at Boomer Lake With Deb, Sunday July 8, 2012

Updated on December 8, 2012
Fledgling Mockingbird
Fledgling Mockingbird | Source

It's a Heat Wave

What a week! It has been hot, with no rain in sight. Boomer Lake has been losing water due to evaporation and the trees and vegetation are looking a little haggard. I’ve been keeping my birdbath filled, as well as having plenty of seed in the feeders for those that need it.

I ran across this sweet little fledgling Northern Mockingbird. See the spots on the chest? Just like the American Robin, it is a good way to tell a young bird.

Great Blue Heron eats his fish
Great Blue Heron eats his fish | Source
What a catch!
What a catch! | Source

The Great Blue Fisherman

The Great Blue Heron got a fish in my presence, so I thought that you’d enjoy a couple of these photos. When I spotted him at a popular fishing spot, I already noticed that he’d been in the water, so I’m glad that he had success. Obviously, this one was glad that he did, too. Some of the fishermen have been hanging around this area in boats, gotten their lines snagged, and broken some of the limbs off this piece of deadwood.

Baby Rabbit
Baby Rabbit | Source

You're a Little Late for Easter

There are plenty of baby rabbits out and about now, at assorted ages. I have seen some very young ones, but they move so quickly. I haven’t had any luck getting pictures of the very young ones.

Dragonfly | Source

Interesting Insect Life

Here’s a dragonfly, as well as another interesting insect that I happened upon Saturday. I almost got a picture of a reddish wasp, but it eluded me. It will happen sooner or later.

Barely Fledged Red-Winged Blackbird
Barely Fledged Red-Winged Blackbird | Source

Red-Winged Blackbird Fledgling

This young Red-Winged Blackbird was out with its mother this morning. See the bare spots around the eyes and the little tufts of down on the head? This one is filling in nicely.

Mallard Hen with her three ducklings
Mallard Hen with her three ducklings | Source
Mallard Drake
Mallard Drake | Source
These Mallards are molting
These Mallards are molting | Source

The Mallard Clan

The Mallards are still molting heavily, as you can see. Mother was also out with her little ones and permitted this little photo opportunity. The young are all doing well, and there is easily a dozen families on the lake, all assorted ages, too. Some are fairly close to the size and color of their parents. Some of them will migrate, but a few of these will remain as residents, just like the Canada Geese. Some of the flighted Canada Geese have left the area already, they are the single birds(unpaired). The single ones will molt up north, and will either stay there or head south with the others after their new feathers have come in.

American Robin mother(right) with her fledgling(left)
American Robin mother(right) with her fledgling(left) | Source
American Robin feeding her fledgling
American Robin feeding her fledgling | Source

Life with the American Robin

I couldn't help but notice this American Robin family. Mom is trying to teach the fledgling the way of life, and it keeps insisting on being fed, just like all the little ones do. Watching this scenario play out, a smile swept across my face as I took these photos, and I could just imagine what was going on inside their little heads as they went from this patch of grass to others.


Noteworthy News

I received some interesting bird trivia from a man that works at Kicker, across from Boomer Lake Park. He asked if I had seen the Canada Goose with an arrow in it. Evidently, this bird has been coming around for a couple of years, but I have seen no signs of it. He also mentioned the fact that a Bald Eagle also comes around at various times of day right around this time of year, also in the general vicinity of where he works. My eyes will be peeled for both birds.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful July 4th holiday. I managed to get several good photos of the fireworks, which you can see here, if you weren’t able to be part of any festivities in your area. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding next week!

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher | Source


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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Highland Terrier, there is a woman at work that wants to buy my line of turtles on a log. I would love to sell more, just can't afford a web site right now. Thanks for the great complement.

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      Highland Terrier 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      I don't how I missed this. absolutely first class. Really you should consider selling your photos they really are unique.

      Well done again and again.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, precy anza! Thanks for the nice compliments. When it comes to the baby birds, they will ask to be fed for as long as they can, sort of like teenagers always trying to get what they want.

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      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      Love the color of that dragonfly! I remember I used to catch them and watch them feed, specially like the colorful young dragonflies. Enjoyed all the photos! Voted up. That young American Robin sure wants to be feed and looks like mama bird is having a hard time teaching the young one :)

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, highlandterrier. Just wait for this weekend's edition. I already have some out of the ordinary things.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, shiningirisheyes.

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      highland terrier 

      6 years ago

      nice hub again. lovely photos.

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      A simply marvelous addition to your interesting series.

      Great write.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, vwriter. There's always something going on around Boomer Lake, you just never know when and where it will be found.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, ghost. Wait until I get good with a pro camera that has been loaned to me. I used it for the 4th of July hub, if you saw that. Those fireworks came out well. The baby birds will do nearly anything, so it really helps to be watchful, as you know. I have taken several dragonfly photos of this same order, as well as a few other bugs here and there. The scissortail sometimes hovers when catching bugs, so that helps.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Could I possibly forget such great people, mhatter? Never! Glad you're enjoying the weeklies.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like you had a great time, xstatic. I will get to her website on Wed. or Thursday this week, as I have those two days off.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are interesting dragonflies. I think I have a shot of a damselfly somewhere.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Joyce, but it isn't that hard. I have a ball with my birds, as well as other nature.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Johan. When you come to Stillwater, I can show you around Boomer Lake, if you like.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I go once a day, Nettlemere, and spend about 2 hours a day there. As I have said in my photography hub, the better part of photography is being in the right place at he right time!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Cindy. I have a one-piece camera 21X with a 14.2 megapixel, not a lot, but some. Many of these birds aren't far from me, though. A hummingbird can be done with a camera like mine, but it won't be frozen and look like a pro shot, unless you have a pro camera. I have a shot somewhere, but I don't know how good it is. Shall I search for it?

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      6 years ago from US

      Your pictures are great. I had to smile when I seen the duckling. But the picture of the flycatcher in flight is really awesome.

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      6 years ago

      Wow, what an awesome batch of photos! Good work, Deb!

      Couldn't pick one favorite. Finally settled on three:

      1. The young mockingbird. Our resident adult has finally started singing with a vengeance after months of absolute silence, but he doesn't seem likely to give me that cocky pose you captured.

      2. The dragonfly. That is just absolutely CLASSIC. Its wings look like they're made of glass!

      3. The closing photo, the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher. Catching it on the wing like

      Voted Up and More.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Great tour and pictures. Thank for not forgetting us.

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Another great birding & nature Hub. I thought of you today,when I was at the local Art & the Vinyard craft and wine show. I was talking to a great bird photographer from Washington named Jody McCrain, who had some wonderful photos exhibited for sale of owls and various water birds. You might like her website, which I promised to like on FB ( or We ate well and drank chilled white wine, lots of art of many kinds.

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      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very serene commentary. I love the descriptions of the animals along with the beautiful photos. You captured a wonderful picture of my favourite insect - the dragonfly. Great series!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Love your photo's and your great write-up.

      Voted up awesome and interesting for all your hard work, Joyce.

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      Johan Smulders 

      6 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Another great outing, keep it up!

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      6 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      beautiful picture of the dragonfly with its wings up and what a huge catch by the heron - you certainly manage to see lots of interesting things by making regular visits to the lake. Thanks for sharing them here.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      I love your photos! You must have a telephoto lens to get such awesome pictures of the hummingbird and dragonfly. :D I want to do a dragonfly hub, and I want to use original photos, but I have no idea how I would capture them. In any case, stay cool, and here's to hoping the lake evaporation subsides with cooler temperatures. Cheers!


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