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Life at Boomer Lake With Deb, Sunday July 8, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://aviannovice.hubpages.com/hub/Happy-4th-of-July-from-Stillwater-Oklahoma, 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!