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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Monday January 27, 2014

Updated on January 27, 2014
Emperor Penguin Colony
Emperor Penguin Colony | Source

Field Notes

Life for the Emperor Penguin

Let’s protect the Emperor Penguin before it is to late. We can’t lose another bird, but now we have a fighting chance to right the wrongs.

Supporters of Keystone Pipeline
Supporters of Keystone Pipeline | Source

Status of Keystone XL Pipeline

It is up to the President now to yea or nay the Keystone XL. Many, many people are fighting this monstrosity, including wealthy people. Will this make it more fair on the governmental arena? We’ll just have to see how environmentalist cash speaks.

Black-browed Albatross
Black-browed Albatross | Source

The Importance of the Albatross

Another incredible bird is the albatross. The US Department of Fish and Wildlife was able to obtain this unusual mating footage on Midway Island. This is a real treat, as it is so seldom seen.

Sweden Does Its Part with Bird and Frog Conservation

We must credit Sweden with creating wetlands and savings frogs and birds from certain extinction. Many, many countries realize that natural life, as we know it, can no longer be ignored. It pleases me to see tax dollars at work for such a constructive thing.

Male Belted Kingfisher
Male Belted Kingfisher | Source

Belted Kingfisher

The Belted Kingfisher joins me once again. My little male friend from last year was fishing with the immature Black-crowned Night-Heron and Great Blue Heron in the Southern Cove. Wondrous delights will evoke your senses when least expected, so it is always appropriate to have your camera with you at any given time to capture beauty in the height of natural surroundings. Seasons matter not, but the right time never hurts.

Great Blue Heron Gets His Crappie
Great Blue Heron Gets His Crappie | Source

Great Blue Heron: Showstopper

Great Blue Heron always fishes in the quiet of the Southern Cove. This area attracts numerous species throughout the year for both solitude and ample food. The fish seen here is a crappie, which is reported to be excellent eating for both people and wildlife. Where can you witness such wonders of nature? Look to your own bodies of water, spend time there, and it will do wonders for your own mental health. There is no point to be become bogged down by working yourself too much. Enjoy life more.

Canada Geese
Canada Geese | Source

Canada Geese

The Canada Goose is not a creature of habit. We all enjoy changes in scenery, as does our priceless wildlife. These beauties provided a picture-perfect scene in all its splendor for each of us. Light can change so many things, as well as our perception of life surrounding us. Sometimes, simplicity like this is the answer to everything.

Female Bufflehead
Female Bufflehead | Source

Buffleheads

Buffleheads still frequent Boomer Lake, but perhaps not in droves like they did last year. More space accounts for greater activity, and there is nothing more beautiful than a bird gaining momentum for the wonder of flight. Take a moment to think about some of the most eye-stopping things that you have ever seen in nature. Relish them, and keep them forever within your mind’s eye for future reference.

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird | Source

Northern Mockingbird

The Northern Mockingbird in its natural surroundings transcends so many things for all of us. They can silently appear in the most unlikely of places, and more importantly, leave the land and its inhabitants as pure as whence they came. They do their part in protecting our land by planting seeds to ensure that trees will never come to an end. Both birds and humanity require the oxygen that these trees provide in our lives. Enjoy these things while you are able to get out to see them, and appreciate them by supporting the work of Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman, whose legacy will always live on. Just plant one tree and it will live after you do.

Water is so important to our well-being, for we cannot live without it. Our bodies are eighty percent water. Think about water if you consider using pesticides on your lawn to kill slugs and weeds. We can dispose of these things organically, and our water will remain pure. Our raptors will thrive if we don’t use rat poison, and our birds will live better lives if we keep away from the evils of glue traps. They are cruel, as they keep mice living as they try to escape a horrible death through dehydration and hunger. Birds also become trapped in them, as they tend to contain bugs. My message to you is to help our species live the best lives that they can, and as long as they can.

Keep your eyes on the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding, and may you get closer to your life list.

The Boomer Lake Connection

Canada Goose Takes Flight
Canada Goose Takes Flight | Source
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source
Male Malard
Male Malard | Source
American Coot
American Coot | Source

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Christina! You are so welcome. There is more coming soon enough.

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      Christina M. Castro 3 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      I learn a little more about birds each time I read your hubs. Thank you so much for sharing these feathered friends with us!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Kim, you know that I always will. Perhaps I will be up there one day with Jane Goodall and Rachel Carson.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Deb, you are our own environmental ambassador! You keep us well informed and in the loop and your passion is contagious. Bring it on!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, teaches. I am doing my best.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are so welcome, Alicia.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We will never know, Mary...

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Another enjoyable moment, Deb. Keep bringing us these informational articles.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      In addition to the lovely photos and interesting bird news, this week's edition of the Boomer Lake report contains important messages about conservation. Thanks for sharing the information, Deb.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I can't believe the local newspaper isn't interested; they must have their heads in the sand!!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Kevin, I put that up, as people were taking my photos right off Facebook. It works out a lot better for me.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Well I guess that you did not get sick and I had looked at your profile a while ago but forgot that you have a website.

      Kevin

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      debhirt.blogspot.com

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Kevin, I got pictures in this biter cold. I go out every morning that I can, unless I am stuck working.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glimmer Twin, they are around, but are taking shelter. They expend a lot of energy shivering, which is why they have to eat so much. If you don't do it, provide a feeder with black oil sunflower seeds, and water. This is the time of year when they really require a little help. Heaters are made for bird baths to keep the water from freezing.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Deb,

      If you are trying to get the word out you could also start a blog, Web page, or newsletter.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      When you said "what you got this morning", did you mean that you got sick Deb? Or that you got a bird/animal?

      Kevin

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Well I love the photo of the kingfisher. When we lived in Maryland there was a kingfisher poised over a creek near us. He was almost always there and I named him Fred. I don't know if it was the same bird every time, but I like to think it was. It has been so bitterly cold here that I wonder where the birds are. I have not seen them lately.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Mary! Wish I could interest the local paper…(alas). Thanks for the shares, which is the best way to get the word out on taking care of our animals.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Kevin! Wait until you see what I got this morning…(run)

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Your hubs are showstoppers Deb! The information you provide us is interesting and educational and your photos, well, in a word I would say breathtaking!

      Thanks for another visit to Boomer Lake.

      Voted all but funny.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Beautiful job again Deb. The most interesting part was when I read about the mockingbird and my favorite photos were the Belted Kingfisher and the Northern Mockingbird. Keep it up.

      Kevin

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      ChitrangadaSharan, your continued support lets me know that I am achieving the correct things. One of these days, I will be in your corner of the world(when things in Pakistan calm down), and I hope that we will be able to meet.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy. This is actually an older story, that I mulled about in my head for a while before I put it on paper. Glad that you liked it!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for the info, Dave. The diseased/dead animals are a way to monitor what disease effects whom, and is a good way to quickly effect cures in an area, if possible. I need to learn more about what the scientific community is embroiled in now…thanks for the heads up.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Mel, the heron would have been in the boat eventually, be it what it may. They are impeccably good navigators.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful hub and wonderful message!

      The pictures are amazing and your passion for the environment and its various creatures is worth applause.

      Thanks for enlightening everyone!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      I can only second all that Bill says and each hub of yours Deb never disappoints.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      A most enjoyable visit as always. Over here in the UK, this last weekend , there has been one of the largest Bird watch surveys ever undertaken, members of the public have been encouraged to report their sightings to a data base. Also being undertaken is a survey {again by members of the public} to report any bird /animal found dead or in bad health. Hopefully between the two the state of the UK's wildlife should be made clearer.

      Love your photographs and your reports. Voted up.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I love your weekly column and your pics get better every week. I agree with the heron that crappie are good eats. I used to catch them with my Dad but we never had a heron in the boat.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Good work, Connie. The kids eat so much, as shivering burns so many calories. Thanks for taking care of the birds. Your heart is so pure.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Faith Reaper! It is just something that I ave to do to keep our world intact. So glad that you enjoy it and have shared it, so that other people can be aware, too. Thanks for your great support.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Hi Deb, what a beautiful picture of the Male Mallard! All your pictures are beautiful, as are the natural settings you have captured so elegantly. I can almost smell the water and the fresh air!

      Just 8 degrees here in this chilly northeastern icebox, but it should warm up towards the end of the week. I feel sorry for the birds as they shiver throughout the nights, but they sure are active all day long at the feeders! There are several pairs of house finches, as well as purple finches lately, dining alongside the myriad goldfinches at the bird feeders. I keep them well stocked ;) Connie

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I am glad to know that some countries have gone the extra mile to save the environment and all of the life. I love how you have reminded us to think of the most eye-popping things we have seen in nature and be mindful to keep them in our mind's eye and relish them.

      Beautiful photos as always.

      Up and more and sharing.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, srsddn…I do believe it is my calling to educate people to save our animals and environment.

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      srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      aviannovice, I love these birds. Emperor Penguins are really beautiful. Thanks for sharing this wealth of birds.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jackie! Gad to hear that all are thriving out your way. Feeders and water are the key right now. Sounds like you're manager is a group of happy campers. Good work, and see if you can get some photos and do a story for me.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh I would love to see one of those Kingfishers with the little punk hairdo! I have such a variety at my window now and they just all take turns, it is amazing. Suppose to snow tomorrow; I bet that will really bring them out. Some are so tiny I am surprised they don't freeze. Some are green with red dot on head and some black and white with really long bills of the tiny ones. I still have to fight the squirrel but I have all wired down so he can't take more than he can get in his mouth anyway!

      Thanks for all the work and sharing, Deb!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Billy. I am doing my best for the environment and its inhabitants.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the world news at the beginning...love the photos...love everything about this excellent series. Well done, Deb! Keep spreading the environmental news.

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