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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, November 18, 2012

Updated on November 21, 2012
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Mourning Doves
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Now THIS was a week!

This was a remarkable week, with a great deal of activity. I saw ducks that I had never seen before, and got a few good pictures of them. I also caught a Dark-Eyed Junco that I haven’t seen in quite some time. These are some of the coolest mornings that I have experienced, and it brought out a lot of action, as well. There were a number of lucky action shots, and I actually had to narrow down the photos a great deal. This week, I took well over 800 pictures, which is most likely the most that I have ever taken in one week. Between birds and scenery, I was very happy with the representation of things that I was able to capture.

Great Blue Heron with a good fish
Great Blue Heron with a good fish | Source

Look at this Fish

The Great Blue Heron got himself a good-sized fish, and shared the Southern Cove with the usual Mallards and the lone American Coot that would rather be with the Mallards instead of his Home-Boys. I still haven’t really figured out the reasoning behind that yet.

Greater Scaups
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Greater Scaups in Oklahoma?

Now for the exciting and important news! Surprisingly, there has been a good turnout of Greater Scaups. You might recall that in the spring, I saw Lesser Scaups, but never the greater, who just are not from this area. Being pleasantly surprised, I worked rather hard to try to obtain better photos, but these are clearly the Greater Scaups. These are more coastal birds, and rarely make into these inland areas, so it appears that they are also heading north in order to begin breeding soon. Many ducks and gulls are here just biding their time for when nature kicks in and tell them that it is time to continue on.

Buffleheads
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Buffleheads

The Buffleheads managed to arrive this week, and I got a few good pictures of them. These ducks have large heads, and are known as buffalo-heads. I can verify that they are one of the best diving ducks that I have ever seen. During the Athos I oil spill of ’04, we got three of them, and kept them in a pelagic pool. A couple of them needed to be tube fed, and I recall having quite a time trying to catch them because they were so remarkably fast once they were in the water. They are well-known for the large white patch on their heads that runs from the back of the eye to the crown of the head.

Dark-Eyed Junco
Dark-Eyed Junco | Source

Dark-Eyed Junco

I also caught a Dark-Eyed Junco, which is a songbird that I haven’t seen in quite some time. They are very common birds and will come to your feeders if you are willing to provide nuts, black-oil sunflower seeds, and breadcrumbs. They are sweet little birds with a very melodic song. They should be here with us during the winter.

Mallard and Crayfish
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Mallard and his Crayfish

I also wanted to include a few shots that will be a little more uncommon viewing for you, and I managed to get a number of those. A male Mallard caught a crayfish, and literally had to run from other ducks in order to be able to try to eat his prize.

Female Ring-necked Duck(top) with Greater Scaups
Female Ring-necked Duck(top) with Greater Scaups | Source

Ring-necked Duck

This female Ring-necked Duck was all by herself and has been that way for a number of days. She has been associating with the Greater Scaups and has never been very far from them. She has a very thin, white eye ring, and also happens to be a diving duck..

Here’s a shot of a male Bufflehead showing off, and since you can see the underside, you can appreciate what a lovely bird that this really is. I don’t know how long they will be here, but I’m definitely enjoying the stateliness of their looks.

Buffleheads
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Now, I will sign off and hope that I have just as many new things to report for you next edition. It truly was filled with excitement this week and I was very pleased with the birds that I was fortunate enough to see.

I saw a young man, who made mention that the Snow Geese come to the area right about now. Hopefully, I will be able to see them soon, as they come to Boomer Lake in great numbers. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds, and happy birding to one and all.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and I will talk to you next week.

Mallards
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Double-Crested Cormorant
Double-Crested Cormorant | Source
American Crows
American Crows | Source
Killdeer and Its Reflection
Killdeer and Its Reflection | Source

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy. It's really easy work, since I love doing it so much.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful ;what a brillaint hub and here's to so many more to follow.

      Great work!!

      Eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks again, Connie. You never know what these little characters will do. It's also funny to get them wet with a hose, and see the antics that they perform.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Lots of goodies in this installment for sure, Deb! At that reservoir that I've talked about before there have been huge flocks of different ducks and geese, along with a heron or two and many gulls. I just wish I could get good camera shots so you could identify them. Someday, I hope!

      Love the little juncos. They are always under the feeders foraging for dropped seeds. One time when they were nesting I caught sight of a male with a worm in its beak. It thrashed that worm literally into a pulp before flying away with it. I'm sure it was helping to feed its babies. Voted Up and Beautiful. Loved all your great photos as always!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      There was a lot happening at the lake, Alicia. I really had to cull the photos hard this week.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another interesting and enjoyable installment in your Boomer Lake series, Deb. Eight hundred photos is an impressive number!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Why sure, Eddy! You can always come with me to the lake.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Always glad to have you along, precy anza!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I understand. I'm still waiting to see my first, as well as a LIVE armadillo. I'm a transplant, you know.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Keep a watch for the winter migrants!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Many of them will be heading north to their breeding ground soon. We are just a stopover point.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      What a beautiful hub;I save as one of my favourites and here's to many more to come.

      Eddy.

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      precy anza 5 years ago from USA

      Another beautiful photos! Glad I came along for this week's walk on the lake ^-^'

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Deb! Just up the road from us, I used to see a Road Runner every now and then. Then they built a house right in there and I haven't seen one since! I love to watch them! I used to see them all the time when we lived in New Mexcio. I would really like to catch a picture of one someday. :)

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      Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Beautiful pictures! You certainly saw quite the variety of birds and your photographs were fabulous. Most of our birds fly south for the winter, so sadly we don't have quite as many to watch--but there are always the hardy ones that stay behind. Thank you for identifying the birds so clearly, this is really helpful for a novice like myself.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      These occasions you caught on camera are stupendous. I wonder though...how many of the unusual sightings may be due to climate change? Just a thought.

      I enjoyed this Deb and thanks for the walk around the lake.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We had a little rain last night, but very little. The Southern Cove at the lake will soon be gone if we get no rain. I saw no Great Blue Heron or Mallards there this morning.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Those buffleheads are really cool looking birds. Great pictures, Deb; thanks for sharing. We are having a day only ducks could love...wind and rain and power outages.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Gloshei, you are so welcome. I love bringing my days at the lake to you.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's right, Nettlemere, I sure did. This week has begun with a bang, too.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      whonu, they can be characters. I like waterbirds the best, myself.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Martin, I would never forget you. Glad that you had fun with the article, too.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, sgbrown! Yes, the lake is in Stillwater. Do you have roadrunners where you are? I have yet to see one.

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      You've done it again aviannovice with your lovely pictures at Boomer Lake. The shots are great and so clear thankyou for sharing them.

      Voted up.

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      The buffleheads are great characters. What an interesting week you had with plenty of action caught to share with us.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      I always enjoy our wonderful photography and articles on he wild birds. My favorite ducks are the beautiful mallards and I often am amazed at the fast growth of baby ducks and in maturing into adults. I have watched the same group for three years now at a local public lake and am always entertained by their antics. Thanks for sharing. whonu

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Reads and looks like a special day. Thank you for not forgetting me.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I really enjoyed your hub! I had not heard of Boomer Lake before. I assume it is near Stillwater? I haven't been much north of Okla. City. I enjoyed all your pictures. We spend some time at Lake Murray and I always love taking pictures of the geese and other birds. I was glad to see your picture of the dark-eyed junko. I have them at my bird feeder, but could not identify them. I love your pictures and the information your provided with them. Voting this up and more! :)

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is a way of life, Jeannie, a way of nature. I am having so much fun with all the birds.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      They are great, aren't they, Kathy? I am enjoying a few of them now!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jackie, just keep trying. I do the same kinds of shots over and over. Eventually, you will get shots that you like. It is also nice to get the birds in different trees and during different seasons with different fruit/leaves/no leaves on the trees.

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      Jeannie Dibble 5 years ago

      Another amazing report of Life on Boomer Lake. I've seen so many of these birds over the last 22 years and never have I been so enlightened. Your writing is wonderful. Thanks again for sharing your passion.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from Jordan MN

      so that's where my little Junco goes in the winter time. every spring they stop at my bird feeder for a while on thier was north. Love those little hench men birds.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Beautiful pictures. Hard to talk myself into going out to the lake in the cold but I want to. My blue heron needs to be shot from the backside of the lake, I just can't get him up close enough. I saw his blue wings close up once but was so in awe I wasn't shooting. There is a small duck that just hates him. It spends so much time trying to run him off, having fits, but the heron completely ignores it. Now there are no flowers I may get more into the birds, thanks to you but I don't have your variety. Still fun though and there is nothing more beautiful than wings held open, is there? That shot seems to never get captured just right either.