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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday February 24, 2013

Updated on February 25, 2013
Southern Cove Since Wednesday
Southern Cove Since Wednesday | Source

Look, Water in the Southern Cove!

This was an interesting week. During the early part of the week, we got a bit of sleet, snow and rain, which means that the Southern Cove now has a little water in it. Excellent! Now the birds are back there spending some quiet time, as well as getting a little drink for themselves here and there. We are now out of barren desert phase!

Red-shouldered Hawk in Flight
Red-shouldered Hawk in Flight | Source
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Red-shouldered Hawks

Three Red-shouldered Hawks came to visit on Tuesday. I was able to get two of them in one shot, and managed to get one in flight. Even though it isn’t a great shot, it is still encouraging that I am able to begin getting used to the new camera and am learning how to do more and more with it.

American Robins
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American Robins

The American Robins have overtaken Boomer Lake, and the males are surveying their respective territories. I got a shot of a couple in the snow, and there is actually still a few patches of it left.

American White Pelican
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American White Pelicans

Three American White Pelicans have showed up, one of which is a male sporting his breeding plumage. See the little extra on the bill? That signifies the male, who is a very nice looking specimen.

Re-winged Blackbird
Re-winged Blackbird | Source

Red-winged Blackbird

The Red-winged Blackbirds have been announcing their presence, as well. Some of the adults are already back, as well as some of the first year males. The first years have smaller epaulets, which aren’t as brightly colored as the adults. There are also a few males that don’t even have them yet.

American Coot
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American Coot

The American Coots have been increasing in number, the Double-crested Cormorants have been seen upon occasion, and Goose Island is gaining its population. All the birds are gearing up a little early for spring, but they tell me that spring is just about here. I’m not totally convinced of that, as rumor has it that we will be getting snow on Monday and Tuesday, perhaps even as much as seven inches. Let’s see what happens, and gear up accordingly. I’m still not about to put up my winter weather gear just yet.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher | Source
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Belted Kingfisher

Here’s a couple of surprise shots for you that I consider myself lucky to have obtained. The male Belted Kingfisher was out this morning posing for me. Since he already has chosen a female, he can get a little bored. It also helps that he is used to me and very patient, too. He deflected off the water trying to grab a small fish, plus I got this bonus shot of him hovering in the air. It was going to happen sooner of later, but I never thought that it was going to be this soon.

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull | Source
Canada Goose and Ring-billed Gull
Canada Goose and Ring-billed Gull | Source

Our Old Favorites!

Here’s a few action shots that everyone likes of Canada Geese and the Ring-billed Gulls.

This is the extent of what has been happening this week. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds, because you never know what kinds of birds might just show up on your doorstep. Don’t forget to keep black oil sunflower seeds, some suet, and a water dish nearby for our feathered friends. Just because it is winter, they need water even more so. See you next week!

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull | Source
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Canada Goose(right) with Painted Turtle(left)
Canada Goose(right) with Painted Turtle(left) | Source

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hi, Vicki! It is great to have you here. Boomer Lake is very important on the Central Flyway, a lot of great birds come through here. Birds need to be fed in both winter and spring, especially when they have young ones, as it takes so much energy racing around trying to keep them fed. Have you noticed any unusual birds over the winter?

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      Vickiw 

      5 years ago

      Just came across your Hub, and it is so interesting! I am an avid bird watcher too, and have 4 feeders out presently - 3 black oil sunflower seed and 1 Niger. We get lovely birds, and they are really hungry now! I look forward to reading more of your Boomer Lake series.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I don't mind the cold, sg, as I never know what I am going to see. I sure love those surprises, and I am happy when I get them. It makes the cold worth it.

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      Sheila Brown 

      5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I always love your hubs about Sooner Lake and of course, this is another great one. Your pics are great and I can't wait for some warmer weather! :)

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jackie! Glad that you like the pictures, I just lucked out with a lot of them. Lots of people really like the kingfisher pictures.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Hard to pick from these! I think the Belted Kingfisher is my favorite though. Guess I don't have to pick a fav but that is just me. Had a friend in grade school get really mad at me for picking a favorite of her two turtles when I was spending the night. I should have learned my lesson maybe, lol. All the shots are great though, you really should have a book.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are so welcome, Meldz. Life is a dream on the lake.

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      ignugent17 

      5 years ago

      Amazing pictures! I find the American coot interesting. Thanks again for sharing the information. :-)

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Alicia! No pics today, as it is giving us some much needed rain. Maybe a little snow tonight and part of tomorrow.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the photos of the birds in flight, Deb. I enjoyed this edition of your Boomer Lake journal (as I always do) and I'm already looking forward to the next!

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks so much, Johan. One day, I hope to get to Africa to see both you Audrey, and your wonderful world.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Nettlemere! Time and practice is what I need to accomplish my goals, and it is happening, little by little.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy. I appreciate your loyalty and readership, as well as your encouragement.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Connie! My world is now becoming a reality with this camera, and my friend Jeannie was so instrumental in helping me along. I'm just grateful that I was able to finally get it.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Bumpsysmum, so good to see you, as usual. You have been a faithful friend and visitor to Boomer Lake every week. Thanks so much for dropping by and your kind words.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, torrilynn! Thanks for the kudos, and let's hope that the pictures keep improving. I love my lake and want to put it in everyone's lives.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Excellent, Martin. Remember that it will take a lot of hard work, and you will progress. I know that it is painful, but the joys ae so worth it. Give 'em hell, Martin, and don't ever stop.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks so much, Chris. I am moving along to try to capture what I did before, but hopefully, do it better. I have given myself over to the camera in hopes to be able to tell my own story in the only way that I know how.

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      Nettlemere 

      5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      I'm pretty impressed with all your in flight shots this week - even if you are only just getting to grips with the camera!

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so mcuh once again Deb for another brilliant hub. I hope you keep these coming for a long time to come. I vote up,across and share.

      Enjoy your day.,

      Eddy.

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      Connie Smith 

      5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Deb, your birds in flight are absolutely brilliant! You are a very quick learner it seems because these are some of the best in-flight bird pictures I've seen! I love that belted kingfisher, which I've seen in person, but only perched and not in flight. Very impressive my friend!

      Voted Up, Awesome and everything.

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      Bumpsysmum 

      5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Fantastic in flight pics! I loved the hawk ones. These hubs are so interesting, an ongoing saga and never boring, well done I love them. I love your American Robin too, so brightly coloured.

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      Johan Smulders 

      5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Your photos have always been good, but WOW! Another great visit to the lake.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      As always thank you so much for this. My new therapist is working with me and looking out a window.

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      Chris Mills 

      5 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Deb, you got the belted kingfisher hovering!! My son and I have been waiting for this to happen. I just called him in and we are both impressed. You are moving right along with the camera. Great shots this week.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jim. Still learning the camera, but I think 'm getting a little closer every day.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Billy! I think I had a pretty good week, eh? The kingfishers were today.

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great one Deb! I love the Red-wings and their call too. Have not seen any here lately. That shot of the hawl in flight is good, I think. But the Oscar goes to the photos of the Kingfisher! Those are amazing! I will be sure to share them with my in-house photographer.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow! The hawks are spectacular. Thank you for some great pictures this week, Deb!

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