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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Saturday August 4, 2012

Updated on October 14, 2012
Eastern Kingbird Fledgling
Eastern Kingbird Fledgling | Source
Eastern Kingbird Nest
Eastern Kingbird Nest | Source
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird | Source

New Fledgling!

Even with intense heat this week, there were a few events definitely worth mentioning. First, Eastern Kingbirds were discovered in a tree that they have never been at before. That lead me to believe that they were probably nesting. That assumption was correct, for I found the nest and got a picture of a fledgling, all accomplished in the same week.

Yellow Warblers
Yellow Warblers | Source

Yellow Warblers

Right in the same vicinity, I captured this lovely pair of Yellow Warblers. Warblers tend to dart about and rarely sit still with all that nervous movement. These I caught on the shore, about ready to get themselves a cool drink of water. Now, when opportunities like this present themselves, they must be taken. Perhaps I can obtain a better photograph later, but I certainly wasn’t about to take my chances and miss this.

Brown Thrasher on Nest
Brown Thrasher on Nest | Source
Brown Thrasher Eggs
Brown Thrasher Eggs | Source

Baby Brown Thrashers Coming Near You!

Then I found Mother Brown Thrasher on her nest, and today she was off the nest. There I got a photo of two beautiful little eggs before she returned and told me to cease cramping her style, or she won’t let me photograph the babies when they hatch. I chose to do as she said, for I definitely want you to see the nestlings when they arrive.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly | Source

Dragonflies in Full Force

During the week, dragonflies have been out in full force. At first I thought that it was time for migration, but as I observe what has been happening, it appears that they are feeding, and feeding heavily. I suspect that they are fortifying themselves for migration, which should be occurring fairly soon. The same is likely happening in your individual areas, as well, so bear this in mind if you see large populations of dragonflies and damselflies.

Killdeer
Killdeer | Source

Killdeer Population

Many Killdeer are out nesting, hoping to get one more clutch before it is also time for them to be on the migratory route, too. The Killdeer population is very strong this year, and they are definitely on the upswing. They have generally been relatively common, even nesting a good piece from the water, especially in the eastern part of the U.S. The problem with them is that they can nest in what they think is abandoned lots and driveways. Since they nest on the ground, they can be difficult to notice, so many of the eggs are destroyed by mowers and heavy equipment.

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird | Source
Great White Egret
Great White Egret | Source
Great Blue Heron with Mallard
Great Blue Heron with Mallard | Source

Notable Mention

Here are a few shots of notable mention. There were a couple of days with some good breezes, so it was a little cooler to be out a little longer than my usual couple of hours each day. One can never take these wonderful birds for granted, or believe that during the heat of the summer, no opportunities will present themselves, for it is really impossible to gauge that hunch. I would rather be out there looking for things than not, because I just don’t want to miss anything. My favorite shots happen to include multiple species, and now is definitely the time to do that. I also have several shots of other miscellaneous things that I wanted you to see, too.

My events of the week are here on this page, and remember to keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding!

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source
Great Blue Heron Catches Tiny Morsel
Great Blue Heron Catches Tiny Morsel | Source
Green Heron
Green Heron | Source
Canada Goose and Mallard
Canada Goose and Mallard | Source

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      precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

      That's so nice of you to remember that :) and yeah it was a surprise when I saw the photo! Thank you. ^.^'

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, precy anza, I have been trying to get hummer photos, just for you!

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      precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

      Aww.. Did I just saw what I saw ^-^' You spotted a hummer!! Enjoyed all the photos! :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, molometer, I was, sorry. Maybe one day I can get to your area and photograph your birds, too.

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      molometer 4 years ago

      They were fab. I am assuming you are replying to me. lol

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I love the herons. Have you seen my Green Heron pics?

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, dghbrh! Glad that you stopped by to see what I like to write about.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Joyce, do you find that it's harder to get photos of the smaller birds than the larger ones? I find that they move so quickly.

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Great photos of these wonderful birds. We get a lot of Herons locally too.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      nice hub with awesome pic.....informative as well. up voting and interesting.

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub. You make jealous with your wonderful photo's to live in an area where I can see birds like you take. Here we have basic birds most are small.

      Voted up and Beautiful, Joyce.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I'm glad that you found me, too, suziecat. Glad you like this weekly.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, kashmir! I sure got some good surprises this week.

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      suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I love to watch the Blue Heron in flight. Great Hub and glad I found you.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great well written information and such wonderful and beautiful photos !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It's amazing how many things migrate, and the numbers, too. Thanks for coming by, xstatic.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wonderful Hub and pictures again! Beautiful photo of the Green Heron. I have never seen one of those. Dragonflies and Damselflies are really interesting. I did not know they migrated.

      Up all the way!

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