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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Saturday, July 28, 2012

Updated on October 24, 2012
Great Blue Heron in Mockingbird Tree
Great Blue Heron in Mockingbird Tree | Source

Welcome back to Boomer Lake! The temperatures are sizzling and the lake is about four feet lower since the good spring rains. In some places, there is a shore that I can easily walk upon without getting my sneakers muddy, and actually shorten some of my walk due to going a bit more direct, off the beaten path(literally!) The Great Blue Heron is back in his favorite tree, and after some observation, it appears that he feels safer off the ground. He has been chased lately by Northern Mockingbirds, but doesn’t mind being among Canada Geese or Mallards. It’s just those intimidating mockers!

Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove | Source
Eurasian Collared Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove | Source

Mourning Dove or Collared Dove?

Today, I can show you a pictorial difference between the Mourning Dove and The Eurasian Collared Dove. Here, you can clearly see the black ring around the Collared Dove’s neck. Vocally, the call sounds opposite to a Mourning Dove.

Baby Marsh Rabbit
Baby Marsh Rabbit | Source

Baby Marsh Rabbit

Finally, I got a few shots of a very young Marsh Rabbit. I am proud of myself, too, as they flee madly like the March Hare did in Alice and Wonderland. It couldn't have been more than ten feet away from me, which I considered extremely fortuitous. This little one didn’t seem to mind that I was there at all, and stuck around for a good ten minutes to eat.

Mallard | Source
Mallard | Source


The Mallards are getting their primary feathers on their wings back after a long molt. A few of them are actually airborn again, and the ducklings look more and more like their mother every day. That is actually a true statement, as all of them look like the hen(female) before their first full season.

Male Northern Shoveler
Male Northern Shoveler | Source

Northern Shovelers!

The Northern Shovelers are now having a turn at molting, and you can see here that the male is rather dull looking. Nonetheless, he is still a rather striking bird with that wonderful bill, which helps strain a lot of good, small crustaceans from the water.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird | Source

Eastern Kingbirds Are Back

The Eastern Kingbirds have chosen a favorite tree by Veteran’s Memorial, even though it is getting to be late in the season. They look so beautiful perched high on this tree during first light, which enabled me to get several sales-worthy photos.

Great-Tailed Grackle
Great-Tailed Grackle | Source

Other News...

The Purple Martins have moved from the martin house on the east side of the lake, and relinquished it to the House Sparrows. All the young ones seemed to have fledged early in the week.

The Great-Tailed Grackles still have a few young, and I had a full family in my back yard. The fledglings now resemble their parents, no more fine down tufts on their heads anymore. I still hear young ones in Grackle Tree, just off Veteran’s Memorial, but I think most of them are grown now.

American Robin
American Robin | Source

Young American Robin

This young American Robin is also very close to adulthood, and if his family is not resident, he’ll be ready to fly wherever his parents decide to winter this year. Generally, it is still in the same vicinity, but not far from his birthplace.

Pied-Billed Grebe
Pied-Billed Grebe | Source

Pied-Billed Grebe?

The last time that I spotted a Pied-Billed Grebe, it was in the spring, for only one day. I just saw this grebe today, so it makes me wonder if migration is already beginning. I cannot imagine that it would be this early, but with the weather that we have been having, who knows? I’ll just have to keep a very close watch on the birds that I see from now on, and as you know, I will definitely be keeping you informed.

This is all I have for the week. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding!

Green Heron in a Tree
Green Heron in a Tree | Source


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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Why, thank you, Mr. Byrd. You make me feel like this is all so worthwhile!

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      William Byrd 

      6 years ago

      I think you should have your own magizine!!!!!! VERY GOOD!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Klara. Yes, I do get lost in the adventures from time to time, but reality forces me back to get ready for work. Good to see you!

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      6 years ago

      How beautiful! I can just picture you with your camera getting lost in nature and becoming one with it. Those mockingbirds are quite aggresive when protecting their territory. The photos are great as usual.

      Thanks for posting.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad you're having as much fun with this as I am, shiningirisheyes. Guess I have found my niche, eh?

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I always look forward to your hubs and the wonderful wild life trips you take me on Deb.

      Never dissapointed.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I also saw hundreds of dragonflies out at the lake, grandmapearl on Sunday(yesterday). I have a feeling that it could be migration time.

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      Connie Smith 

      6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Your photos are wonderful as always. Your Western Kingbird looks very much like our little guys here in the east. I just heard one the other day when I was walking in the woods. You are right about the weather. Everything here seems to be about 2 weeks earlier than what I consider normal. My Rose of Sharon bushes are in full bloom. That hasn't happened before the middle of August until this year. My robins have all fledged, and I hear them way out in the woods instead of close by now. It was great fun to watch them forage under old leaf litter! I learn so much from your pictures and articles. Love the Shoveller. Voted Up and Awesome, Beautiful and Interesting as always.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're so welcome, Mhatter!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hedgies? Wow, I would love to meet one someday. Thanks for the great complement.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Lucky Cats! I will do an article very soon for you on Barn Swallows. I have lots of great pictures of them. I am so glad that you're enjoying my material.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing your backyard with us.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi avian, you take such beautiful photos, and the weather looked gorgeous too. How lovely to get the photo of the rabbit! its been lovely over here too, and much to my amusement we have had at least ten hedgehogs snuffling around below my balcony every night, they discovered a piece of cake we threw over for the birds, and they make such a lovely noise scuttling around! great hub as always, nell

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      6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Oh, aviannovice..these birds are all so beautiful . I have learned a thing or two reading this hub, as well. I'm so glad you were able to capture the difference between the Doves, and were so fortunate to snap a shot of the little bunny. This makes me yearn for a visit to SE Kansas where there are two ponds on my property and it teems with a Blue Heron couple, lots of Canadian Geese as they linger for a while before they travel through during spring, Robins, little rabbits....lots of rabbits!!, "barn swallows," ( I absolutely love these birds), and so many more kinds of birds and wildlife. It is, truely, beautiful. This is a sweet, colorful and educational hub, aviannovice. I am learning from you! UP Useful, Awesome, Beautiful and Interesting.


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