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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Saturday June 23, 2012

Updated on November 22, 2012
Western Kingbird Nestlings, final day
Western Kingbird Nestlings, final day | Source

There are several highlights this week for your reading pleasure. I was fortunate enough to catch the Western Kingbird nestlings just before they fledged. This is the last photo that I got while they were still in their nest on Monday, and I have not seen them since. Only the nest remains.

Great Blue Heron with Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron with Canada Goose | Source

Here’s a photo that I thought was rather interesting, and it surprised me that a chase didn’t ensue as a result. A Great Blue Heron happened to be fishing around a gaggle of Canada Geese. This vigorous bathing was going on at the same time. Usually the heron gets irritated and leaves, but that was not the case. Perhaps the hunger pangs weren’t as strong as they have been at other times.

Marsh Rabbit
Marsh Rabbit | Source

Here’s a sweet little brown rabbit that I have heard referred to as a marsh rabbit. Over the last two months there were four of them and now there are in the neighborhood of twenty. Mind you, I’m only counting the east side of the lake where I haunt. There have also been a few young ones observed, but they are a lot more skittish than the adults. I managed to photograph one. The ears are much shorter on the young ones than on the adults.

Great Egret
Great Egret | Source

Having moved several times to capture what I considered a decent picture or two, this Great Egret was flying all over the lake in search of delicacies. Here he is taking off again after a failed attempt.

new fledgling European Starling
new fledgling European Starling | Source

This European Starling fledgling hasn’t been out of the nest long. The photo is a bit grainy, as it was very overcast. I tried to get a good shot of the mother feeding this young one, but it just didn’t work out.

Mother and Fledgling Red-Winged Blackbird
Mother and Fledgling Red-Winged Blackbird | Source

Here’s mother Red-Winged Blackbird and her little one. Notice how the little one on the bottom is asking to be fed. This is typical of a fledgling, who will try this trick for as long as tit can possibly use it. Sound like any teenagers that you might know?

Fledgling American Robin
Fledgling American Robin | Source

A fully fledged American Robin has no fear of people, so here’s a decent photo of this one. Many times they will actually beg for food from a person or even another bird. I have even seen one beg a dog for something to eat.

Female Mallard with Duckling
Female Mallard with Duckling | Source
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The Mallards are all doing well and have had a number of families around the lake. The adults have been molting heavily, and it is more noticeable on the males, as they are a lot showier and brighter than the females under normal circumstances. They have been on the dull side now for the past couple of weeks. The upside to this, is that the family unit has been together, instead of the male wandering off with his single male friends.

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker | Source

The Northern Flicker seems to be a bit more elusive than some of the other woodpeckers. I caught this one today searching for food. A similarity with many of the woodpeckers is that they will tap on wood(or the ground, in this case), then turn the head to listen for movement. If they hear something, then they know that food is available.

Great-Tailed Grackle
Great-Tailed Grackle | Source

The Great Tailed Grackle was fortunate in his or her search for this delicious meal and flew off shortly after I got this photo.

Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher | Source

The Brown Thrasher was also available today for this shot. They are normally shy, unless defending a nest. I have heard of a few cases where they have gone after the head of an unsuspecting person walking by. Remember this bird, just in case it happens to you!

Thistle Seeds to be Launched Soon Enough
Thistle Seeds to be Launched Soon Enough | Source

The week is over, and I’ll be in search of other things in the following week. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head to the clouds. Happy Birding!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, shiningirisheyes, you do. let me know!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I need to visit Boomer Lake before I leave this world. How lucky you are for having this place.

      Another interesting and beautiful subject.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're welcome, Jeannie. I have so much fun doing these. Don't forget to take a "gander" at the "Unusual Northern Shoveler."

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      Jeannie Dibble 4 years ago

      I also loved the Northern Flicker, I've seen so few in my yard, maybe just 5 in 20 yrs..Today I've been sprinkling the gardens and having lots of fun watching the birds enjoy the showers from the sprinklers...

      It's amazing how the little fledglings are so cram packed in the nest. Totally love that image also and of course your stories and pictures always make for great reading...thanks Deb for taking the time to share with us...

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad to hear it, Nettlemere. I am anxious to read about your birds and see what they look like.

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      I'm just starting to get some 1/2 decent shots of birds with my new camera, not as good pictures as yours, but I will definitely write about them soonish. Thank you for the encouragement.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Appreciate the read, Highland Terrier.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      HOT summer's day, Ghaelach. It is early afternoon and 107 degrees F. This is the first 100+ day in a long while.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, precy anza. I even surprise myself with some of the things that I find out there.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like the same sort of bird, Nettlemere. You need to show off your birds, too.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Jackie, nature can be unfair, but it is all part of the circle of life. I find dead babies, too. Sometimes, these things can't be avoided.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I enjoy doing it, Mhatter.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I thought the rabbit would be a nice addition, Joyce. You will have to show me your pics.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Appreciate the fact that you liked it, girishpuri! No telling what I'll have next week...stay tuned.

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      Highland Terrier 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Brilliant, very enjoyable.

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      Ghaelach 4 years ago

      Hi Aviannovice.

      Living in Europe I've not had the chance to visit your neck of the woods. But I must say you've sure got a lovely lake with all it's wild life. I bet it's nice to hang out there on a warm summers day.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

      Those Kingbirds are just too cute! ^-^' Enjoyed your hub Avian! This is such a nice treat from you every week ^.^' That Thrasher reminded me of some videos I had watched on Youtube about birds going after passersby. Lol. Voted up!

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      I hadn't heard of Flickers before. Interesting to meet another member of the woodpecker family. It sounds like they fill a similar niche to UK green woodpeckers who often feed on insects (especially ants) in the ground.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So much fun as always and great pics. Robins where I live are not tame, lol. A sparrow has been eating my cucumber plants! I put hot pepper on them, sorry. I found a Robin's egg broken with the yoke still in it, really hated that. Guess it got knocked out of the nest. There seems a large variety in my yard and I see them fighting sometimes. I do love nature. All of it.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for haring this picturesque tour

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great information and photos. I love the rabbit one he's so cute.

      I really do have a good time photographing these birds.

      Voted up useful awesome and interesting, Joyce.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      an awesome share with awesome pics, an addition to me about Boomer lake , voted up

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, gamby! I always manage to find something fun and interesting at Boomer Lake.

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      gamby79 4 years ago

      Absolutely love your hub!!! The pictures are wonderful. I especially like the ones of the fledglings and the Northern Flicker. Voted all up once again!

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