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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Saturday May 11, 2013

Updated on May 11, 2013
Mallard Drake in Weeds
Mallard Drake in Weeds | Source

Beautiful Spring Days

This week, there are no complaints at all. When it rained, it was overnight. When it was chilly, it was very early morning. When it was beautiful, sunny, and no wind, I was out on the lake, basking in the rays, as were all the wonderful birds in this week’s lineup. It really doesn’t get any better than this. So let’s stop wasting time, and get to the point!

Baltimore Oriole
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Baltimore Oriole

The Baltimore Oriole was belting out a beautiful song and also wanted to show his stuff, so here he is, in all his glory. If you looked like this, you’d probably do the same. After all, he is hunting for a mate and what better way to do it in this gorgeous scenery?

Spotted Sandpiper
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Spotted Sandpiper

Several Spotted Sandpipers are calling Boomer Lake their home, and this was a surprise to me, seeing this little beauty on land proper looking for bugs. I just had to have this shot, and I know that you’ll like it, too.

Wilson's Phalarope
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Wilson's Phalarope

No sooner did I look elsewhere, the Wilson’s Phalarope was also on the grass. It was fairly early morning, and the grass was dew-covered, so this beautiful little piece of scenery was perfect, and just made me smile.

Red-shouldered Hawk minding his own business
Red-shouldered Hawk minding his own business | Source

Red-winged Blackbird Territory: No Trespassing

The male Red-winged Blackbirds have been protecting their territory, and it doesn’t matter to them who they try to chase away. The Red-shouldered Hawk, I can understand. But a gull? When I saw that, I felt that the poor gull must have been a little insulted. After all, they just want to grab a quick snack, ad move on. As a matter of fact, in this area, they don’t even touch land.

Killdeer
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Killdeer Displays

The Killdeer have nested, and several are still just laying their eggs. Take a look at this one displaying for us. A neighbor remembered seeing me from the lake, and she wanted to show me the nest and the little one protecting her real estate. Now you can see what a beautiful bird this really is with the rust color under the wings. Aren’t these just gorgeous birds?

Cedar Waxwing
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Cedar Waxwing

As luck would have it, I was watching turtles, and who should appear but a lone Cedar Waxwing. Take a look at these poses. This bird wasn’t a bit camera shy, and as a matter of record, I believe that he’s used to being the center of attention.

Song Sparrow
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Song Sparrow

This pretty little Song Sparrow has a mate, and is nesting rather close to Goose Island. He was belting out a song to attract my attention, and for such a small bird, it is one powerful sound. I often wonder how some of these small birds can sound so large. Let’s just call it nature.

Male Northern Shoveler
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Northern Shoveler

After this photo, I looked off in this distance to spy a Northern Shoveler couple. Look at how the sunlight shines on the male’s head and shows that beautiful iridescent coloring. I never realized that before, so I’m pleased that I could get this to show you exactly what I saw.

Blue-winged Teal
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Blue-winged Teal

With the last rain, the Southern Cove is looking even more inviting, so it is populated by a few more birds that would like to be by themselves. A Blue-winged Teal couple was taking advantage of the area yesterday. It was perfect during late afternoon, a little cooler than where the sun was shining. I spied the Black-crowned Night Heron there again, but by the time I was ready to get a picture of him, he was gone.

Red Eared Slider
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Red Eared Sliders

Today was in the low eighties, and just perfect for red eared slider sunning. I couldn’t leave without getting a couple of these beauties enjoying themselves.

Butterflies are out there, most notably the yellow sulfur. When I see the bright yellow fluttering about, it reminds me of little suns. What better way to usher in the beauty of spring? Keep your head in the clouds and your eyes to the ground until next week. Happy birding!

Also, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. May you all have a wonderful and prosperous day, and may the sun always shine upon you.

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Killdeer Bathing
Killdeer Bathing | Source
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird | Source

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Micah, we all have people in our lives to be grateful for, especially me.

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      Micah 2 years ago

      - This is amazing. I'm honreod. Moved. Inspired. And I have eyes that are threatening to spill over. Thank you-all of you-for allowing yourselves to see yourselves. Exactly the way you are: So incredibly beautiful.Kelsea: I couldn't have picked a better or more talented steward to carry this project forward. Thank you for sharing your gift. xoxoOctober 3, 2012 8:15 am

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      No, I haven't seen the nest yet, as they hide it well. I think I have an idea where it might be though. Red-shoulders don't chase people. The way it is in the bird world is that larger goes after smaller, so the hawks would think that we want to eat them. I think I saw a female oriole the other day, s there will be young ones...now, to find a nest! Wish me luck.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from USA

      What a perfect place for the phalarope to have its photo taken :) So have you seen the nest up close? I wonder if the red shouldered hawk chase humans too? Happy to see the oriole again with his vibrant color. I hope he finds a mate so we could all see the young ones :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Linda, nature and its creatures just makes me so joyful, and I just have to spread that around. Where can we go to find such wonders like this? Right in our own back yards and neighborhoods. Life is good.

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      Linda Compton 4 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

      Ah, Deb, more stunning shots. What I most love, along with the images themselves and your insightful commentary, is how your respect and excitement comes shining through. I relate and celebrate these with you! Beautifully done! We have Scott's Orioles and they are strutting their stuff and singing their hearts out here too.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I hope that I get the chance to see the Bullock's Oriole. The hummers will likely be here very soon.

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      CreatePerfection 4 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

      Deb,

      Your pictures are superb. We do not have many of the birds you picture here, in Colorado, so it is a treat to see what you see in your neck of the woods. Last evening I was sitting out back and a Bullocks Oriole came for a visit. I had music on outside because the birds seem to like it in the evening and the Bullocks Oriole sang along. I also had a visit from a hummingbird that gave me a little show while the music was playing. I could not see it well enough to know what type it was, but what fun for me. Thank you for these beautiful pictures.

      Blessings,

      Lela

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      It's not usually this cold in May, I don't know what's going on!

      I will be back to share your sun next week :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wow, Anna, a couple of weeks until June and it is freezing in your area? That sounds like the old days in Maine! Glad that I was able to bring a little more sunshine in your life. Hope to see you next week at Boomer Lake, where there i something for everyone!

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Great pictures and commentary. I loved the Red Eared Sliders, they look so chilled!

      It's freezing here so your hub with it sunshine pictures has brightened up my day!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Peg, they are so amazing. it is nice to be able to hear a call now, and be able to track it down. Before long, the trees will be fully leafed out, and it will be a lot harder to spot the birds.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Great shots, Deb. And I love the descriptions of each as they posed for you. My favorite is the Cedar Waxwing with the little Batman mask. Beautiful and awesome work.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, DDE! I hope to make another visit to the Northern Reaches, and see if I have the opportunity to find some new birds there. Since Woodpecker Tree rotted and collapsed, I still have yet to see the Red-bellied Woodpecker, that I miss so much.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      clairemy, so good to see you, and I hope that all is well. Oh, yes, the lake's residents have changed a little, and species are shifting their arrival times, but life is still well at Boomer Lake.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The rabbits are around, Alicia, but they don't seem to hang around like they did last year. Most of the time, I have to go in mid-afternoon, so that could have something to do with it. I would still love to find a roadrunner and a LIVE armadillo.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jim! Thanks for the visit, and I will have to listen to that song.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Beautiful photos and the description of each is most interesting.

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      Claire 4 years ago

      How wonderful to see, in a few spare moments I have , your wonderful photos and to know that you continue making such lovely observations.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for another enjoyable edition of the Boomer Lake news, Deb. Thank you for showing the turtles again, too. I love seeing the photos of the birds, but I like to see photos of the other animals that live at Boomer Lake as well!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      What a beautiful photo of that oriole, Deb! There is even a song I remember done by the Four Freshmen in the late fifties, called Baltimore Oriole. Another great day on Boomer Lake! Thanks for sharing!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Connie! As you know, all my birdies want to come out to play and be stars on Boomer Lake. I've been seeing the oriole a lot more than I ever did last year, and it sure makes me happy. They have so many bold and beautiful little tunes. Their cheeriness is so catching.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Nell! Glad that you had fun with this, even those quick butterflies that I can't get a bead on yet. It will happen, though!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, D.A.L.! Thanks for hopping on over to the lake and visiting a while with me and my birds. Glad that you like it, even if it is halfway around the world for you. It's always nice, I think, to see birds no matter where they live.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Deb, what a banner week you've had once again! That killdeer is indeed a beautiful bird. The Northern Shoveler does have a beautiful iridescent head, and it shows up well in the photo. My orioles have arrived and I am so glad to see their bright orange plumage, and hear their wonderfully liquid song.

      Several days ago there were a few butterflies enjoying the sunshine. But today we are back to cold temperatures and 40-mph winds! The sky is crystal clear, though, so I'll have to cover my plants tonight. You've given un lovely images and lots of good action photos, too! What beautiful closeups you got of the Cedar Waxwing and the Mockingbird. Excellent as always. Connie

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Beautiful photos as always Deb, the Baltimore Oriole is so lovely, and I always laugh at the names of the birds, we have such boring names for ours over here! and I know what you mean about the butterfly, not that one exactly but we do have the cabbage white, and the red admiral, gorgeous and reminds me of sun and summer, its raining today, so this cheered me up immensly, nell

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      Dave 4 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Deb, as usual your report was read with great interest and much enjoyment. The photographs are as usual of excellent quality .

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Martin! It is always good to see you. No telling when I will get out of work today...

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Sharkye! It's nice that you have your own group of birds in a tree. They will give you plenty of entertainment. I have been looking around where the nests were visible when the trees were naked. Those trees are now bubbling with life, but I can't see a darn thing anymore.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Gawth, isn't it crazy? I guess they just pick what looks good to them, and that's all they consider.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Glad I made it this far. Excellent pictures,as always. thank you.

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Another gorgeous hub! I love the pictures of the sliders. They always look so nonchalant. Great bird photos, especially the red-shouldered hawk. Our tree recently became home to several doves. They have been amusing us with the music this week.

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      Ron Gawthorp 4 years ago from Millboro, Virginia

      A fascinating line up but I cast my vote for the Killdeer. I have followed dozens of them watching them work their fake injury deceptions. What a fascinating genetic defensive mechanism they exhibit. They are also among the most aggravating, I'll bet I've relocated a dozen or more nests from the worst and most dangerous possible places a next should be located. I can only wonder why they do it.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jeannie! It was certainly a diverse week!

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      jeannie Dibble 4 years ago

      Wonderful series of images and stories this week...

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, whonu! It's sometimes so hard to do this once a week, as so much happens around my part of the lake. I'm glad that you enjoy it. I just wish the local paper would pick it up, as I have been told that the people that can't get to the lake for health reasons love it.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Billy. I had warning that I will like have a 12 or 13 hour day tomorrow, so I wated to be sure that the column was done.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      I always love the nice photos and interesting info about our beautiful bird life. Thanks for sharing. whonu

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You got here early this week, Deb. I almost missed you. Got busy doing yardwork and almost missed my weekly trip through a beautiful area. Nicely done as always my friend.