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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb: Sharing the Northern Reaches 2013

Updated on May 6, 2013
One View of the Northern Reaches, a Thick, Wooded Area, North of Boomer Lake
One View of the Northern Reaches, a Thick, Wooded Area, North of Boomer Lake | Source

An Oasis in Kind

Today was the day to visit the Northern Reaches, as it has been too long. The weather was partly cloudy and slightly on the cool side. Many birds hide in this particular oasis, which is devoid of most people, all the better to haunt it for a while. There are even deep woods plants and flowers hidden within, all for the beauty of the surroundings. Life is beautiful, eventful for the birds, and takes me within its bosom to allow me to recharge my battery after a long week at the salt mines.

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Bees and Flora

Greenery now is teeming in the area, from ivy high in the tree to beautiful leaves sharing the heights. On the ground are remarkable flowers, some sharing their life with honeybees, a welcome sight. For a while, these beautiful bees were on the downslide, but I can vouch for this: their lives appear to be well in the great state of Oklahoma.

Warbling Vireo
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The Sounds of Nature

The air was filled with the calls of birds, for it is mating, as well as nesting season. Everywhere one looks, there is either a water bird or songbirds in trees that want to be seen. For those that do not, it is an endless chore to try to listen, decipher the tune, and put a face to it. It isn’t always easy. Some remain silent, so it is a special surprise when they are found.

Channel Catfish Carcass
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Turkey Vulture Flees

Speaking of surprises, I startled a Turkey Vulture from his meal. He was working on the unwanted carcass of a channel catfish that a fisherman tossed on shore. It was fairly fresh. I set myself up with my camera in a hidden area, in hopes that the vulture would return. Sadly, he didn’t, which I took in stride. I wandered around the shore while I was waiting, in hopes that I would be able to spot a few special things within the comforting depths of the cool, semi-darkness.

Warbling Vireo
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Bird Stealth

Pleasantly, I didn’t have to wait long. There was a vireo in front of me, but the Carolina Chickadee was too quick on the move, as usual. One of these days, my friend, one of these days. Maybe. I smiled to myself after that thought, because I have been trying to get a photo of one of those elusive little buggers for a year.

Great Egret
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Great Egret

Looking across the water to the other shoreline was a Great Egret sunning himself. Usually the first of the group don’t want to be on the lake proper until the others arrive. It seems to be something about dealing with humans in numbers, I think.

Black-crowned Night Heron
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Black-crowned Night Heron

Now I know where the Black-crowned Night Heron has been keeping himself. He was silently sitting on a log, dozing on and off. I have not heard this bird make a sound yet, but then again, I have only seen it twice.

Eastern Bluebird
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Eastern Bluebird

An Eastern Bluebird availed himself, as well, sitting temporarily on a dead branch. Following me all around were Cliff Swallows, many of which reside under the nearby bridge. They rarely stop, most always on the move, but that’s the way that nature intended them.

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American Coots and Canada Geese

A few stray American Coots were out, as was a family of Canada Geese and their goslings. Crows were also in the vicinity, the watchers and guardians of everything. They consider everything their domain, which is quite all right. Safety is in numbers, and they provide as much help as possible for the rest of the avian world.

Orchard Oriole
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Orchard Oriole

It took some doing, but I saw my first Orchard Oriole, capturing a couple of nice shots of the bird, eating bugs. After this find, it was certainly worth the trip to the area. The Baltimore Oriole was also in the same area, so that was another good find, even though I had seen one at the lake proper earlier in the morning. Even though the vulture didn’t return to his carrion, it was all right. I left after a few hours with a happy heart, and the intentions that I would return in the near future to find something new.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I so agree, Nell. Thanks for coming by.

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      Nell 2 years ago

      Emily - I love all the thought that is put into this pcrejot. It's such a great idea! I haven't seen phylicia in a couple years, so it was cool to see her in these photos.November 22, 2012 9:22 pm

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, Mel, by all MEANS, go birding. If I didn't have my lake across the street, I wouldn't be out every day like I am.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Congratulations on your Orchard Oriole. That was a great catch! Out here in San Diego County we have primarily the Hooded and Bullocks. There is a pair of Hooded Orioles that nests in a palm tree close to my house, so I manage to catch a glimpse of this beautiful bird once in a while. Alas, I have not crossed the Orchard Oriole off of my list yet. Your hubs are always inspiring and make me want to break out the binoculars and get birding.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jaye! You know, it's funny, every time that you think you know everything about birds, they will make a liar out of you. I have seen them do things that they aren't supposed to do, so I can't say that I know them well. They will show me up.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, vandynegl You are so welcome. I think if we all somehow manage to look hard enough, we'll find a place like this somewhere in our towns and cities. Thanks for the visit, and maybe I'll see you at Boomer Lake.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Leslie! I was back at the Northern Reaches again, and have I got a surprise for YOU in Oklahoma(where it is warm)!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Deb! Thanks for saying that, that is such a nice thing to hear. Wow, we're almost neighbors...

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I enjoyed your wonderful photos and narrative of your idyllic foray into the Northern Reaches. As I've said before, I don't consider you a "novice" by any measurement. You should begin calling yourself "AvianMaster" soon!

      Voted Up++++

      Jaye

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      vandynegl 4 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Awesome! Thank you for sharing this! I love the pictures too!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      These are INCREDIBLE! omg - where DO you live? Between you and Eddy - it's just an incredibly stunning world we live in! Thank you both for not only seeing the beauty - but sharing it with us!

      love you Deb!

      i see debbie just shared this hub all over the place - so - i am off to another one! See you there!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Hello Deb.. I saw this hub on Facebook and it is awesome.. I love nature and your pictures are great full of information.. very good indeed. I shred on Facebook

      blessings my friend

      Debbie

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is always fun to discover something new in your own back yard, Lela.

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      CreatePerfection 4 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

      Beautiful pictures. The flowers are so gorgeous and seeing some of the birds I have never seen before is great fun. You have such a great talent Deb. Thank you for sharing it with us.

      Blessings,

      Lela

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Rolly! Yes, I do care so much for our birds, animals and habitat. I want everything to be there when I am too old to do anything but still look. I want to be sure that everything is still the way it should be.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi aviannovice... what a great work you have created here. You love what you do and it is so very apparent in the way you share your work. Thank you for caring for all these little creatures. They are so very special...

      Hugs and Blessing from Canada

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, KoffeeKlatch Gals! it's easy to get the pictures when I so love the topic!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Your pictures are truly amazing. Love the info. up and awesome.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, precy anza, this area is a jewel, indeed. I need to be able to return again, before the trees are too leafed out and I am unable to see any of the birds.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Jim, it is! I want to be able to get out there again. I went the next day to see if I could see the vulture after his prize, but no luck. I did find more channel cat carcasses, though.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Beautiful, Deb! That is a great looking Oriole! Our egrets seem to have vacated the area.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for bringing us along on the Northern Reaches. Somehow reading the "deep wood plant and flowers within" part made me excited :) What a beautiful yellow flower you had captured there.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Cris, it is always so good to see you. Thanks for all the votes, and I am so happy that you got to see the Northern Reaches at its finest. On a hot summer day, it will be the perfect spot to be with the birds. The sanctuary is so uplifting, the sounds and sights are delightful.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      As expected, what an enjoyable and delightful hub.

      Voting up, beautiful and sharing.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Colin, it is always so good to see you in these parts. Oh, indeed, we are kindred spirits. Where there is nature, you will always find me, peering into a flower, or perhaps trying to get a reflection is a dewdrop. I am as much a denizen to this lake as the birds and other creatures.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I love your wildlife hub presentations and your fabulous photography and passionate text because I see/hear a lot of this myself where I live out in the country and by the lake. So that makes us kindred spirits in many ways. Off for another quick walk along the beach before the nightly news online.

      I went half way back to the city today for some business and I was so glad to get back to paradise - where it is so quiet and no congestion.

      Sending you my sincere warmest wishes from Colin and his cats Tiffy and Gabriel who now spend most of their days outside loving the early summer weather.

      lake erie time 5:55pm

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Lisa! Thanks for stopping by and seeing the wonders that I am fortunate enough to have around my part of the country.

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      Lisa J Warner 4 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      Wow ! Great job! Voted up and shared!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Joanne! Thanks so much for visiting. The poor Turkey Vulture. If I had known he was there, I never would have frightened him away. This area is such a paradise for the wonders of nature.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy! There are many other birds at the Northern Reaches, but a couple of my shots were not good at all. This place is a virtual haven.

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      Your tales of nature and seeing these adorable birds are such a treat. I don't think however I would have enjoyed interrupting the turkey vulture and his meal :) Fantastic shots and voted up!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes Deb another wonderful share for you. I love each and every hub of yours and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

      Enjoy your day and I vote up and share.

      Eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Alicia. Sometimes these magical areas are enough to entice us there. Certainly there are some birds that I would not see otherwise.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for yet another interesting and very enjoyable hub about Boomer Lake, Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Nell. There is nothing like the great birds of the world, and believe me, I am getting my education there. I am so grateful to those people all over he world on HubPages that are teaching me about their birds. Where else can one receive such a good education?

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I love to watch birds, and have recently been down the river again, they are awesome aren't they? your photos and info always make me smile, and I had never seen a bluebird before. The story goes that the guy who wrote the famous song 'There will be blue birds over, the white cliffs of dover' for Vera Lynn the famous world war 2 singer, didn't actually realise that we in England don't have a bluebird! lol! He was an American singer/songwriter! so every time she sings it should be something like, blackbirds over....! great hub as always, and voted up and shared! nell

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for being so persistent, Martin. I can't always get people's photos, either.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Hubpages must be working on something. It took 4 tries to load all the pictures. But it was worth it.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jeannie, thanks. Boomer Lake is really all that, and more. I feel that it is the finest respite that money cannot buy. I am richer for Boomer Lake, and am so happy that I am here to enjoy it.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Gawth! If you have time, check out palemale.com. His legacy lives on, and Marie Winn wrote a lovely book on the birdwatchers of Central Park and the Pale Male ordeal, which is really interesting. I think you would enjoy it.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Billy, you have got to carefully extricate yourself from the tangles and vines around here. I was surprised that I could get my camera around everything.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      How are you, Bill? Yes, the Northern Reaches sure puts a different perspective on things. Thanks for the kind words.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, whonu! I thought that everyone would like to hear about the activity out here for a change. The birds are always here, but buried deep within the throes of the forest. I will need to bring a picnic lunch and spend an entire day here at some point, just to really relax.

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      jeannie Dibble 4 years ago

      I love your opening paragraph, very heart warming and reveals what Boomer Lake has become for you, your Oasis and all who follow you..You are natures messenger to all of us who follow you.

      Thanks so much Deb, you are a very unique person.

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      Ron Gawthorp 4 years ago from Millboro, Virginia

      I don't know a lot of scientific things about birds, but I love to watch them. In addition to seeing a Bald last week I also watched two red tail hawks lifting themselves on A Spring thermal. They rode that thing so high I lost sight of them. I have heard of birds that can fly to the edge of space. It seems hard to believe but who knows? Very nice pictures. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A nice bonus on this hot Monday afternoon. Thanks for the visit, Deb. I'm in kind of a hurry so I'll head back home now. :)

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Deb. Another great look at Boomer Lake. You have some amazing photos and the variety of feathered friends there is impressive. Great job.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Beautiful pictures and and very nice information. Always enjoyable, my friend. whonu