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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday August 26, 2012

Updated on November 14, 2012
Three out of four ain't bad!
Three out of four ain't bad! | Source

Three for the Price of One

Saturday night we got some much needed rain. The lake has another six inches in it, and the water birds are happy, as the sheltered southern area hosted the Green Heron and a Great Blue Heron looking for their breakfast.

Here’s a group of three Great Egrets that I mentioned in another story. The fourth was a little too far away for me to include it in a photo. I recall that last summer on one evening just before dark, there were about fifty of them clustered in the area of Veterans’ Memorial for the night. It was a wonderful sight, and hopefully, I will be able to see a large group of them for you to get a photo. Wish me luck.

Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove | Source

A Young Mourning Dove

This young Mourning Dove hung around for me to get this picture, while the parents flew off. The young ones don’t have much fear in them, which is one way that you can tell them apart from the adults.

Great Egret can get in a tree, too!
Great Egret can get in a tree, too! | Source
I can fetch!
I can fetch! | Source
Great Egret with Egret feather
Great Egret with Egret feather | Source

Starring the Great Egret

For entertainment value, a Great Egret was located in a tree, then another one was playing on the ground, picking up sticks, as well as an egret feather. It seems like boredom affects the birds, too, so we can’t claim we are the only ones that might have nothing to do.

Canada Geese Landing
Canada Geese Landing | Source

The Canada Geese Non-Residents Have Left

Many of the Canada Geese have left the area and moved onto parts unknown. The residents are flying well, having regained their new primary feathers, yet Goose Island is still abandoned. Evidently it is only used during breeding season.

Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler | Source

Yellow Warbler

The Yellow Warbler was out bathing when I found her early one morning. She is small enough to enjoy this lovely little puddle that she found. These are striking little birds, but move so quickly, so again, I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time.

Great Blue Heron with Mallard
Great Blue Heron with Mallard | Source

The Great Blue Heron and the Mallard are in a nice little area and seem to be posing in this spot. I couldn’t resist this particular photo.

Migration is Underway

A Cattle Egret made an appearance today, but wouldn’t let me get close enough to get a good photo. These birds seem to be a bit skittish and don’t care to be around people. Their name is as it implies: they generally hang around livestock in pastures and feed on large insects disturbed by the animals. At one point, it did appear to have found some sort of insect, but I was too far away to tell what it was.

This week, the Red-Winged Blackbird appears to be leaving, as I saw less of them. Along with the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, who left a while ago, both birds are migratory. My understanding is that some new ducks should be coming around this fall, like the Canvasback and the Redhead, which I am looking forward to seeing. I happened to get a bead on a tip where I might find an eagle once in a while, so I will do my best to keep that area in mind.

Until next week, keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding!

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source
Mallard
Mallard | Source
Mallards
Mallards | Source

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Johan. I will always share, just like you do.

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      Johan Smulders 5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Another great article on the lake and its birds. Thanks for sharing.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You will soon see how dignified those Great Egrets really are soon enough...and that's all I will say right now(grin), Nettlemere.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, precy anza. It is always good to have good memories no matter where we lay our hats. Wait until you see the pictures on this weekend's column. I think they are my best ones.

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Who would have thought the dignified looking egrets would clown about with twigs and feathers! I suppose it's practicing for nest building next year. I love the little yellow warbler - well done for catching such a good shot of it.

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      precy anza 5 years ago from USA

      Great photos Avian! :) Those Egrets are entertaining, looks like they are really bored. And the mourning dove, I enjoy hearing it. First thing that caught my attention when I got here and I wonder what animal or bird could be making the sound. Now whenever I hear a mourning dove, it reminds me of my first months here :)

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Connie, I adore that lake. It brings me constant joy with the great creatures that hang out there.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Deb, your pictures are fabulous as always. The photos of the ducks flapping their feathers made me feel like I was there with you! It was wonderful that you were able to get a good image of that yellow warbler. What a beautiful coat it wears! I can tell you love that Lake. Voted Up, Beautiful & Interesting.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, gamby, I will keep doing this for as long as I can. I have so much fun with the birds and so enjoy the lake.

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      gamby79 5 years ago

      Love the action shots. Please continue to write and take photos of all these magnificent creatures, for seeing them and reading your stories always adds some sunshine to my day!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad you like it Mhatter. I look forward to doing this every week.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      WOW... You knew this was awesome when you hit the publish button.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, moonlake, I'm glad that you enjoyed it. These are always fun for me.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Love the pictures. Beautiful birds. Voted Up and more.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I got it, whonunuwho. Thanks again for the thumbs up.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Nell. I wish I could get some radio collars for the geese to see where they go. They could go anywhere, so it is entirely conceivable that they could show up on your doorstep.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jeannie, have you gotten any photos of those egrets? That must be a great sight.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      whonunuwho, I feel for the fish. We had a bit of rain last night, which brought the water level up six inches. It is several feet under what it should be, though.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Joyce. I have so much fun doing these, and adding the photos.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      I thought that i had sent a thumbs up to this work, but I suppose it did not get there,. It is wonderful and I support your great photos of these beautiful birds in the wild. Keep on writing and sending these fabulous pictures.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi avian, lovely hub as always, the color of the birds never fails to amaze me, such as the Yellow Warbler, and I noticed you mentioned the Canada Geese getting ready to migrate, maybe your geese come over here? We are inundated with Canadian Geese on my river down the road from me, they appear every winter! In fact in the winter the river has more birds than the summer, its absolutely crowded with canadian geese, swans sea gulls and herons, wonderful hub, nell

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      Jeannie Dibble 5 years ago

      Informative article and wonderful action shots...Every night 22 Great Whites fly over my house headed East to Boomer Creek.

      Around 8:00-8:30....They make a noise so I go out...quite fun to watch. Thanks Deb for your articles...always learn and enjoy the images...

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Beautiful photographs and I always enjoy them very much. I was out at the fishing lake today and the water was terribly low and the red earth was visible all along the shoreline where there was once water, and the fish seemed to know when all is not quite right in their habitat, for they sit motionless on the bottom of what is left of their precious watery domain.Enjoyed your work.Please do more of the same.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Your hard work is very enjoyable and good to read.

      Voted up awesome and interesting, Joyce.

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