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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday December 9, 2012

Updated on December 9, 2012
Snow Goose
Snow Goose | Source

Snow Geese

I haven’t seen the Snow Geese since last Sunday, so there is a good chance that they were just passing through on that very foggy morning. It had been a small, low-flying flock of ten or so, and was very noisy. If any of you have seen these geese, they have a white body with black primary feathers and a pink bill.

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco | Source

Dark-eyed Junco

Here’s a much better picture of the Dark-eyed Junco. They have been around steadily, and are always flitting about, making it hard to capture. It was rather cool that morning, and this one was displaying a smart little crest. The more I see these birds, the more I enjoy their personalities. Many of them have been under trees scratching on the ground and going within vegetation looking for food.

Mallard(bottom) with Pied-billed Grebe(top)
Mallard(bottom) with Pied-billed Grebe(top) | Source

Mallard and Pied-billed Grebe

This wonderful opportunity to catch a Mallard drake and a Pied-billed Grebe together was uncanny. The lighting was right on target and they crossed each other’s paths while swimming. I had an idea that could happen, so as you can see, I was ready for it. Doesn’t this make a great picture?

American Coot
American Coot | Source

American Coot

The American Coot didn’t see where I was hiding behind a natural blind, so I managed to get this up close and personal shot. Unfortunately, it was very cloudy, too, but I thought that I would get the closest shots that I have ever obtained. For the most part, the better part of the week had either very cloudy or very foggy mornings, but that happens once in a while.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source
Krider's Red-tailed Hawk
Krider's Red-tailed Hawk | Source

Great Blue Heron and Krider's Red-tailed Hawk

The Great Blue Heron is still around and was up in this tree the day before yesterday. Right around the corner and in a tree next door, happened to be the Krider’s Red-tailed Hawk, so I got two wonderful photos back-to-back. The Great Blue Heron is still hanging around the Southern Cove, even though it is dry as a bone, but he has favored this general area for quite some time now. The Great Egret has been gone for quite some time, and the heron can’t be planning to spend the winter here, but I suppose that stranger things have happened. With the odd weather that we have had this year, anything is apt to happen with our feathered friends.

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs | Source

Lesser Yellowlegs

This morning, the Lesser Yellowlegs was at the lake in a group of three. These sandpipers are quite a bit smaller and quieter than the Greater Yellowlegs that came to visit a couple of weeks ago. The lesser has orange legs and feet, and doesn’t seem to be as fearful of people as the greater.

All in all, it has been a rather interesting week, and I have found a new place to watch out for the visiting birds. There are several nooks and crannies around the lake that tend to be more inviting to birds that aren’t quite so familiar with the area. I will leave you with a few pictures that caught my fancy. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding until next week!

Ring-billed Gulls
Ring-billed Gulls | Source
American Crows
American Crows | Source


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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Sheila, thanks for stopping by. My plan is to be out and about all winter to see what I can find. Of course, I am from the North, so I will survive the winter.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love your Boomer Lake hubs! I always enjoy your pictures and I usually learn something new too. Your pictures are great as always! Unfortunately, I am not a cold weather photographer. I can't wait until spring so I will feel like getting outside with my camera! Voted up ++! :)

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Actually, Meldz, you are right. The more that one gets to know their birds, the more that they will do that. They will fear you less and less.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Johan! You are so welcome. Now that it is getting colder, we'll see what birds really have the mettle around here.

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      6 years ago

      Wow! I really enjoyed looking at your magnificent pictures. Birds really love posing for you. :-)

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      Johan Smulders 

      6 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Another great visit to the lake. Thanks!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Alicia, this is a fantastic place for birds. I don't think the city realizes it, either. I need to contacts the parks department and see if they can put up a blind or two.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Beckie! You can come visit at the lake any time that I'm going. I'm glad that you enjoyed the photos. This morning it was 21 degrees and rather windy. It was hard taking pics!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Connie, I was lucky to get that junco. Every other time, they have been in the rushes, and you're right, their coloring is very hard to capture nicely. Thanks for the great votes!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Bumpsysmum! You'll see lots of great birds through me, and thanks so much for the compliments. it would be great if you could share some of your birds, too.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, starbright! Thanks for coming by. You'll see a lot of different birds on this site!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Highland Terrier, it is not unusual per se, it just doesn't happen too often. I love to get multiple species in one photo.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're welcome, Martin. Thanks for coming again.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Exactly, Jackie. Just keep waiting for those moments. They will happen, sometimes more than once a day.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I need to look it up to see, Billy, so I can't answer that question right now. Yes, people seem to be interested in the series, so that is encouraging.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely collection of photos, Deb. I love the wide variety of birds that you find at Boomer Lake. It sounds like a wonderful place for bird watching!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      That photo of the hawk is absolutely amazing. Such a majestic looking bird. You are quite the talented artist when it comes to getting photos of these bird species. You really catch them int heir natural behavior and I thank you for sharing another fine walk around the lake.

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      Connie Smith 

      6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Hi Deb! I especially liked the American Coot and Krider's Red Tailed Hawk, but the Mallard and the Grebe were awesome! It is very hard to capture a junco with a camera, but you managed to do it very well. Lovely and interesting as always. Voted Up

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      6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      I so wish I could have some of your birds over here! I'm quite jealous, but you've made such a good job of bringing them to me, I thank you. More please?

      Great Hubs and well presented, fab pics too.

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      Lucy Jones 

      6 years ago from Scandinavia

      The great blue heron paid us a visit during summer. Wonderful hub, great to hear about birds living on the other side of the Atlantic. Thanks for sharing.

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      Highland Terrier 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      thank you once again for a brilliant hub. One question, why is it unusal for the pied bill grebe and mallard to be close together?

      Thank you.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you so much for this; especially the lovely pictures.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      What beautiful pictures! The ring-billed gull looks like it is yawning. lol

      I went out for pictures but it was stormy looking so I gave up and as I was walking back to the car I saw geese flying overhead and before I knew what was happening they circled around and came down onto the lake, about 15 or 20 of them and I have never seen anything so beautiful...and missed the shot...too far away. I could have cried...but now I know. Maybe next time.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The hawk is majestic, Deb! What is that bird in the next to last picture, with the yellowish head? Beautiful colorings!

      Loved the visit my friend; I hope you are getting a following for this series; it is completely enjoyable!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jim. Wish I could see the Spotted Towhee. Maybe I'll be in the right place at the right time this spring.

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great photos and sightings too Deb! We have the Juncos in the back yard and sometimes a Spotted Towhee. Saw the Pied-billed Grebe at Delta Ponds the other day.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for dropping in, Nell. You're always welcome at the lake!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Another great boomer lake hub, I love all the names, Dark-eyed Junco! Wow! it does look a bit like our English Jackdaw, so lovely. Great photos as always, voted up! nell


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