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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday January 13, 2013

Updated on January 16, 2013
Great White Pelican
Great White Pelican | Source

Great White Pelican is in the Area

Boomer Lake never ceases to amaze me with all its surprises, no matter what time of year. This week, I was graced with the presence of a lone Great White Pelican again. Evidently, this bird wants to be here, and just isn’t ready to leave. I got some fantastic shots that one just won’t see every day with this bird, so it worked out very well for me.

Canada Goose in the Wind
Canada Goose in the Wind | Source

Wicked Cold!

Today was as cold as it could possibly be at 21 degrees F, and I was out there for about ten minutes once I reached the lake. When I got one hand out of that nice warm glove and felt that wind chill of 10 degrees, I wasn’t there long. It was rather frightening to experience that kind of cold for too long on bare fingers. Unfortunately, if I want pictures, it takes a little while to try to zoom in and get those shots. I managed to get a couple, but no more. My plan is to be in action again tomorrow afternoon.

Goose Island's Shore
Goose Island's Shore | Source

The Circle of Life is About to Begin Again

The Canada Geese and Mallards are out in full force, and the singles are choosing mates. Goose Island is once again coming to life. Isn’t it surprising how some birds are getting ready in the dead of winter when nature calls for them to do so? Even with those cold breezes blowing and the ice upon the lake that tinkles when it is broken, it means something to some animals when their biological clocks are activated. They have nothing to do with that decision.

Great Blue Heron's Crest
Great Blue Heron's Crest | Source

Great Blue Heron is Still in Town

There are two Great Blue Herons that are still on Boomer Lake, so it looks like they just might plan to be here for the duration of the winter. I caught this male showing a bit of his mating crest, but you just never know in these times. A couple of afternoons ago, it was close to 70 degrees F here, so the birds could be just as confused as anyone else. We shall see what nature intends for us.

Gadwalls--male on right, female on left
Gadwalls--male on right, female on left | Source

Gadwalls

I have a couple of decent pictures of some Gadwalls that visited the lake. Aren’t these some lovely birds? There was definitely one pair on the lake along with an extra male. There was definitely a mating ritual going on. These ducks spring directly into the air from the water, and they travel pretty much in a straight line. These are gorgeous looking ducks in flight, and I do hope that all of you get to see them.

Canada Goose in high Winds
Canada Goose in high Winds | Source

Vicious Winds in the Wild

Yesterday gave us 35 mph winds, and about all that were around were the Canada Geese, as well as the female Belted Kingfisher. This is an amazing little bird that is very good at hovering in the air and can quickly hit the water and pick up a small fish if one happens to be close to the surface. I’m hoping to get a better camera sometime in the near future, and nothing would please me more than to be able to get shots like that for you.

This about wraps up my report for you this week. Keep your head in the clouds and your eyes on the ground. Happy birding!

Great White Pelican
Great White Pelican | Source
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Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull | Source

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      They probably do get fed if they act like that. If you have any access to duck pellets, it is good for them to eat. Bread, crackers, popcorn, etc., have no nutritional value. Also, the more that you hang out with birds, they will get used to you. Move very slowly around them, and they will let you closer.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well thanks, now you have me trying it is hard to give it up. The trouble with my birds though is either they spook or like the geese and ducks (or many of them) they want to follow me around and peck at my legs, lol. Kids must feed them I think.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jackie, you never know until you try. I never realized that I could get these kind of shots until I tried.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You did get some fantastic shots. Have you tried the gloves with the fingers out? Maybe find you some tight ones and cut the fingertips off?

      I just started using my new camera and I think it is going to give me much clearer shots. Now is the time to get a camera, right when they are getting new ones out and just have a few last years left. That is really what I have, a last years camera, but it is new and I saved a lot on it. It is so dreary now I won't be shooting much for 2 or 3 weeks and maybe my heron will be back. Don't think I will ever have your talent though. Great job!

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Nell! It is always a thrill, no matter what the weather conditions, to get some of these pictures first hand.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Well done for braving that icy weather! I know what you mean about taking the gloves off for even a second! great pictures as always, just goes to show how life goes on in the bird world even in freezing weather, nell

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Beckie! I am so glad that you like walking Boomer Lake with me. I have such a great time there and I can't wait to show you this week's material, too!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Deb - Although I am a bit late getting to this hub, it appears I may have saved the best for last. I enjoy the journey in your part of the woods and find myself relaxing a bit while reading.

      Stay warm and happy lake traveling.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks so much, Eddy. It is always good to have you along on my walks.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Alicia, the winter temperature fluctuate so much. It can be 21 degrees in the morning and 50 in the afternoon!

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Connie! Thanks for the kind words. Today, there were a pair of Snow Geese, and I'm sure glad that I was there at the time, since the last ones flew right over my head in the fog.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks so much, Johan. Are you having any luck in your area with new birds?

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know, Bumpsysmum, you never know what is going to be on the lake, so I really do need to be there. I'm glad that you have been enjoying this series, and you'll certainly like what will be in the next column, too.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And THANK YOU, Martin for being so supportive and always being there. I do so appreciate you and your wonderful poetry, too.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jeannie. The Great Blue Heron has been there through thick and thin, no matter what the weather. If he isn't on the water, he is on the Husband side of Mockingbird Tree.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, billy! If you like birds, this is certainly the place to be. Today, there were a pair of Snow Geese on the lake with a large flock of Cackling Geese. I was there when they flew west.

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Oh so beautiufl mu friend. and I vote across,up and share. Have a great day and lots of love..

      Eddy.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a wide range of temperatures Boomer Lake has - there's a big difference between seventy degrees Fahrenheit and twenty one degrees! As always, thanks for sharing the lovely descriptions and the photos, Deb.

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      Connie Smith 

      5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Deb that is an amazing shot of the white pelican with its beak wide open; and I have never heard of Gadwalls before. What impressive-looking birds they are! I know what you mean about birds being confused by the weather, I'm right there with them. The other day it was 28 degrees and windy like your area, and today it was 58 degrees and beautifully sunny. I have even seen some of my goldfinches mate feeding already!

      Voted Up, Beautiful, Awesome and Interesting. Great stuff!

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      Johan Smulders 

      5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Great pohtos in the cold. Keep warm and think of us here in the middle of summer. Another interresting article.

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      Bumpsysmum 

      5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      I think you deserve a medal for persevering in that cold wind! But great pics, well done. Great information to go with it too, enjoy your reports.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you so much for this. I really do appreciate it.

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      Jeannie Dibble 

      5 years ago

      You surely must name this great fella! Maybe Mr. Boomer 2013. He surely has been a wonderful gift this January. Great and exciting images of our beloved Boomer Lake.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm going to have to do some research and find out where this lake is; it's one thing I have not done since the series started. Enjoyed the visit, as always. Go warm up and thanks for the tour.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, rebecca! I also just joint the Audubon Society, and have met a few birders around the lake, which includes students at the local college and a professor of ornithology. I'd love to take some ornithology courses when I can afford to do so. A friend also suggested a while ago, that I do walks and talks on birds around the lake.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is a very nice post on the beautiful area you are at in Boomer Lack. This reminds me of those old 'die hards' that choose to ride out the storm during a hurricane! Lovely photos, too.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Dawn! Thanks for visiting. I adore the Great Blue Heron, too. This guy follows me around the lake and lets me get so close to him.

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Soon, Deb, soon. I have to write one today for my wife about her keeping a promise to her dad to get a memoir he wrote edited and published.

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      Dawn Broyles 

      5 years ago from Mount Washington, Kentucky

      I just love the Great Blue Heron! We have a couple that frequent the lake out by our home, and it always amazes me to see them catch their food. They're such beautiful birds. Enjoyed your article. Look forward to your next one.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Carol, good to see you! Thanks for the support, and I'm so glad that you enjoy the weekly series and the pictures.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      what wonderful photos..as always. Really enjoyed this. We reached 0 degrees this morning..and we went for a walk when it hit 30...a regular heat wave. Great photos and thanks for sharing. Pinning.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I can understand why, Jim. I had to go out for work later, but it only made it to 25 at that time. So when are we going to hear about life at Jim's pond?

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I have never seen a White Pelican; what a great looking bird. These are great pics Deb, and we are proud of you for getting out in that cold, very cold weather. It is still about 22 here, colder than usual. I put a crockpot full of chile on this morning and am not leaving the house.

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