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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday January 27, 2013

Updated on June 18, 2013
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Great Weather on Boomer Lake!

This past week has been simply fabulous for bird life. There is an awakening in the air, both with trees budding and birds returning to the area for spring. What? Did I say SPRING? The weather has been remarkably mild, and there are many birds coming around. Come sit for a bit and I’ll show you exactly what I now have on Boomer Lake. And yes, we could well have an early spring…I hope, for the birds’ sake.

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Dark-eyed Juncos

The Dark-eyed Juncos have been enjoying themselves immensely. There are even a couple of them that follow me on the east side of the lake. These little birds are so endearing and move quickly. Now you see them, now you don’t.

Eastern Bluebird
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Eastern Bluebird

I have also seen the Eastern Bluebird a couple of times this winter. I believe that there is at least one mated pair that I have been seeing. They usually stay closer to the Northern Reaches, but have been on the main part of the lake both times that I have seen them this winter.

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Mourning Dove Nest

Here’s a nest of the Mourning Dove. Now that the leaves are off the trees, all the nests are visible and easy to spot. So I thought while I could do it, I would show you what some of these nests look like, so you are able to identify them on your own. Yes, this nest is made from tiny twigs, and nothing else.

Male Purple Finch
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Female Purple Finch
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Purple Finches

These are both the male and female Purple Finches. They are good looking birds, eh? That raspberry swatch on the male brings so much color on these winter days, and when there is a flash of this color red, I know exactly where to look. They are not difficult to spot now.

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American Robins

The American Robins have been coming out of their neighborhoods, where it was so much more sheltered and warmer than on Boomer Lake. They appear to be looking for places to nest, and some of last year’s crop is among them. Many robins don’t travel far at all from where they were originally living.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher's Nest
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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher's Nest

This is a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher’s nest, and was about eighteen inches from the ground. These are very comfortable homes for the little ones, lined with animal hair and cottonwood batting from the cottonwood tree, which is very plentiful in Oklahoma. As you can see, it was very well placed in a fork of a small tree.

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Buffleheads

The Buffleheads are still on the lake, and I can never resist getting photos of them, especially interesting ones like this. There are several more males on the lake than females, and with the white backs of their heads, they are very easy to spot.

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Song Sparrow

This Song Sparrow was eating a few weed seeds on this grass that I happened to find him or her on. My expertise with brown birds(sparrows) isn’t very good, but I can recognize a few of them.

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Channel Cats

A fisherman that I met last year was very lucky on Wednesday afternoon. He let me get a few pictures of his catch, so I can have the opportunity to introduce you to channel catfish. They are very good eating and enjoyed by many people in Oklahoma.

Male Belted Kingfisher
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Male Belted Kingfisher
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Belted Kingfisher

The female Belted Kingfisher has found herself what appears to be a mate. They were frolicking yesterday, and he was doing a number of acrobatics for her. Here’s a couple of pictures to enjoy while he was on the move. He never stayed in one spot for very long, as he was trying so hard to impress her.

White-crowned Sparrow
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White-crowned Sparrow

This is the White-crowned Sparrow. They can be rather loud with their “tseep” calls, and this one was out in the open and very easy to spot. They are also winter residents in this area, but they can be seen all year long here.

American Crow
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American Crow

The American Crows were surveying their territory, a group of three juveniles. I hadn’t seen them for a couple of weeks, but they managed to surprise me.

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American White Pelican

The American White Pelican was amid a crowd of Ring-billed Gulls, so I believe that this has been the same one that has been around so far this entire winter.

Has anyone else gotten the impression that we might be experiencing an early spring? Have you seen any other birds that really shouldn’t be here during the winter?

Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding, and I will talk with you again next week.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Shekhar. I have so much fun with it and truly hope to entertain you again and again. Do stay tuned.

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      Shekhar 2 years ago

      I just found your blog....I love it! I am currently your nwseet follower (Yeah...151!) My sister and I started a blog about 3 months ago over at welovebeingmoms.blogspot.com and have posted a lot of similar ideas. We pick a Theme each week and then do fun things that go along with that theme throughout the week. I love your FFF ideas...so cute!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, phdast! Thanks for stopping by to see. I am very fortunate, in that I get many birds from different parts of the country, but I still miss many of the wonderful east coast birds that I once knew.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Such wonderful pictures. What a pleasure to read your text and see all the lovely birds. What a terrific idea for a hub series. Nice.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That sounds like a great bird. Finches have a lovely song, Nettlemere.

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      We have an occasional visitor called the scarlet rosefinch which sounds delightful and from the picture I've seen looks similar to your purple finches. I've never seen one for real though.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, M. Part of the fun is general observation and the other part is the proof.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Really really great pics Deb!!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Gail! Thanks for stopping by. There's definitely more where this has come from.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      This is an interesting hub with some beautiful photography! I enjoyed reading it. Thanks! Voted up.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I would love to learn more about your birds, too, if you are able to do a piece.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Alicia. It sure was a fun week!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      I love your hubs Deb; we have so many birds visiting our well stocked bird table everyday and it is a treat to read your brilliant hubs and to learn about other species too. Here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm glad that you included purple finches in this week's edition of your Boomer Lake adventures, Deb. The male is such a cheerful sight! It was interesting to learn about the nests, too.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, M! Good to see you again. Thanks for all the thumbs up!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Connie. The fisherman was back again today getting more channel cats. It was very windy, so the only birds that were out were the birds on the water.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      As always your pictures are always amazing.

      I love your purple finches. Have a great day!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Hi Deb, I had read in the Audubon magazine about all the finches that would be around this winter. I have also had the purple finches at my feeders. They don't usually show up until spring. I love to hear their bubbly songs. And then there were all those Redpolls that descended upon me right after Christmas. Actually, they are still around! Love them.

      Those catfish brought back memories of my Grandpa's pond. Voted Up, Beautiful and Interesting. Phenomenal pictures as always!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, johan, there are lots of them around that you most likely saw on your last trip here. Glad to be able to help you recognize them. I also enjoy your wonderful reserve stories and all the photos that you provide there for me to learn your birds and animals, too.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I know, Martin, it has been dry here, too. My friend, Jeannie, said that she hasn't seen the lake s low in 20 years.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, precy anza, it's good to see you, as always. I've missed you, too, and there are lots of good pictures in the other stories, too, if you get the chance to look at them. I had always seen something large and brown jumping out of the water, and now I know what it was.

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      johan smulders 4 years ago

      Another interresting visit. Thanks to you I am getting to know some of the small USA birds that previously were a mystery to us.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. In SF we are still waiting for the "rain". Too bad because it has been cold enough for snow.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from USA

      Hey! ^-^' I miss doing this, looking and commenting on your Boomer Lake hubs! Beautiful photos and colorful birds, love them! And look at those catfish! They're gonna be delicious :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Way to go, Jackie! It sounds like you are ready all right. Before you know it, you'll have a notepad, a birder's vest and either a tripod or a monopod for your camera. Then you'll be doing a hub for me from your part of the country. I love it!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for visiting, Highland Terrier! Did your egret have an orange yellow cap and was it on the stocky side?

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jim! I'm sure that you have LOTS of finches. Telling them apart is what separates all us birders!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Billy! I like having you along on the trip and hearing about what is happening in your part of the country, too.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jeannie, it is so amazing to be within this wonderful lake community and see all the wonders of nature. You are so right abvout the rain. We need it badly, as does the habitat.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Nettlemere! I do so enjoy letting you see my birds here and you give me your opinions on them. Some of them are deeper red and more purple than others. Do you have any similar?

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It does seem an early spring may be coming, but you know how that can sometimes end. (I wrote a poem about it, lol) I would imagine birds know for sure though, don't they? I had a bird in my back yard a few mornings back and it was looking real flighty and bouncing around with its tail pointing up real often. When I stopped to take a better look I noticed as it hopped around it was only using one foot! It was using its tail to balance. It looked like a really fat grey sparrow but I really don't know.

      My camera is ready to go and we are going to have near 70 this week! I do have me a bird book now. Most I do know but like the little different ones I just guess, so far. So it will be nice to know.

      Thanks for this wonderful hub and pictures.

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      Highland Terrier 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Another great hub, you really make Sundays. Brought the dogs to different park today, it was a form of small wetland due to all the rain we've had and it was actually sleety rain as I was walking them and I saw a different bird which I had never seen before.

      It may have been a egret small white bird about the size of a seagull with longer legs and bill.

      I was sorry it was too wet to take a phone photo.

      Thank you very much for visit and the pictures.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great pics Deb! We have juncos in the backyard bushes, and goldfinches have been around all winter at the feeders. We are seeing some finches now, but I can't tell the difference between a house finch and a purple finch. We have both apparently in the area.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ain't spring great? The robins are back in full force here, and the birdfeeders can't be kept full in our yard. Love the pics, Deb, and as always it was nice to join you on the lakeshore.

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      jeannie dibble 4 years ago

      WOW, I can't believe 100's of photographer aren't out there weekly taking amazing pictures of birds. Photographer think they have to travel to other states to see such birds and we have them in our town. 19th and Western has a bird wetlands habitat but it might have been hit hard by the lack of rain. As always love your pictures and information about our beautiful birds and now fish.

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      At last I know what a purple finch looks like - I never realised it was a species. One of my favorite ee cumming poems is 'oh purple finch please tell me why.....' I always assumed it referred to a finch which was purple coloured rather then a species name (I'm slightly disappointed that it seems to have been misnamed and is red rather than purple though!)

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