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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday January 6, 2013

Updated on January 8, 2013
Canvasbacks in Flight
Canvasbacks in Flight | Source

Overview

This was an incredibly good week at Boomer Lake, as many ducks made an appearance, along with a few other interesting guests. It fooled me, as it was rather cold, but it was not a deterrent for nature. It was well worth being cold, for I got some great pictures that I think you’ll all enjoy. Plant yourself in that favorite chair with a cup of cocoa, a few sweets, and see for yourselves what I saw.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe | Source

Pied-billed Grebe

The Pied-billed Grebe was very close to shore in a small area not far from the dry Southern Cove. I was behind a natural blind, and this little beauty is in his non-breeding plumage. Isn’t this a gorgeous little grebe?

Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers | Source

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers also made a welcome appearance. This was the first time that I had ever seen them in real life, and they certainly are impressive looking birds with that beautiful fan of feathers gracing the rear of their heads. Most of the time, females are so much duller and have a drab appearance. In comparison with these birds, that is not the case at all. Even though they have different coloring, they are still rather beautiful in their own way.

Cackling Goose(bottom) with Canada Geese (top)
Cackling Goose(bottom) with Canada Geese (top) | Source

Cackling Goose

Here’s a decent picture of a Cackling Goose. This is a subspecies of the smaller geese. In this picture, you can see the short bill and how small they are in comparison to the Canada Geese.

Green-winged Teals
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Green-winged Teals

Green-winged Teals are also very good looking ducks, too. They enjoyed being in the company of Mallards, Canvasbacks, and the Hooded Mergansers. As a matter of fact, most of these ducks are very social and don’t mind being around other species.

American Kestrel
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American Kestrel

On Wednesday, while just exiting the parking lot where I work, I saw an American Kestrel fly in front of me and land on one of the letters for a sign. It was one of those rare times that I didn’t have a camera with me, but I suspect that I will see some at the lake sooner or later.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher | Source

Belted Kingfisher

This female Belted Kingfisher has been around for several days, but she is on the shy side. Where she happened to be perching, I was having a hard time getting good pictures. One of these days, I’ll get myself a portable blind, but honestly, these are some of the closest pictures that I have been able to obtain for the kingfisher.

Bald Eagle
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Bald Eagle

Where there are numerous ducks, the Bald Eagle will be, too. Ducks are lightweight and easy for an eagle to swoop down upon and grab. I first saw a pair of eagles on Thursday while walking home from work, so I made certain that I quickly got myself to the lake.

Canada Geese in Flight
Canada Geese in Flight | Source

Hundreds of Geese in the Air

Also on Thursday, I saw hundreds of Canada Geese heading northward in just a couple of hours while I was at the lake. It was a beautiful sight, to see so many flocks at different heights, all of them calling as they were aflight. Even though it is winter, the sightings give every appearance that spring is not far off.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker | Source

Red-bellied Woodpecker

I heard a familiar call, and I managed to see this wonderful Red-Bellied Woodpecker. You can even see the red on the lower belly in this position. And look, it has a bug in its beak. How’s that for the perfect shot?

Canvasbacks
Canvasbacks | Source
Great White Pelican
Great White Pelican | Source

Great White Pelican

For the past couple of days, a Great White Pelican has been on the lake, which is rather unusual. He should have been down south by now, so I'm assuming that he either got lost or got hurt. I was afraid that he would get hypothermia, but he has come and gone, so perhaps he has been staying someplace other than being on water.

All in all, I sure have nothing to complain about this week. Some of the afternoons were feeling like spring, there were a number of great pictures to be had, and every chance that I get I will be enjoying the lake and bringing it to you wherever you may be.

Until next week, keep your head in the clouds and your eyes to the ground. Happy birding until next time, and don’t forget your cameras!

Gadwalls

I nearly forgot about the three Gadwalls that I saw this week, too. I got a very close picture of one, who was almost near shore, but unfortunately, some of he high grass cast a shadow on that picture. However, this is not a bad shot here of one of the little darlings. Gadwalls are the grayest dabbling ducks that are in existence.

Gadwall
Gadwall | Source
Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe | Source
Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers | Source
Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers | Source

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jeannie. This is becoming a banner week, too.

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      jeannie dibble 4 years ago

      The Kingfisher and Bald Eagle are two birds I've never seen on Boomer. I love that you captured their images and you captured them beautifully.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for stopping by, Meldz, it is always good to see you. I'm glad that you liked the pictures. I think they are some of my better ones.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Great pictures and I think I saw Hooded Mergansers in our pond last year. I am not sure but they look like them.

      Thanks for the information . It is really very useful. :-)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, CrisSp! I'm so glad that you liked the birds that I photographed this week. I have found that people begin to start recognizing them, the more that they see pictures and read a little story. Glad to have you along on my walk!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Oh, wow! Happy to meet these beautiful creatures and the Pied-billed Grebe is so cute. I can't wait for spring. Thank you for this enjoyable sight seeing.

      Excellent! I must share the goodness.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I like the waterfowl, too, Bumpsysmum. They are such amazing birds.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy. I like to interest as many people as possible in birds and nature in general. We need all the help that we can get to protect our planet.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Alicia, it is amazing what nature has to offer. I have learned so much since I have been visiting the lake.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, highland terrier. Have you been finding new birds around this year?

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I'll say, Nettlemere! So much excitement always keeps me at the lake. I also joined the Audubon Society, so I'm sure that I'll meet the local chapter, eventually. I am so looking forward to seeing what the Audubon Society has for membership in this area.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, Shanti, you KNOW it!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I sure did, Connie. It seems that the colder it was, the more activity there was with the ducks. There are still a few around, as is the pelican.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Martin. I'm just glad I was able to be there to see him!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jim. I want to hear all about Delta Ponds with Jim.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The kestrel is a falcon, which is part of the hawk family, Billy. They are very small. I knew one from Tri-State Bird Rescue, a resident of the organization. He was 14 when he passed on, and adored women. He had been taken by a male or males, and nearly died from lack of nutrition. Poor little guy had no use for men, as a result of that escapade.

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      Bumpsysmum 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Lovely pics as usual. We get the Canada geese but never seen the Cackling goose. I love all birds, but I must admit my favourites are Ducks, and water birds. Interesting.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another amazing hub from you aviannovice;so very well presented and your obvious hard work has certainly paid off.

      Have a great day ;vote up,across and share all around.

      Eddy.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an enjoyable report, as always, Deb. The woodpecker photo is especially lovely, and the side-by-side view of the Canada goose and the cackling goose is very interesting.

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      highland terrier 4 years ago

      Excellent hub and brilliant photos.

      Spring is here already the trees and shrubs are budding. We had a very warm Christmas and New Year here in Ireland. I am expecting a very good year weather wise.

      All the best for 2013 may you see a great many birds.

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Lucky you with the hooded mergansers, they're a species I remember well from junior school. Our science master was a bird buff and set up a bird reserve for breeding waterfowl in the school - hoodies were one of my favourite inhabitants being so smart looking. Well done for getting some close shots of the kingfisher - so often they just flash by in a gleam of gorgeousness.

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      Shanti Perez 4 years ago from Spokane, Washington, U.S.A.

      Looks like a beautiful day!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Deb, you certainly had a wonderful time on the lake this week! I love all the pictures, but especially appreciate the Hooded Mergansers, the cute Pie-Billed Grebe and the Red-bellied Woodpecker.

      Those woodpeckers make occasional appearances around here, but always too far away to get a good picture. However, you got the best one I've ever seen with the bug in its beak and the beautiful red patch on its belly. Incredible stuff! I liked that White Pelican, too.

      Voted Up + everything except Funny!! Great Variety of Pictures.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I hope you know how much I enjoy these. The pictures are awesome. That bald eagle is a show stopper.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Hi Deb! There are many of us that look forward so much to reading your Boomer Lake updates. We went over to Delta Ponds today too. It was kind of sunny and nearl 50 degrees, so not too cold. Anne got what I am sure will be some excellent photos of a Great Blue Heron, and Greater Egret. There were a lot of Mallards, some ducks with blue bills and a kind of white marking in the middle of their heads, not sure about them. The Balck Phoebe was doing some flycatching, and quite a few resident Canadian Geese.

      Enjoyed the Boomer Lake Hub again!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The Kestrel is an amazing bird...is that a type of hawk? Beautiful, whatever it is. Thanks for the cocoa and the tour; as usual, it has been one of the highlights of my Sunday.