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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday July 1, 2012

Updated on November 14, 2012
Mallard female with duckling
Mallard female with duckling | Source
Mallard Drake
Mallard Drake | Source

Welcome to Boomer Lake, my friends. The Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner, and all is well in the great state of Oklahoma. The temperatures have been around the 104-112 degree range, and the birds have been doing their best to keep cool. Unfortunately, they always have to be outside, so many have hidden in the deeper woods. Many of our old favorites have been in view in early morning.

There are still several Mallards attending their young, and many of them are getting older and getting more similar to their mothers. I say that, as young Mallards resemble the females, not yet having experienced a first season.

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker | Source
Mayfly
Mayfly | Source
Female Red-Winged Blackbird
Female Red-Winged Blackbird | Source
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher with Cicada
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher with Cicada | Source

The Northern Flicker has also been out early searching for bugs, though I actually saw one in a tree, but for a brief moment. He must have been temporarily dazed by the heat.

There are still a few butterflies in this oppressive heat, as well as a mayfly in late June. Imagine that!

The parents still have quite a few young that they are raising. This female Red-Winged Blackbird had good success hunting for food. The flycatcher that I saw earlier today had quite a time with a cicada. He was actually jumping about trying to swallow it, and even from a distance, I could tell that he had quite a mouthful. By the time he swallowed it, he had to stay still for a period of time, then finally regained the composure after that struggle to be on his way. It was rather surprising that he was able to fly after that workout.

Yellow Throated Vireo
Yellow Throated Vireo | Source
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole | Source
Shedding Water
Shedding Water | Source

The Yellow-Throated Vireo was seen in the coral honeysuckle this week. I wasn’t able to get a good photo, but he was actually trying to pull a flower from the vine.

A lovely Baltimore Oriole made an appearance rather close by, so I was finally able to get a good photo of one of them. When I see them, they are usually in the thick woods on the north side of the lake with many other wonderful species. I feel that I may have better luck in the early fall when the trees begin shedding their leaves to get pictures of some of these more elusive songbirds and woodpeckers. It’s amazing how many birds one can hear but never see.

Many of the Canada Geese are still grounded due to the molt, as well as many Mallards. Many of the young geese are close to adult size and plumage, and it is easier to tell the young ones, as they nearly have their full complement of flight feathers, whereas the parents’ new feathers are still coming in.

Great Egret
Great Egret | Source
Fledgling Great-Tailed Grackle
Fledgling Great-Tailed Grackle | Source

The Great Egret has been surveying the lake, and I do believe has finally settled on the best fishing spot. Many of the area fisherfolk should pay more attention to these birds, as they are always in the know about fishing conditions and can provide helpful advice.

This little Great-Tailed Grackle shows how even the young black birds have reasoning power. An outside faucet needs a new washer, and since this little one was in the area, he was trying to position himself in order to catch some of the water. He has not developed the skills on how to drink from the ground yet, but he definitely has the right idea.

Fledgling Western Kingbird
Fledgling Western Kingbird | Source
Dragonfly
Dragonfly | Source

The young Western Kingbirds are doing very well for themselves. They are still under the watchful eye of mother bird, but they are honestly fending for themselves. Naturally, if they see mom, they will beg for food, but that is the way of the natural world.

The week draws to an end, but tomorrow begins anew. I’ll be out there once again to look for things of interest for you. In the meantime, keep your eyes to the ground and your head to the clouds. Happy birding!

The Gang at the Watering Hole
The Gang at the Watering Hole | Source
"And I said..."
"And I said..." | Source

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Well, yoiu know, precy anza, anything is possible in the bird world.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

      Beautiful photos Avian! I could give water to that young Grackel :) Now... I wonder why that Vireo wants to pull a flower? Could he be courting a lady Vireo? Lol ^-^'

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Why, thanks, Billy. I enjoy wild birds and am lucky enough to live across the street from a wonderful lake. There are plenty of birding opportunities for me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful photos and great comments to accompany them. I do believe I'm going to learn a great deal from you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful photos and great comments to accompany them. I do believe I'm going to learn a great deal from you.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Many of them stuff themselves, shiningirisheyes. The babies tend to be the worst of all.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Sounds like the red winged black bird was just celebrating and treating itself to a wonderful pre-holiday meal.

      Wonderful series on your local wild life.

      Regards

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Joyce, for the great compliment!

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Breathtaking photo's and great information.

      Voted up beautiful and interesting, Joyce.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, mecheshier. It has gotten to be quite an event that people really seem to look forward to see every week.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think I will, Johan. Even when I don't see a lot of new birds, I still get to see a lot of other things with some of the same birds.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Go to whatbird.com and see if you can listen to the songs. That might help you. Glad that you're enjoying the weeklies.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jackie! I have so much fun doing these weeklies. It is like an adventure for me every day.

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Great Hub. Fabulous pics. What a beautiful place for birdwatching. Thank you for sharing. Voted up for beautiful

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Love visiting Boomer Lake with you. Keep it up!

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Your comment about hearing birds but not being able to see them is so true - I find it really frustrating because I'm not good at identifying them from song and I want to know what they all are. Loved reading about the bird with the too big cicada.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Haha to the goose. I saw plenty of those this week and discovered they sleep standing on one leg! Love the fledgling and the dragonfly...ah, I love them all!

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