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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday July 14, 2013

Updated on July 14, 2013
Immature Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Immature Scissor-tailed Flycatcher | Source

You Can't Change That!

Today the rain falls, which is much needed, and it gives me a bit of a reprieve, but I do enjoy going out early mornings. It is a time of sweet smelling field hay, birds are out feeding and cajoling, and the geese are floating on the water. It fills my heart with hope eternal, that humanity will prevail, and we will care for Mother Earth like she has done for us over all these years. Teach a man how to fish, and he will feed himself for life.

Eastern Kingbird Fledgling
Eastern Kingbird Fledgling | Source

More Babies

Beautiful young birds are testing their wings and they are nearly everywhere. It is impossible to miss that kind of beauty, unless one is really trying. They are in the trees, on the ground, and sometimes, they will even land upon us. The beauty of fledglings, is that they really know no fear, the world is their oyster. Just like humankind, they always worry their parents, but as with us, the parents let go. This wonderful Eastern Kingbird came over to wish me a wonderful day.

Male(Left) and Female(Right) American Goldfinch on Thistle
Male(Left) and Female(Right) American Goldfinch on Thistle | Source
Male American Goldfinch
Male American Goldfinch | Source

American Goldfinch Habitat

Finally discovering where the American Goldfinches are making their home, I was in a perfect place earlier in the week. Take a look at these beauties while they were feeding on thistle seeds. Between thistle and milkweed, which is wonderful nesting material, many birds are out collecting and are in view a lot more than normal. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a photo of the Warbling Vireo that I saw collecting milkweed silk. If it is any consolation, I was close. Perhaps next time that I am out, I might be successful. Wish me luck!

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Flying Flowers

Butterflies and moths are everywhere, and finally, there is a butterfly guide on its way in the mail. One of the local birders/butterfly photographers suggested a book for me, and that will point me in the right direction. Like anything else, I’ll get some surprises here and there, but for the most part, I should have no difficulty identifying them. We can learn about butterflies together.

Male Dickcissel
Male Dickcissel | Source
Dickcissel
Dickcissel | Source

Dickcissel

The Dickcissel was in his usual territory this morning, and it was still a bit on the dark side when I was out yesterday morning. I got a fairly decent shot of him, proudly sitting at the top of his tree waiting for me. These birds resemble the meadowlarks, and also prefer fields, meadows, and open prairies to denser spots. The breeding male has a black bib and a bright yellow chest, about six inches long. The meadowlark will usually stay on the ground in the same vicinity, and many times, one will only see that yellow neck and chest with the black bib sticking up over the grasses. They are also about nine inches in length, so it is easily to see the difference. The meadowlark also has that dark, pointed bill, where the Dickcissel has a short, conical finch bill.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly | Source
Blue Damselfly
Blue Damselfly

Dragonfly and Damselfly

Here is a beautiful dragonfly and a colorful blue damselfly for your pleasure. Both of these gorgeous creatures are quick fliers, so I was lucky enough to have them perched while I got these interesting pictures for you.

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Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail | Source
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Butterfly Corner

Here’s a couple of butterflies that I thought were good looking, and I don’t recall having seen the hovering and feeding one before. It had a beautiful silvery glow to it in the sunlight, and I was very impressed with its beauty.

Young Marsh Rabbit
Young Marsh Rabbit | Source

The Life of Riley

A young marsh rabbit was lounging in the shade, doing its best to keep cool. I had never seen one this relaxed before, so this is one photo that I couldn’t resist taking, even though I probably have about a dozen or better shots now.

Where to Find Boomer Lake Park in Stillwater, OK

Where to Find Deb Hirt's New Photography Blog

For those of you that have friended me on Facebook, and even those of you that haven’t, I now have a blog. My pictures will no longer be posted on Facebook, so do follow me here if you want to see everything that I post. These are the pictures that I choose from for this weekly series, so you will see a lot more. They are also in a better layout with more commentary, and they can be viewed a lot better. They are all available for sale, but some might not have enough resolution for an 8” x 10” size or larger. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.



This concludes the events of this week. With any luck, I will be able to get out later to see what is going on at the lake. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Above all, don’t take any wooden nickels from any stray mockingbirds! Happy birding until next time.

Eastern Kingbird in Flight
Eastern Kingbird in Flight | Source
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird | Source
Mallard Hen and Ducklings
Mallard Hen and Ducklings | Source
One Type of Milkweed Pod
One Type of Milkweed Pod | Source
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Bayram, I just got your codes, nothing else.

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      Bayram 2 years ago

      ubuntu-tweak/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/apt/__init__.py:18: FutureWarning: apt API not stable yet wargnnis.warn( apt API not stable yet , FutureWarning)Traceback (most recent call last): File ./ubuntu-tweak.py , line 68, in launcher = TweakLauncher() File ./ubuntu-tweak.py , line 38, in __init__ from MainWindow import MainWindow File /usr/share/ubuntu-tweak/MainWindow.py , line 103, in from ThirdSoft import ThirdSoft File /usr/share/ubuntu-tweak/ThirdSoft.py , line 36, in from PolicyKit import PolkitButton, DbusProxy File /usr/share/ubuntu-tweak/PolicyKit/__init__.py , line 2, in from DbusProxy import DbusProxy File /usr/share/ubuntu-tweak/PolicyKit/DbusProxy.py , line 25, in class DbusProxy: File /usr/share/ubuntu-tweak/PolicyKit/DbusProxy.py , line 29, in DbusProxy proxy = system_bus.get_object( com.ubuntu_tweak.Mechanism', /Tweak', INTERFACE) File /var/lib/python-support/python2.5/dbus/bus.py , line 244, in get_object follow_name_owner_changes=follow_name_owner_changes) File /var/lib/python-support/python2.5/dbus/proxies.py , line 241, in __init__ self._named_service = conn.activate_name_owner(bus_name) File /var/lib/python-support/python2.5/dbus/bus.py , line 183, in activate_name_owner self.start_service_by_name(bus_name) File /var/lib/python-support/python2.5/dbus/bus.py , line 281, in start_service_by_name su', (bus_name, flags))) File /var/lib/python-support/python2.5/dbus/connection.py , line 607, in call_blocking message, timeout)dbus.exceptions.DBusException: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.Spawn.ChildExited: Launch helper exited with unknown return code 1Error in sys.excepthook:Traceback (most recent call last): File /usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/apport_python_hook.py , line 78, in apport_excepthook report_file = open(pr_filename, wt')IOError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: u'/var/crash/_usr_share_ubuntu-tweak_ubuntu-tweak.py.1000.crash'Original exception was:Traceback (most recent call last): File ./ubuntu-tweak.py , line 68, in launcher = TweakLauncher() File ./ubuntu-tweak.py , line 38, in __init__ from MainWindow import MainWindow File /usr/share/ubuntu-tweak/MainWindow.py , line 103, in from ThirdSoft import ThirdSoft File /usr/share/ubuntu-tweak/ThirdSoft.py , line 36, in from PolicyKit import PolkitButton, DbusProxy File /usr/share/ubuntu-tweak/PolicyKit/__init__.py , line 2, in from DbusProxy import DbusProxy File /usr/share/ubuntu-tweak/PolicyKit/DbusProxy.py , line 25, in class DbusProxy: File /usr/share/ubuntu-tweak/PolicyKit/DbusProxy.py , line 29, in DbusProxy proxy = system_bus.get_object( com.ubuntu_tweak.Mechanism', /Tweak', INTERFACE) File /var/lib/python-support/python2.5/dbus/bus.py , line 244, in get_object follow_name_owner_changes=follow_name_owner_changes) File /var/lib/python-support/python2.5/dbus/proxies.py , line 241, in __init__ self._named_service = conn.activate_name_owner(bus_name) File /var/lib/python-support/python2.5/dbus/bus.py , line 183, in activate_name_owner self.start_service_by_name(bus_name) File /var/lib/python-support/python2.5/dbus/bus.py , line 281, in start_service_by_name su', (bus_name, flags))) File /var/lib/python-support/python2.5/dbus/connection.py , line 607, in call_blocking message, timeout)dbus.exceptions.DBusException: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.Spawn.ChildExited: Launch helper exited with unknown return code 1

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We have loads of it here, Jackie, I have never seen this much. Wish I could have captured the little vireo grabbing it for her upcoming nest, but I was just a little too slow.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I don't see your new one so will check back later. I just remembered from seeing it here that milkweed is getting scarce and has some medicinal value. Will have to look that up. I see none around here but in a planter outback it looks like one coming up so will wait and see.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, D.A.L.! It is always good to have you along for jaunts around the lake. Even when it rains while there, it is always wonderful to catch the fresh and cleansing smell of nature at its finest.

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Deb, what a pleasure it is to take a virtual stroll with you around the place you love, with the birds and nature you love which you capture so well in your images which are worth the visit alone. Always enjoy, always will. Voted up.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great plan, Mary. Then you can see how fast they grow. Birds are amazingly fast.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I am photographing my tadpoles incrementally.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Eddie! Thanks for coming to the lake, and I hope you found a litle something to keep your heart happy. Thanks for sharing, and see you need week in the same place!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Amazing read as always Deb and full of wonderful beautiful pics too. Which never ever disappoint. Voted up and shared without a doubt my friend.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Anna. I try to fit unobtrusive messages in every once in a while to convey the important of caring for nature. Thanks for the great support, as always.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      I thought your opening paragraph was poignant and so important. Your words conveyed expertly the urgent need to protect the beautiful world your pictures and words capture every week.

      Excellent hub.

      Anna

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sharkye, good to see you! I have been looking high and low for the youngsters, there are so many this year. Every time I visit the lake I always have an eye out for the little vireos. I hope I get to see them.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Mary,I have ordered a butterfly book, so it is only a matter of time before I can get some names on these gorgeous creatures. The amazing thing that I witnessed was the fact that they were rapidly beating their wings while feeding on the thistle. I watched for a while, then naturally snapped the pictures, and took them at a high speed to freeze the action. Have you been able to get the stages of development on your young froglets via picture?

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Why, thanks, Leslie. Yes, I am a naturalist, and saw my first scorpion yesterday(in the house). I placed it outside and took photos. If it moves, I must watch it, for it only shows me what I have been missing. Boomer Lake belongs to all. If you close your eyes for a moment, you will be there under the watchful eye of the winged and crawling. Thanks for sharing, as it is important for all to see and experience nature within their hearts, minds, and souls.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      More gorgeous photos! I love the baby birds-haven't seen any this year. Just a a pigeon egg that the mom pushed from the nest. As always,I really enjoyed your hub. Great shot of the damselfly!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I am always amazed and entralled by your beautiful photos. The baby birds are just so adorable and yet beautiful at the same time.

      It will be great to learn about the butterflies from you. We only have one or two varieties here.

      My catbirds are still sitting on the nest. My polywogs, however, are starting to sprout legs. Nature is just so magnificent. Thank you for sharing.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      I love that you're, ummm, 'spreading your wings' into butterflies! You are a true naturist(is that a word) and ihave learned a ton from you already! I feel as if boomer lake is MINE! lol..

      You're sooo lucky to have all that right in your back yard!

      i can't wait for the butterfly pics!

      sharing, dearxx

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Alicia! This is the only blog that I have ever had, and I think that it will be a good spot for photos, commentary, and other important, yet related items. I'm hoping that I'll be a good photographer in a year.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your photos are getting better and better, Deb! Thanks for another interesting instalment in your Boomer Lake series. Good luck with your new blog.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Marie! Wasn't he though? I never saw any wild rabbit do that before! I'm posting both old and new pics, the older ones intermingled with the newer. I'm also having a friend do a watercolor for me, that I want to put on the blog.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      That is one chilled out rabbit. Amazing close ups this week. I will definitely have to check out your blog.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Nell! Thanks for dropping by the lake to cool off a bit. Having plenty of fresh water for the birds is just as important as food, for they need to be able to have a drink and cool down, too.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Deb, your photos are amazing, how on earth do you capture them so perfectly? glad you had the rain to cool it down, we are having a heatwave now, and its been on for nearly three weeks, I love it, but as its getting hotter and hotter we are not used to it! lol! lots of water outside for the birds on my balcony, got to look after them!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      deergha, it is wonderful to see you, and I am so glad that you have chosen to look at what I will be placing on the blog daily. The bird world will be coming to life again for fall migration in a couple of months, so stay tuned for that. There is always such a surprise with the migrations.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Pagesvoice, I am so pleased to hear that you love wildlife, too. To me, there is nothing like it.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I do, Martin. Others have told me the same. It just saddens me that the local paper doesn't want it.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jackie! After yesterday's rain, not too many were out, yet it was so pleasant with the lower temperatures. It is raining right now, and it looks like the lake will be filling up nicely for the rest of the week. Now we won't have to worry about nasty protozoa infecting the birds this summer.

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      deergha 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Visited your new photography blog...simply awesome and I have commented on there as well. Your bird photographs are very beautiful as ever. It almost feels like to be with you to notice the many things about the birds around Boomer lake. I am again awaiting for next Sunday for a slice of your photographic treat of the awesome birds there. Shared and votes way up.

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      Dennis L. Page 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up and ++++. You continue to hypnotize your readers with professional photography and exceptionally clear written descriptions of your adventures. I find it always a wonderful journey when I read your stories. For you see, I too love to be a spectator in the arena of wildlife.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      If you only knew what pleasure this brings me. thank you

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Looks to me like that fledgling came over to tell you to get out of town! lol He is so cute! That Kingbird in flight...I just don't have words. There is no art to equal it. So beautiful.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      SavannahEve, you are so welcome. You get a trip like this every week, if you wish to walk it with all of us. Many, many creatures are out and about all year long.

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      SavannahEve 3 years ago from California

      This is a wonderful hub! I enjoyed the photos immensely. Thank you so much for the happy and peaceful trip through nature.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, dreamseeker! It's hard not to love all the animals.

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      dreamseeker2 3 years ago

      Awesome and interesting, aviannovice! As always, great pics and information. I loved them all!! : ) Voted it up!!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Mel! Yes, I will continue to write my column on Hubpages every week. The blog is for pictures and daily commentary, plus if other people want to add birding things, they can do that, too. This is an irruption year, it seems, so you may want to keep an eye out for the Scissor-tails again.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I bookmarked your site and will peruse it at my leisure. Looks like some great great stuff. Hopefully you will continue to write on Hub Pages as well. As a fellow birder I like reading your hubs.

      I think I saw a stray scissortail flycatcher over one of our freeways in winter about 10 years ago, but it was such an anomaly that I didn't cross it off my life list. According to the bird books they do tend to stray. Great job!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, whonu! Still wait for the rain to stop, in order to see what is new on the lake...

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      Beautiful work and words.Thanks as always for sharing, my friend. whonu

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Barbara! Yes, I am pretty lucky, for there are lots of other things around here, too.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      You get to see a lot of birds. Nice photos.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Peg, spend some time with the mockers, if you can, and they will get closer to you. Glad that you liked what came by the area when I was at the lake!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I always learn so much about nature from your hubs, Deb. And the pictures are, as always, awesome. The bunny picture shows a side of the hare that we don't usually get to see, that of a relaxed camper, so I'm glad you featured that one. Still didn't get that picture of my little mockingbird fledgling and I've since seen him following his parents around in flight. See you at the lake.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hope you have a blast! See you at the lake next week!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We are heading out on a day road trip, but I had to stop by Boomer and say hello. Thanks for the touch of natural beauty; now I'll go out and find my own at Mt. St. Helens.

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