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