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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday July 28, 2013

Updated on July 28, 2013
Slate-throated Redstart
Slate-throated Redstart | Source

National Bird News

With help from the American Bird Conservancy, a number of places worldwide are having laws passed regarding bird-safe window treatments.

Oakland, California has become the latest to adopt new construction guidelines for avoiding the use of mirrors in landscape design, as well as ceasing the placement of bird attractants like plants near glass, and using lights that are less likely to serve as bird attractants. It joins San Francisco and the state of Minnesota in the United States and Toronto in Canada.

It looks good that less avian deaths will occur on these high visibility buildings now. Good work ABC, and we support you in your successful endeavors.

On July 24, a Slate-throated Redstart was found at Huachuca Canyon, on Fort Huachuca near Sierra Vista, Cochise County, Arizona. This is a native northern Mexican bird, so finding it in this country is rather rare, though it has occurred. This information comes to us via the American Birding Association.

Immature House Finch
Immature House Finch | Source

Juvenile House Finch

Being implored by youth to be noticed, isn't necessarily a bad thing if done in a positive manner. This young House Finch did everything possible to make sure that I noticed its great beauty in my travels. It made certain that it was admired and given appropriate admiration in order to make it into our weekly birding news.

Mallard in Flight
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Mallard Clan

The Mallard population is still working on breeding efforts, for I have seen a number of females with their young ones in tow over the past several days. Most of the males are still congregating near Goose Island as they are in their eclipse period, and cannot fly. A number of females are with them, too. However, the happy group has recently been infiltrated by young and flighted males, so there have been a number of skirmishes, which is not unusual during this time of year.

Great Egret
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Great Egrets

Most of the Great Egrets have been in the quieter parts of the lake, namely the Northern Reaches. Exuberant fisherman and pleasure craft operators have been on the main part of the water, which has been a big deterrent for our local egret population. I found a couple of neutral private spots for these birds, and managed to observe them for quiet a while during the end of the week. It seems that they have actually located the best fishing spots in the area.

Young Brown Thrasher
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Young Brown Thrasher

Finally, we have a fledgling Brown Thrasher, which I had an inkling we would be seeing. I feared that we had actually missed the bird, but earlier this week, I caught it. I believe that this is the only fledgling that we have from this nest. I have not noticed any other pairs on the east side of the lake.

Female Red-winged Blackbird perching on Montezuma Baldcypress tree
Female Red-winged Blackbird perching on Montezuma Baldcypress tree | Source

Red-winged Blackbird

Quite a bit of rain has been coming to the area lately, and I can show you the fruit of the Montezuma Baldcypress tree, adorned by this fine specimen of a female Red-winged Blackbird. There are some raindrops still showing on this tree, and I managed to get caught in another shower a short time after this photo was taken. I almost got a Northern Mockingbird next to the blackbird, but it left the area. Perhaps next time!

Female American Goldfinch on Thistle
Female American Goldfinch on Thistle | Source

American Goldfinch

I still have not found the nesting tree of the goldfinch pair, but I do have several to choose from. Unfortunately, I am not going back into this area, as it is filled with some kind of bugs in the grass that had given me a number of bites. I'm sure that my mockingbird friend will let me know which tree they are nesting in fairly soon. Today, I got a few fine shots of Mrs. Goldfinch while she was taking leave of nesting duties to enjoy a bit of a thistle seed repast.

Red Eared Sliders
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Red Eared Sliders

I haven't seen any evidence of young turtles, but the Red Eared Sliders are plentiful and doing very well. Most of them have been enjoying the sun, as usual, and I happened to catch this interesting shot while the sun was just in the right spot to create a very colorful appearance of these turtles.

Dickcissel
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Dickcissels

These birds are now considering the sight of me rather commonplace so here are a couple of shots that you might find interesting. The best that I can tell is that there are at least six pairs of Dickcissel now. If you have them in your area, the best place to try to look for them is at the tops of trees. At first I thought that they were meadowlarks, so I was looking on the ground instead of where I should have been observing.

This ends our report for this week. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding until next week, and give me a heads up if you have seen any unusual bird activity.

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Northern Mockingbird
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Great Egret on Fishing Expedition at Northern Reaches
Great Egret on Fishing Expedition at Northern Reaches | Source
Dickcissel in Flight
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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The Examiner-1, I saw more flycatchers than usual today, but the bright sun did not permit a good photo. I hate working days for that reason. I suspect that we'll be getting some southerly visitors rather soon.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      aviannovice

      I do not have a camera :-( {I do not even have one in my cell} but even if I did I think that all of the birds are gone this for this year. I have not seen any for quite a while.

      I had a full-sized bird bath in another yard with a heater that I put in for the winter but the winters do not get very cold here.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The Examiner-1, besides food, an area for the birds to get water is just as important. Also, when it gets cold, the birds are even more in need of it when water freezes. There are small electric heaters that keep water in bird baths just above freezing during the winter months. I want to get one this year, as even in OK, it can hit below that sweet temperature. You must take some photos of your little ones in the baffle. It sounds so precious.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      aviannovice

      I know that I am late in reading this but you know the old saying - it is better late than never! Anyway that was a beautiful shot of the Slate-throated Redstart. It looks like the egrets and the mallards are permanent residents there - you always get lovely shots of them.

      You said at the bottom that you wanted us to let you know if we had any unusual activity. Well it is not "unusual" unusal, but a while ago the string on my feeder rotted through (it was empty). I picked it up and moved it and the pie pan - which I had added up top as a squirrel baffle - to a porch chair. When the pan gets rain in it there are little birds (like sparrows, chickadees) who take baths in it!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And I missed you on our walks together, precy anza. You know that I love showing you around to meet the gang.

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      precy anza 3 years ago from USA

      Wow! Mrs. Goldfinch is beautiful mama bird :) And so is the other birds of course. I really missed reading your trips to the lake Avian, I got my hands full the last weeks but I'm here to get my dose of the lake and the birds :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Anna, they are good looking turtles, eh? I enjoy watching for new species, as you never know what will show up from one day to the next.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      The legislation sounds like it will make a big difference.

      Your words and pictures were brilliant as always; but I really loved the Red Eared Sliders.

      Anna

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Let me know, Mary, if plans change. It would only be for about five days.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      OMG would I like to go? No, I'd love to go, however, we are caring for my aging in-laws and can't make plans for the future. Your invite is amazing though. Thank you so much dear friend.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Mary, if you can get away, would you like to go to South Padre Island will me during spring migration? The birds hit there coming up from Central America. It is off the east coast of TX near the Mexican border.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      To think I almost missed this hub! I do love visiting Boomer Lake with you. Loved the addition of the red eared sliders and as always your photos are outstanding! Being a bird lover (which you already know) I can only admire again and again, your beautiful photography.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      D.A.L., wind turbines are deadly pieces of machinery, all right. Perhaps the powers that be will work on safety issues for them, next. Thanks for the great compliments and the vote. Every person that I am able to reach, the more knowledge people can obtain in helping our priceless wildlife.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, pstraubie! Everyone has been happy to hear about these laws laws that are a great breakthrough for our wonderful birds. It is definitely a good step in the right direction.

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Deb,

      Another enjoyable read enhanced by your usual great photography. Good news about the mirrors and windows at least in some regions. Over here it is the latest fad of placing wind turbines in the countryside and off shore which is causing fatalities with not only resident and migrating birds but also bats. Great hub voted up.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Awesome...love love love your photos and am so glad to hear some measures are being taken to protect our precious birds.

      Thank you so much sharing all of the info about these amazing creatures. Angels are on the way this evening. ps

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Connie! Thanks for all the votes and visiting the lake with me. There are so many great things out there to look at. We had quite a storm overnight, with a bit of tree damage at the lake, but most of it appeared to be right around where I live. I saw the aftermath as I walked to work this morning, and there are some trees that are no longer there. Sounded like a freight train coming through, the winds were so high, and it kept me up a good part of the night.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Hi Deb! I know that several Audubon chapters in various parts of the country have made great strides in persuading new construction contractors to use special glass that has ultraviolet reflectors embedded in it so birds can avoid those windows.

      I love all your bird pictures, but especially those that show them in flight, and the youngsters that have fledged. Those are awesome! Voted Up++++

      Connie

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Nell! Thanks for all the votes and shares. So many birds have been killed from flying into windows, this will truly make a big difference in their well-being for the future. I'm sure that laws will be passed worldwide, it is just a matter of time in getting the word out about the importance of this.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Cris! Life is always good at the lake, so do join us any time. The ice cream will always keep, as long as it is in the freezer...

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I came back for the ice cream but ended up watching the birds with you...beautiful and as always, refreshing sight. I can breathe here....

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Deb, great news about the reflectors or mirrors, sadly thats why many birds fly into buildings. I remember sitting in my office and bam! a pidgeon flew straight at the window, really made us jump, we went down to check and it was fine, it flew away. I love the Goldfinch, what a beautiful bird, all the photos are awesome, voted up and shared!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Ron! Always glad to have you along at the lake. I always head over with such great joy in my heart, awaiting new surprises each day. Thanks, and I'll see you again next week.

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      Ron Gawthorp 3 years ago from Millboro, Virginia

      Thanks again for an awesome Hub. I really enjoy watching and learning from your Hubs.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks again, LongTimeMother, for taking that trip to the lake and drinking in the simple beauty.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Leslie, some people have had great success with streamers affixed to the outside of the windows. The movement seems to deter the birds, as they thing the glass is just empty space.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks again, Eddy! As long as the stories and pictures put a smile on everyone's face, my job is done.

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      Awesome photos as always, aviannovice. I continue to enjoy your hubs. :)

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      When a bird hits my window - i feel like vomiting! Now, i have sun reflectors hanging which are supposed to 'sparkle' a warning. There's still the occasional 'hit' - but there are a lot more 'misses', thankfully!

      Again, Deb your love of nature and especially birds shines in both your words AND your photos!

      sharing, dearxx

      (lol@moonlake thinking the birdie was gonna wait..haha)

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another brilliant hub from you Deb and voting up as always . Have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Alicia! Glad that you enjoy our little goings on out here. You never know what is going to happen, or what kind of bird is going to show up.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think K2 will take care of any evidence of rats and raccoons, and yes, feeders do have their purposes, as you have proven. Birds are smart. Why risk their lives heading south if they don't have to? Yes, Toronto is definitely a forerunner in many things. I miss visiting there.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Mondays wouldn't be the same without your Boomer Lake report, Deb! I love looking at the photos and reading about the latest news. Thanks for another edition in the series.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Another good one Deb!

      That was one reason I am so proud of Toronto. I think all cities of the USA and Canada should have those laws.

      Btw, I had put feeders in my house once and that had led to mouse problem. Now that I have K2, I don't think any bird would risk its life to be at my bird feeders haha.

      Also, wildlife services department is telling us that due to bird feeders, we are seeing more birds and they are staying all year round. Those Goshawks (red-tailed hawks) are no longer migrating south in our winters.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Another good one Deb!

      That was one reason I am so proud of Toronto. I think all cities of the USA and Canada should have those laws.

      Btw, I had put feeders in my house once and that had led to mouse problem. Now that I have K2, I don't think any bird would risk its life to be at my bird feeders haha.

      Also, wildlife services department is telling us that due to bird feeders, we are seeing more birds and they are staying all year round. Those Goshawks (red-tailed hawks) are no longer migrating south in our winters.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      So right, Colin! NEVER look up when a bird is overhead, especially the Great Blue Heron. It leaves a trail while landing, and I am very serious when I tell you that. Thanks as always for getting the word out about Boomer Lake.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Wayne! Well, thanks again for coming.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Bill! Yes, I am having a blast at the lake, as always. Thanks for all the votes, and I sure hope to see you again at the lake next week.

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      Good afternoon Deb and another world class hub presentation from you featuring this legendary series - I am receiving a wonderful lesson in enlightenment here about bird watching and your pictures are always so thrilling - I will not only post this with great delight to my FB page for all to see and read but also mail this link to the great man himself MCKBIRDBKS who should love this series, he of the equally legendary Emerald Wells Cafe series.

      Sending to you 3 big Canadian hugs from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel and I see birds all of the time flying overhead of me when I am out in the lake but I guess I'd better not be looking up with my mouth open, lol

      lake erie time 4:40pm

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you again for sharing your wonderful work, Deb.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wonderful photos Deb. Looks like a great week at Boomer Lake. You are clearly loving that new camera. Voted up and shared.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Tess, life can really be the proverbial bowl of cherries if it includes nature and wildlife. At least it is for me. They all bring a smile to my face and fill my heart with a song.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jill! Every little bit helps our animals and to bring awareness to the multitudes. is what really helps the most.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Billy! As we have both been saying right along, education is truly the key to everything. Glad to see that life will be improving for my winged friends. You know that i will see you again next week.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      This is great, Deb. What marvelous shots on variety of birds and what great camera you have! It is nice to know how dedicated you are to the birds and learning more about them here on HP. Thank you for sharing your talents and work and for the love of nature.

      Enjoy every single day with nature! ~Hugs, Tess

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      Jill Spencer 3 years ago from United States

      Your female red-winged blackbird on a bald cypress is gorgeous. Lately, I've seen lots of Eastern bluebirds (at least that's what I think they are) around here. Their color is so vibrant they don't even look real! Your hub was a delight--and thanks for the bird safety info. All the best, Jill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm a little late getting here but at least I made it. The pics are great....good news on the window treatment legislation....another lovely visit to Boomer Lake.

      Have a great day Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Deergha! It is always nice to have you along on the journey. It might be delightful to one day make a trip to Assam, and give people a surprise look into your world of nature. My father was there during WWII, and got some great shots of scenery and area people. He also brought back some coins, which ended up going into my coin collection. Needless to say, I still have my beautiful stamp collection.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Martin, that's good. They can be so effective in pest control, as well as giving you added scenery.

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

      Very beautiful hub about our feathery friends. Its always a delight to return every Monday for a glimpse of your slice of wonderful life at Boomer Lake. Keep it and Thank you once again.

      Shared and votes +++++++++++++

      deergha

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Remarkable, as always. The plants in my yard seems to attract birds.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I know, Jackie, I never publish this late but I had to work until 3 today, then go to the lake at 7, then here I sat at the computer to get the column out. Hey, you know how dedicated I am. You are apt to see almost anything out there, Jackie, including surprises, which has been happening and continues to happen all over the country. Keep a sharp eye out and have your camera with you. You could be the next person making birding news.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, moonlake! It is so good to see you...you HAVE been missed, and I do hope that all is well. It has been amazing all over the country. Lots of birds are showing up that normally don't show up, so it would be interesting to know what you saw.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Now I can't be waiting up all night for these pictures. J/K you! I just happened to see the email soon as it hit, lol. What amazing pictures. I could almost cry at the beauty I am not kidding. That egret in flight, there are no words. The mallard reminds me a lot of the goose picture I pointed out to you once, but apparently we don't see the same links on your page, it was sure funny. My lake is finally up so maybe I will see some geese or whatnot coming around now. The grass was really wet and cold this morning when I was out but I will never have all at my lake like you do, must be something that draws them there that I don't have.

      Well, glad I didn't miss these beauties. I just have to take God's word He has more beauty than this for us. Hard to imagine.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Your bird photos are beautiful. We have lots of birds around here. I saw one the other day I had never seen before and when I went to get my camera he was gone. Voted up.

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