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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday July 7, 2013

Updated on July 7, 2013
Northern Mockingbirds Can Be Good Acrobats
Northern Mockingbirds Can Be Good Acrobats | Source

Beautiful Weather and Beautiful Scenery

This was a week of sunshine ad calm winds, the Fourth of July has come and gone without any major incidents, and life is back to normal. Babies are all around the lake, flowers are blooming, and there is plenty of milkweed to feed our flying wonders. The first batch of Canada Geese are nearly adults, and there are new bumper crops of Mallards. More people than usual are visiting the lake, and I have found more photographers, fisherfolk, joggers, and nature enthusiasts. Life has taken on that wonderful, dreamy quality, and it is a joy to see people having fun with their families and barbecuing on the weekends.

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage
Great Egret in Breeding Plumage | Source

Great Egret

The Great Egrets are increasing in numbers around the lake. Many males are in that immaculate, long-flowing white breeding plumage that just slowly wafts like the robe of a king. They look like pristine royalty, seeking out mates and showing how fine they are, as any good mate with potential would do.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird | Source
Four Fledgling Kingbird out of Five
Four Fledgling Kingbird out of Five | Source

Eastern Kingbirds

The Eastern Kingbirds surround the lake, surveying their territory high in the air. Parents have been fledging their beautiful youngsters, some with as many as five young. These gorgeous youngsters have been making me smile and showing what lovely little specimens they are. Next season they will return to raise their own families, but we are jumping the gun a bit. Parents are still working on training the little ones that they must begin hunting for their own food. It is not far, for I have seen a few little ones reaching for their own flying objects.

Nestling Flycatchers
Nestling Flycatchers | Source
Fledgling Flycatchers
Fledgling Flycatchers | Source

Young Scissor-tailed Flycatchers

Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are in large numbers. I have found a few more nests filled with young and fledglings are more than plentiful. It makes me wonder if nature has given a few extra in case this is going to be a hard winter. We’ll just have to bide our time and see how the seasons will play out.

Purple Martin Fledgling
Purple Martin Fledgling | Source

Purple Martins

The Purple Martins have also fledged a few young. They have been very apt pupils, following their parents and learning where to get their water and the choicest insects. Don’t let their semi-diminutive size fool you, as they are just as quick as their parents and nearly as large.

Immature Baltimore Oriole
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Baltimore Oriole Immature

The Baltimore Oriole that fledged a short time ago is now a strapping youth. This once is still in the general area, though I have neither seen nor heard his parents for a while. There is a good chance that this bird is already on its own, for it is close to full grown and has a great set of lungs. If it wasn’t for those loud dulcet tones, I never would have spotted it.

Bell's Vireo
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Warbling Vireo
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Bell's and Warbling Vireos

Both the Bell’s and Warbling Vireos are not far from one another. Bell’s still hasn’t fledged its little ones, and it appears that the Warbling Vireo are choosing nest sites. There were several located in one tree yesterday hunting for bugs and one was picking milkweed. It would make me very happy if they chose to stay right on the walkpath where they can be easily seen.

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Fledgling Mourning Dove
Fledgling Mourning Dove | Source

Mourning Dove

Mourning Doves have also fledged one set of two. They are very close to adulthood, still with a few strands of down on the head. They look quite well, no sign of conjunctivitis like many tend to have.

Unsupervised Cats

Just a reminder to keep cats indoors during this hectic summer season. There are lots of fledglings and nestlings out right now. If your cats like to watch the birds, make them a window seat where they can watch a bird feeder that is outside by their window. It will keep cats safe from traffic and the birds safe from them. Nature thanks you for your efforts.

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail | Source
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Viceroy
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Butterfly Central

The butterfly population is doing well, many beautiful varieties are inhabiting the lake area. Here is a nice example of a black swallowtail and another type that I happened to catch for morning feedings. They are beautiful examples. There is a nice looking viceroy that was on the grass by the water sunning itself, and I happened to be in a good position to capture this one, too.

This was a wonderful holiday weekend that I thoroughly enjoyed. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds until next time. Happy birding and may your life list be fulfilled.

Fledgling Eastern Kingbirds
Fledgling Eastern Kingbirds | Source
Fledgling Eastern Kingbirds
Fledgling Eastern Kingbirds | Source
Immature Red-winged Blackbird
Immature Red-winged Blackbird | Source
Purple Martins
Purple Martins | Source

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I am still learning, LongTimeMother. Have you looked at the blog yet, where I have all the pictures since I got the new camera?

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      Oh, I would love to have your camera!! Your pics are always beautiful. :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Tess. Glad that you like the column. It will be around for a long time to come.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Enjoyable! Beautiful! Wonderful! :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for the great compliments, precy anza! I am still practicing with my pictures, but I need to get better before I can do better work with these pictures. I think I'll make it, though.

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      precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego

      Wow lots of young birds! ^-^' And those baby flycatchers are so cute I want to..... uhmm........ I will just say befriend them :D I love the photos Avian :) Have you ever think, or maybe already doing it, of your photos being on calendars maybe?! Great shots! Up and shared!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Glimmer Twin Fan! It's amazing what can frighten a big dog! Thanks for visiting the lake, and I'll see you again.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I just love all of the photos of fledglings! My dog came close to catching a robin last week, but the baby birds' fluttering scared my 70 pound dog and he went running! Another lovely visit.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Anna! Hope your holiday was wonderful, but I am glad that you're back again to enjoy life at the lake. The rain jnust hit again, so I don't know if I'll be able to make my evening trek to my birds and other creatures.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      I have been on holiday so catching up now with your lovely lake.

      You have surpassed yourself with the butterfly pictures, the black swallowtail was so beautiful.

      Your weekly tour is always so full of life and colour.

      Anna

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, Boomer Lake is like a vacation for me every day. If I didn't have it, I would be at a great ,oss.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Love the pictures of the baby birds. Your tours of Boomer Lake are like taking a mini vacation for me.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad to hear about your group in NY. The only odd thing aroun d here, is that I have not seen ANY baby robins so far. How odd is that? Glad that your internet is up and hope that you can hold onto it for a bit!

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Hi Deb, sorry I am late this week. I have had connection issues with all the heavy rain and high winds. But I am so glad I finally arrived to see all the wonderful baby birds. That is so awesome!

      We have had a bumper crop of robins and wood thrushes, juncos and purple finches, red-bellied woodpeckers, hairy and downy woodpeckers, and chickadees this year! It makes my heart sing to see so many birds successfully fledge and start to fend for themselves.

      Your images and descriptions are stellar, as always. Voted Up++++

      Hope you see lots more baby birds and gorgeous butterflies this weekend as well ;) Connie

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Colin! Glad that you enjoyed the babies this week! There are still so any of them around, but surprisingly, no young robins...yet. We're back into a bit of a heat wave, so I'm sure that the birds will be as close to the lake as possible to get a little reprieve. See you next week!

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      Good afternoon Deb - well I really don't know my birds very well but certainly with you I am learning and being educated and as always you impress me not only with your knowledge but the fact that every hub you do is like a true labor of love.

      Lots of birds up where I live as you can imagine out in the country and by the lake - my cats watch them and the birds watch my cats, lol, never a dull moment with mother nature eh Deb, lol.

      Always so nice to pay a visit to my kindred spirit and sending you very warm wishes from Colin, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel who both got fed out back just now as they guard our place, lol, at lake erie time ontario canada 5:26pm and is this summer going fast or is it just me getting older? lol

      Will post your beautiful work here on my FB page for all to see and read

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Leslie, this picture has been a real big hit. The nice thing about Evan, is that EVERY time he goes fishing, the baby comes with him. I have seen him at least six times, and he recalled seeing me as well. There more people that see my pictures the happier that I am, if I can bring a smile to their faces.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      Hey, i know some of these guys..lol..

      Must repeat - the picture of the Daddy and Baby? Priceless!

      sharing, my friend! I'm having a bit of a, errrr...'bird-brained' day today..

      LOL..(sorry)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Gawth. I can see where a dove would look like that from the underside.

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      Ron Gawthorp 3 years ago from Millboro, Virginia

      Your Mockingbird shot reminded me recently that I saw a Dove (I think) doing a near vertical assent to a tree branch. Since I was on the breast and underbelly side, what I saw looked just like artists portray angels. Wonderful photos as always.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Alicia! Everyone enjoys seeing the little ones and how they learn to do what nature gives them. I'm happy that they made your day.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like that would be great. A lot of people don't know anything about nestlings.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The pictures are especially nice this week, Deb. I love them! The baby bird photos are my favorite. I admire your patience and dedication in bird and animal photography.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Yes, I might even write a catbird hub when the "kittenbirds" are born.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      rdsparrowwriter, I sure will. I just heard about the great place that South Padre Island is during migrations. I might have to go there for a while.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds good, Martin, you must have been a great dad, too. These are the special things that keep fatherhood so alive.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Johan. Now all I have to figure out is to have your birds and animals perform.

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      rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

      Very interesting useful hub with beautiful pictures :) I loved this :) Keep it up!

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      You know I love your pictures. The last one reminds me of the old times. We never used strollers. I, I, I carried my children on our outings.

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      Johan Smulders 3 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Wow, again!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Everyone loves that picture, Billy, and Evan was thrilled that I wanted it. It is the young professional's new world, and that child won't be a latchkey kid, you can bet on that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always a pleasure to end my week at Boomer Lake. Loved all the pics but the last one was a classic. Talk about teaching your kid early how to fish! LOL

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, whonu! I got some fabulous pictures that day!

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      Nicely done and hope you have had a great Fourth. whonu

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jeannie, I am working SO hard at this, but it doesn't seem like work.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      They are very popular, Hollie. People don't seem to notice them when I am out and about. I guess they just listen to other things.

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      jeannie dibble 3 years ago

      I'm so proud of you and your amazing dedication. Your work is looking very professional.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I so wish that I lived in your neck of the woods, Deb. Again your pictures are amazing, I love the youngsters. :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Mary! Thanks, as always. Will you be photographing the catbird youngsters(kittenbirds)?

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Mel! I don't need to have any patience. The birds perform for me, seriously. The martins are wonderful and that little one was sure a surprise. When I went through the first time, it was not on the ground, but there it was an hour later.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Beautiful pictures as always. You must have a great deal of patience to get these photos. I was particularly interested in your Purple Martins. I have not seen one yet. We have Cliff Swallows out here in Southern California, although their numbers seemed to have declined in recent years over my neighborhood.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I love it! All of your pictures and information just make me keep coming back for more but I have to say the baby birds! Really great shots, I love everyone one of them.

      I'm waiting for my catbirds. She is sitting on the nest so we shall see.

      I truly enjoy visiting Boomer Lake and the lovely tour you give us.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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