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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday March 17, 2013

Updated on March 17, 2013
Mallard Drake Asserting Himself
Mallard Drake Asserting Himself | Source

Great Weather is a-Coming!

This was a week of many surprises and a couple of days of temperatures in the 80’s. Boomer Lake was very active with both people on the walk paths, and birds in the water and on land. There were yellow sulfurs flitting about, and I might have seen a lone admiral, but I won’t swear to it. The Southern Cove is showing signs of drying up again, but there was a hint of sprinkling today. Hopefully, there will be some real rain this week.

A pile of painted turtles
A pile of painted turtles | Source

Turtles in March?

The painted turtles were out over the past couple of days, literally piles of them on logs. They didn’t seem skittish, so I was able to get a few good pictures. A couple of them tried to climb over other turtles on their way to the top of the log, but they fell a few times, right back in the water. They were not deterred though, for they would keep trying.

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs | Source

Lesser Yellowlegs

While I was photographing turtles, there was a group of six Lesser Yellowlegs on land, and they thought that I didn’t see them. They just stayed right in the area that they were, allowing me to get a number of photos. Unfortunately, they didn’t stick around quite as long as I’d hoped that they would, but they will be back again.

Buffleheads in Flight
Buffleheads in Flight | Source
Gadwall Pair
Gadwall Pair | Source
Female Lesser Scaup
Female Lesser Scaup | Source
Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck | Source

The Ducks

The Buffleheads, Lesser Scaups, Gadwalls, and Ruddy Ducks are still around. I never tire of seeing them, for they are all beautiful ducks, especially the regal looking male Buffleheads. These two pair performed for me, as you can see, flying low to the water, which isn’t always typical. Shots of the others are also here for your enjoyment, too.

Great-tailed Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle | Source

Great-tailed Grackles

The Great-tailed Grackles have made it to the shoreline, and I was able to catch one of them bathing. The colors are beautiful on these birds, and the yellow eyes really sets them off from other dark birds. I’m sure that I’ll be able to catch a few of them in flight in the near future, and you’ll be able to get a look at that magnificent tail.

Red-winged Blackbird from rear
Red-winged Blackbird from rear | Source

Red-winged Blackbirds

The Red-winged Blackbirds were also out, and with a bit of wind, those colorful epaulets showed their distinctiveness. Every time the adult males call, they thrust out that chest and the wings pull away from the body as the head moves forward. The males are absolutely gorgeous.

Western Grebe
Western Grebe | Source

Western Grebe

The Western Grebe was also out one afternoon, with a fish, no less. This grebe is around a lot less than the Pied-billed Grebe, and they are a little bigger but not as chunky looking. They resemble a loon to some degree, but are a little smaller, but every bit as streamlined.

Canada Geese
Canada Geese | Source

Canada Goose Population Increasing

The Canada Geese are finding nesting spots on Goose Island, which is getting louder and louder. It is active now both day and night, as they choose mates and find their little spots on the island. There are battles among the males, which is natural, as they don’t want their females harassed by unwanted interest.

Black Lab having fun
Black Lab having fun | Source

Beach Fun

Even a few dogs were on the beach of the lake and in the water having fun on the warmer days. This lab was having a ball as his owner was looking on in the general vicinity.

This wraps up the news this week. Keep your head in the clouds and your eyes on the ground, as anything is about to happen. I have been hearing news from readers all over the country that there are birds showing up for them that they don’t normally see. If you have an unusual find, do keep me posted, as I am curious on sightings everywhere. I will see you again next week.

American Robin
American Robin | Source
Canada Goose just landing
Canada Goose just landing | Source
Mallard Pair in Flight
Mallard Pair in Flight | Source

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, KoffeeKlatch! I'm still learning with this new camera, and there's so much more to go.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Stunning photography. Up and awesome.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Fred! You know, I've been itching lately to see more birds around me. I am dying to see a roadrunner, and even though it isn't a bird, I would love to meet an armadillo.

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      Ghost32 4 years ago

      Had to see how St. Patrick's Day had treated your camera--rather well, as usual! It's hard to say which photo "does the most" for me, but if I had to pick (gun to head), it would be the male red-winged blackbird caught singing with epaulets a-flashing. There were a few of those who frequented cattails and such along a couple of marshy areas we had on the ranch. They didn't show up every year, for whatever reason, so when they did, it was extra special.

      Voted Up and More.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, you cannot just sit there all day and wait, precy anza. I hope that you'll be lucky, and get some pics if you can. I know where some hummers hang around at the lake, but I will keep searching for a nest. Tey are hard to spot.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

      Yes. I can see the avocado tree from a window, but can't spot the nest. I just tried the other day to watch from the window and maybe see the hummer leave the nest and timed it. I just don't know how often she leaves it.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Can you look through a window of your house?

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      precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

      Yup :) And I observed today and learned future mother hummingbird leaves the nest for only almost 2 minutes and comes back. Wow, so I have to be quick too as I also don't want her to see me looking at her nest.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      No, you don't want to scare the hummer, nor do you want to fall off the ladder. Maybe you can take a peek when she leaves the nest.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

      You always have beautiful photos to share with us! Love them! Specially the ducks :)

      Btw, guess what?! ^-^' I saw a hummingbirds nest on the client I was working at, at her avocado tree at the backyard. I'm so thrilled, my first time to see one. And there's another nest few feet from the hummers, I don't know what bird is the other one, but got me excited. Maybe hadn't hatched yet. I've seen the hummer left the nest, just for few minutes then comes back. I haven't seen the other bird left the nest. And I wanted to take a closer look, but I'm gonna need a ladder to do that. I don't think that's a good idea though, I might scare the hummer and I don't wanna do that. What can you say?

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Meldz! I have a friend here whose daughter likes turtles, too. All these wonderful animals are so amazing. Thanks for coming by to visit, and see the noble denizens of the lake.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Elias, it was a fantastic day! I got most of these great shots on my birthday, and the birds didn't even know it.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      I enjoy looking at your turtles. It is also amazing to see the landing of the canada goose too. Thanks for sharing . It is very much appreciated.

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      That must have been a great day! Loved the red-winged Blackbird :)

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for saying that, Alicia. I just contacted the interim editor of the local paper to see if he would be interested in this column. Wish me luck...

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for another enjoyable edition of Boomer Lake news, Deb. It's so interesting to see the year progress at the lake and to see photos and descriptions of new birds. I look forward to each of your reports!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It was a fabulous week, Bill. Yes, I heard about the snow. Let me know how much you get! I don't miss the snow days in Maine. The winter before I left, I remember shoveling every day for almost a week!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Looks like a great week at Boomer Lake. You got some great shots, Deb. Glad to hear that Spring is coming there. We're not even close here in New England yet, in fact we have more snow coming tonight, uggh.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for all the votes, Connie. The lake has a 5km walkpath around it, so it is pretty good sized. I frequent the east side and hit part of the north side when it is in full swing for birds. east side

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy. I'm happy that you enjoy the column. It is so fun to do, too.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      So true, vicki. I wait with bated breath to see what surprises I'll encounter. It always happens.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Deb, that Redwing is absolutely beautiful in his mating call pose! What great shots you have of all the birds. How big is this Lake? When you talk about Goose Island, it sounds like a really large lake is involved. Just wondering. Voted Up, Awesome, Useful, Interesting and Beautiful

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you yet again for another wondrous tour Deb. I vote up and share as always. Keep these coming as I love them.Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Lovely photos, Deb. such a treat to see all the "new" birds arriving now. I always get so excited at the time of the year, when I know that spring is almost here.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Good, Martin. You need to see what is around you.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I understand, Suhail. I usually travel with photographers, and with a new lens coming and a beefier tripod, it might be a little tougher.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      As always thank you for this. My wife now takes pictures, so I can see what's going on outside my house.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Thank you Deb. That is a nice offer. I will surely avail it for one of my future hubs on wildlife in Ontario that migrates to south in winters. My problem is that we are always on the go with our dog. Although some of the entourage carry cameras, no body has time to wait and take that perfect picture of wildlife.

      All my pictures, at least, are what I call 'hike-see-point-shoot' kind.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Suhail! If I can ever be of service in providing pictures, do let me know. All I ask is that you credit them to me. I will be waiting to see your new piece. Hope all is well in your area and I hope to learn more about your birds from your native land.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Another great hub on wildlife from Deb Hirt (Avianovice) on a weekend ending the March break here in Ontario, Canada. I was just watching an Animal Planet program on Dogs 101 that mentioned some work being done by Boykin Spaniels for protection of painted turtles.

      Well, I am about to publish my hub on ecologically convergent wildlife of my country of origin and North America and have referenced you, but I surely don't have as awesome a repertoire of pictures as you do. That article mentions Canada Geese as nuisance bird in Greater Toronto Area.

      Great information and, as I mentioned earlier, excellent snaps of waterfowl and other animals.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      No, Jackie, he was just out there playing in the water and having fun on such a warm day.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're so welcome, Jim. There's always something going on at Boomer lake!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I will just never have the variety of birds you do. Thanks so much for sharing them. The red-winged blackbird is a new one for me but I love many you have here. I am always thrilled to see any bird with their wings spread.

      Hope the lab wasn't bird hunting!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      You do such an interesting hub every week about the lake and the birds. I have never heard of that grackle! Must be just eastern or mid-west.

      Thanks for another great outing!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Why, thanks, rebecca. Yesterday was so nice, and I got a good 200 shots then. New birds are coming in slowly, and it's always good to be around for the influx. I just wish that I could be out there in the mornings every day.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for coming along, Billy. The more the merrier. Nature likes to show off from time-to-time, so I happened to be where I needed to be!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a great photo gallery of animals. Very cool and I vote awesome and shared all around!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You got some great pics this week, Deb! Glad to hear spring is arriving...a little slow getting here but there are signs of hope. Thanks for the visit as always.

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