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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday May 19, 2013

Updated on May 19, 2013
Killdeer Eggs
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Lots of clouds and a little bit of rain in Oklahoma this week, but Texas got the tornadoes. I do hope that everyone there is all right.

These are Killdeer eggs, the first clutch that I know about. There are usually four eggs laid on the ground, generally in gravel or something similar. It really is hard to see them unless you know what you are looking for. They have been in industrial parking lots, and other big traffic areas, so they aren't always successful in hatching.

There was a good deal of activity with the male tyrant birds and the Red-winged Blackbirds. I witnessed several instances of crows and grackles on the run. For a small bird, the Eastern Kingbird has no fear of anything within his kingdom. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if these birds would even take on an eagle. Does anybody have any stories to tell on that front?

Yellow Warbler
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Yellow Warblers and Eastern Kingbirds

Unfortunately, I almost got pictures of Yellow Warblers and the Eastern Kingbird, but both of them were on the run. As a matter of fact, I was about ready to get the shot of a male Yellow Warbler when he darted off. I suspect that as the season goes on, they will be more willing to get closer to me, but until then, I will do my best to get those shots for you.

Northern Flicker
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Northern Flicker

As a consolation prize, though, I DID get a couple of decent shots of the Northern Flicker! At least I have seen one woodpecker this spring! By the way, since the Red-bellied Woodpecker’s tree collapsed from rot this past winter, I have been on the hunt for a new tree, but have had no luck yet. I hear them in the Northern Reaches, and will try searching again next week. Wish me luck and maybe I’ll have a wonderful prized shot this coming week.

Where to Find Boomer Lake Park

American White Pelicans
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Pelicans, Avocets, and Blue-winged Teals

I was out for a couple of hours today, and I saw several noteworthy things. There were five American White Pelicans surrounded by a few American Avocets and Blue-winged Teals.

Blue-winged Teal Pair, Male on Left
Blue-winged Teal Pair, Male on Left | Source

Blue-winged Teals

Numerous Blue-winged Teals were in the tall grass by the lakeside and it makes me wonder if we might have a nest or two. There are definitely paired couples, and if they stay long enough, I’m hoping that I can get shots of those beautiful young ones when it is time. Last year it didn’t work out, as the Blue-winged teals went elsewhere to raise families, but with these things, different seasonal activity can occur in another year. Again, wish me luck!

Tree Buds
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Wildflowers

The spring wildflowers are simply beautiful so far this spring. Some of the trees are also budding, ad I got a very interesting shot of a tree bud for you today. I don’t know what it is yet, but that information is bound to come out soon enough. Since it is now thundering in the distance, I feel that chances are quite good that I will be able to do some research in the next day or two. The butterflies are also increasing their populations, but we still seem to be short on them, still. I got this shot of one on this dandelion, so you can really see one. For those of you that haven’t even seen one yet, I want to assure you that spring really is here and will be in your part of the US eventually. I dare not say soon, as I understand that many of you are still experiencing cold weather, especially in the northern zones.

Mule Deer
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Mule Deer at Northern Reaches

There was a fishing tournament here at Boomer Lake in the middle of the week, and many youngsters were out there for their first competition, which was run by the local parks and rec department. Today, I saw another family near where I look for birds at the Northern Reaches, and with all the activity, most of the birds there took a bit of a leave of absence. However, the good news is that I saw this beautiful mule deer! I have not seen a deer since I have been in Oklahoma, which has been three years now. Isn’t this tiny deer gorgeous?

I will bid you goodbye for now, but you know that I will return next week for more reports on the beautiful birds, butterflies, animals, and flowers. In the meantime, keep your head in the clouds and your eyes to the ground. Happy birding, and enjoy a safe and wonderful Memorial Day.

Great Egret
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Female Red-winged Blackbird
Female Red-winged Blackbird | Source
Red eared Slider
Red eared Slider | Source
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher | Source
Canada Goslings "I've Got a Secret"
Canada Goslings "I've Got a Secret" | Source

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, precy anza. They probably will all hatch, which reminds me...I need to check on that little family.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from USA

      That deer is absolutely gorgeous I agree :) Enjoyed the rest of the photos too. And happy to see those eggs, such a treat to find them and sharing them with us ^-^' Hope they all hatch. :) Up and shared!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, if only I could show you this beautiful place., it really is everything that I say and more.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a beautiful place. Your pictures are gorgeous. I feel as though I have taken a relaxing tour of a truly beautiful spot.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Eddy! Thanks for joining in for the fun. There's always something going on somewhere at the lake. It is just up to me to find it.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      As always Deb such an enjoyable read and voted up withut a doubt.

      Here's wishing you a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, sarah! This part of the state rarely gets hit by tornadoes. They got north or south of Stillwater. When I came back from Boomer Lake this morning, it looked awfully dark in the south, though.

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      Sarah Crandall Herbert 4 years ago from Grass Valley, California

      Sounds like a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing...hoping that all is well in Oklahoma and that you are safe!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, dreamseeker. The world is my oyster, and I'm just getting started!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Colin! I have learned one thing in my life, and that is that I HAVE to be around some kind of body of water. Sounds like you're having a great time in your area, too.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thankee, Deb. I am in my element at the lake. There is so much there to appreciate. I often wonder, though, with all I see, how much do I MISS?

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Awesome photos!! Wonderful hub. I see why you love it there, Deb! Voted up and awesome, of course. : )

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I love your Life at Boomer Lake series and I guess it's partly that we're kindred spirits and love where we live. I see the beauty in nature all of the time here by the lake and everyday it's a gift and it all seems brand new.

      So naturally I love your passion here and the images are always gorgeous . I would love to see you host a wildlife show online - wouldn't that be grand?

      I went in the water yesterday for a dip and it was the first time this season since last October. The grass is growing fast again and everything is so lush and green. Having a nice cuppa tea and then back into the water for my 2nd dip after my nice walk around the bay of the lake and yes I've got some 'sun' in my face.

      Sending to you my warmest wishes from Colin and Tiffy and Gabriel who are both out back watching the neighbor - they are my furried guardians, lol

      lake erie time canada 3:05pm

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Deb this is an awesome hub.. love the pictures.. so informative.. sounds like you had fun..I can tell you like taking pictures and writing about Nature.. simply awesome..

      voting up and sharing

      deb

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Everything is well where I am. There is just some rain threats in the afternoon that are fulfilled, though not much. I have been dealing with cloudy days for quite a period of time.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Hi Deb, we are hoping all is well in your area, considering the tornado events in Oklahoma. Take care!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Barbara! Yes, there are lots of great things around here, but keep your area in mind for uncommon visitors. With the crazy weather that we've been having, we're apt to see almost anything!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jackie! The Eastern Kingbirds and the Red-winged Blackbirds have been after the crows here, as well as the Red-shouldered Hawk. It rained on and off several times this afternoon, but we didn't get any tornadoes here. Glad that you had a good time at the zoo. Guess I don't blame the birds for hiding under the circumstances. Hope that all of your pictures came out well.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Nell! We do get a lot of good birds here, and I found another new one today. All is well with the storms where I am. This area is usually bypassed as far as tornadoes. Thanks for checking up.

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      These photos were beautiful. You are fortunate to be able to see such beautiful things.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great photos and yes, love the deer.

      I see tiny birds going after the crows almost every time I go out. Too far up to know what but they must really aggravate these small birds. I did have a couple of photos of the bird I didn't get dancing for me and the photos I got show two bird so guess it wasn't me after all he was trying to impress. The one shot was of the two flying and it was showing the white in the wings and very pretty. Rain is plaguing me. I have managed to get some gardening done in between but no photos. Did go to a zoo a few days ago and wow was that fun. Got lots of great pics but the bird ones were very few. Lots of kids jumping around though in that section and the birds pretty much stayed in hiding. Bet I walked 5 miles though and got almost 500 pictures.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Deb, another wonderful hub, I love the yellow little guy, how cute! it seems that you have so many birds over there that I am sure we don't get over here, take care with all the storms, I am watching it on tv now, hope you are okay, nell

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Linda! Lots going on around here now, and I expect that there will be more. I saw another Audubon member at the lake this morning, and he expects new birds, too, due to the storms. We'll have to see. he also said that he is almost positive that he had seen Neotropic Cormorants, which are Mexican, I think.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Alicia! Glad that you could make it to the lake. The weather is getting strange again with t-storms and tornadoes, so after this is all over, we are apt to have birds not normally in this area. Stay tuned for next week's column to see what shows up on the skirts of the storms.

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      Linda Compton 4 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

      Hey, Deb, another wondrous hub! How exciting to find and photograph the Killdeer nest. And I love Flickers. Beautiful work as always; thanks so much for including us

      :~) L.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I always love learning about the birds at Boomer Lake, Deb, and I enjoy seeing the photos of other animals and of plants, too. The lake is such a great place for a nature lover to visit!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Anna, I have been watching for snakes, too, so maybe I'll have one next time. I know where to find an empty turtle shell, too. You are most welcome!

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      As usual you have provided clear interesting information and also beautiful pictures to accompany it.

      Your spring flowers are full of colour and being a huge reptile fan I always really like your Red Eared Slider pictures.

      Thankyou for sharing your beautiful lake.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      rdsparrowriter, it is always easy to find lots on the lake. It is a virtual oasis!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Eddy! Yes, there will be more where that came from.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Martin! Glad that you enjoyed your outing, and I'll see you at the same place next week...same bat time, same bat bhannel.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Be careful where you step for the Killdeer, Jim. I try to watch for a while, if I can, then see where I can wander. The telephoto helps a lot, too. When will I hear from your area again?

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, truthfornow! Even with people fishing, I saw movement across the little pond area from where I was, and lo! and behold, there she was. As you can see, she was on the move, but speed came through.

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      rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

      Wow! You got a good eye and interesting information. Thank you for sharing :) God bless you!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Amazing as always Deb.

      Have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      This hub was calling to me... Martin, Martin. Now I see why. thank you

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A great day, Deb! That deer was a bonus for you. We have red-shafted flickers here, I have seen, but no pic yet. I will have to see if the killdeer have nests at the ponds now that I know what to look for. Great info and photos as usual.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Amazing shots. Adorable deer looking for something. And those Blue-winged Teals are sweet. Hope they do stick around this time so that we can all see your lovely shots of their babies.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jeannie!

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      jeannie dibble 4 years ago

      I so enjoy the flower shots along with the critters. Your composition is strong and the writing is always wonderful...it's all coming together...congrats!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Mel! Definitely keep an eye out this year. A lot of strange things have been going on with migrations and the weather. If you don't see them, I am certain that you'll spy something else unusual for the area.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Any time, Billy. Life is good. As a matter of fact, it is better than good.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Wayne! If you haven't seen it yet, I wrote a piece last year on The Northern Cardinal: A Cut Above the Crest, if you're interested. Thanks for saying such nice things.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Whonu, it is good to see you as always. I missed my lake for two days in a row, due to a crazy work schedule. It was so good to be back there today. I could have kissed the ground.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      bridalletter, thankee so much. For a transplant to the area, I am in my element. How lucky can I be living across the street from this beautiful lake?

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Nice pictures. I am a big fan of birds myself. I especially like your scissor-tailed flycatcher. We normally don't get them out here in Southern California but I think I saw a stray flying out east across the freeway a few years back. I didn't cross it off by bird list because it seemed so out of place and I didn't get a long enough look at it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I didn't think I'd ever make it here today. Glad I did and glad the tornadoes stayed away from you.

      Love those yellow warblers. As always, it's been a pleasant end to my weekend. Thanks for the tour, Deb.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Very nice collection of photos. Twice today I came across a pair of Cardinals. I think they are one of my favorites in the area. They are so beautiful.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Nice work. Pictures are wonderful. Thanks for sharing this fine hub. whonu

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      What an amazing place, love the images. Thank you for sharing.