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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday, November 11, 2012

Updated on November 11, 2012
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull | Source

It has been an interesting mix of weather this week, and there also has been an interesting mix of birds to go with it. There’s a lot of news to report, as fall and the weather have been doing what is natural. Today is raining and as I sit in my living room writing this with my cup of coffee, I’m thinking about what the year has brought. I certainly didn’t expect to see so many different types of birds, and I am forever grateful to be in a part of the country where I have seen so many, some of them for the first time in nature.

Several windy days were experienced this week, and the Ring-billed Gulls were in action riding the updrafts. I managed to get a handful of pictures, and this one was the highlight. The wind distorted the photos to some degree, but it was rare to have these gulls so close, so I decided to take my chances. What do you think?

Female Northern Shoveler
Female Northern Shoveler | Source

Northern Shoveler

This female Northern Shoveler was enjoying herself at the Southern Cove and has been there for a while. Since the time change has come, I am able to get out earlier and make more use of photo taking opportunities when the birds tend to be around and are all feeding. Even one sneaky little American Coot has been at the Cove, trying to get what it can from the Mallards.

Baldcypress Cones
Baldcypress Cones | Source


These are baldcypress cones in the fall. This tree is on the mainland, but there are many trees that grow in the water and on the edges of the water. I find the wide-spreading root system interesting and intend to get a few photos of trees near the water for you to see and appreciate as I do.

Blue Jay
Blue Jay | Source

Blue Jay

Most of the Blue Jays in these parts tend to hide in the trees, so this was an opportunity that I could not pass up. They always announce their presence, but rarely show themselves in the wide open like this one did. This was another one of those times that I was in the right place at the right time.

Southern border of Northern Reaches
Southern border of Northern Reaches | Source
Three Little Robins, All in a Row!
Three Little Robins, All in a Row! | Source

Northern Reaches

I made a couple of treks to the Northern Reaches looking for fall ducks, but didn’t find any. Since most of the leaves have dropped, I did see that’s where many of our birds that disappeared from the main area of the lake went. Due to the close proximity of the trees, it was rather dark, so I wasn’t able to get many pictures of them on these cloudy days. I observed the American Robin, Northern Flicker, Red Headed Woodpecker, and the Red-Bellied Woodpecker. This group of robins were at the water’s edge to get a drink, and were all lined up in a row for this shot.

Nesting Cavity
Nesting Cavity | Source

Woodpecker Tree

There’s a little bad news, and my heart sank when I saw that Woodpecker tree is down. We have had several windy days lately, and they took their toll on this old, rotten tree. As you recall, the European Starling took over a Red-Bellied Woodpecker’s cavity in the spring. This was that particular tree, and here is a picture of one of those cavities. These were the weakest part of the tree, as the walls were so thin. Alas, but now I will be sure to keep my eyes peeled for the new spring home when it is time for nesting.

Canvasbacks, Northern Pintails, and Redheads
Canvasbacks, Northern Pintails, and Redheads | Source
Northern Pintails and Redheads
Northern Pintails and Redheads | Source

New Ducks on the Scene!

Here’s a couple of pictures of the fall ducks. I know that they aren’t very good, but if and when these ducks come closer, it is the best that we have right now. Surprisingly, we are looking at three kinds of ducks: Redheads, Canvasbacks, and the Northern Pintail! What a bonus to have all three ducks in one area. The red heads of the Canvasback and Redhead show up quite well, even out in the middle of the lake. All these beautiful ducks are divers, so I saw that they are all very sleek and fast when they want to be. If all goes well, I will try to get better shots so you can see how beautiful they all are.

This wraps up this week’s edition, and I hope that you have all had success in seeing new birds, too. Keep an eye on the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding!

Mallard Bathing
Mallard Bathing | Source
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull | Source


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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jackie. I do so enjoy Great Blue Heron. We still have a couple of them around.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      How did I miss this, I don't know but wow on that Blue Heron. That is magnificent! ^

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, gamby! There will certainly be a new tree, and it is up to me to find it!

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      gamby79 5 years ago

      Lovely hub! Sad about the woodpecker and starling's tree. Am anxious to see where they nest next. Am sure you'll be on the lookout and will spot them. Beautiful photos! Wow...that northern shoveler has some big 'bill'. lol Thanks aviannovice..always a great read with interesting information!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Connie. It is best to have the camera along, because when you don't there is activity, as you know. I am lucky at this lake, as something is always happening. The black ducks have been whistling for me.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Highland Terrier, unfortunately there was nothing that I could do about that foolish can. It is on the ground. Glad that you're enjoying the pics.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Johan, I just Have a Nikon Coolpix, recently using the L810. I want to get a nice Canon with a real telephoto as soon as I can afford to do so. I do want to hear about the flying birds.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      AliciaC, it is great to have you along on the ongoing adventures. I saw a new duck today!

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Hi Deb, even though we have had some very warm temperatures the last few days, today it has dipped into the mid 30's. There's a definite feel of winter sneaking up on us, but the birds on that reservoir were plentiful this morning. Whenever I have the camera with me, nothing shows up at all. This morning I made a quick trip to do some errands and saw hundreds of ducks and gulls and geese floating on the cold water; and of course, no camera. I did buy a tripod, but haven't had a chance to use it yet.

      I always enjoy your birds. Loved the blue jay peaking out of the branches. Voted Way Up as always. Nice Job!

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      Highland Terrier 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      It is again very informative and very nice photos.

      In the last photo it looks like the can is in the air rather than on land, which is it?

      I love these hubs.

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      Johan Smulders 5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Another great article. Can't wait to visit the lake next time we are in the USA. What camera do you use? the Ring-billed Duck is great. Watch out for my article on flying bird photos coming up soon.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The baldcypress cones look very interesting, Deb. I enjoyed reading about life at Boomer Lake, and I'm looking forward to the next edition of your observations.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, shinirisheyes. There is so much to enjoy out there. It was frosty this morning, much cooler than usual, so we are getting a taste of upcoming winter now. I have seen plenty of deer tracks around the lake, but none have shown their faces yet. I may need to be out before sunup.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I know, Martin. Winter is starting to show up around here, too.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Bev probably drags you out just to get you in the fresh air and away from the computer! There are so many cool things in nature...we just need to search for them, but they are never far, Billy!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Wish I was there. I love your photos..Short comment as my wifi is iffy today.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      You never cease to provide a wonderful and beautifully descriptive article on life at Boomer Lake. We are also enjoying a rather lengthy and enjoyable warm weather snap in the Upstate NY area. So many wonderful creatures from our neck of the woods are coming out and showing their stunning beauty.

      Great Job! Voting up

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing as usual. Winter is starting to show its face in SF.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I finally made it! Bev keeps dragging me out to have fun! :)

      The Baldcypress stole the show this week; never heard of it and certainly never seen those cones. Very cool!