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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday November 4, 2012

Updated on November 4, 2012
Redbud seed pod
Redbud seed pod | Source

Fall steadily advances and spreads her protective cover over the area. Most mornings are crisp, and I must wear my fingerless gloves in order to tote about and use my camera and tripod. By the time that midday approaches, it has warmed up enough to be quite pleasant.

pair of Red-Tailed Hawks
pair of Red-Tailed Hawks | Source

Krider's Red-Tailed Hawk

The Red-Tailed Hawk was around a great deal this week, the most common hawk in North America. This one appears to be the Krider’s Red-Tailed Hawk, which is a specific race, a pink-tailed hawk from the Great Plains. At first, I never saw a pair together at the lake until Hallowe’en, which was a definite treat for me. A few screams were also given, which is what tends to be used for the sound of the Bald Eagle. The Bald Eagle does not scream.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source

Look at This Fish!

A Great Blue Heron was observed with a good sized fish in the middle of the lake, I believe about one of the largest that I have seen any of them capture. There are much larger fish in that lake, but I sincerely doubt that any of the birds can pick those up!

Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail | Source

Northern Pintail Have Arrived

I also observed the Northern Pintails in the middle of the lake on Hallowe’en, too. I’ll continue to work on getting a better picture. Perhaps if I visit the Northern Reaches in the beginning of next week, I might have a better chance at seeing some there. It is a lot more sheltered and less prone to any activity, so that could be a better opportunity on the horizon. Do wish me luck in a better chance encounter.

Mallard Pair and Pied-billed Grebe
Mallard Pair and Pied-billed Grebe | Source

Mallards and the Grebe

A pair of Mallards were in another sheltered area and in the company of one of the Pied-billed Grebes. I was able to get this early morning photo of all three of them, which also includes a fairly good shot of the grebe.

Double-Crested Cormorants
Double-Crested Cormorants | Source

Double-Crested Cormorants

A few Double-Crested Cormorants were also in a suitable location near shore for me to be able to get a couple of them swimming together. These really are very good looking birds, and were quite common where I was living in Downeast Maine. Perhaps the familiarity draws me to them.

American Crow
American Crow | Source

American Crow

The cooler that it gets, the more that the American Crows are out on the lake. It might have something more to do with the lack of people, but I was able to get several better photos of one of them. They are definitely loud and many people have said that they make too much noise, but I have always liked the larger black birds. I consider them enigmas for their actions and reactions.

How About These Shots?

I’m also including a few noteworthy photos that I thought that you would enjoy. Since the weather is changing, I may not see many of these birds around too much. Not only birds, but a few others will likely think about hibernating, as well, so I’d better get these shots while I can.

House Sparrows
House Sparrows | Source
Northern Mockingbird "His Lordship"
Northern Mockingbird "His Lordship" | Source
"Gulls Just Want to Have Fun"
"Gulls Just Want to Have Fun" | Source
Spider wrapping silk around her catch
Spider wrapping silk around her catch | Source
Krider's Red-Tailed Hawk
Krider's Red-Tailed Hawk | Source

Let’s see what is out there next week. In the meantime, keep your eyes on the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy. I love doing my weekly column. It's my way to show everyone where I am lucky enough to go constantly.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You'll get the heron, Jackie. The more they see you, the more they'll get used to your presence. Keep the camera with you at all times, and you're bound to get some great pictures.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      One one word needed: Brilliant !!!!!!I vote up and share.

      Eddy

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      What gorgeous pictures, they just keep getting better. I plan to try to get the blue heron close up soon if he doesn't fly south. Thanks to you I have my hopes up anyway. I saw something quickly come up to the bank after something (looked like a flat frog, but too fast for that I think) and when I looked to see what it was after it was a snake! Too bad all I got a picture of was the snake going back into the water, lol. Up and sharing.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, PegCole17, thanks for saying so. I never know what I'm going to encounter out there. It is a daily adventure.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What gorgeous creatures these are! I love the Red Tailed Hawk, one of my favorite birds. We live close to a lake and I've seen many of these birds here in Texas. The spider web was really creepy and a great photo shot along with all the other ones. Great hub.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Meldz, I adore the lake. There are so many wonderful places to walk. It is the most relaxing place that I know.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing all your wonderful pictures Deb. You are lucky to see all these awesome creatures.

      You must be having a great day! :-)

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Connie, I knew that people would be interested in this variety of red tail. I was lucky to have it hanging around. Someone flashed past this morning, and it could have been one of the same hawks, but I cannot swear to it.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Mel, I am so glad that you like them. It's good that you're getting to your lake a little more. Perhaps you can get a few shots of something while you're there?

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      No matter what, shiningirisheyes, I adore ALL of the birds. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be doing this column every week.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      precy anza, the cormorants are rather humerous. I have seen them play together, and it is endearing, as well as funny.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Hi Deb, That spider is the epitome of Halloween for sure! Gives me the shivers just to look at it. I do love the Krider's Red-Tailed Hawk though. I had never even heard of it before, so thank you for introducing me to it. How pretty in pink it is! Voted Up, Beautiful & Interesting

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi beautiful hub avian, and those photos are so gorgeous! I love the spider, how clever! yes I have been wandering around the rivers edge these last few days really early as I have the decorators doing my kitchen, I don't normally get down the river that early about 8 ish, and its so beautiful, at least one good thing has come out of a messy house! lol!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      What a majestic looking bird, the Red Tail Hawk. People may complain about the crows loudness but I know some pretty loud and obnoxious people and I am forced to put up with them! LOL

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      precy anza 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing us those Halloween treats! Enjoyed the photos as always, but for somehow I specially like the photo of those cormorants :)

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Johan! Even though it was breezy today, I will have a real treat next issue.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Highland Terrier, I am literally across the street. I can't see the water due to the berms, but that is it. It is 5k around the lake, and I visit the east side mostly. What I call The Northern Reaches, are quieter and have more birds, but so much more cover, too. It is my own nature preserve!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jim, if we didn't have anything this peaceful, there would be so much more stress in our lives. Great to see you again, and I am looking forward to next week.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wait until next week, Martin. I have a few already that you will like. It is going to be a good winter!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      whonunuwho, good to see you at the lake. The birds love seeing you, and now that the weather is turning, do remember a jacket.

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      Johan Smulders 5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      More great photos! Thanks.

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      Highland Terrier 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Another excellent hub. How far from the lake do you live? Is it on your door step or do you have to drive there every morning? How big is it? Would walk round it in a day?

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Fantastic Deb! What a talent and fountain of information you are. Thank you for something dealing with the realaive peace of nature three days before the election, the aftermath of Sandy, and all that is going on.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I have to applaud you. I can't imagine writing with such awesome pictures. Thank you

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Beautiful work, as always,aviannovice, great article.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Billy! All in all, it was a good week at the lake. I'm exited about winter there.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I go out as soon as the sun is over the lake's berm, which is at the southern cove. That was where I got the picture of the American Black Duck. With the time change we're looking at 7:30 a.m. Glad that you like the pictures. Many people tell me that I have been improving and my greatest wish now, is to save enough money to purchase a professional camera with an outstanding lens for birds.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sorry I'm late to the lake today; glad you started without me. :)

      The hawk wins the prize this week, but that spider shot is a close second. Love all the pictures, and now I can officially declare this week done!

      Great job as always, Deb!

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      Deb, the photos keep getting better! At what time of the day do you usually go out? And that spider photo is excellent!

      Yes, your birds will probably be visiting me soon. :-)