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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday October 13, 2013

Updated on October 13, 2013
Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane | Source

Field Notes

The Whooping Crane's Journey

The endangered Whooping Crane is beginning the 2,400 mile journey from Canada to Texas. Maybe you’ll get lucky and see one or two during fall migration. Read all about where they are expected:

Eurasian Sandwich Tern
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eBird Has Several Top Stories

eBird has a lot of valuable information that you just don’t want to miss regarding the Federal duck stamp, the Eurasian Sandwich Tern in North America, the best places for birding in the entire world, and more. Take a gander at the top information:

House Sparrow
House Sparrow | Source

House Sparrow Still Declining in Britain

For our British readers, the House Sparrow decline is leveling off and rutting season begins in Scotland, two new property additions to the Brazilian Reserve help protect rare birds and an endangered monkey, and more at:

Stork Arrested in Egypt

A migrating stork was arrested by an Egyptian citizen, as its tracking equipment was suspected of being a camera. Learn more about the case of the spying stork at:

Double-crested Cormorant
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Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorants | Source

Double-crested Cormorants Increasing

On the Boomer Lakefront, out Double-crested Cormorants are returning for the cooler weather. They were abundant in Maine during the summer, and they have returned to me once again for the winter. No matter where they are, their behavior is the same. I enjoy them for the simple fact that they run across the water to get up enough momentum to fly, and I like to watch them spread their wings to dry them out. I have had numerous photos in the past where they appear to be laughing with their beaks held over their heads, and nipping at each other just for the fun of it. If anyone has watched them for any length of time, they are remarkable birds, and are the most common cormorant that visits most of the country.

Downy Woodpecker
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Downy Woodpecker

Another visitor that I managed to capture this week, was the wonderful little Downy Woodpecker. These birds are often confused with the Hairy Woodpecker, which is larger with a larger bill. The downy is under seven inches, and the hairy is nine inches or a little better. You can easily invite these birds to your feeders if you can provide suet feeders and shade trees. You will often see these birds rapidly sidling up and down trees.

Channel Catfish
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Huge Channel Catfish

For you fisherfolk out there, I had a very interesting find. I know that many of you in the south enjoy catfish, but has anyone ever seen a channel catfish at four feet? This one had passed on, and I am guessing that it was due to old age. It was at the edge of the water, and I moved it around a bit to give you a good view, and it was heavy. If anyone out there happens to know what a record size for channel catfish might be, I’d be interested to know. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a tape measure on me, but when I returned the next day, it was gone, so someone surely retrieved it.

Orange Sulphur
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Orange Sulphur

Even though it is cooler, there are still plenty of butterflies, but definitely more moths than during the heat of the summer. This is a good-sized orange sulphur. I have seen several, but this is the first one that I was able to photograph that was large enough to show some detail.

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Aracnids

This spider was in a rather interesting position, so I couldn’t resist this shot. Perhaps some of you would have passed this by for obvious reasons, but I just can’t give up a closer look if I can get it. Can anyone identify this arachnid for me, just to sate my curiosity?

Burr Oak's Acorns
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Burr Oak

This is a shot of the acorns of the burr oak, a native Oklahoma tree. I find the cap of the acorn not only large, but very unusual. When I was growing up, I was used to the northern red oak tree, which was the most common tree in my area, and the smaller acorns. Trees like that are in this area, as well. Squirrels don’t seem to store these nuts here quite as often as they do the pecan, as they seem to be more discriminating and robust.

I’ll leave you with a few extra pictures this week, which I believe that you’ll enjoy. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding and enjoy migration, which is still moving fast and furiously.

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Great Egrets with Double-crested Cormorants
Great Egrets with Double-crested Cormorants | Source
The Cormorant Gang
The Cormorant Gang | Source
Double-crested Cormorant in Flight
Double-crested Cormorant in Flight | Source
Great Egret
Great Egret | Source
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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glimmer Twin, stress can kill birds easily, which is why Wood Ducks are so hard to raise in captivity. Many cannot handle human contact.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Another lovely hub for me to read and enjoy. I saw that story on the stork in Egypt and was sad to see that later it had died.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know, Anna, I did a double take when I saw that. I found it pretty shocking.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Your pictures really are stunning and coupled with interesting news. I loved the spying stork story!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, deergha! Glad that you enjoyed the jaunt on the east side of this 5 km lake. There is so much to discover here, all the time. Keep an eye on the birds in Assam...

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Leslie! If you head to Texas, you'll have to stop here first and sample some of my cooking. I understand about those kinds of days. I am there now, and I have only just begun my life in the fast lane. Thanks for sharing, as all our beautiful birds need all the help that we can get. Also, grandmapearl came up with a bit of wisdom in her research--please buy bird friendly shade grown coffee. Even though it costs more now, there are no pesticides and it is better tasting coffee.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Pamela! I looked up the brown recluse, but the picture didn't match. I also thought that it was a likely candidate, too, but it is just as well, as there are so many of these in my area. All cranes are beautiful. They have a remarkable mating dance and have interesting calls, too. If you get the chance, take a look at them on Youtube, as you will be impressed.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very good morning dear friend Deb,

      Feeling nice in BOOMER Lake this morning with you here.....your pics are simply awesome as always. Its really refreshing to go through your hub. Thank you for sharing this one. Take care and have a great week ahead.

      Votes up and shared

      deergha

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Love your stuff, Deb and LOVE that your audience is growing! I wanna go with the whooping crane to TEXAS!!! lol

      and ya know what?

      i'm not even surprised that they arrested one in egypt..

      nope...not a bit..sigh..

      sharing/caring..

      sorry i missed you earlier...bit of a cluster**** day..ya know? lol

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I enjoyed this so much (except for the spider.) Do you think the spider could be a brown recluse? I don't know. I like that you said many of us would have passed this spider by for obvious reasons. I guess some of our 'obvious reasons' would differ widely but basically be fear and loathing. lol.

      The Whooping Cranes are so beautiful. All birds are. You sure shared some good photos with us, Deb, and lots of information. Thanks for another great hub.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Mary! Welcome to Boomer Lake. So glad to see that you had the time to spend a bit of time with me. Hope to see you again, and happy birding!

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      Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      Great information & terrific pictures. I was absolutely having a Boomer Lake experience through your article. Thank you.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Bill! Thanks so much for saying so, and it is always good to see you enjoying the lake, as well as my wonderful friends.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Deb. A another great report from Boomer Lake. Great photos as usual and congratulations on the Hubbie Award, very well deserved.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      livingsta, thanks again for making the trek to the lake to visit with my friends. You are welcome, and I do so love to brighten everyone's day with some unusual items.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Peg! Having grown up along coastal Maine, we had lots of fishermen, but women do it, too, so hence, 'fisherfolk'. Yes, your spider is at a perfect location for Hallowe'en.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very interesting information along with beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing this with us Deb. Have a good day :-)

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Fisherfolk. I like that one, Deb. Never would've thought of that. I just called them fisherpeople. This is another great collection of amazing photos. Wonderful. I don't know what kind of spider that is but we have them here on my porch. Their nests are white and look like a cotton ball. Creepy and perfect for Halloween.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Alicia! All continues to be well in this area, which has so much to do with caring individuals that want to see wildlife continue.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Faith Reaper. Strange things occur around the world, ad animals are affected, too. Thanks for continuing to read, to feel the excitement in the bird world, along with the simplest of daily pleasures.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jackie! I spent 12 hours at work yesterday, so believe me, I understand exhaustion. However, Boomer Lake prevails.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Very interesting, Deb. I love the last photo of the heron! It's great to get a weekly update about life at Boomer Lake.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Deb,

      Another wonderful presentation here of life on Boomer Lake! I always look forward to your hubs each week, especially with your phenomenal photography.

      I do hope I get to see the migrating Whooping Crane. How exciting that would be to see, but not sure if they migrate through this far south here in the US.

      What a story about the stork being arrested, my goodness, I have heard it all now!

      Look forward to next week!

      Up and more and sharing

      Happy birding,

      Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sorry I didn't make it here last night Deb, I had yard sales Friday and Saturday and I was so wiped out I had no brain yesterday. lol

      Great pictures and such a good idea to include some other things out there. It all works together to make it fantastic doesn't it? ^

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I spoke to a gentleman a few months ago, and he said that there were a couple of coyotes that he had seen a couple of years ago. Also, another lady told me that red foxes were introduced to the area a while ago, but I have never seen either animal. I saw a couple of skunks playing as they were moving along last night when I left work...

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

      Awesome report Deb!

      Do you have any predatory land based wildlife around the lake too? I am sure you don't have wolves, but how about foxes, black bears, coyotes, etc.?

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for the good words, Mel. I just got my call from the stork, so I will be leaving shortly for the airport. I am being forced to transport my storck friend in a crate.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Connie! It's possible that you could have a Black Duck or even a Cayuga and Mallard cross. Mallards tend to breed with just about anything that will have them, so you never know what you could end up with, especially with such a place as a quiet reservoir.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Billy. It is always fun to talk about the goings-on for the week. Here's to what transpires for next week's column.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Mary! Yes, woodpeckers are wonderful little characters. We get several here, including the Northern Flicker. Sadly Woodpecker Tree, which hosted a Red-bellied Woodpecker family as well as some European Starlings last year, fell down, as it was so rotted. I'm guessing that the red-bellies are in the Northern Reaches now, but we can see what next year holds for us in that arena. All things considered, Egypt is a hotbed and has been for a number of years. I always wanted to get in on a good archaeological dig, but we'll plan that later.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      The latest info on the stork is that he was turned over to US authorities and that he's being held in a cell in Guantanamo Bay awaiting water boarding.

      I'm checking back in because I forgot to congratulate you on your hub award. Great job! Your patience, diligence and skill paid off.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Deb, I actually caught sight of a Double Crested Cormorant at that reservoir I told you about. Of course, I did not have my camera with me, as I was on a quick errand to the bank. But it was a sight I will not soon forget--my first Cormorant sighting--very exciting!

      There have been herons and geese in the reservoir lately, but they don't stick around very long. I suspect they are migrating, and this is a stop along the way. The other day when I was coming back home, I glanced toward the reservoir and spotted a very dark duck. It seemed to be alone. Being a very overcast day, I did not see any colors on it at all. The beak appeared to be as dark as the bird. I know that's not much to go on, but any ideas?

      Wonderful info and awesome images, as always, my friend ;) Pearl

      Voted Up++++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And good morning to you, Deb, and a beautiful visit to Boomer Lake is appreciated by all. As always, the pictures were superb and the information invaluable. Well done my niche specialist.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I love Boomer Lake, your educational hub beginnings and then your mesmerizing photos!

      I think I'll stay out of Egypt...pretty scary when a bird gets arrested for suspicion of spying. Never heard of a channel cat but certainly interesting.

      We get two or three varieties of woodpecker in our area and they seem to be more visible when the snow flies. See you next week.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting and shared.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, whonu! One never knows exactly what will happen with the birds. We can gauge and monitor their behavior, but when the truth comes out, they are the ones that tell US what they are going to do.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Mel Carriere has a good answer, Mel. When the paper companies were operating at full tilt wen I was a kid back in Maine, there were strange stories about the fish in the Androscoggin River and others about the oddities...

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Martin! Thanks so much for the critique. I am still learning, and it really is quite a curve, but only time will tell. Lighting is still challenging in certain instances, but I will overcome...

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Mel! Thanks for the channel cat info. It was hard to move that beast, even with a one-inch circumference stick in its mouth. I want to guess in saying that it could have been around fifty pounds. I'm just grateful that I got that picture when I saw it. That was amazing news about the stork, eh? Hope that didn't strip search the poor thing.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Always nice photos and interesting information. Thank you my friend. whonu

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Another great visit to Boomer lake. The info about birding in general is interesting. Big fish! Waiting to hear how big they get.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I couldn't get it out of my mind, how much better you have gotten. thank you, I appreciate it. And so do some of FB friends.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Got a good laugh out of the spying stork drone they arrested in Egypt. Not funny if you're the stork though. There's one baby that won't make it home (stork humor).

      I believe channel cats can get up to 100 lbs and better. There are tales of monsters living by the dam at Roosevelt Lake in Arizona.

      Loved your Downy picture. Happy birding.