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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday October 14, 2012

Updated on October 16, 2012
Canada Goose
Canada Goose | Source
Canada Goose
Canada Goose | Source

Canada Geese at Their Best

These pictures of geese bathing are from Monday, which was down to 36 degrees F. Canada Geese are well-insulated, so it matters not to them how cold the water is, but I thought that you’d appreciate the fact that winter is coming eventually. Doesn’t it look like the water is cold?

Red-Winged Blackbird
Red-Winged Blackbird | Source

He's Baaaack!

I’d like to consider a few of these as portrait pictures, especially the Red-Winged Blackbird, who is back in action upon the lake again. These birds stayed away for the hottest part of the summer, hanging out in shaded backyards eating birdseed and living a temporary life of leisure. All of that has come to an end, and our pals are back in the limelight.

American Wigeon
American Wigeon | Source

Which Way Did He Go?

I haven’t seen much of the American Wigeon at the end of the week. I’m not sure if the single couple has moved on, or I just am in the wrong place at the wrong time. Time will tell, and my sources tell me that it is still a little early for the rest of the fall ducks.

"Are You Talking to ME?"(Double-Crested Cormorants)
"Are You Talking to ME?"(Double-Crested Cormorants) | Source
Looks like the Double-Crested Cormorant is Laughing
Looks like the Double-Crested Cormorant is Laughing | Source

The Cormorants

The Double-Crested Cormorants are increasing in numbers. They left the northeast, and since it is in the high 70’s and low 80’s around here, they’ll be enjoying our weather for a little while longer yet. I managed to capture a few interesting antics with them that I thought that you’d enjoy seeing. I never saw cormorants play before, so this was something new for me, too.

Pied-Billed Grebe
Pied-Billed Grebe | Source

The Grebes

There are now two pairs of Pied-Billed Grebes on the lake! Unfortunately, the light wasn’t how I needed it in order to get them in a good shot, but perhaps the opportunity will present itself.

American Coots
American Coots | Source

American Coot Feet

The American Coot made it onto the beach, so I spent as much time as I was able to observe them and had a good view of a pair. The surprising thing, is that their feet are huge and green. This was the first time that I had occasion to see that side of them, feeding on land.

European Starlings
European Starlings | Source

Starling Fun

A group of European Starlings were also enjoying the beach, and as you can see, bathing appears to be an enjoyable pastime. Don’t they appear to be having a grand time?

Ring-billed Gulls
Ring-billed Gulls | Source
Great Egret(left), American White Pelican(center), Canada Goose(right)
Great Egret(left), American White Pelican(center), Canada Goose(right) | Source

Gulls and a Pelican

A couple of Ring-billed Gulls were back in the area today. Also, a lone pelican was here this morning and was in the protection of Canada Geese and a Great Egret. There was a little bad weather here yesterday, so it appears that this one weathered out the storm. He didn’t seem to get up on his feet while he was on the lake, so perhaps he was resting and recovering. Hopefully, he will stay a few days, but I’ll have to see tomorrow.

American Crows
American Crows | Source

American Crows

For several days, I’ve been trying to get good photos of American Crows, and I finally got a couple of them together in a tree. One appears to be holding an acorn or a similar nut in his bill. I’ve been reading a book on ravens and crows, and it seems that they have been wary of people for quite some time now and are not well-treated by us. For decades, they have been accused of being harbingers of death, and people actually fear and chase them away or kill them. Therefore, they have learned to be quite cautious in avoiding potential harm.

This is the end of my report for the week and I’ll tell you more next week as events unfold. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding!

Great Blue Heron(top) and Great Egret(bottom)
Great Blue Heron(top) and Great Egret(bottom) | Source
Great Egrets
Great Egrets | Source
Great Blue Heron(foreground) and Mallard(background)
Great Blue Heron(foreground) and Mallard(background) | Source

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy! It is always nice to have another visitor at Boomer Lake.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh this is so very beautiful and i save in with my other favourite hubs.

      Great work and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Why, thanks, Highland Terrier, and I will be looking forward to seeing you next week as well.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Johan. Ah, yes, this time of year is a fun time, indeed!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Indeed, shiningirisheyes. I will be publishing something that you might like momentarily.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Marsei, thanks for the nice complements. Hope you had a great Sunday at your park!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Starlings are interesting little buggers. You can teach them to talk, too.

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      Highland Terrier 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Interesting hub again. really good photos again. Loved the starlings.

      See you next week.

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      Johan Smulders 5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Thanks for the update and great pictures. Your photos and comments bring Boomer Lake into our living room.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      You did yourself proud with this one. I can just imagine how beautiful the lake is in the Fall season, with the many bird friends keeping you company.

      Fine write!

      voting up

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      Sue Pratt 5 years ago from New Orleans

      Lovely hub. This is a favorite Sunday hobby of mine, going to the park to see the birds. Lovely photos. Looks like a nice day. It's actually a bit cooler here in New Orleans also.

      voted up

      marsei

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      I love it when starlings mimic other birds and things - I've heard several mimicking curlews and one mimicking a ringing phone which really surprised me.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Connie, The D-C Cormorants usually display the crest more during breeding season, just like the Great Blue Heron. I'm glad that so many people enjoy this weekly column. I only wish that the local paper was interested.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Billy, I never thought that I would get out of work. In order to do so, I had to tell them that I had this story due.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Any time, carol. I'm pleased that you began your day at Boomer Lake.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The moorhens are related, Nettlemere. I understand that they are on the northern half of our east coast. I had never noticed them there before. Starlings can be amusing, and they also have lovely singing voices, too.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The coots and the Double-Crested Cormorants are both pretty amusing, gamby. Thanks for the votes, and hope to see you at the lake sometime!

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Hi Deb! Loved the closeup of the Great Blue Heron-amazing looking bird. I didn't detect any crest on the double-crested Cormorants. Is that because they're relaxed and having a good time? Do the crests appear when the birds are agitated? Just wondering. Love the picture you got of the American Coots and their big green feet. You certainly have a wide variety of birds to watch. Since I am very fond of starlings because of their beauty, I was very pleased to see that they were enjoying a good splash! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful bird world. Voted Up across the board--very enjoyable!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I went to bed last night without my Boomer Lake fix; so nice to join you this Monday morning, and a lovely visit it was. Thanks for the great pictures and have a wonderful week.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      sounds like a lovely day. I enjoyed all the photos and a nice way to start my day. Thanks for sharing all of this.

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      The green feet thing is really odd isn't it. Our moorhens have bright green feet and I remember being astonished the first time I saw them. Starlings seem to be especially keen on bathing. I often here a splashing when I'm in front of my house and look up to see them having a bath in the gutter under the roof.

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      gamby79 5 years ago

      Another enjoyable hub! I rated all up...even 'funny' because of the American Coots..the pic you have of the one raising up it's green foot just made me laugh. I never knew....lol