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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday October 21, 2012

Updated on October 22, 2012
Killdeer | Source


There are many Killdeer out on the beach now. The water level at Boomer Lake is even lower than it has been, so a few sandbars have opened up where they have been congregating regularly. These really are gorgeous birds, and they appear to be just as at home on land as on or near the water. Their call is most familiar and I am always happy to see them around, as their call reminds me of warm weather.

Cormorants in Flight
Cormorants in Flight | Source

The Cormorant Family

The Double-Crested Cormorants have also been enjoying their time at the lake. I was able to get a few interesting poses of them at their best. I used to enjoy watching them at the bay where I lived in the Northeast, so they are very familiar. They remind me of days gone by, like an old familiar toy that has been in the family for generations.

Northern Mockingbird Singing
Northern Mockingbird Singing | Source

Northern Mockingbird

This Northern Mockingbird was enjoying the sunshine in the early morning while belting out beautiful songs. If you ever happen to hear odd songs or doorbells ringing in the middle of nowhere, these birds will be your guilty party. Some of these birds can sing like birds that I have never heard before, so no telling how far some of them have travelled. Also, if you hear a bird carrying on in the middle of the night, this could well be your culprit. They tend to keep many people awake, especially if one happens to live where there might be a functioning streetlight.

Northern Cardinal Singing
Northern Cardinal Singing | Source

Northern Cardinal News

Mr. Northern Cardinal was also available to be photographed while he was singing. Most of the time, these birds are easy to spot with that distinctive flash of red in the trees. Many of them also like to be in the limelight, too, and their mates don’t seem to mind, either. Wherever he is, she is usually never far away, unless she is sitting on the nest in the spring or summer.

Great Blue Heron with Fish
Great Blue Heron with Fish | Source

Great Blue Heron

As you can see, the Great Blue Herons never go hungry. The ones on the lake happen to know where the fish are running, and generally every time I see them, I can usually catch at least one with a fish in its mouth. This fine specimen likes to hang around the quiet cove on the southeastern part of the lake and has been greeting me for the past several mornings. He is getting to be rather demanding on having his photo taken, too.

Ducks of a Feather Flock Together
Ducks of a Feather Flock Together | Source

The Mallard

I really like the iridescent green on the Mallard drake. This is really a very handsome duck, who is in all parts of the world. I believe that most people are familiar with this good looking bird, who stopped just to have his photo in this week’s edition.

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull | Source

Ring-billed Gull

A young Ring-billed Gull was alone, and happened to be right in an area that I had easy access to get a few good shots. This is one of the most common and widespread North American gulls.


Don't Forget the Butterfly...

I got this butterfly photo in the wild asters this week. I believe that most of them have been migrating out of the area, so I’m happy that I was able to get a picture of this one around the wild fall flowers. Not only that, I promised that I would get it on here in this week’s edition.

Older News Worth Mentioning

I also identified the tree with the translucent orange berries from a few editions prior. It is the western soapberry. There are a few of them on the lake in various stages of their lives, so not all of them are bearing those gorgeous orange berries. Some of them have tiny red berries, and ones that are a little older have dark-colored berries. Thanks to Erin Johnson of Oklahoma Forestry Services for her help in the identification of this tree for me.

American Crows
American Crows | Source

American Crow Beach Party

Today was the American Crow Beach Party. I was not invited to attend, but I was a watchful onlooker. As you can see, there was food and beach fun during this delightful event.

Everything is now up-to-date at Boomer Lake, and I hope you have enjoyed your time there with me. Keep your head in the clouds and your eyes on the ground until next week’s edition.

Canada Goose
Canada Goose | Source
Double-Crested Cormorant
Double-Crested Cormorant | Source
American Crow
American Crow | Source
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull | Source


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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, shiningirisheyes. I adore it, myself, and always tend to find surprises here and there.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Deb - Such a wonderful journey through your beautiful environment.

      I'm voting up and sharing.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy! It is always a good time at the lake.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      Oh so wonderful and I save in with my favourite hubs.

      Also voting up/interesting/awesome/beautiful.

      Thank you for sharing and enjoy your day.


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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Connie! Oh, yes, the killdeer tend to be everywhere there is rocks, dirt, and gravel.

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      Connie Smith 

      6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Deb, another great edition! Those killdeer brought back a lot of good memories. When I was a kid my Dad had a go-kart track in a field adjacent to our house. The killdeer just loved that place. Anytime we would venture into that mowed field one or more of those birds would pull the old 'broken wing' trick to lure us away. There was enough gravel on either side of the track to make great nesting spots for them. Needless to say, the track was not used while the killdeer were nesting!

      Voted Up, Interesting, Awesome and Beautiful.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Joyce. That is a lovely evergreen with lovely flowers and bright berries. I just looked it up so I could see it.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I don't know much about butterflies, James, but I do need a good butterfly book. Glad that you like hanging around on Boomer Lake!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jeannie! They are always hungry, as a typical crow should be.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Johan! You and Audrey would enjoy the area.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It does contain saponins, which are poisonous and it is useful for its washing properties. You get a lot of other birds in your area that I have never been privy to. If you ever come to the States, you'll have to visit me and Boomer Lake.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, yes, the crows know how to have their own good time. I got out of work at 8, so I had to race to download the pics and write the story before midnight. I want to keep it as a weekend edition.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Gorgeous photo's and great info that you always put on; it's always very interesting.

      We have a Pyracantha's on our back wall which is climber, white flowers in spring change into berries and now on their way to deep red but orange right now.

      Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      James Kenny 

      6 years ago from Birmingham, England

      If I didn't know any better, I would say that the butterfly in your picture is a small tortoiseshell, we get them in England too. I might be mistaken though. Thanks for sharing Deb.

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      Jeannie Dibble 

      6 years ago

      Another great informative hubpage the crow shot..they sure let you get close, they must of been hungry.

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      Johan Smulders 

      6 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Thanks for the update - looking forwards to visiting there one day.

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      6 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Thanks for finding out the name of the odd looking berry, I wonder if its name means that it was used for washing at some point.

      Lovely variety of birds this week. The cormorants made me chuckle - in both pictures one looks like it's being a total drama queen! The killdeer are very cute and I wish we had cardinals in the UK, they are such striking birds.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This was my favorite in this series, Deb! Love the killdeer shots...all of the pictures are great....and the crow party was a classic. Those bad boys can really party down!


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