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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday October 27, 2013

Updated on October 28, 2013

Field Notes

Owl Targets Joggers?

Winston-Salem, MA has been experiencing thievery by owls. Hold onto your hats if you jog and live here:

Common Loon
Common Loon | Source

Common Loon Research

Ameritrade founder pledges $6.5 million to research saving the Common Loon in Maine. For more:

Common Cuckoo
Common Cuckoo | Source

Cuckoo Impersonations

Cuckoos have striped breast feathers, which allow them to impersonate birds of prey. Read more at:

Source

An Eagle Accused of Being a Spy

Here we go again. An eagle was held as a spy by a Lebanese terrorist group. For more disconcerting information regarding our avian population, read:

"Best Buds"
"Best Buds" | Source

American White Pelican and Double-crested Cormorant

A pelican has been on the lake for several days now, hobnobbing with the Double-crested Cormorant population. It appears to me that these birds prefer each other’s company to that of their own species.

Gull World

Gulls have been inbound, but none have been staying in the area yet. I have seen both Ring-billed and Bonaparte’s Gulls at this time. Last year, I didn’t pay enough attention and missed Glaucous Gulls. This winter, I intend to be more studious.

American Crow Corner

The American Crows have also returned for the season. They’re staying as far away as possible from people, but with a bit of luck, I hope to be able to get a good picture or two. Do wish me luck.

Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird | Source

Warming Trend

It appears that we might be experiencing a warming trend next week, so we’ll see what happens to blow in. It is always in one’s best interests to be mobile, so I’ll definitely be watching and waiting. I hope to be able to turn up something of interest, so stay tuned to my blog, just in case, so you can catch the breaking news as it occurs.

Great Blue Heron(left) and Great Egret(right)
Great Blue Heron(left) and Great Egret(right) | Source

Great Egret and Great Blue Heron

There are still a few Great Egrets hanging around, as well as Great Blue Herons. Some of them have been getting under each other’s skin, too, which is rather common. I could tell that this was coming, so I positioned myself for a minute, and didn’t have much longer than that to wait for this.

Three Northern Mockingbirds
Three Northern Mockingbirds | Source

Northern Mockingbirds

The Northern Mockingbirds have also been feeling their oats. If they haven’t been teasing each other, they have been after Red-winged Blackbirds, the Red-shouldered Hawk, even the Great Blue Heron. Here’s the entire family in this shot. Stay tuned for additional antics, to which I know that there will be many.

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal | Source

Northern Cardinals

They have been staying out of sight for unknown reasons, but the Northern Cardinal population has been increasing. I truly hope that we’ll get more than a few flakes of snow this winter, for I have been wishing for those beautiful red birds to be seated on an evergreen bough. There s nothing more beautiful and enticing to see a cardinal on white. Has anyone ever had any luck obtaining a photo like that in winter?

Bald Eagles

My eyes have also been peeled for a Bald Eagle or two. The Sooner Lake nest cam, just north of Stillwater, should be active soon enough. One or both members of the pair should begin visiting on a regular basis in December or January. If you happen to be in the area, keep a watch around 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., which are the approximate feeding times. Eggs are usually laid in February.

This is the end of my report for the week. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding!

Where is Boomer Lake Park in Stillwater, OK?

American White Pelican with Double-crested Cormorants
American White Pelican with Double-crested Cormorants | Source
Great Egret Waves
Great Egret Waves | Source
Great Egret Landing
Great Egret Landing | Source
American White Pelican
American White Pelican | Source

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, rdsparrowriter! Good to see you, as always. Thanks for the support.

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      rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

      Great pictures and information. I enjoy your hubs :) God bless you!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, D.A.L! That is a common stance for the Red-wing male, as he is calling, and it is all basically in the timing. Glad that you enjoyed the pic. Waxwings are so gorgeous and regal. I recall one winter when a group happened to be atop an old apple tree in the winter. They were eating the frozen apples, which had turned to cider. They were a bit tipsy, and didn't seem to care that I was so near them. Alcohol has the same effects on several species, eh?

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Another enjoyable visit. Here in the UK we are experiencing Redwing, Waxwing and Brambling coming to join us for the winter, along with the usual invasion of geese from Iceland and Greenland. The shot of the red-winged blackbird with its tail fanned is brilliant.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Strange, indeed, Anna. But the nice thing is, is that we also have some strange and wonderful birds, too, to add to this mix, too.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Educational and beautiful photographs as always and I see an Eagle was held as a spy! What a strange world we live in. Although thankfully a stunning one as your pictures show.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, teaches! Glad that you're enjoying the column. There's certainly plenty of activity in the bird world...

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I am still amazed at your share on the eagle. How awful for the bird. I love your posts and am learning so much from them. Thanks for the education!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Mel! Let's see what bird gets arrested where, and then we can put that up on eBird for where the birds need to keep away from. The cormorants are an interesting group, no doubt about that. I believe your theory is correct, and I did ;earn that they are normally very social around other birds, especially the Great Blue Heron.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I think the Cormorant and the White Pelican are buddies because they dine at different depths, avoiding competition. Perhaps the cormorant even chases a few fish up for the Pelican to eat, and the Cormorant benefits by avoiding predators by flocking with the bigger Pelican. Just a theory.

      The eagle infiltrator probably got lost looking for his co-conspirator stork, who is still being held for questioning in Egypt. When will the madness end? Great hub as usual! A lot of fun, and very informative.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jaye, I haven't even been using this DSLR for a year yet. I'm getting better...

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Ah, Deb...your photography doesn't look "rough around the edges to me." If you get any better, either National Geographic or Smithsonian will come along and steal you to do nature photography for them!

      Jaye

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jaye! I'm still working on getting better shots, and it will happen. I'm still rough around the edges, yet.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hewy, Leslie! The gang's all here, but not all THERE!(Grin)

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      This one's a five-star hub, Deb, with gorgeous photos (as always). Love the story about the hat-nicking owl, as well as the other stories in your interesting report.

      I'm not surprised to learn of your growing fame, which should make your photography book sell like hotcakes (when you decide to publish it)

      Voted Up+++++

      Jaye

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      LOL..i'm thinking: WOW - deb makes crows look good! and then - i look at the caption and see it's a blackbird..sigh..

      Clearly, not as smart as i thought i was getting..lol

      That video of owls is UNBELIEVABLE!

      and that poor 'egret' looks like his feet are coooooold....brrrrr...

      we get pretty red/orange cardinals here AND bald eagles, too..

      (hilarious - spy eagles, althooooo.....)lol

      sharing/caring

      HUGS my friendxx

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Faith Reaper! I am just amazed to see how much worldwide notoriety that Boomer Lake is getting. I now belong to a Pakistani bird watching page on Facebook, and I get to see some pretty amazing things, too.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Alicia! As you know, I have expanded in my mission both worldwide and nationally, and that has been rather well received, too. As usual, I am having fun with it, plus I have been doing a special monthly column for the local Audubon chapter. Life is good.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Deb, another great hub here full of interesting and fun facts indeed, not to mention the best photography around HP Town!

      Thank you for sharing your passion here in HP and I am in agreement with Jackie about that Common Loon deserving a better name, for he surely is a beauty! Wow, what a great close up photo of that Cardinal! I am always amazed how close you can get.

      Look forward to next week's posting for sure!

      Up and more and sharing

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love reading your hubs, Deb. I see some old friends in your photos as well as some birds that I've never seen in real life. It's very interesting to learn about what the bird life at Boomer Lake is up to!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Cormorants seem to appreciate the north more than anhingas must, Suhail. I hope to see an anhinga soon.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for all the votes, Mary. I safe these pictures in hopes that others will see them to appreciate all the wonders that are out there to enjoy, as well as protect.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Connie! The birds simply give me their rich lives, and I simply pass it on accordingly.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Yes, Deb , that seems to be the case. Also, anhinga's neck is very long. Finally, a wildlife expert in Orlando had told us that anhinga swims with all its body under water and just the neck above so as to resemble a snake. That is why it is also called snakebird.

      I haven't seen anhingas in Ontario, but I have seen cormorants in Fathom Five National Marine Park.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Every time I read one of your hubs and look at the photos I think, "that's my favorite" then I look at the next one and think "that's my favorite". Needless to say each of your photos is my favorite. Some of them look like the birds are posing just for you!

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

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Hi Deb, I'd really like to wave back to the Great Egret; and what a shot of that crazy pelican! My cardinals have been in hiding here as well. I have not even heard them around since their youngsters fledged. I agree, there is nothing so beautiful as a cardinal in the snow. Now that I have a little better camera, I hope to get a good picture of one this winter.

      Birds are such characters, and you my friend manage to capture their playful and whimsical side. Excellent! Have a great week ;) Pearl

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Fabulous! Did you manage to get any pictures, Kevin?

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Hi Deb, I have a mockingbird in my front yard that has been in the same tree by the street for several years now. This past season he was mating with an albino female. I had never seen her before. At first I did not know who it was, until I saw them together.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Suhail! I guess it hasn't gotten chilly enough for the herons and egrets yet. I have never seen an anhinga, but don't they have a straight bill instead of the curve like the cormorant?

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I love those cormorants. Lot of people mix up cormorants and anhingas, which is another bird I like, a difference I found out during a trip to Orlando in 2002.

      Surprisingly, I am still seeing great blue herons and great egrets during my hikes along the credit river.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Johan!

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      Johan Smulders 3 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Another great hub, what can I say. Keep it up!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I was told about the Glaucous Gulls, and someone had taken a photograph. Right now the mockers are not nesting, but they like to amuse themselves, especially the young ones. During the winter, there is usually a resident or two, and they enjoy being photographed. During the end of the summer, I met several of the youngsters at Mockingbird Tree. Last year I met a very young one near the lake. They have spotted chests. I also knew someone back in DE, who mentioned a nest in one of her shrubs near the street. That bird always attacked the same person, but let others go by without incident. Funny birds, eh?

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      I hope that the Common Loon gets saved Deb.

      I saw the picture about the eagle that was accused of being a spy. A game was mentioned and I bet that it was too close to the birds nest. If you missed the Glaucous Gulls then how do you know that they were there? Good luck getting photos of the crows. I am getting a warming trend right now - the other night it was 20* lower than last night! The Mockingbird goes after any bird, man or beast which gets near its nest. It is afraid of nothing. Perhaps the pelican feels proud being larger, and the cormorants feel protected. :-)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Pamela, I'm in Oklahoma. We get a good group throughout the year on this lake, which is an important location on the Central Flyway. I got very lucky with this move.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I didn't see it in the hub, but I might have missed it -- where do you live that birds come for the winter? Loved this! I'll be tuning in for all of your reports. And your closing line -- what a keeper.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jeannie. As you know, there is always something at Boomer Lake.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Martin. I have been looking for more special material, just for you.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, moonlike. Hopefully, your eagle will return, so that you can enjoy more viewing.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, srsddn! There is so much knowledge and beauty, all free for the asking. We are so fortunate to have what is nearby.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, whonu! You are so welcome, and I hope that you birds are many!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Billy! Glad that you enjoyed this week's column and there will always be more to come.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The more that you visit with your heron and it sees that you are not out to harm him, the less disturbed it will be. Keep at it, Jackie.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Nell! SO many strange things have been happening with our animals as of late. It makes me wonder about people, that's for sure. I can here the eagle now, upon its return to home base, "O Captain, my Captain! Wait until you see what I have for you, and those stupid people suspected nothing!" Now that is truly science fiction.

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      jeannie dibble 3 years ago

      what a wonderful day for photography, you captured some amazing images...

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Beautiful,as always.And you know how much I appreciate this.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Love your photos. There was a bald eagle in the field across from our house yesterday couldn't get my camera in time to take his picture. My camera is just a small camera and I do the best I can with it. Most of the time the birds have to be up close to get a good shot. Voted up and shared.

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      srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      aviannovice, Quite interesting notes. Boomer Lake seems to be a great place. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful. Voted up.

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      Nice work as always. Thanks for sharing. whonu

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I decided to end my Sunday with this rather than start my Monday; as always the visit was well worth the wait. Nicely done my friend and thank you for a touch of beauty.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh,oh,oh! Well. The common loon deserves a much better name; he is beautiful. Love the pals pic of course and...just adore the white pelican telling his buddies how big it was! The egrets are just angelic. Wow I hope fall lasts awhile and I get a chance at the birds. But I know I can always get entertained here! ^

      Egret and heron, yeah, great one there too! Saw my heron couple days ago and got a quick shot but don't think it was good, haven't looked yet. He hid in the bushes in a little island in the lake. :(

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Beautiful hub as always Deb, and yes those Cardinals are so gorgeous, they will look amazing when it snows, and an Eagle spy? beyond belief! have a great week, nell

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