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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday October 28, 2012

Updated on October 31, 2012
Ring-Billed Gull with his fish
Ring-Billed Gull with his fish | Source

As It Gets Cooler

The nip is in the air at Boomer Lake and all the birds are beginning to feel it, except for the water birds, who are made for any weather. Many of the gulls are still coming through from the north, on their way further south. It is pretty apparent that the first season immatures are seeing many things for the first time, and I find it amusing how they relate to egrets and herons.

Painted Turtles
Painted Turtles | Source

Painted Turtles Are Still Active

Painted turtles have been sunning themselves on logs, and I believe next week will be warming up again, so they will still be around.

Common Snipe
Common Snipe | Source

Common Snipe

A group of six Common Snipe were on the lake Wednesday, which is the largest group of them that I have seen yet. They had been feeding in the mud off the sandbar just south of Veteran’s Memorial on their way southbound. I saw them for a couple of days, but it appears that they have left. There could be a few more stragglers next week, so we’ll have to see if there are more that will be coming through.

American Black Duck
American Black Duck | Source

American Black Duck!

On Saturday, I got to see a male American Black Duck, who appeared to be paired with a female Mallard. This duck was a bit larger than the Mallards, and definitely darker. The iridescent green coloring throughout his body was very apparent, and he was absolutely gorgeous. Quite frequently, these ducks will cross with Mallards, which makes a very good-looking mix. I haven’t seen any since I worked the Athos I oil spill in Delaware. They are more aggressive than the Mallards, and will push them around. I witnessed a couple of “quarrels" that this black duck had with a couple of Mallards, so the others did their best to stay out of his way. The couple appeared to be gone today, but I’m sure that more will be seen.

Mallard Pair
Mallard Pair | Source

The Southern Cove

Most of the Mallards are staying in the sheltered southern cove, which still has water in it, even though it has been such a dry season. As they are dabbling ducks, there is still plenty of vegetation on the bottom to keep them very well fed. Since it has been cooling down, a little rain is bound to fall to keep the area well-watered. A Great Blue Heron also frequents the area, which is an excellent place to obtain small fish. I watched him for a good twenty minutes, and he was grabbing fish constantly.

European Starling Colors
European Starling Colors | Source

'Tis the Season for More

Due to the past couple of frosts over the week, most of the summer flowers are now gone, and the leaves have been blowing away in the breeze. A few Northern Cardinals are still around, so it is a lot easier to see them in the trees without all the usual leaf cover. Before we know it, all the trees will be abed for the season, since the sap is definitely coursing through them much more slowly. So now I will bid you adieu until next week, when I have things to report after Hallowe’en has passed. May you all have a wonderful Trick-Or-Treat and All Saint’s Day.

Keep your eyes on the ground and your head in the clouds!

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull | Source
Ring-billed Gull in Flight
Ring-billed Gull in Flight | Source
Black Duck
Black Duck | Source
Common Snipe
Common Snipe | Source

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sure, Jackie. I'm glad that this worked out. Do a story on the place, in case someone else in your area runs into difficulties.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It has been rescued! (By a wildlife place) Now I can relax. It really shouldn't be that hard though with so many people out there collecting money to help things just like this. It would have had a much better chance if rescued weeks ago...but he seemed pretty tough and I have his beautiful picture drinking from the lake with the wing barely noticeable. I will keep an eye on his friends. Thanks for the zoo idea though in case I run into a hurdle up ahead sometime.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Brenda! It's what I do and to share what I have with the world pleases me more than anything ever could.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jackie, have you contacted a zoo for suggestions on who might be able to help?

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I see why you visit Boomer Lake so often. It is so wonderful and the birds have such opportunity. Thanks for always sharing your visits with us. I am going to sit by the lake one day myself and stare in awe.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      If his wing is not fixed I think it will eventually kill him, I fear this winter when it gets wet and freezes dragging the ground. Each step is on that wing so it makes walking difficult too. I wasted weeks thinking someone had picked him up. I hate that but I will use shame as I said against these people for allowing this and try to bring it to the community's attention and surely that will get results. The other goose that befriended him had some wing trouble too and at least one white duck. Makes me wonder if kids chase them or try to catch them. Maybe that is how he got his wing broken. It would be illegal for me to bring him home as I am sure you know.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for the link, I saw your goose. He is a beautiful goose and I wish I lived nearer to you, as he would be more than happy at Boomer Lake. There is another goose there with a crippled foot, who flies where he cannot walk.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      http://jackielynnley.hubpages.com/hub/Hear-That-Wh...

      Just delete this if you want, want you to see my goose, lol. I don't see how to email anyone with the new setup, sorry.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That can happen, Jackie. Others may even try to attack this goose, due to its malady. Perhaps its friend cares for it?

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      The first one, called exactly that, but I can email if you would rather. This is a park and you are not allowed to feed the ducks and it would be hard to feed one and not all and I don't like to break rules, it is just I cannot understand so many careless people. Someone is responsible to do something and I have gone through so many to give me false hope you would not believe and this has been going on about four months. I didn't see the duck for so many weeks I was sure someone had gotten it as they promised to just come across it at another part of the lake where I had never seen it. It had a buddy always with it but now it looks like the others are shunning it.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Which Hear That Whistle Blow? Can you send the pic to my e-mail?

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have known some very friendly and sweet geese, Jackie. They are all worth it, in my opinion.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I understand the frustration, Jackie. There is someone else on here that has been having the same trouble with pigeons. She has been doing a great job following directions and treating them herself. She is a natural, and would make a great rehabber. All we can do is the best that we can. I have saved a few additional lives, myself.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I am not nuts though it must seem so at times, lol. The pictures are at Hear that Whistle Blow if you want to have a look. Thanks for trying, I will get something done and though you are not suppose to feed them I will if he starts looking underfed before I can get him somewhere.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks, will do, don't know why I fell in love with that goose, I will put his picture somewhere tomorrow so you can see him. Now I will go check out this guy. Again, thanks.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I heard back and they can't help but gave me a Tri-state link...who tells you right off they can't help. They all leave you a place to make donations but none can help, makes no sense. I will go back to my plan to go to the newspaper and see if they will run an article that will either shame the place that has it into doing something or maybe an individual will do something. I have been in touch with sooo many of these animal places and it really disgusts me that none of them can do a thing.

      I sent pictures to yours, thinking it may break a heart but not so. lol Thanks so much for trying though.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, shiningirisheyes. You made it through the storm all right?

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Connie! Oh, yes, he's a beauty. That's as a result of a black duck crossed with a Mallard.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I needed this wonderful journey through my imagination to escape from the increasing screaming wind currently lashing our beautiful geography in Upstate NY.

      You always produce stellar photos and descriptive interesting wildlife.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      I loved the Black Duck Deb! He is so gorgeous with his iridescent shining feathers. If I were a female mallard he would be hard to ignore! Voted this up across the board, including funny (for the laughing Ring-billed Gull--at least it looked like it was laughing to me!)

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jackie, since you're having such an awful; time, this might help. Contact Dr. Robert Teti on this website http://www.mfablog.org/2009/06/chenoa-manor-giving... I met him while volunteering at Tri-State Bird Rescue and went to his facility. He had a great brown goose name Gus that I called Brownie Goose. That goose and I would wander all over his caged yard and he chatted away at me while we were walking. If Rob can't take the goose, he may have someone in his network in your area. Let me know how it works out.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I wondered if these ducks ever mixed with them being so friendly so you answered that question, thank you. I am having a time getting anyone to save a goose with a broken wing, it has been many many weeks and I have called everyone and his brother. It is such a shame. Really there are more hurt ones there too but this one steps on his wing with every step and he is still so beautiful. I will try again today.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Mhatter, I love it. I thought that turtle reminded me of someone that I knew...

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this' Is it my imagination or are the pictures getting be... Hey, wait a minute. I recognize that second turtle.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad you liked them, Billy. They can be pretty amazing. I have LOTS of pictures of them, including a line of about 12-13 on a log.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Boomer Lake has become part of my Sunday ritual. Thank you for inviting me along once again. I love your pictures; this week the turtles stole the show. :)