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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday September 16, 2012

Updated on November 19, 2012
American White Pelican
American White Pelican | Source

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Even though the weather didn’t co-operate much this week, there are still several pictures that I managed to obtain. Today was a wonderful surprise, as a lovely flock of American White Pelicans decided to pay a visit to Boomer Lake on their migratory stopover. The lead bird made it obvious who he was, strutting about his group and displaying as much as possible. There was nothing shy about this particular bird, and honestly, there doesn’t have to be.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher | Source

A Kingfisher!

Since I haven’t been out there for a while, I went to check on the Northern Reaches to see if there was anything new this morning. I heard some familiar squawking, and since it was in flight at the time, I saw the beautiful Belted Kingfisher. He also jumped into the water and made the attempt to grab a fish, but I wasn’t fortunate enough to get that shot. However, he came a little closer in my direction, so even with the overcast day, you can still easily tell this bird, who had his crest raised. What a stunning bird, especially in the sunlight, but I can’t ask for everything.

Double-Crested Cormorant
Double-Crested Cormorant | Source

The Cormorant is Back

A single Double-Crested Cormorant came to perch yesterday, so he gave a lesson in wing-drying once again. These beautiful birds were here over the first portion of the summer until they decided to continue north to get a little more temperate weather. It appears now that they are trickling back for the fall.

Beaver's Head Above Water
Beaver's Head Above Water | Source

A Beaver, Too

Yesterday, I confirmed my suspicion on a beaver residence, as I saw one heading to it. There was no question that they were in the area, as during the spring, a few smaller trees were down with the classic cut marks. This was the first one that I have seen since I began visiting Boomer Lake. Considering the size of this area, there could well be several families of them in this complex, located on the southern sheltered area, a prime fishing spot. Since it has rained a little over the past couple of days, it doesn’t appear that we will lose our area residents, as least while the water level remains constant.

Ferruginous Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk | Source

Ferruginous Hawk

The Ferruginous Hawk likes to come around when it is overcast, so I caught him on top of the pole where one of the martin houses is placed in the spring. Needless to say, I tried to get a better approach on a photographic opportunity, but he decided to leave for parts unknown. As he flew overhead, he gave me a twitter, so it could be the same one that I have been seeing here and there.

Green Heron
Green Heron | Source

Stunning Green Heron

A Green Heron has been fishing in assorted locations on the east side of the lake, and I found him nearby. He has gotten quite used to me, and I was able to catch this shot just as the sun was peeking through the clouds and shined upon him.

Canada Goose
Canada Goose | Source
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Canada Goose

This particular Canada Goose either injured his foot, or was born with a club foot. He can walk, but has an extensive limp. If he has to move more than a few hops, he will fly to his destination. He was one of the several caregivers to the young geese over the summer.

This concludes our weekly events. Keep your eyes on the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding and wherever you are, enjoy the birds passing through your areas.

Great Egret in Flight
Great Egret in Flight | Source
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source
American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans | Source
Painted Turtle
Painted Turtle | Source

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Any time that you'd like to have a tour of Boomer Lake with the hot spots, let me know.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love your lake hubs! I am sorry, I have fallen behind on them. I am trying to get caught back up now. You have such an array of wildlife on Boomer Lake. I wish I could spend more time at Lake Murray, but maybe this year. It's hard to do much, keeping out little granddaughter, but she is walking now, so maybe we can do some camping this year. I love your pictures and especially the Blue Heron, it looks like he is just standing on the water. Great capture! Voted up and more! :)

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, DeborahNeyens! The pelicans were here for a few days, so I sure had to act fast. I had an idea that their appearance would be short-lived, but still managed to get a few good photos. I worked with one at Tri-State Bird Rescue. She was imprinted upon people, but oh, my, what a card!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I love the white pelicans! I live near a reservoir in Iowa and every fall we get huge flocks of pelicans who make it their home for a few weeks. Sometimes, from a distance it looks like the water is covered in snow because there are so many birds on it.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      By all means, come visit the lake, I will show you around. Glad that you like the series.

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

      This is a beautiful hub. I love the photos. May I come visit your lake? The birds are just majestic and I love the turtle. If I could be an animal it would be a bird or a turtle. A bird so I could fly and see all the loveliness of the earth and a turtle so I could just take things easy. Thanks for an incredible Hub.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Highland Terrier, he wasn't going after anything, just fluffing up and flapping his wings. Glad that you like the Boomer Lake series.

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      Highland Terrier 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Another interesting and beautiful hub. I love the way you can name all the birds and animals.

      Can I ask a question please, what is the pelican killing, it looks like another bird? Is it another bird ? young, old.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Eddie. Thanks so much. No telling what I will have for this weekly in the future. The animals and birds always surprise me.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Maybe you can do a story about Beaver Dams, Connie. Sounds like it would be a good one for us nature lovers.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, gamby. They are all characters in their own right.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Got to get some unusual ones in there for equal time, Mhatter...

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, the herons are such characters. IO call one of them Buddy, and he follows me sometimes when I make my rounds. He loves to be photographed on the south side of the lake. he is the one that I always photograph in the trees.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Nell. Can't wait to see your upcoming photos.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Joyce. At least you saw one heron. When vacationing in a new spot, sometimes it is hard to find birds, unless you know the terrain well.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have loads of turtle pics. If you need some for a future hub, just let me know. All I ask is the photo credit.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are so welcome, whonunuwho. It was refreshing seeing new things at the lake this week.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      All I can say is WOW! Deb, you have really captured a wide array of beautiful creatures at Boomer Lake. I loved the ferrugenous hawk, the turtle, the pelican, the caregiving Canada goose and the beaver! Not far from where I grew up there was and still is a rural town called 'Beaver Dams'. There used to be a large wetlands there filled with beavers. That picture brought back memories! Voted Up and everything. Wonderful to be at the Lake with you again.

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      gamby79 5 years ago

      Another wonderful hub aviannovice. I LOVE the beaver pic...and of course all the others! Was happily surprised to see a beaver pic. Although I know that there are beavers there, I have yet to see one. Must get over to Boomer soon. Rated all up..and yes..even rated funny up too because sometimes I just can't help but see a comical side of these wonderful creatures!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This edition has 2 birds I never heard of. (painted turtle, beaver) :))

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      Jennifer Bridges 5 years ago from Michigan

      I LOVE that shot of the Great Blue Heron! The others are great too, but the GBH is making me laugh. He looks like he's showing off. :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Beautiful hub as always, love the turtle! lol! wonderful as usual, I like these Sunday hubs, I am going to get my new camera next week so will go down my local river to see what I can find, can't wait!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wonderful photos for us to enjoy. All the information is great.

      I was hoping to see more birds in Yellowstone Park but only saw one heron.

      Voted up awesome and very interesting, Joyce.

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      Aww... Deb, I loved the turtle! It's my favorite animal, and one that has a very special meaning to me. As usual, the photos are gorgeous. It's like the birds strike a pose when they see you coming. :-) Thanks for sharing!

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Loved your work today. I was out at the lake earlier this week and saw birds walking knee deep in water that a month ago I fished in and caught a few fish. I'm glad the birds have easier pickings for minnows and get around so well at the lake. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures and words of wisdom.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, precy anza. There are lots of turtles here when the weather is warm. Glad that you enjoyed this week's article.

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      precy anza 5 years ago from USA

      Beautiful photos as always! ^-^' That photo of the turtle stands out to me, maybe because I haven't seen a turtle on a tree :) Do you always came upon turtles on Boomer Lake?

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Billy. My friend, Jeannie, was there this morning to see the wonderful pelicans, too. It is so nice to share.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I like our Boomer Lake get-togethers! So nice to join you again; thanks for the tour and I'll see you next Sunday! Great series!