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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday September 21, 2014

Updated on September 21, 2014

Field Notes

Activism is a Necessity

These groups come into being as a result of what we have to say to the world. I thank these people for their activism and their continued support of raptors, as well as other important animals. Let’s keep up the fight everyone, and don’t remain silent when it comes to our birds, butterflies, and other animals.

The Bald Blue Jay
The Bald Blue Jay | Source

Bald Birds? What is This World Coming To?

Seen any baldheaded jays or cardinals? Never fear, as the possible explanation isn’t totally off the wall:


Do Birds Really Sleep?

Here is reasonably accurate information on how birds sleep. Their sleep patterns are much different than ours, as they must usually remain alert at all times due to predation.

What's Going On In The Northern Reaches?

Most of this week’s activity has been in the Northern Reaches, so I’ll work from there. The better part of this week’s mornings was mostly cloudy with some fog, which makes many of these photos seem dark, so I apologize for that. However, there are still a number of juvenile birds making themselves available, which can sometimes pose a challenge for identification, but it is wonderful to note how many new birds have been raised this year.

Female Yellow Warbler
Female Yellow Warbler | Source

Yellow Warblers

This good-looking female Yellow Warbler is one of many that have been with us. Even though she is not as spectacular as the male, she is still a lovely bird. The fall warblers can be a little harder to identify than the fresh and clean looking spring birds, but they are still lovely, nonetheless. I just wish that I could host them in my birdbath, like my birding friend, Jeannie does.

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk
Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk | Source

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk

Here’s a beautiful juvenile Red-tailed Hawk. Even though it isn’t in prime posture for identification, there is still slight evidence of the belly band and a brownish tail with narrow dark bands. Many of these birds tend to be found on the roadsides.

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker | Source

The Northern Flicker

One of many woodpeckers, this Northern Flicker is distinctive and very easy to identify with a white rump, black chest patch, a barred brown back, and a spotted breast.

Northern Cardinal Bathing
Northern Cardinal Bathing | Source

Northern Cardinal

The Northern Cardinal may be a common bird, but it is one of the most beautiful and the male is easy to identify with the crest and the fire engine red coloring. It is also loud and a voracious seedeater. There is nothing more beautiful than to have a red bird with a background of snow. That is one of the few things that actually makes me look forward to winter.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker | Source

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Another woodpecker, the red-bellied, has a red nape and the male has a red crown, too. They are also zebra-backed, move rapidly, and enjoy woodlands and your feeder, if you are willing to provide plenty of suet. If you’re lucky enough to see it, there is a small red patch on the belly, too.

Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole | Source

Baltimore Oriole

The state bird of Maryland, the Baltimore Oriole is another bird that is easy to identify with the orange and black coloring. It was named for Lord Baltimore’s coloring on his coat of arms. This bird also weaves a pouch-like nest that can withstand some of the severest storms and it will be found on the outer edges of the main deciduous tree branches.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source
Great Egret
Great Egret | Source

Great Blue Heron and Great Egret

Both silent sentinels are found in the Northern Reaches, too, many of the perched in the upper branches of trees, ever watchful in their territories, especially when they are nesting. Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in this country, with Great Egret just a little smaller.

Fall Is Almost Here

Before you know it, many of the leaves will be dropping and a number of our less common birds might just be a little more visible in the woods. I also heard the Eastern Phoebe, caught a slight glimpse of the Belted Kingfisher, and heard the Red-headed Woodpecker. Don’t forget to stock up on black oil sunflower seeds, as well as suet, either in raw form or the cake variety. Clean out those bird houses and put them away for next year. Get out those roosting boxes for the cold winters, and consider purchasing a heater to keep the water from freezing in the birdbaths. Thanks for everything that you do for the birds.

Keep your eyes on the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding until next time.

Where Is Boomer Lake Park in Stillwater, Oklahoma?

Mottled Duck
Mottled Duck | Source
Great Egret
Great Egret | Source
Great Egret with Mallards
Great Egret with Mallards | Source

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, ChitrangadaSharan. If we don't fight for the animals, who will?

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Again a very valuable hub and I agree, 'Activism is a necessity.' I liked the details about the sleeping patterns of birds.

      Great pictures! Voted up!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Kevin, it's a good thing that there isn't a new disease out there to make the poor birds bald. Thanks for sharing all over, so I can get the word out to as many as possible. Hope that all is well in your neck of the woods.

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      The Examiner-1 

      6 years ago

      When you were talking about the birds losing hair Deb, I thought there was a new insect or virus until I started reading the other site. I knew that. The rest was interesting and nice with beautiful photos. Great job. I voted up, shared and G+.


    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And thank YOU, Alicia, for your continued support.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Lovely photos and an interesting report once again, Deb. Thanks for sharing.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Ah, Kim, yes, there are many questions that people have, that I will be more than happy to steer them toward the answers. That way, they will be knowledgeable when on the topic, and can help someone else learn. That is my calling, as the Protector of the Birds.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Greetings, chef, and a pleasure to meet you. I have heard about the Barn owl predicament in your area, and it also happens here, too, in the name of progress! How sad is that? Thanks for the important share, as that helps me on my quest to protect our winged friends.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Dave! As you know, I love teaching people about nature and how to try to care for it. Bake a pumpkin bread or pie in honor of fall, my friend. I all be there sharing it with you in spirit.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Cris, even though we are miles apart, we still manage to share that cup of coffee and enjoy conversation. Good people in one's life is another wonderful blessing, and I am glad to know you for the caring and gentle soul that you are. Thanks for the shares, as that helps me in getting out the word on caring for our wildlife.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 

      6 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Geez, Deb. These photos are sensational. My favourite is the Red-bellied Woodpecker. You bring such awareness toward the plight of these magnificent creatures, and bald birds? Wow. I never knew. Great advise, as always. Kim

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      Andrew Spacey 

      6 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Wonderful pictures of local birds, thank you. Apart from their beauty and fascinating behaviour birds are an indicator of the health of local environments. Here in the UK Barn Owls are at great risk from habitat loss and poisoning - farming methods again I'm afraid - old barns are torn down, weedy borders cleaned up and cheap poison put down. The irony is, Barn Owls eat rats!!! How crazy is that?

      Votes and a share.

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      6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Deb, another wonderful and educational visit to your part of the bird world. Love the photograph of the Red bellied woodpecker.

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      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Well, autumn is here and I see our friends in the sky slowly leaving us behind, which makes me sad. Then again, the changing of the season means autumn foliage, pumpkin and crisp apple scents. Something I enjoy and grateful about.

      Happy Fall Deb! I wish that this fall season brings you bountiful blessings and joy in life.

      Up, beautiful and sharing.

      Love from the sky~

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Faith Reaper, fall is awakening, which will mean fall warbler, assorted hawks, ducks, and many other surprises. It certainly bears watching...

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Deb, another wonderful and informative hub here. I have always wondered how birds sleep!

      Your photos are stunning. I especially love the Cardinal, Woodpecker and Oriole.

      Seems the change of seasons is coming upon us so fast already!

      Look forward to next week.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Riz.

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      Rizwana Yasmin 

      6 years ago from Lahore

      your work took my heart away , so beautiful , stunning and attractive images Deb ...ufff...amazing as you are as always , bless you and a lot of love xxx

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks again, manatita. My work truly is cut out for me, and the more people that I can educate, the more that will follow me in my quest for helping animals. Don't forget, especially with global warming, that animals and birds feel the effects BEFORE we do. It makes so much sense to listen to what they are telling us. Mark my words...

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Chris, I have missed you and hoped that you were all right. Birds will go to the third floor, and please provide water for them, too, especially during the winter. Use a baffle against the squirrels, if you can, and I'm glad that you're enjoying the world through my eyes.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, whonu! Glad that you like the pics, and I hope to get many more as time goes on.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Sha! Birds take cover just like we do during a storm.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      midget, cardinals are real beauties. Mexico has a close relative called the pyrrhuloxia. The bill is a little shorter, shaped almost the same, and the bird is red-gray.

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      6 years ago from london

      Bloomer lake is a very special place, I'm sure. Once again masterful pics of birds. Never mind the light they are still beautiful.

      I agree that 'activism' is necessary. Positive activism if there is such a thing, or that which creates a result for the upliftment to all. Much peace, Deb.

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      Chris Mills 

      6 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      Deb, you've inspired me to put up a bird feeder on my third floor apartment here in Philadelphia where I'll be spending the winter....and summer....and fall again. Of course, that brings up the task of battling squirrels. But it's worth the fight. Thanks for another informative article with great photos.

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      6 years ago from United States

      What a beautiful owl and fine other pics as well. Nice work my friend. whonu

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm with you in the fight, Deb. I'm off to read about how birds sleep. I've always been curious about that. I also wonder where they go during a storm.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      I wish we could see more of the cardinals here. They are amazing birds, and as usual, these are amazing photos!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Billy, exactly. If it doesn't get done, we only have ourselves to blame.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It seem to me that activism is a necessity in all walks of life. We need people to get involved in society and issues...way too much apathy if you ask me.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Peg, and as you know, I just love doing it.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Deb, Your keen eye and gift for photography are a blessing. I look forward to your weekly releases and pictures of these gorgeous creatures.


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