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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday September 30, 2012

Updated on December 3, 2012
American Wigeon
American Wigeon | Source

And Now We Have...

It has been a very cloudy week with a little rain, which fortunately, is the only thing saving the Southern Cove, where so many birds like to be in a private spot. That was where I found the American Wigeon during the early part of the week. When I first spotted him(definitely a male), I at first thought that it was a scaup. Ah, the beauty of a bit of telephoto lens! Thus far, I have only seen one pair.

American Coots
American Coots | Source
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American Coots

Here’s a shot of the American Coots en masse. There are a good forty birds on the lake now, including an interesting shot of where they are treading water. They tend to call a couple of places home, which is different from where they were over the spring and summer. This might be a new crop.

Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk | Source

Cooper's Hawk

This juvenile Cooper’s Hawk was on the Southern Cove right by the water. I’m not sure if he was trying to catch a fish or was more interested in a Mallard, but it left right after I got this photo. I’d like to think that I kept a bird from being slaughtered. It might have made for an interesting picture, but I’d really rather not see things like that sometimes.

The first time that I saw a hawk catch another bird was when a Cooper’s drove a Mourning Dove right into a glass storm door, and killed it instantly when I was in Wilmington, DE. It’s a fact of nature, but it still bothers me, nonetheless.

Cattle Egrets
Cattle Egrets | Source
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Cattle Egret Pair

An actual pair of Cattle Egrets have been on the lake! I got the pair yesterday, and a shot of this single about mid-week. The only other times that I have seen them, is when they have been on land. I heard that they tend to hang around in pastures with the cows, where the cows tend to disturb large insects for them to eat.

Forster's Tern
Forster's Tern | Source
Ring-Billed Gull
Ring-Billed Gull | Source

Forster's Tern and Ring-Billed Gull

The Forster’s Terns are still in the area here and there was a sighting on a Ring-Billed Gull. These were the gulls that I was used to seeing when I lived in Maine, one of the two that enjoyed hanging around at the local dumps. It is so much nicer and more dignified to see them on a lake like this.

Just Hangin' Around...

Here’s a few other tidbits that I thought you might enjoy seeing, as well. I considered it interesting to see this Mallard bathing right beside this Canada Goose. Interspecies relations among the water birds are fairly good. Unless, of course, you happen to be in the area where a Great Blue Heron just doesn’t want to be bothered. This one fluffed up and shook his feathers at this Canada Goose to send it on its way.

Mallard and Canada Goose
Mallard and Canada Goose | Source
Great Blue Heron frightens away Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron frightens away Canada Goose | Source

How’s this for a candid shot? This Canada Goose is nearly overhead when I managed to get this.

Canada Goose
Canada Goose | Source
Great Egret Dives for Food
Great Egret Dives for Food | Source

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, xstatic, I'm glad that the goldfinches were safe, too. Cooper's need to rely more on mice!

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Hi Deb, wanted to tell you that a Cooper's Hawk came swooping in to the backyard Sunday where a large flock of goldfinches were feasting at my three feeders at the window. They scattered quickly, he missed that meal, but landed on the fence and sat there for a while checking the area out. He was a spectacular hawk, but I'm glad he missed this time.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, precy anza! Thanks! I was hoping to get a shot like that one day.

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      precy anza 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for another interesting trip to the lake! ^-^' Enjoyed all the photos as always. Love the shot you got there with that Canada Goose on flight!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      My pleasure, shiningirisheyes. I will go around the lake this fall and feed the birds here. I plan on doing photos of them, too.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I will certainly do just that. Now that I know they are struggling through the winter with the rest of us, I'll be sure to do what I can to help them along.

      Thanks again.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's why I chose this little niche, shiningirisheyes. These things just come naturally, and I just love it so much. Keep an eye out for the geese in your area during the winter. They will like tasty morsels like duck feed to help them eat while the ground is frozen.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      AMAZING! I have lived here for 45 years and ALWAYS thought they left in the Fall. Thanks for providing that link. I am printing it out and sharing it with my family. They would never believe me otherwise.

      Fascinating. You are just so informative and interesting.

      Thanks again.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, shiningirisheyes. Take a gander at this: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/34434.html

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      No - If we do have resident geese, I never see them. We have two in particular who land in our swimming pool each spring. They are followed (throughout the day) by many more.

      Each year at this time the sad v-shape sails through the skies for a warmer climate and we don't hear or see another until Spring. Do geese stay year round in Upstate NY?

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      They may leave for now, but the good thing is, is that they will return. You don't have any resident geese?

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Fantastic photo of the Coopers Hawk! Stunning bird.

      Although, I watched the geese fly over a few days ago and it made me somewhat sad knowing they are going for the winter.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I hope so, Hypenbird. You'd want to spend at least a month out here to get to know the lake, and see what I see. A friend has suggested that I start a birdwatching group, and charge a nominal fee to take people around the lake.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I really want to live near Boomer Lake. The variety of birds is amazing. You are quick with your camera. I always enjoy the wonderful background information also. Maybe one day I will get out there.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jackie, I appreciate that you contacted a rehabber to have the broken winged birds attended. Yes, many birds enjoy co-existing with one another in the water. I have a group of Mallards at the lake that hang with the single pair of wigeons. Great Blue Herons, Great White Egrets, Canada Geese, Double-crested Cormorants will stay together, too. I adore my Canada Geese!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love the hawk best, been so long since I saw one in person. The white ducks, mallards and geese all hang right together where I go, eating, bathing and napping. Is that unusual? There was two geese with broken wings, one really bad and I called someone and didn't see them last time I went. Hope I see them again. They are very friendly.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for noticing, whonunuwho. When I photograph, I try to put the essence of myself in there with a certain type of picture. Glad that I am getting better at doing that for people to notice it.

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      whonunuwho 

      5 years ago from United States

      You have a wonderful ability in catching the birds in special way in your photos.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, xstatic. I was lucky to see him as I was passing by, since water grass was covering the area where he was. I only got a good view just passed him.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Nell! Thanks for coming along to the lake and sharing your water bird story.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Mhatter, you never know what you may see at Boomer Lake! I like the soft shelled taco, and if you want to picnic at the lake, I will bring the spicy bean and rice filling for the tacos!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I love sharing my area with everyone, Mycee. It gives me great joy to know that everyone loves coming along for the ride.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, summerberrie! Also, I appreciate you letting me know that the northern crowd of geese is coming in your area now.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, moonlake!! Thanks for the great votes. It is good to see you.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Highland Terrier. The birds just seem to act up and do what they do whenever I happen to be around, so I'm pretty lucky in that respect. I have met some lovely owls and eagles that live at rehab centers, and I do enjoy working with raptors. Too bad they can't just eat mice.

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great shots here Deb! That hawk is magnificent.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Great info and photos as always, I continue to love taking a look a Boomer Lake, its a fascinating place, and so much wildlife. I noticed you mentioned that the birds seem to be fine sharing the space on the lake, and it reminded me of the time when I was watching all the different geese, swans and ducks down my river. Two species of geese were going the opposite way up and down river, and it was fascinating to watch how they all managed to follow their own kind, even though they were gliding in and out of each other, seems they know their own! lol!

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      It must be Sunday and I brought soft shell taco. But you should have warned me about that last picture.

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      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Ohhh I always love this series..its like you're taking readers with you at Boomer Lake. I wished I could visit a place like this in here every weekend but sad to say we have none.. We dont have birds like these here roaming around. Thanks for posting and sharing this..

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      summerberrie 

      5 years ago

      Canadian Geese are starting to come this way. Love your picture of the Cooper's Hawk!

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      Great pictures. I loved seeing all the birds on the lake. Voted uP!

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      Highland Terrier 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Nice hub again Deb, well done. You must be a calm and patient person to get such lovely shots and know photography of course.

      Nice shot of the hawk, but I hate seeing them around or any bird of prey. I've have always found it strange that nature should make a species that preys on its own kind. People say they are not, that song birds are not the same species, but I always feel thats like saying myself and another nationality are not the same.

      We have Sparrowhawks in our area and they can be a bloody nuisance. I know everyone says live and let live, and if I hear its only nature one more time I will scream. Nature is very far from perfect and this business were we prey on each other for survival truly gets on my wick as they say.

      Why should a hawk have to kill another bird for survival? And did you ever notice it always the most gentle of creatures who become everyones prey.

      Sorry for ranting, its just a hawk killed so many birds one year in my garden I was begining to feel like his local supermarket.

      I had a massive job getting rid of him, he went away eventually. but then I made the garden a most unwelcome place for anything bigger than a starling.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Novel Treasure. I have a great time spending free time around birds, and just nature in general. Thanks for coming by.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Cyndy! It is my home away from home...

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      Novel Treasure 

      5 years ago from US

      My husband is an avid bird watcher and I caught him reading this hub over my shoulder : ) I really enjoy the personal pictures that people put on their hubs. Great job!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      I love your pictures - you do the birds such justice! You time at the lake also sounds precious and here's to hoping that lots of wonderful rain comes your way. :)

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Nettlemere! I love the weekly surprises that I get to encounter. That's what keeps me going there almost every day!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, western Washington is surrounded by lakes and rivers; this is an outdoor paradise! :)

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      Nettlemere 

      5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      It's not often you have overcast weather on your weekly trips - I'd been wondering if it ever rained at Boomer lake! Well done for the in flight shot - always difficult to judge and get the timing right with them. I love the speckled feathering on the coopers hawk.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, whonunuwho, you're right. Thanks for coming by again.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sure, Billy. Do you have a lake to visit, too?

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A wonderful day on the lake with you, Deb! The Cooper's Hawk is a magnificent creature, and all the pictures were beautiful! Thanks once again for inviting me along.

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      whonunuwho 

      5 years ago from United States

      Nice work,aviannovice. The picture are beautiful as usual and informative in the content that you have shared. The waters are coming back a little and the creatures of the wild are eagerly seeking sustenance.

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