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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Tuesday November 12, 2013

Updated on February 5, 2014
Sarus Crane Amid Wildflowers
Sarus Crane Amid Wildflowers | Source

Field Notes

Sarus Cranes in Pakistan

Sarus Cranes begin arriving in Pakistan and the Indus region. This is an important time of the year for one of the most remarkable and gorgeous birds in the world. Read more at

Lead Ammunition Being Phased Out

The lead in ammunition will be phased out in CA by 2019. Call this exciting and wonderful news, as birds with shot in their bodies will no longer die painful and horrible deaths from lead poisoning. Hear about CA’s upcoming plan, which was championed by a number of great organizations:


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Shade Grown Organic and Bird Friendly Coffee in Florida

Shade grown organic and bird friendly coffee now being served by the FL Turnpike Service Areas. The word is really getting out for the importance of bird survival in Central and South America, soon to be taking the world by storm:

Nordmann's Greenshank
Nordmann's Greenshank | Source
Male Spoon-biled Sandpiper
Male Spoon-biled Sandpiper | Source

Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Nordmann's Greenshank

New hope for Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Nordmann’s Greenshank, the world’s most threatened waders on the coast of China. Even though they will likely still end up extinct, there is a glimmer of hope. Read more at:

Great Blue Heron(left) with Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron(left) with Double-crested Cormorants | Source
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants have been becoming more familiar with one another as time goes on. Also Great Blue Heron has been retiring to his private tree here-and-there just for a little peace. The Red-winged Blackbirds have been harassing the poor heron, even though all he cares to do is stand in the Southern Cove and fish. It’s almost like some of those strange friendships that we are all familiar with.

Northern Mockingbird Portrait
Northern Mockingbird Portrait | Source

Northern Mockingbird Activity

A number of Northern Mockingbirds have moved onto the lake proper, and I do believe that my pal from last year is among the group. Not only do I have one constantly in tow, I sometimes have the entire clan with me. They have been needling a local Blue Jay, who actually appears at the lake first thing in the morning, but the sad thing is, the mockers tend to call him or her just for the sake of it. This poor bird seems to think that it is a kindred soul, but he/she always comes in hopes of companionship. Perhaps, one day, we will both see that second jay instead of the mischievous mockingbird.

Mallard and Cayuga Cross
Mallard and Cayuga Cross | Source
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Mallard and Cayuga Cross

Our Mallard and Cayuga cross has been one of the highlights of the week. That gorgeous, iridescent green and black just stops the show for me. Never have I ever seen a more beautiful duck. Last year, this boy was with a female Mallard, but this time around he is in the company of a male.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe | Source

Pied-billed Grebes

The Pied-billed Grebes have also made themselves available for a number of photographic opportunities. I have been consistently watching, as last year we also had a Western Grebe come to the lake. Since I have a better lens this year, I certainly hope that we will be graced with the presence of this striking grebe, too. The western is rather large and very striking with red eyes, yet similar to a Clark’s Grebe. Let’s see what happens this year in the grebe arena.

Male Ruddy Duck
Male Ruddy Duck | Source

Ruddy Ducks

The non-breeding Ruddy Ducks are also on the scene, but before long, they will be in breeding plumage. The breeding ruddy males have blue bills and are certainly some of the most handsome stiff-tailed ducks.

I hope to be able to visit the Northern Reaches and see what I might be able to locate for you later this week. There is a short window of opportunity right now where we might just be able to happen upon some little beauties that we were unable to see during the summer.

Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds until my report next week. I suspect that I will definitely have a few things to tell you about.

Where is Boomer Lake?

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source
American Coot
American Coot | Source
Female Non-Breeding Ruddy Duck
Female Non-Breeding Ruddy Duck | Source

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy! Glad that you enjoyed this one, too.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      This is one I missed out on and as always a great read. Keep them coming Deb and enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Meldz, they are very nice looking birds, if I do say so myself. Thanks for visiting and do have a wonderful holiday.

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      ignugent17 3 years ago

      Very interesting! I enjoyed looking at the Mocking bird and Great Blue Heron. It amazes me how light they are. :-)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, teaches! Glad to see that these birds have made it your way. I still have a lot of expectations in this area for many more birds.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Good to see another wonderful post on wild life. I see some of these birds here in South Florida. Excellent post!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Dave, I am doing much better now, thank you. I am looking forward to one day seeing to lovely gray heron and so many others that I have yet to see.

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Deb,

      as always very informative and useful visit to undertake. The photograph of the Great blue heron with its reflection in the water is fantastic. They appear to be very like our own Grey heron, beautiful birds {even though they take ducklings and other waterfowl chicks. } Sorry to hear you have not been well .

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Eddy! Boomer Lake is such a great form of relaxation for me, and writing about it isn't really work, either. If I can bring others closer to nature, I have clearly fulfilled my goal. Thanks as always for reading.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another wonderful hub Deb. You have written so many now and not one disappoints.

      Thank you so much for all your hard work.

      Eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Mary, you hit the nail right on the head. Education is such a big part of our lives, and we really take it for granted. If we don't KNOW how to do something, we must look for help. If I provide it, them people will pass it on. Kids are the best for that. They tell EVERYBODY!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I'd never heard of the Ruddy Ducks but they are adorable. The blue heron is gorgeous.

      I love how you give us so much information on such a variety of birds in your introduction. We don't realize how many things have such a big impact on a bird's fragile life. The more we know the safer it will get for a fine feathered friends.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Connie. Fall just has that aura about it...

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Deb, is it just me, or are the birds even more beautiful than they have ever been? Your images are stunning as always; I was especially taken by the reflection in the water--that was a jaw-dropper for me ;)Pearl

      voted up++++

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Alicia. It was a rough two weeks, but I'm on the mend. You can count on it.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've missed your Boomer Lake reports, Deb. It's good to see your photos and read the bird news again! I'm sorry that you've been sick. I hope you recover completely very soon.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Chris! I believe that other states have passed the same law, as lead poisoning is such a horrible way to die. See you next week.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Leslie! It nearly killed me not to do my story last week. All I could do was put Field Notes together. Thanksfor sharing and reading, as always.

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Deb, Great news about the lead shot in CA. Hopefully the rest of the country will follow suit, although I'm not sure if other states may have already passed such legislation. Thanks for the report.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      That bird looks like the perfect representative for coffee! Way better than juan vadez - and sexier too...lol...

      your talent as a photographer and your obvious love of nature are growing your audience by leaps and bounds! It's been a pleasure coming along for the ride - not to mention what i've learned!

      sharing dear friend!xx

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Susan! Glad that you like my little group. Hope to see you next week.

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wow... What a beautiful hub with beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      I cannot wait, I will sit in front of the computer. LOL

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Kevin! Wait until you see what comes up next week...

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Another beautiful day at the lake Deb. The crane with the red head really stands out in that field of yellow flowers! The mockingbird couple in front of my house had disappeared for a while (along with the others) but the male is back. Green is one of my favorite colors and I love it on that Cayuga Cross! Good job again.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Deergha! I'm getting there, and thanks for the well wishes. There will surely be something exciting out there for me to see this week.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Martin! It is good to be back. I have gone to the lake, but even though it was an effort, there are just some things that I cannot give up.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Faith Reaper! Thanks for coming to the law and I will be watching very closely for more interesting things to cross my path.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jackie! I haven't touched fast food in decades, so no worries there. It is sure cold this morning….but, I will be on the job!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Mel! No, just ended up getting pretty sick. This is one of those rare times that I would have liked to have a TV to see the show about the Sarus Cranes. Maybe I can find it on Youtube...

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      deergha 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Hello Deb,

      yeah i was missing your Boomer lake sure....i hope you are recovering fast enough.....the great blue heron is mind blowing simply..you are really a superb photographer dear friend. Thanks for this share and will wait for the next week and I am sure you will meet the little feathery friends as per your expectation. Take care..get well soon and many smiles you way.

      deergha

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Good to have you back. thanks for remembering me.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Always such a delight to read your interesting and beautiful hubs dear Deb! Glad to see you back this week. Your photos are beyond amazing.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sorry to hear you haven't been well. (Drink green tea every day to stay well- has worked for me for almost ten years. That and no fast food in winter that hands have touched..or gloves.) Yes I love the blue heron shot too, so majestic isn't he?

      Bet it is cold there so keep warm!

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      On the Planet Earth documentary series they have a segment on the Sarus cranes and how they fly across the Himalayas. Truly remarkable. Missed you on Sunday, thought you fell into the lake. Great hub as usual, my weekly bird update.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Sorry to hear that Deb, hope you feel better soon, I know what bronchitis feels like, I have been a sufferer of it all my life.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Suhail. I was so wiped out, but I seem to be getting better each day.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, whonu. I'll get to all your material as soon as I can.

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

      Welcome back Deb. You are your beautiful photography was being missed.

      Btw, that is an award winning shot of great blue heron.

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      Always enjoyable and well appreciated my friend. whonu

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jeanie.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I'm doing better, still recovering, Billy. I got hit pretty hard. Stay well.

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      jeannie dibble 3 years ago

      wonderful Deb, always a great read and so happy you better...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You know, yesterday I had the feeling something was missing from the norm...then it dawned on me it was Boomer Lake...and then it dawned on me that it had been two weeks....so I'm glad to hear you are back and I hope you are feeling better. :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Nell! I have a lot of reading to catch up on….I was pretty sick for the past couple of weeks with the flu and bronchitis, but I have returned.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Another fascinating look at beautiful Boomer Lake and the wonderful birds Deb, you always make it so interesting, wonderful! nell