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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Wednesday August 20, 2014

Updated on August 20, 2014
Solar Power Plant
Solar Power Plant | Source

Field Notes

Solar Power Plants Scorching Birds?

This could be the location or the technology, but it looks like solar power plants are scorching birds in the air above them. This is food for thought if you want to go solar, and you might want to query the company that you’re interested in.

India's Wetlands
India's Wetlands | Source

Ten Major Wetlands in India

The India Times says that ten major wetlands supports most of the water birds there. If you’re in India, you could be in for a wonderful surprise right in your own back yard.

Sample of birding phone apps
Sample of birding phone apps | Source

Best Phone Apps for Bird Songs

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, here are the best phone apps available to learn bird songs. This can take you from a beginning birder to the intermediate level. Many times, you will hear a bird before you see it, or you might not see it at the time.

Three young Green Herons out of four
Three young Green Herons out of four | Source

One Green Heron Family

Time comes and goes at Boomer Lake, and each day holds more in the life of our beautiful Green Heron family. All four youngsters are doing well, learning more and preparing for their lives every day. They are successfully fishing, feeding themselves, and rapidly growing. Their flight is improving and they are growing stronger with every passing day. They could be ready for a short southbound voyage in another six weeks or so, if they choose to migrate. If the parents decide to move on, the youngsters will go with them, then next summer, they should return to the area.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron | Source

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Chances are excellent that our Black-crowned Night-Heron that was seen a few days ago has returned to our lake. It scared our little Green Herons, as it is nearly double their size. They looked at it in awe and were very silent, as they weren’t sure if it was friend or foe. When it disappeared into the area where they have been living, both parents took action. They followed it, then re-emerged twenty minutes later. I’m not certain what happened to the night heron. There was a young Black-crowned Night-Heron that overwintered on the Southern Cove, so I’m hoping that they will be back.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher | Source

Belted Kingfisher

The Belted Kingfisher has also been visiting the main part of the park, which is highly irregular. They don’t come out of The Northern Reaches until December. Since we have a large number of Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets there this year, it almost makes me wonder how the food supply is faring. There is certainly plenty of fish and other tidbits available at the main part of the lake, so that could be why the kingfisher has come out. I have only heard it, just barely catching a glimpse of it speeding off. As time progresses, the kingfisher usually handles my presence rather well. We’ll just have to see how this scenario plays out and hope that I am able to get some good clicks for you this upcoming season.

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Molting Great Egret
Molting Great Egret | Source

Great Egret Molt

Since we are surrounded by the heron clan, I also wanted to let you know that the adult Great Egrets are now going through their molt. This bird is very bedraggled, ridding itself of old feathers while the new are coming in. Many pinfeathers are obvious, which means that once the new feathers are in, off they head for the south.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant | Source

Synopsis For the Season

Assorted sandpipers and warblers are coming through the area, so it is best to be watchful at this time. I have only seen the Yellow Warbler over the week, but there are some people that are in hotter areas than I have been. The American Crow is hovering around the lake as an opportunist, and there will be an assortment of sparrows coming into the vicinity, too. Here was a lone Double-crested Cormorant that didn't stay long.

The Dickcissel hasn’t been as common this year as it was last, but I have heard that the White-faced Ibis had flown over the lake, so that more than makes up for that. There are still plenty of Eastern Kingbirds, but the Great-tailed Grackle population had been nothing like normal. There are some years that are better than others for certain birds, and this was definitely the Northern Cardinal and Brown Thrasher year.

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

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Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source
Beaver Doing Repairs
Beaver Doing Repairs | Source
Green Heron Fledgling
Green Heron Fledgling | Source
Fledgling Green Heron
Fledgling Green Heron | Source

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Roxanna, sometimes questions are raised by answers, as there are different views on the same topic.

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      Roxanna 

      3 years ago

      That's an apt answer to an inrsneetitg question

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think you sent this to me in error, Mariannys.

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      Mariannys 

      3 years ago

      Oh, YAY! I loved the darwath triolgy. I just found this page and only now found out about the last tow books in that series. I commemorated my best friend's 30th birthday with those books as a gift. I will be a treasure for me to have the whole complete set in ebooks. Thank You Ms. Hambly.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know, Midget, I consider us the same barbarians that we once were...

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      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, as we advance, are we considering animals? A poignant question. Sadly, the answer is often no.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank you, Mary, for reading. Shortly, I'll be working toward an ornithological degree, so I should be able to get out there and see what I can do for research to help the birds. Maybe I can make the birding world proud. you never know!

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      I'm still trying to decide which intrigues me more, your knowledge or your magnificent photography. It's easy to see you have aroused lots of hubbers telling them about birds being scorched by solar power...one of those things they forget to tell us.

      Thanks for always educating us.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, truthfornow! It seems to me, that in the infancy of new things, there are always glitches in one for or another. I'm sure that there is a simple fix, like a deflector, that could solve the problem at the solar power plants. Kingfishers are gorgeous birds. Instead of the female being duller than the male, it is actually quite the opposite, as she has a red band on her upper parts on the chest.

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      truthfornow 

      4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I thought solar power was good, so now we have to do better. Poor birds. I like that Belted Kingfisher's head - so cute.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds good, Suhail. I ail be waiting to hear about your adventures. Hope that the family is all well.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hi Deb,

      I will surely be sharing pictures on the FB and will also be keeping my eyes open for observing bird migration.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Suhail! Over the solar plants is definitely a puzzlement, but I would imagine that it can somehow be controlled, perhaps a soft filter? Hope you had a good time at the wedding, and I am looking forward to photos. Keep your eye on the sky for migration, as you could well see some interesting items not normal to your area.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Returned to hubpages and to your regular column after quite sometime due to my daughter's wedding (which consumed all of August). I liked the three intro informative paras on solar plants, wetlands of India and phone applications for bird songs. I am not sure if the solar plant can be stopped or relocated, but there must be some way out to help flying-by birds.

      Besides, the developments on the lake kept me intrigued :-)

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Dianna, I hope to get to FL, too to see some of the wonders on your coast.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Faith Reaper! There are so many things related to birds now, it can boggle the mind to some degree. A friend has one of these pas, and she called a bird while we were on South Padre Island. It worked, too.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I never thought about an app for bird calls. This would come in so handy here in South florida. The variety of birds here is vast. Thanks for the beautiful experience today.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, dear, that is alarming that the solar plants are scorching birds! Guess there is always much to think on about the outcome of the good and the bad of everything. I did not know about the phone apps for bird songs, and I would love to get one! My favorite photo is that one of the molting Great Egret, but all your photos are stunning.

      Voted up ++++ and away

      Hope you have a lovely weekend up there on Boomer Lake

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Dave. Everything is going well that I can see for everything at the lake.

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      Dave 

      4 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Deb,Solar power, another example of something that is of benefit to man which is harmful to our fellow creatures ! Another informative and well written article about the birds in your neck of the woods. Glad to see the heron family is still doing well.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for sharing, Kevin. The more that people can learn about birds, the better for the environment.

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      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      If I owned my house (I am renting) I would put in my own solar panels, if I decided to put in any.

      The rest of this was delightful Deb, I loved the photos. I voted it up, shared and G+ it.

      Kevin

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Alicia. There's always something newsworthy about birds.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Very interesting information about the potential effects of solar power plants on birds, Deb. Thanks for sharing the link. The photo of the molting great egret is interesting, too!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Peg! There's always something going on at the lake. One must just time it right in order to witness the events.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Watching the progress of these Green Heron Fledglings is fascinating. Another great photo shoot this week. The beaver doing repairs was cool.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad to hear that your brother is birdwatching, Nell. It will improve his health, I guarantee it.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      I had to smile at the phone apps, my brother has them all! he loves the sound of birds so I had to sit and listen to them last weekend, he showed me all of them he downloaded! lol! Beautiful photos as always too, nell

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Kaili! The Green Herons are doing great and love to play.

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      Kaili Bisson 

      4 years ago from Canada

      I always learn something from your beautiful hubs Deb...well done and glad to hear the green herons are doing fine :-)

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      ChitrangadaSharan, if you ever go to some of those wetlands, let me know, as I am curious. So many things out there require a lot of attention, and perhaps when we state our case, things will improve in those arenas.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Perspy, I grew up in Steuben, lived in Waterville and Portland in my early adult years. I didn't realize that I was destined for birds until I made it to DE in the '90s.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Precisely, Jackie. The birds go to what oases they can in order to cool down, as they also feel the heat. With any luck, you'll get a reprieve soon.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I have seen a couple of bird sanctuaries in India and know about some of the migratory birds. Thanks for including interesting information in your hub.

      Useful and Interesting facts about Solar power plants which needs attention!

      Wonderful hub!

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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Another Deb tour de force, and as always well done. Where were your old stomping grounds in Maine, and were you a birder there, also?

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So the baby Heron joined the family OK I see? That belted kingfisher just goes to show what a sense of humor our Father has, huh? But he is so cute.

      We have heat bad and I am hearing or seeing no birds. They must all be getting near bodies of water. We have had very little rain either. Hope fall and cool down comes soon. ^+

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      So true, Billy. Many times, we don't discover the traps until we're in an operative stage.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How very interesting about solar power. There's always something to consider, isn't there? The best ideas have hidden traps we may never prepare for.

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