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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Wednesday November 20, 2013

Updated on November 20, 2013
Eagle Arrested North of Beirut
Eagle Arrested North of Beirut | Source

Field Notes

The Bird Police Blotter

Birds getting arrested is now a common practice. This time an eagle was picked up, and those birds one should not take lightly. If you irritate them too much, they really do have the power to kill. For more on this new sport, read:

Eastern Turkey in Breeding Plumage
Eastern Turkey in Breeding Plumage | Source

Spotlight--The Wild Turkey

Here is everything that you ever wanted to know about the wild turkey, and this is certainly the perfect month to do it. Did you know that this bird could have been our national symbol, but instead the Bald Eagle was thought to be more fitting? Learn more on why some of our wild turkey populace is plummeting.

Camouflaged Eastern Screech Owl
Camouflaged Eastern Screech Owl | Source

How to Learn to Spot Screech Owls

This will show you how to be just a little more savvy on how to be able to locate Screech Owls a little better. They are quiet sorts, but if you keep a sharp eye on snags, you might just get better and better on your owl search:

The Duckling Whisperer

I’ll show you a banker that has a heart of gold. Not all of them are in the business for the money, as you will see here. Thanks, Mr. Banker, from Spokane, WA. You are tops in my book! !

Easern Bluebird
Easern Bluebird | Source
Red-belied Woodpecker
Red-belied Woodpecker | Source
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch | Source

Surprises at the Northern Reaches

Another week has passed and a few notable birds have come into view in my camera lens. This week, we started out spending a little time in the Northern Reaches, which actually proved very fruitful. With fall here, and the leaves rapidly making their exit from the trees, I captured the Eastern Bluebird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and American Goldfinch. Sadly, the White-breasted Nuthatch speeded his way through my area and kept me constantly flipping dials to no avail. This little speed demon will keep you on your toes, and years ago, the best way that I have found to tame this little racer is with an ample supply of peanuts, black oil sunflower seeds, or nutty suet. Had I known that I would have been privy to this little beauty, I would have brought something delectable with me. Oh, well, perhaps better luck next time.

Double-crested Cormorants with Canada Geese in Flight
Double-crested Cormorants with Canada Geese in Flight | Source

Double-crested Cormorants and Canada Geese

Our usual birds of the season, the Double-crested Cormorants and Canada Geese, have been especially entertaining. If the cormorants aren’t trying to snatch the spoils of fishing from new friends, they are on the move searching for more victims, I mean friends. They are rather social, yes, but they consider their own stomachs above everything else. Don’t get me wrong, they are very good fishermen, but sometimes, they just tend to take things overboard a little.

Male Bufflehead(top) Courting Female
Male Bufflehead(top) Courting Female | Source

Buffleheads

We are also sharing time with our precious and endearing little Buffleheads now. They are in the process of courting and choosing what mates are available at this time. The single males tend to arrive before the females, and I have seen some very interesting showmanship from the boys. What few females there are tend to go about their business in a most nonchalant way, and they take their time in choosing the best of the best. At this early stage of the game, what’s the hurry, girls? Right?

Great Scaup Pair, Male(right) and Female(left)
Great Scaup Pair, Male(right) and Female(left) | Source
Ruddy Ducks
Ruddy Ducks | Source

Greater Scaups and Ruddy Ducks

The Greater Scaups are also here, and there are some very handsome examples intermingling among the Ruddy Ducks. Most of the ducks really don’t have any problems mingling, and the truth of the matter is that the more eyes there are to spot predators, the better. Ever see most of the ducks diving with one lookout always around? That’s the plan, and it works rather well.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe | Source
Horned Grebe
Horned Grebe | Source

The Grebe Clan

Not only do we have the Pied-billed Grebes, one of our usual visitors, on-and-off, today I spotted a distinct pair of non-breeding Horned Grebes. This is a very poor quality photo, but even though it was 53 degrees, I had 40 mph wind gusts to battle. Hence, the picture is quite distorted. Hopefully, they’ll be around a little while longer.

Last year I managed to spot a Western Grebe a little later in the season, and I will definitely be watching for them, as well.

How Do I Get to Boomer Lake?

Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds until next time. Migration is still occurring, and even though eBird has shut down their active mapping for the season, they will return again in the spring. Do use the tool if you can, for it will let you know what is on the way, as well as leaving in your areas. If I don’t speak to you before then, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorants | Source
Male Buffleheads Court Female(Center)
Male Buffleheads Court Female(Center) | Source
Great Blue Heron, Fishing
Great Blue Heron, Fishing | Source
Northern Mockingbird, Portrait
Northern Mockingbird, Portrait | Source

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are so right, Anna. 1984, just like George Orwell said.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      The term jail bird seems to have taken on a literal meaning recently! More birds detained for spying; the world is indeed a bizarre place.

      Great information as always and I loved your Blue Heron picture, it really is outstanding.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy. You know how much I appreciate you, too.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub as always Deb;voted up, across and sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Mary! I've always enjoyed the little nuthatches, both varieties, or course. They are so entertaining, especially in the winter.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Damn you're good Deb! I do love those ruddy ducks. Your pictures amaze me each time I read one of these hubs, of course the information is good too.

      The White-breasted Nuthatch has just reappeared in our neighborhood. He seems to be more of a winter visitor here and stays all winter long, even with the snow and cold temperatures.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Alcia, you do the same on Thanksgiving. I will be celebrating, minus the bird(of course!).

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      agusfanani, it is my pleasure to bring you these birds, nd I also seek glimpses of yours. We can learn from each other.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It's very nice to see the new arrivals at Boomer Lake and to look at all the lovely photos. I'm glad that you're back to creating weekly bird reports. Have a great Thanksgiving, Deb.

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      agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

      As always, you present very beautiful pictures in an informative, useful hub. Bird watching is also my favorite but I've never spot such varied, wonderful ones unless I have to go to their nesting places like Rambut island. Thank you for sharing this hub.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Connie, if you like the melodies from the mocker, you should also like the Brown Thrasher. If you want an even better treat, you need to hear the Lyrebird...

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Kevin, Even when rehabbing little screeches, they always stood in the doorway of their little boxes and looked the same way.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I am so glad the wild turkey didn't become our national bird. I have seen these birds in the wild and they are not too wise or grand looking. I love your posts as they are so informative and bring the beauty of nature to my soul. Blessings.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Deb, another awesome fact-filled and beautiful image-filled article! I absolutely love the portrait of the Northern Mockingbird. I have not seen one since early this past spring, but they are one of my favorite birds because of their huge repertoire of copied songs and calls;) Connie

      Voted Up++++

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Hi Deb,

      I figured it was waking up. I guess that it is used to summer hours like me. LOL

      Kevin

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      ChitrangadaSharan, thanks so much for coming to the lake with me. Sadly, the birds would not enjoy your wonderful food, but it sure gives me something to look forward to after the lake.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      truthfornow, I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit. There should be even more of these wonderful ducks coming, and more different kinds of geese. We've only just begun.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Faith Reaper, as always good to see you, and I am so pleased that you enjoy the field notes as much as I enjoy searching them out. You have a great holiday, too.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Sunshine! My faith has been reaffirmed in humanity, again. It pleases me to know that so many really do care about our wildlife. Also from MAINE, many people d care for our wonderful wild turkeys. They used to visit me, too. They will do anything for a few black oil sunflower seeds. They make the rounds, just like Christmas carolers used to do. Thanks for sharing, you know that I love it when people like to learn more about birds.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Such wonderful pictures and such an interesting hub! You have expertise on this topic indeed.

      Thanks for sharing another wonderful hub on Life at Boomer Lake.

      Voted up!

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Had an enjoyable visit at Boomer Lake as usual. You have many different types of ducks. Love the Owl picture hidden in the tree.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Deb,

      I just love reading your wonderful hubs, as I always learn something new. Wow, that Screech Owl is something! You were able to get a lot of great photos yourself, as always!

      Up and more and sharing

      Happy Thanksgiving if I don't see you before,

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      Sweetie, wouldn't the wild turkey pop be decreasing because of - ya know - THANKSGIVING? lol

      also - thinking that banker won't be employed for long - what kind of 1% is he, anyway - doing something good without $$$$'s attached?? WHAT was he thinking?

      Love the 'mirror' pic of the heron...Your talent is incredible!

      sharing, darlin'

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jackie! There are so many things to see out there, so it is important for us to get out there while we can.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You will just have to do a book one day Deb, if you haven't. Such great shots. The Bufflehead appears to be walking on the water! The Blue heron; what is he doing? lol I use to see owls in the woods all the time when I was a kid, well heard them more than I saw them but I saw some too; even babies. Never see them anymore or hear them. Great shots, thanks for sharing!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What do you have now?

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      That is the problem, I need a second guide.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      tireless traveler, I will be more than happy to help you along to attain your goals. Do you have a good birding guide or two? One usually doesn't answer enough questions.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Kevin, the Screech is generally in bed until late morning-early afternoon, and many times they appear that they are just waking up prior to that for several hours. They are very similar to many normal late risers...

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Rolly! I always say, the more the merrier with the beautiful Buffleheads. These little ones are truly filled with character and many great actions.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, whonu! Yes, most of the gang is here, and there are more of our beauties on the way. Here's looking' at you, kid!

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Absolutely fabulous. The pictures, are splendid. A friend of mine is almost to 600 life birds. It is so fun wander around with her. Figuring out how to identify the the different species is driving me crazy. I think you are the tutor I need.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Hi Deb,

      I enjoyed this Boomer Lake. I watched the video about the banker and was really surprised. I shared that on g+1.

      I was also wondering when I looked at the photo of the Screech Owl if it was waking up, had something in its eye, or if it was winking at the camera. :-D

      Great Hub as usual. I voted it up and more.

      I hope that you have a Happy Thanksgiving too!

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Great work Deb... one of my favourites are the little Buffleheads, we have them in this area as well and they are so full of antics. We have a woodland marsh area close by and they frequent it often. Love watching wildlife... amazing pictures you take Deb... thank you for sharing.

      Hugs from Canada

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      I see some of my favorite birds are in this work. Thank you for sharing them and your message. whonu

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Billy, but if you only knew that I fit most of my 40 hours in during the weekend. That's the crimper...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Better late than never, Deb. I'll have you know that I have had to completely change my Sunday schedule now that I don't visit Boomer Lake on Sundays. :) It is very beautiful on Wednesdays, mind you, but so much better for me on weekends. :)

      Love your work, Deb!