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The Most Beautiful Babies of Boomer Lake Contest

Updated on September 17, 2013
Deb Hirt
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Who Loves Baby Birds?

Everybody loves babies, and why wouldn’t they? Babies show us the circle of life, innocence, and pure beauty. For the time being, there are no more babies at Boomer Lake, but I assure you that the Circle of Life will resume in the late spring and summer of 2014.

There were many fledglings hosted by Boomer Lake, some of which nobody saw, I assure you. We have a beautiful rookery north of the lake for Great Blue Herons. As much as I wanted to do so, I kept away from the area, as I didn’t want to disturb the fine balance for these beautiful birds. The area is perfect, and it needs to remain unknown to as many people as possible in order to keep its precious beauty, as well as continue as a breeding area as long as possible.

Canada Goose Pair
Canada Goose Pair | Source

What is the most prevalent bird at Boomer Lake?

I was aware of that question, and I certainly want to answer it. I believe that most of you know what I am about to tell you, and yes, it is the Canada Gooose. Most of the geese tend to have their nests on Goose Island, yet one or two will have nests on the mainland, mostly the first year parents. All the nests that I have seen on the jetties were unsuccessful, mostly due to prevalent predators, and the curiosity of people. We had a number of successful hatchings on the island, and as you can later see, these are some of the most beautiful babies of Boomer Lake.

Great Egret
Great Egret | Source

What Do I Have to Do to Enter the Contest?

But, I enlist ALL of you for your help. In everyone’s opinion, I would like to know what you consider the most beautiful baby of Boomer Lake. Will you help me in deciding? Who’s with me in helping me decide?

There really aren’t many rules, but in order to obtain a count of participants, and who they are, so that I can have a drawing, I will eventually need to know who you are. The most logical way that I can think for you to be involved in this drawing, is to sign up on HubPages at


https://hubpages.com/user/new/ .


There is no cost or any kind of obligation, but I need as many people as possible to vote for a fair count on the pictures, which is why I want to give the winner a free picture, for your time and trouble, naturally.

So, I would like to get down to brass tacks, show you these pictures of assorted birds, and let you decide.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Flight
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Flight | Source

Tell Me More!

You’ll see Canada Geese, Mallards, European Starlings, Eastern Kingbirds, Mourning Doves, Purple Martins, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Baltimore Orioles, and Great-tailed Grackles. Unfortunately, I wasn’t lucky enough to locate all the babies, and surprisingly, I didn’t see even one baby robin this year. But, nonetheless, I think that you’ll all agree that some of these are pretty good examples of what you might just find at Boomer Lake.

I Don't Know Anything About Birds

The most prolific water bird, as well as land denizen is the Canada Goose. They are found just about everywhere in the world, and everybody knows what they look like. Many of them are resident birds, and they have become imprinted on people, and they like to be fed. Some people feed them bread, but better food sources are duck pellets, since they contain vitamins and minerals that geese and ducks need to thrive.

Another common bird is the Mallard. These ducks are dabblers, which means that they will actually upend themselves in order to eat food on the bottom of the lake. Vegetable matter is their favorite.

European Starlings are non-indigenous birds, meaning that they don’t belong here, and they are unprotected Federally. You can actually keep these birds, but don’t cage them, as it is a cruel existence. If you feed them, they will be more than happy to stick around.

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird | Source

Everybody Knows THOSE Birds. Is That It?

Eastern Kingbirds are called tyrant birds, and they were even named as such by their Latin name. They are extremely protective over their respective territories, and will expel their own species, as well as other intruders.

Mourning Doves are very gentle and are associated with peace. They are ground feeders and will eat any food that you provide them either on the ground or on a feeder tray. Very young birds have yellow down on their bodies.

Purple Martins usually live in manmade structures, called martin houses. Sometimes they will co-exist with House Sparrows. The martins have a purple sheen in the sun, and are some of the most beautiful birds that I have ever seen. They are excellent hunters of mosquitoes and other biting insects, so they serve a wonderful purpose, and co-exist very well in the presence of people.

The Oklahoma state bird, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, is one of the most beautiful birds that I have ever seen. They are related to the both the Eastern and Western Kingbirds, and are also tyrants, but I say that in a good way. They are fabulous parents and protect their territories and babies just like the kingbirds. They go to the tropics for the winter, and the males always return to their breeding areas before the females to choose a territory.

The Baltimore Oriole is another gorgeous bird that is easily recognizable. The male displays a beautiful yellow-orange breast and has a most distinctive call that many of you will recognize if you hear it. Orioles build a distinctive woven nest that hangs from the end of deciduous tree branches.

The Great-tailed Grackle is an amazingly intelligent and regal looking bird. When the sun shines on the male, his head is an iridescent blue, and the rest of the body is a glossy purple that will make you draw in your breath. These birds have yellow eyes, and are the largest of the three grackles.

Where's the Beef? I mean, Birds!

Join me at the lake, and above all, have fun looking at these pictures, making a decision, and enjoying nature at its finest. I plan to do the drawing on Christmas day, so the picture that you receive will be my gift to you. I will announce the winner on this article via your “handle”. You will then send me a private e-mail with your name and address, and I will mail you your winning photo.

Without further adieu, here are the contestants, and good luck to everybody that is participating in the contest.

Where IS Boomer Lake Park?

Mallard Duckling
Mallard Duckling | Source
Canada Geese "I've Got a Secret
Canada Geese "I've Got a Secret | Source
Fledgling European Starlings
Fledgling European Starlings | Source
Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird | Source
Fledgling Mourning Dove
Fledgling Mourning Dove | Source
Fledgling Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Portrait
Fledgling Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Portrait | Source
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Fledglings "All in a Row"
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Fledglings "All in a Row" | Source
Eastern Kingbird Fledglings
Eastern Kingbird Fledglings | Source
Eastern Kingbird Fledgling
Eastern Kingbird Fledgling | Source
Nestling Baltimore Oriole(Left)
Nestling Baltimore Oriole(Left) | Source
Canada Gosling
Canada Gosling | Source
Mallard Ducklings
Mallard Ducklings | Source
Fledgling Baltimore Oriole
Fledgling Baltimore Oriole | Source
Fledgling Purple Martin
Fledgling Purple Martin | Source
Three Nestling Scissor-tailed FLycatchers
Three Nestling Scissor-tailed FLycatchers | Source

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Bobbi, and best of 2015 upcoming, as well!

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      As always I love your hubs, because I love birds, animals---domestic and wild. What a beautiful location you must have to take pictures of all that flies, walks and crawls.

      Have a great 2015 and may we all communicate by commenting on hubs.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank you so much, Sedu!

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      Sedu 2 years ago

      Morning Marcella!Yay! I'm so excited that you loved the book! I think you're gonna love Beading EVEN MORE! I wrote this book for you. Because I knew I was not the only one stguiglrng with maintaining a physical connection in my marriage. I love that you feel like we're friends because I feel the same way. Women supporting women in making their marriages better every day. Please let me know if you get a Bead club going I LOVE to visit via Skype! And remember, I'm here if you have any questions, need some encouragement or want to share a fun Beadtime story (I LIVE for those, by the way!)Thank you, thank you for your sweet words! I'm sending tons of Bead love your way, sister!Yrs,::Carolyn

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know, condominium, diversity can be found in a lot of places. We must just keep our eyes as open as possible in order to find it. So sorry about the late comment. You were filed under spam, and I had no idea that category existed until now.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Suhail, the drawing will be on Christmas day....my Christmas present...

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      CraftytotheCore, birds are incredible and will take anything that they can use. They are not nearly as wasteful as we are.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      FlourishAnyway, which flycatcher would you like?

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

      So are you going to announce the results Deb or was it just for fun?

      I would rather not have the results because each one of them is a gem.

      A similar thing (most beautiful bird picture) is happening on Pentax forums (I am a member because I always use Pentax systems (since 1984)). There are over 250 submissions and we are required to select our 26 best. I am anxiously waiting for the results on that forum.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I'm going with the Nestling Baltimore Oriole. We have orioles that come around every year here. We put out fresh oranges for them. They are a beautiful bird. The nest in your amazing photos shows a piece of ribbon. They are such resourceful birds.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Beautiful photos! You really do have a marvelous eye for photography. It's so hard to choose a favorite but I guess I'd go with the Flycatcher.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glimmer Twin Fan, glad to see that you enjoyed the kids of 2013. There were a lot of them this year that I found. I just wonder what happened to the Western Kingbird family. I know that we had one pair, and they didn't use the same nest as last year. Ah, well...better luck next year.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Who can resist those beautiful baby birds. I am always astounded by the images you capture. That fledgeling scissortailed flycatcher is amazing. Thanks for another beautiful hub!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for voting, precy anza, and it is good to see you as always. The little ones may be gone for now, but they will be back again!

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      precy anza 3 years ago from USA

      They are all beautiful! :) And I continually scrolled down, choosing. And there I found a cute one! Looks so innocent and fluffy and a bit sleepy maybe, but so cute....... Canada gosling is my pick :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Anna, I SWEAR it isn't that hard. Just practice. Do you have a baby that you like the best? You could win it...

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful photos. I am supremely jealous of your talent. I would love to take pictures that are even close to that good.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I can understand that, Suhail. I am looking forward to seeing more of your pics, too.

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

      Deb,

      Thanks for the backgrounder on the fledgling.

      I chose those two shots because of out of focus background. Normally, I keep the foreground, the middle ground and the background all in focus in my landscape shots, using the highest aperture number. Hence I am biased against my technique lol.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Anna! Glad that you enjoyed the pictures, and it is always a trest for me to share my wonderful friends with everyone.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Suhail! Dad used t stay in tat tree quite a bit, so I wondered if there would be a nest. Sure enough the lady came along. I finally found the nest and knew that it was active, so it was a good couple of weeks before I saw the little one. It was my first nesting experience with the oriole. Their nests are amazing and so strongly woven and attached.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      It is a hard choice. My favourite is the first picture. The single Mallard duckling. He looks so fluffy in the picture you could almost reach out and touch him.

      Great picture of you and the lake behind you as well.

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

      This is some creativity Deb. Perfect article to read and enjoy by a wildlife lover like me (who isn't into wildlife photography yet) !

      Oh that Baltimore Oriole fledgling. Perfectly focused, twinkle in the eye, good saturation of colours, and excellent bokeh.

      The other one that I liked is northern mockingbird due to shallow depth of field.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Eddy, what's your pick out of the pictures?

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Truly they can, teaches12345. A neighbor once told me in Wilmington, DE that a mocker had a favorite bush on her property to nest in. Every time someone walked by the bush, that mocker dive bombed them! Do you have a beautiful baby picture that you might be interested in?

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Wow indeed Deb;I love all your hub but this has to be my favourite. Voting up and sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      We have mockingbirds in our yard, they are not the most beautiful but they can imitate lovely songs from other birds.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      thelyricwriter, so nice to see you! If you are near any bodies of water, man made or otherwise, there should be Canada Geese available to you. I studied them very closely during the Athos I oil spill, off the DE/NJ coast in 2004. I worked with them every day for ten weeks, and they taught me so much. This is one bird that I will always have a soft spot in my heart.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Deb, amazing photos. The Canada Goose is a beautiful bird. I've never heard of them before nor seen them, but they are certainly pretty. The pictures are truly amazing Deb. The way you have captured these beautiful birds, truly remarkable. Great article and information, voted up, useful, beautiful, interesting, and shared on FB.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Don't want to pick one for the contest, Alicia?

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a great idea for a contest, Deb. The bird photos are lovely, as always. All the babies are beautiful!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Bill. That is one of my personal favorites.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Fledglings. Love the photo of the three of them lined up. Great job Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great choice, Jackie, so many people enjoy that one. The amusing thing is, was that I only had one photo opportunity with that group. Right after I got the photo, off they flew!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well I love the little squawking fledgling but I think the best picture would be the Flycatcher fledglings "All in a Row".

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, D.A.L.! I adore the Canada Goose, as I worked so much with the species during the Athos I oil spill. There is so much to learn from them, and they are interested in what there is to learn from someone that they trust.

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hello Deb,

      Wow you have set a right poser here. beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course and for me it is the Baltimore oriole. Just as a matter of interest, and to show how successful these birds are as a species, the most numerous babies in the UK wetlands is probably the Canada goose.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What link? What did you decide, Jackie?

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      OK I have decided but am getting nowhere with that link. Probably just dummy me.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Chris, the Purple Martin is a very remarkable bird that eradicates a good many bad insects and improves our lives so much. Yes, that is a photo on Boomer Lake all right, my home away from home!

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Deb, this is a wonderful way to use your photos. Many of the babies are cute. But, cute isn't necessarily how I approach this challenge. I picture the birds as they grow and how they will behave and feed as mature birds. I look at the fledgling and see what is before him. I kept going back to the purple martin. By now, the little one in your photo is performing amazing aerial acrobatics as he/she dips and dives to catch the unlucky insect that happened to fly into the feeding area of these amazing birds. The fledgling purple martin has my unwavering support.

      One more thing. I really like the photo of you with your amazing camera and lens on the shore of what I assume is Boomer Lake.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jaye! Thanks for the share, and yes, that one is a favorite of mine. Best of luck in the contest!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, The Examiner-1. You might have a nice Christmas present!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for the vote, Wayne!

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      All of the photos are--as usual--gorgeous. But the Canada gosling stole my heart with that fluffy fuzz sticking up. It makes me want to reach out and touch the little gosling. The Mallard goslings are cute, too, but the Canada gosling is my #1 pick.

      You are such a talented photographer, Deb. You bring nature to life with your photos, and the narrative you add is "icing on the cake" for those of us enjoying Boomer Lake Park vicariously.

      Voted Up++++ and shared

      Jaye

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      aviannovice

      I love all of your photos Deb but I am going with the Baltimore Oriole! Wings down! LOL

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Something about the. scissor-tailed flycatcher; I think she wanted me to take her home! : )

      Adorable pics and great article, Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Leslie. If you win then, you'll just have to take what you get!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Connie, I can only send one out to the person that is drawn...if you win, I'll just have to pick one out for you.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      Hmmmm...

      Mallard Duckling?

      Canada Gooselimg?

      ALL of them??

      I think it's very cruel of you to make us pick ONE!! lol

      you're just mean, mean, mean, Deb..

      But..i love ya anywho!

      sharing...xx

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Deb, I have to go with the fledgling Baltimore Oriole, but those mallard babies are adorable, too! It's so hard to choose--love the flycatcher baby as well. Can we choose our top 3?! Beautiful and informative as always ;) Connie

      Voted Up++++

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, condominium! Birds are pretty amazing creatures, and can be just as remarkable as people.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      No choice, Martin?

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      Jeffrey Dela Costa 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thw Fledgling Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Portrait looks fantastic. It is such a wonder that such diversity could be found in a area such as this.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      So beautiful. Thank you for these.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Faith Reaper. Welcome to the Kids Korner. Glad that you are enjoying the pics!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      OK, thanks!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      My goodness, Deb, this entire hub is beautiful beyond words, and I love the humor you included in your write here; so clever as to the contest. Wow, this is a difficult choice to say the least! Hmm ... they are all so beautiful ... my final decision is the Scissor-tailed Flycather Fledglings "All in a Row" and a close second Canada Gosling, no ... the European Starlings ... no Boy, it is a difficult contest with so much competition!

      Up ++++ and sharing

      Bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The eleventh picture in the set from the top.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Patty. I record the best shots of the day, but mainly the photos are dated. I don't have a hard time finding what I need again. Glad that you enjoyed the pictures.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      These are all beautiful birds and the Scissor-tailed Flycatchers really caught my eye. Do you record your birds in a birdwatching log?

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Ok, Jackie, but don't forget. You could win!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Close race between two, well or three; will come back when I have more time and stare! lol

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Which one, Billy? There are two there.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Well, Bobbi, if'n you win, I'll just have to pick one for you.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Nell. Glad that you like the pictures. I picked them out after baby season.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      After careful consideration I have to go with the Canada gosling. Adorable pictures, Deb, and a very clever contest. Count me in.

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi

      I like them all---so I am not any help. I enjoyed your hub and all your babies are awesome. The pictures are so clear and perfect.

      Have a great weekend.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Wow Deb, this photos are absolutely gorgeous! How is anybody supposed to choose one? lol! I absolutely love the Baltimore Oriole, but my favorite has to be the Fledgling Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Portrait, you have such a talent, amazing.