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The Most Beautiful Babies of Boomer Lake Contest
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Where Can I Learn MORE About Birds?
- aviannovice on HubPages
Deb fell in love with wild birds in 2004 by finding a baby bird on a sidewalk in Wilmington, DE. She brought the bird to a rescue organization...
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.
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