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22 Feb: @ 18:33:49 Spring Migrants on the Pathfinder Parkway this Afternoon. [Mary Peterson]
22 Feb: @ 18:22:12 Iceland Gull, Red-necked Grebe, Surf Scoter, McCown's Longspur [Landon Neumann]
21 Feb: @ 20:01:36 Re: Red Slough today [HAROLD YOCUM]
21 Feb: @ 19:54:11 Red Slough today [David Arbour]
19 Feb: @ 21:04:08 Stinchcomb west today 2/19 [HAROLD YOCUM]
18 Feb: @ 14:37:53 Get Ready For Purple Martins [Jerry Davis]
17 Feb: @ 19:56:54 Red Slough today [David Arbour]
14 Feb: @ 19:35:20 Re: Eastern Bluebird Communal Roosting, [David Latham]
14 Feb: @ 19:22:16 Re: Interesting bird behavior this winter [HAROLD YOCUM]
14 Feb: @ 18:12:55 Interesting bird behavior this winter [Jimmy Woodard]
14 Feb: @ 17:11:12 Eastern Bluebird Communal Roosting, [Jerry Davis]
14 Feb: @ 10:59:06 Re: Pine Grosbeak [Sandy Berger]
14 Feb: @ 10:33:46 Pine Grosbeak [David Arbour]
13 Feb: @ 18:39:53 FW: eBird Report - Tuxedo Road ponds, Feb 13, 2020 [Jimmy Woodard]
13 Feb: @ 12:41:47 Lake Hefner today [Matthew Jung]
13 Feb: @ 11:54:01 OOS Special Projects [Don Glass]
10 Feb: @ 10:52:30 Placing Purple Martin Houses - Purple Martin Conservation Association [Jerry Davis]
08 Feb: @ 19:51:19 Woodcock [Bill Carrell]
07 Feb: @ 20:14:05 Sandhill Cranes [Bill Carrell]
07 Feb: @ 13:57:45 Lake Hefner 'oddities' today [Matthew Jung]
05 Feb: @ 11:24:38 January Photos [Bill Carrell]
02 Feb: @ 20:53:59 Sunday Birds [Bill Carrell]
02 Feb: @ 16:45:27 Re: February Migration Report [Harold A. Yocum]
02 Feb: @ 15:52:20 Re: February Migration Report [J Robert Gray]
01 Feb: @ 18:53:08 Lake Hefner yesterday and today [Matthew Jung]
01 Feb: @ 16:12:47 February Migration Report [Patricia Velte]
31 Jan: @ 22:27:23 Red Slough [David Arbour]
29 Jan: @ 09:24:55 White-winged Doves [Hollis Price]
28 Jan: @ 19:58:36 Vortex Diamondback spotting scope [22mgoose]
26 Jan: @ 21:46:08 Re: Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count - Saturday February 1 [Cheryl Kilpatrick]
24 Jan: @ 19:12:36 FW: eBird Report - Soldier Creek Industrial Park Recreational Trail, Jan 24, 2020 [Jimmy Woodard]
24 Jan: @ 16:38:24 Lake Hefner BC Night-Heron [Matthew Jung]
23 Jan: @ 20:52:25 Re: Black Scoter at Red Slough! [Harold A. Yocum]
23 Jan: @ 20:40:30 Black Scoter at Red Slough! [David Arbour]
23 Jan: @ 17:18:47 Information change to my account [mike]
23 Jan: @ 16:15:36 BC Night-Heron [Matthew Jung]
22 Jan: @ 17:54:01 Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count - Saturday February 1 [Mia Revels]
22 Jan: @ 13:37:59 Northern Tulsa County on 1-21-2020 [Mary Peterson]
21 Jan: @ 22:13:31 12th Annual Red Slough Birding Convention [David Arbour]
20 Jan: @ 16:21:13 Hefner adult Iceland full [Joe Grzybowski]
20 Jan: @ 15:50:21 Birding in OKC & vicinity today [Matthew Jung]
19 Jan: @ 15:53:54 New Photos Added to Website [Jim Arterburn]
19 Jan: @ 12:27:38 Cedar waxwings [janis blanton]





Subject: Spring Migrants on the Pathfinder Parkway this Afternoon.
Date: Sat Feb 22 2020 18:33 pm
From: m_mpeterson AT hotmail.com
 
Hello All,

Mary and I walked the Pathfinder Parkway in Bartlesville this afternoon from Silver Lake Road to the ponds and back. 3 turkey vultures were seen soaring over between the bridge and the ponds, then later, near the ponds, 2 black vultures soared overhead.
Later, 4 turkey vultures flew over just north of the ponds and on the way back, 2 black vultures flew over at the bridge.




Mark Peterson

Bartlesville



Subject: Iceland Gull, Red-necked Grebe, Surf Scoter, McCown's Longspur
Date: Sat Feb 22 2020 18:22 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
Zach Poland and I birded several SW and central OK spots today.
Had 100+ McCown's Longspurs at the Comanche Red River Casino in Cotton Co. Hackberry FWA had 6 species of shorebirds - best being American Avocet. Good numbers of dabblers present.
Stopped by Lake Hefner had an adult Surf Scoter at Prairie Dog Point and then Red-necked Grebe and Iceland Gull (Thayer's 1st cyle) along the dam.
Landon NeumannStillwater, OK



Subject: Re: Red Slough today
Date: Fri Feb 21 2020 20:01 pm
From: drhal2 AT cox.net
 
As far as ? early arrivals go?, I have been seeing orange crowned warblers in my yard in west Edmond for a couple weeks. On a field trip to Ft.Cobb lake on Feb 15 we saw a pair of blue-gray gnatcatchers, as well as orange crowned warbler.

Hal Yocum

> On February 21, 2020 at 8:55 PM David Arbour wrote:
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> 6 Tree Swallows and 2 Neotropic Cormorants were present at Red Slough today.
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> David Arbour
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> De Queen, AR
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Subject: Red Slough today
Date: Fri Feb 21 2020 19:54 pm
From: arbour AT windstream.net
 
6 Tree Swallows and 2 Neotropic Cormorants were present at Red Slough today.
David Arbour
De Queen, AR



Subject: Stinchcomb west today 2/19
Date: Wed Feb 19 2020 21:04 pm
From: drhal2 AT cox.net
 
I walked Stinchcomb west today from 9:30 to 12:30. 43 sightings & 2 heard( red shouldered hawk flyover calling and barred owl). The more interesting sightings were: 12 ducks, 7 sparrows and woodpeckersDucks: mallard       gadwall- few       shoveler ( many       red head ( only 1 group of 5)       bufflehead       scaup ( both lesser and several that I though were greater- long distance even with my scope)       common goldeneye ( only saw 1 for sure)       ring neck ( only a few)       green winged teal- many       n. pintail( the most common duck species there by far)       CINNAMON TEAL (1 PAIR, seen near the far north end in the farest small pond in the cow pastures with shovelers)       hooded merganser (Few)Sparrows: Harris         fox (3)         savannah         vesper ( only 1)          white crowned          Lincoln          song           housewoodpeckers: downy, red bellied and hairy(1), plus many flickers ( 12+)The rest were expected winter birds.Hal Yocum



Subject: Get Ready For Purple Martins
Date: Tue Feb 18 2020 14:37 pm
From: jwdavis AT cablelynx.com
 
Get Ready For The Purple
Martins
Jerry Wayne Davis
February 18, 2020
Birdwatchers and others may like to listen
to birds sing, enjoy watching and learning from wildlife, or hope to get rid of
a few flying insects need to get ready. Now
is the time to put up Martin boxes or clean out the
old ones. Purple Martins are one of the 85 species
of birds that are cavity nesters but some have adapted to using constructed
houses since there is a cavity shortage. When Europeans arrived in North America
they found Purple Martins nesting in gourd houses in Native American
villages.
Purple martins
will be arriving from Brazil any day now
looking for places to nest. Purple martin scouts
arrive first, looking for houses. The majority of purple martins will soon
follow. Martins fly from Brazil to the same backyard and house that they used
before.
The houses need to
be cleaned and in good repair so a bird that finds it will stay and nest. Martin
houses should be cleaned after each nesting season. Martins may use the martin
house to nest and roost, but when they are gone, other birds may use the box.
Purple martins are declining, and everyone who wants martins will not get them.
This species is
popular because its characteristic chatter and its habit of eating flying
insects.
Persons lucky
enough to have Martins should take care of them and manage the colonies to
benefit the birds. Being a good Martin landlord also means putting up predator
guards to keep predators such as rat snakes, cats, and raccoons
from eating the birds. Controlling House Sparrows and European Starlings is also
critical.
Purple martin
boxes should be placed 12-20 feet above the ground and with compartments with a
minimum 6-by-6 inch floor space (7 X 12 best), with a depth of 6 inches. The 2
-inch wide entrance should be 1 inch above the floor. Martin Gourds have
greater occupancy rates than boxes with their crowded
compartments.
For more
information, go to the Purple Martin Conservation Association.

https://www.purplemartin.org/p...



Subject: Red Slough today
Date: Mon Feb 17 2020 19:56 pm
From: arbour AT windstream.net
 
3 Tree Swallows were present at Red Slough today as was an Anhinga (the one that has been here since December) and two Neotropic Cormorants sitting in the trees on Pintail Lake where they nested last year.
David Arbour
De Queen, AR



Subject: Re: Eastern Bluebird Communal Roosting,
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 19:35 pm
From: davidhlatham AT gmail.com
 
just thinking today i should add to my bluebird boxes, that the time is right.
On Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 5:12 PM Jerry Davis <[email protected]> wrote:
We have discussed before the value of nest boxes for winter roosting Eastern

Bluebirds and other cavity nesters. In Northern Arizona there were 32 pygmy

nuthatches roosting in a single Ponderosa Pine cavity. Six is most I have

had roosting in a box at one time. The value of nest boxes for roosting

cannot be overemphasized. Also it is time to get your purple martin boxes

ready and bluebird boxes maintained and other nest boxes ready. Cavity

nesters are checking out the boxes now.

https://youtu.be/iSff1T4b5_U


Jerry Wayne Davis

Hot Springs, AR



Subject: Re: Interesting bird behavior this winter
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 19:22 pm
From: drhal2 AT cox.net
 
Hi Jimmy,I have seen several OTHER HAWKS eating roadkill - red shouldered, RED TAILED, COOPERS, but never a harrier. The coopers was eating on a roadkilled great horned owl out on county line . Red shouldered on a opposum here in my neighborhood streets.HalOn February 14, 2020 at 7:12 PM Jimmy Woodard <[email protected]> wrote: 

Jerry Vanbebber and I witnessed a male Common Grackle eating a decent sized frog at Mohawk Park on Thursday Feb 13th. I saw the bird fly up from the ground near Bird Creek close to the entrance of Oxley Nature Center. We saw it perch in a tree and start picking at and eating some of the frog. I couldn™t tell for sure but I think the frog was a tree frog. Also, twice this winter, I have seen male Harriers scavenging roadkills in the panhandle and far northwestern OK. One roadkill appeared to be a skunk but I couldn™t tell what the other one was. My literature research only found one reference to Harriers eating carrion. Have others witnessed this behavior? I™ve birded for 30+ years and have never seen harriers scavenging. Now, twice in a few weeks, I have seen this behavior. Jimmy Woodard Midwest City, OK



Subject: Interesting bird behavior this winter
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 18:12 pm
From: j.woodard AT cox.net
 
Jerry Vanbebber and I witnessed a male Common Grackle eating a decent sized frog at Mohawk Park on Thursday Feb 13th. I saw the bird fly up from the ground
near Bird Creek close to the entrance of Oxley Nature Center. We saw it perch in a tree and start picking at and eating some of the frog. I couldn™t tell for sure
but I think the frog was a tree frog.
Also, twice this winter, I have seen male Harriers scavenging roadkills in the panhandle and far northwestern OK. One roadkill appeared to be a skunk but
I couldn™t tell what the other one was. My literature research only found one reference to Harriers eating carrion. Have others witnessed this behavior?
I™ve birded for 30+ years and have never seen harriers scavenging. Now, twice in a few weeks, I have seen this behavior.

Jimmy Woodard
Midwest City, OK



Subject: Eastern Bluebird Communal Roosting,
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 17:11 pm
From: jwdavis AT cablelynx.com
 
We have discussed before the value of nest boxes for winter roosting Eastern
Bluebirds and other cavity nesters. In Northern Arizona there were 32 pygmy
nuthatches roosting in a single Ponderosa Pine cavity. Six is most I have
had roosting in a box at one time. The value of nest boxes for roosting
cannot be overemphasized. Also it is time to get your purple martin boxes
ready and bluebird boxes maintained and other nest boxes ready. Cavity
nesters are checking out the boxes now.

https://youtu.be/iSff1T4b5_U

Jerry Wayne Davis
Hot Springs, AR



Subject: Re: Pine Grosbeak
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 10:59 am
From: sndbrgr AT gmail.com
 
Wow!
On Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 10:33 AM David Arbour <[email protected]> wrote:
Pine Grosbeak in Edmond:https://www.facebook.com/photo... David



Subject: Pine Grosbeak
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 10:33 am
From: arbour AT windstream.net
 
Pine Grosbeak in Edmond:
https://www.facebook.com/photo... David



Subject: FW: eBird Report - Tuxedo Road ponds, Feb 13, 2020
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 18:39 pm
From: j.woodard AT cox.net
 
-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected]
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2020 6:23 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: eBird Report - Tuxedo Road ponds, Feb 13, 2020

Tuxedo Road ponds, Washington, Oklahoma, US Feb 13, 2020 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Jerry Vanbebber and i made a visit to the Tuxedo Road area ponds to search for the swans. Not even a flat tire on the return into Bartlesville would take away from the sighting of 13 Trumpeters Swans!
23 species

Canada Goose 10
Trumpeter Swan 13 Previously reported birds. Very large birds with large, long, sloping black bills. No obvious yellow on the bills but the view was thru a scope at long distance from the pond.
Northern Shoveler 20
Gadwall 10
Mallard 6
Ring-necked Duck 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove 4
Mourning Dove 2
Northern Harrier 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 1
American Crow 6
Carolina Chickadee 1
European Starling 10
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Robin 20
House Sparrow 15
Dark-eyed Junco 25
Savannah Sparrow 15
Eastern Meadowlark 10
Northern Cardinal 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



Subject: Lake Hefner today
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 12:41 pm
From: mpjung5125 AT gmail.com
 
At the bay behind the Fire Station were six Black-crowned Night-Herons, one was in juvenal plumage. A seventh was located along the inlet canal west of the bridge. Did not locate the Great Egret from last week.
Matt Jung, OKC



Subject: OOS Special Projects
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 11:54 am
From: dglass AT rsu.edu
 
Hello Birders,

This is just a final reminder that grant proposals for OOS special projects are due on
March 1, 2020. That is just 16 days away! These grants are for anyone doing research or projects relating to Oklahoma birds. The projects are judged by a committee of OOS members and if awarded can provide $500.00 worth of funding to students,
researchers, individuals, or civic groups proposing to do work that promotes the observation, study, and conservation of Oklahoma birds. The requirements and criteria for these projects can be found at the OOS website
www.okbirds.org under the special projects tab. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at the following email or phone number.

Thanks and hopefully you or one of your students will consider submitting a proposal.

Don Glass

OOS Special Projects Chair

[email protected]

918-230-1154



Subject: Placing Purple Martin Houses - Purple Martin Conservation Association
Date: Mon Feb 10 2020 10:52 am
From: jwdavis AT cablelynx.com
 
Purple Martin Scouts are likely to be arriving in a week or two. If you
have a purple martin box up, it is time to have it cleaned out, have in good
repair, and ready. Everyone that wants purple matins will not get them
because they are declining world wide. If you have birds do everything need to
keep them. Purple Martin nest gourds have a higher occupancy rate than boxes
with close compartments. They spend their winters in Brazil and come back to the
same house they used before should they make it across the Gulf and it is
acceptable. Be a good landlord and not a wildlife slumlord. You may have
to control House Sparrows and Starlings and provide predator guards. The Purple
Martin Conservation Association has important information about all aspects of
purple martin management.




Jerry
Wayne Davis

Hot
Springs, AR



https://www.purplemartin.org/p...



Subject: Woodcock
Date: Sat Feb 8 2020 19:51 pm
From: cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT gmail.com
 
Hello All,
Stopped on the way home from work to look for Woodcocks at the Oxley gate. Heard one or two "peents" around 6:20, then one flyover about two minutes later, and that was the whole show for the evening. Also saw 15 Wood Ducks fly by while I was waiting.
Good Birding,
Bill CarrellTulsa, OK



Subject: Sandhill Cranes
Date: Fri Feb 7 2020 20:14 pm
From: cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT gmail.com
 
Hello All,
The Sandhill Cranes (30) along 56th St N continued this morning, on the north side of the road just west of the sod farms.
Good Birding,
Bill CarrellTulsa, OK



Subject: Lake Hefner 'oddities' today
Date: Fri Feb 7 2020 13:57 pm
From: mpjung5125 AT gmail.com
 
In the cove behind the Fire Station where 3 Black-crowned Night-Herons, all sleeping,
A Great Egret was standing in the inlet-canal just west of the bridge in the company of many mallards.
Matt Jung, OKC



Subject: January Photos
Date: Wed Feb 5 2020 11:24 am
From: cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT gmail.com
 
Hello All,
Took advantage of a snow day to catch up on adding photos from January to my Pbase site. Included are picture from Cimarron County, Tundra Swans from the Tallgrass Prairie, and a couple of oddities: A leucistic American Robin from Mohawk Park, a couple of possible Canada X Barnacle Geese and a possible Cackling X Barnacle Goose from Sunset Lake in Guymon.
https://pbase.com/lctsimages/r...

Good Birding,
Bill CarrellTulsa, OK



Subject: Sunday Birds
Date: Sun Feb 2 2020 20:53 pm
From: cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT gmail.com
 
Hello All,
The Sandhill Cranes near the 56th st N sod farms first reported on Ebird were stil present as of 10:30 this morning. When I drove back by about 20 minutes later, I did not see them. Earlier at Oxley, saw a Leconte's Sparrow along the prairie trail.
Later at Spartan field (near 89th E Ave and Latimer), saw another Leconte's, one Smith's Longspur and one Sedge Wren.
Good Birding,
Bill CarrellTulsa, OK



Subject: Re: February Migration Report
Date: Sun Feb 2 2020 16:45 pm
From: drhal2 AT cox.net
 
Our OKC Audubon field trip to Ft. Cobb had a flight of about 75 Sandhills fly over headed north.Hal Yocum

Sent from my iPhone
On Feb 2, 2020, at 3:52 PM, J Robert Gray <[email protected]> wrote:

Saw 200+ Sandhills Cranes 2 miles south and 1 mile east of Hwy 283 and US60/OK 51 yesterday afternoon near Arnett
Rob GrayTulsa


On Feb 1, 2020, at 4:13 PM, Patricia Velte <[email protected]> wrote:

Hello OKBirders,
Below is the migration information for February. This information is derived from the 2014 / Sixth Edition of the Date Guide. Next month™s report will be taken from the latest Date Guide: 2019 / Seventh Edition.
FEBRUARY ARRIVALS
Blue-winged Teal February 20 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE
Cinnamon Teal February 20 - C, SC, NE, NW, SW
Turkey Vulture February 16 - PAN, NW, SW, C, NE
Lesser Yellowlegs February 19 - SW, SE
Sandhill Crane February 22 - PAN, C, SC, NE
Fish Crow February 15 - C west to Payne, Oklahoma, Cleveland and McClain cos only, SC Pontotoc, Johnston and Marshall cos only
Purple Martin February 26 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE
Tree Swallow February 26 - SC, NE, SE
American Pipit February 26 - PAN
Sprague's Pipit February 28 - ALL
FEBRUARY DEPARTURES
Northern Goshawk February 26 - PAN
The information presented here comes from The Oklahoma Bird Records Committee of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society, which publishes a Date Guide to the Occurrences of Birds in Oklahoma. This booklet divides Oklahoma into 7 geographic regions, and lists the normal dates of occurrence for each Oklahoma bird species within each region. Observers are urged to report unusual species, or birds out of date or out of normal range in Oklahoma, based on the information given in this publication.
The Oklahoma Ornithological Society and Oklahoma Bird Records Committee web site, http://www.okbirds.org/, includes ordering information for the Date Guide to the Occurrences of Birds in Oklahoma, information on documenting significant records, documentation forms, instructions, and a searchable database for Oklahoma bird migration information. Birders are cordially invited to join the Oklahoma Ornithological Society.
Happy birding!
Pat Velte
[email protected]
Oklahoma City, OK



Subject: Re: February Migration Report
Date: Sun Feb 2 2020 15:52 pm
From: 000000d5de20bdf6-dmarc-request AT lists.ou.edu
 
Saw 200+ Sandhills Cranes 2 miles south and 1 mile east of Hwy 283 and US60/OK 51 yesterday afternoon near Arnett
Rob GrayTulsa


On Feb 1, 2020, at 4:13 PM, Patricia Velte <[email protected]> wrote:

Hello OKBirders,
Below is the migration information for February. This information is derived from the 2014 / Sixth Edition of the Date Guide. Next month™s report will be taken from the latest Date Guide: 2019 / Seventh Edition.
FEBRUARY ARRIVALS
Blue-winged Teal February 20 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE
Cinnamon Teal February 20 - C, SC, NE, NW, SW
Turkey Vulture February 16 - PAN, NW, SW, C, NE
Lesser Yellowlegs February 19 - SW, SE
Sandhill Crane February 22 - PAN, C, SC, NE
Fish Crow February 15 - C west to Payne, Oklahoma, Cleveland and McClain cos only, SC Pontotoc, Johnston and Marshall cos only
Purple Martin February 26 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE
Tree Swallow February 26 - SC, NE, SE
American Pipit February 26 - PAN
Sprague's Pipit February 28 - ALL
FEBRUARY DEPARTURES
Northern Goshawk February 26 - PAN
The information presented here comes from The Oklahoma Bird Records Committee of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society, which publishes a Date Guide to the Occurrences of Birds in Oklahoma. This booklet divides Oklahoma into 7 geographic regions, and lists the normal dates of occurrence for each Oklahoma bird species within each region. Observers are urged to report unusual species, or birds out of date or out of normal range in Oklahoma, based on the information given in this publication.
The Oklahoma Ornithological Society and Oklahoma Bird Records Committee web site, http://www.okbirds.org/, includes ordering information for the Date Guide to the Occurrences of Birds in Oklahoma, information on documenting significant records, documentation forms, instructions, and a searchable database for Oklahoma bird migration information. Birders are cordially invited to join the Oklahoma Ornithological Society.
Happy birding!
Pat Velte
[email protected]
Oklahoma City, OK



Subject: Lake Hefner yesterday and today
Date: Sat Feb 1 2020 18:53 pm
From: mpjung5125 AT gmail.com
 
Saw loads of Canada Geese both days, at Stars and Stripes Park, at the bay behind the fire station and Prairie Dog Point.
Ducks seen were Canvasback (3), Gadwall, Bufflehead, American Wigeon - just 1, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Mallard, Common Merganser pair.There were about 30 pelicans fishing in the bay mentioned.
At or near the inlet I found a handfulof A. Robins, two E. Bluebirds, one Downy Woodpecker, several House Finches, YR Warblers & a single N. Flicker.
Around Prairie Dog were Pied-billed and Horned Grebe (~80), lots of coots, some RB Gulls.
Matt Jung, OKC



Subject: February Migration Report
Date: Sat Feb 1 2020 16:12 pm
From: pvelte AT cox.net
 
Hello OKBirders,
Below is the migration information for February. This information is derived from the 2014 / Sixth Edition of the Date Guide. Next month™s report will be taken from the latest Date Guide: 2019 / Seventh Edition.
FEBRUARY ARRIVALS
Blue-winged Teal February 20 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE
Cinnamon Teal February 20 - C, SC, NE, NW, SW
Turkey Vulture February 16 - PAN, NW, SW, C, NE
Lesser Yellowlegs February 19 - SW, SE
Sandhill Crane February 22 - PAN, C, SC, NE
Fish Crow February 15 - C west to Payne, Oklahoma, Cleveland and McClain cos only, SC Pontotoc, Johnston and Marshall cos only
Purple Martin February 26 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE
Tree Swallow February 26 - SC, NE, SE
American Pipit February 26 - PAN
Sprague's Pipit February 28 - ALL
FEBRUARY DEPARTURES
Northern Goshawk February 26 - PAN
The information presented here comes from The Oklahoma Bird Records Committee of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society, which publishes a Date Guide to the Occurrences of Birds in Oklahoma. This booklet divides Oklahoma into 7 geographic regions, and lists the normal dates of occurrence for each Oklahoma bird species within each region. Observers are urged to report unusual species, or birds out of date or out of normal range in Oklahoma, based on the information given in this publication.
The Oklahoma Ornithological Society and Oklahoma Bird Records Committee web site, http://www.okbirds.org/, includes ordering information for the Date Guide to the Occurrences of Birds in Oklahoma, information on documenting significant records, documentation forms, instructions, and a searchable database for Oklahoma bird migration information. Birders are cordially invited to join the Oklahoma Ornithological Society.
Happy birding!
Pat Velte
[email protected]
Oklahoma City, OK



Subject: Red Slough
Date: Fri Jan 31 2020 22:27 pm
From: arbour AT windstream.net
 
An Anhinga and a Neotropic Cormorant were present yesterday on Otter Lake at Red Slough. The Anhinga has been around since December and the cormorant is a first record for January. Both species often return to Red Slough in late February.
David Arbour
De Queen, AR



Subject: White-winged Doves
Date: Wed Jan 29 2020 9:24 am
From: hollis AT pricesrus.net
 
I have 14 white winged doves on my platform feeder this morning.

Hollis Price
NE of Jones
Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Vortex Diamondback spotting scope
Date: Tue Jan 28 2020 19:58 pm
From: 22mgoose AT gmail.com
 
Any body using Diamondback 20x60-80 ?
Pros and cons ?

Or 500.00 or less spotting scope for birding .
Something you have put your hands on and use.
Pros and cons ?
Thanks
Goose



Subject: Re: Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count - Saturday February 1
Date: Sun Jan 26 2020 21:46 pm
From: dr.k_psych AT sbcglobal.net
 
I plan to come over for the count. Cheryl K

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
On Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 5:54 PM, Mia Revels<[email protected]> wrote: Hello Oklahoma Birders!

The Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count is scheduled for Saturday February 1from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. I hope that many of you can make it over to bird with us. If you haven't visited the Nickel Preserve yet, this is a great opportunity to bird in one of the most beautiful natural areas in Oklahoma. The preserve is located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains with the scenic Illinois River adjacent to some areas: http://www.nature.org/ouriniti... will meet at the new Edmondson Public Access Area (formerly known as Combs Public Access Area) just east of the new combs bridge. Turn off Hwy 10 just a few miles northeast of Tahlequah to get there. I will pass out bird checklists/maps and we will organize into groups with assigned areas to cover. After a lovely day of counting birds, we will all meet at the Preserve Headquarters at 2:00 pm for Hot Soup and Bread! The soup will not be vegetarian, but it will not contain red meat and will be gluten free. Please feel free to contribute a dessert, bread, or side dish, but do not feel at all obligated to do so. Also, if you want to drink something other than water, please BYO. After feasting, we will compile a species list for the day (with numbers to be tabulated later). I look forward to seeing you there! Also, if you can let me know that you are coming, that would help a lot with planning groups. Thanks!
Happy Birding!
Mia
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Mia Revels, Ph.D.Professor of BiologyNortheastern State University611 Grand Ave.Tahlequah, Oklahoma(918) [email protected]

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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Soldier Creek Industrial Park Recreational Trail, Jan 24, 2020
Date: Fri Jan 24 2020 19:12 pm
From: j.woodard AT cox.net
 
Took a walk at the SCIP trails this morning. Nothing surprising but the Wood Duck pair
was nice. Also, the Black Vultures coming off a roost were a cool sight. They have been
here for awhile.

Jimmy Woodard
Midwest City, OK


Soldier Creek Industrial Park Recreational Trail, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, US Jan 24, 2020 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
30 species

Wood Duck 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 4
Ring-billed Gull 350
Black Vulture 12 all black vultures with short tails and whitish wing patches. Came off a probably roost area along Crutcho Creek between NE 23rd and 36th. Saw them in a kettle several times near the NE 36th Street dump.
Turkey Vulture 3 flew right over me.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
American Kestrel 2
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 16
Carolina Chickadee 11
Tufted Titmouse 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Carolina Wren 4
European Starling 90
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Robin 60
Cedar Waxwing 45
House Sparrow 20
American Goldfinch 4
Dark-eyed Junco 22
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 9
Spotted Towhee 2
Great-tailed Grackle 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 30
Northern Cardinal 40

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



Subject: Lake Hefner BC Night-Heron
Date: Fri Jan 24 2020 16:38 pm
From: mpjung5125 AT gmail.com
 
The Black-crowned Night-Heron was still located in the cove behind the fire station, it had moved just one tree east from yesterday. The Common Merganser pair was resting on submerged rocks in the inlet canal just north of the Lake Hefner Drive bridge.
Matt Jung OKC



Subject: Re: Black Scoter at Red Slough!
Date: Thu Jan 23 2020 20:52 pm
From: drhal2 AT cox.net
 
Dave, over the last 3 years we have had all 3 scoters on Lake Hefner. All 3 in 2019. 2 of the 4 seen in early 2020.Hal Yocum

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On Jan 23, 2020, at 8:40 PM, David Arbour <[email protected]> wrote:

I found a female/immature type Black Scoter on Otter Lake at Red Slough WMA this afternoon. This is species 322 for the Red Slough bird list. Our last new species was a Surf Scoter a little over a year ago on the same lake.
David Arbour
De Queen, AR



Subject: Black Scoter at Red Slough!
Date: Thu Jan 23 2020 20:40 pm
From: arbour AT windstream.net
 
I found a female/immature type Black Scoter on Otter Lake at Red Slough WMA this afternoon. This is species 322 for the Red Slough bird list. Our last new species was a Surf Scoter a little over a year ago on the same lake.
David Arbour
De Queen, AR



Subject: Information change to my account
Date: Thu Jan 23 2020 17:18 pm
From: fishinorbirding AT gmail.com
 
Hi everyone,In an effort to do way with an old email account, [email protected], I have changed my OKbirds email account to: [email protected] and will send all my future reports, questions, etc from this name. You might get the idea that I also like to fish as much as I like to watch and (try to) photograph birds. On those beautiful days when the birds are active, I also know (from experience) that the fish will be biting; hence the conundrum in my email name. I often solve this problem by going fishing and bird watching from the boat “ some of my fishin™ buddies have threated to thrown me off the boat if I don™t pay more attention to the fish. At any rate, you will continue to receive the same professional, sage, birding experiences from me as always, such as:I think I saw . It might have been it had red, green, and blue spots, any ideas ? it™s song sounded like .the location was near or almost in NE OKWell, you get the idea. But, I™m always here for YOU, the birdwatching community and It™s not lying, if I think it™s true!Reporting from Claremore and sometime McGee Creek Lake (SE OK, about 3 miles north of Farris, OK) ---Assuming I see some birds before the year ends (where are they?)Mike Ludewig 

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Subject: BC Night-Heron
Date: Thu Jan 23 2020 16:15 pm
From: mpjung5125 AT gmail.com
 
Around 1:30 pm today I found and photographed one sleeping Black-crowned Night-Heron at Lake Hefner, in the cove behind the fire station.
At the inlet canal were a small group of foraging mixed birds and the male Common Merganser:Eastern BluebirdCarolina ChickadeeHouse Finch pairDowny Woodpecker
Matt Jung, OKC



Subject: Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count - Saturday February 1
Date: Wed Jan 22 2020 17:54 pm
From: 0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request AT lists.ou.edu
 
Hello Oklahoma Birders!

The Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count is scheduled for Saturday February 1from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. I hope that many of you can make it over to bird with us. If you haven't visited the Nickel Preserve yet, this is a great opportunity to bird in one of the most beautiful natural areas in Oklahoma. The preserve is located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains with the scenic Illinois River adjacent to some areas: http://www.nature.org/ouriniti... will meet at the new Edmondson Public Access Area (formerly known as Combs Public Access Area) just east of the new combs bridge. Turn off Hwy 10 just a few miles northeast of Tahlequah to get there. I will pass out bird checklists/maps and we will organize into groups with assigned areas to cover. After a lovely day of counting birds, we will all meet at the Preserve Headquarters at 2:00 pm for Hot Soup and Bread! The soup will not be vegetarian, but it will not contain red meat and will be gluten free. Please feel free to contribute a dessert, bread, or side dish, but do not feel at all obligated to do so. Also, if you want to drink something other than water, please BYO. After feasting, we will compile a species list for the day (with numbers to be tabulated later). I look forward to seeing you there! Also, if you can let me know that you are coming, that would help a lot with planning groups. Thanks!
Happy Birding!
Mia
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Subject: Northern Tulsa County on 1-21-2020
Date: Wed Jan 22 2020 13:37 pm
From: m_mpeterson AT hotmail.com
 
Hello All,

I spent several hours birding northern Tulsa County yesterday, starting below Keystone Dam, then going to Lake Yahola and Oxley Nature Center. Concrete work continues on Lake Yahola. There are at least 3 Area Under Construction signs around the lake, but
there is a good viewing point on the SE corner of the lake. There is also probably limited access to the NE corner of the lake from the Oxley North Woods trail, but this should probably only be attempted on weekends when the construction crews aren't working.
Highlights included:




Bufflehead-Several

Common Merganser-4

Red-breasted Merganser-1

Ruddy Duck-3

Herring Gull-5

Common Loon-1

Bewick's Wren-1 below Keystone Dam

Pine Warbler-1 below Keystone Dam

LeConte's Sparrow-1 in the grassy area north of Oxley Nature Center




Mark Peterson

Bartlesville



Subject: 12th Annual Red Slough Birding Convention
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 22:13 pm
From: arbour AT windstream.net
 
The Red Slough Birding Convention (non-profit) will be on May 2-5 this year. The keynote speaker will be Nathan Pieplow, author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds (Eastern & Western volumes). This is your best opportunity to add hard to get in the state species for your life and state lists such as Purple Gallinule, King Rail, Least Bittern, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and Swainson™s Warbler. If you are working on a state list or a year list our yearly average of around 150 species being detected during every convention should be of interest. You will also get a chance to learn about prairie wildflowers, dragonflies, and butterflies. Experienced guides will tour you around Red Slough WMA, Little River NWR, McCurtain County Wilderness Area, and other places. For more information and to register go to: http://www.redsloughconvention... 
David Arbour
De Queen, AR



Subject: Hefner adult Iceland full
Date: Mon Jan 20 2020 16:21 pm
From: j_grzybowski AT sbcglobal.net
 
Now. Out from point. Small, not much larger than Ring- billed Gulls.
CHEERS, JOE Grzybowski.

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Subject: Birding in OKC & vicinity today
Date: Mon Jan 20 2020 15:50 pm
From: mpjung5125 AT gmail.com
 
Drove around Lake Overholser and I found
30 (by count) AW Pelicans, a mixed flock of several hundred RG Gulls, DC
Cormorants and ducks - mostly scaup type and a few Mallards.



At Rose Lake were about 80 Gadwall
and Northern Shovelers combined, one RT Hawk plus a single GB Heron. The playas
one mile west on Yukon Parkway held ~40 Mallards; last Saturday a flock of GWF
Geese flew in on the west side.



NW 50th between Sara Rd. and County
Line Rd. was void of birds.



At Lake Hefner's Prairie Dog Point
were many Horned and PB Grebe and A. Coot (found all over the lake). Ducks I
saw: 2 diving Common Goldeneye females, Mallards, Northern Pintails,
Ring-necked Ducks (by count 28), Bufflehead, Gadwall - failed to see the Common
Merganser pair. I heard a Northern Flicker and saw the Belted Kingfisher and
about 50 DV Cormorants. Finally had a Bonaparte's Gull on the north side and 2
WT Deer were grazing on the dike between the north holding ponds. At the gull
roost off Britton Rd. were RB Gulls and Rock Doves. At Stars & Stripes Park
were Canada Geese, more RB Gulls, Mallards, lots of Rock Doves and domestic
fowl.
Matt Jung, OKC



Subject: New Photos Added to Website
Date: Sun Jan 19 2020 15:53 pm
From: JIMARTERBURN AT cox.net
 
OKBirds,
I have added some recent photos to my "Recent Birds" gallery. Some of the species added include several duck and grebe species along with a few other species. Please see the link below.
https://pbase.com/oklahomabird...
Cheers,
Jim Arterburn



Subject: Cedar waxwings
Date: Sun Jan 19 2020 12:27 pm
From: janis.blanton AT sbcglobal.net
 
Continue to see large numbers of cedar waxwings at Osage hills state park.  Today (without really looking) saw two flocks of over 200 waxwings along the road.  Also several bluebirds and flickers hanging out with them

Janis Blanton


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