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20 Nov: @ 22:48:30 Red Slough Bird Survey - Nov. 20 [David Arbour]
19 Nov: @ 19:11:46 STFL [David Arbour]
18 Nov: @ 19:50:26 Fwd: Mitch Park Bird walk today 11/14/18- brief followup report [HAROLD YOCUM]
18 Nov: @ 17:42:18 Bald Eagles [Lora Weber]
18 Nov: @ 11:23:34 WWSC at Hefner [William Diffin]
17 Nov: @ 10:20:40 Lake Hefner Scoters [Poland, Zachary]
16 Nov: @ 20:24:15 Copan Wildlife Area on 11-16-2018 [Mary Peterson]
15 Nov: @ 11:03:11 Bald Eagle at Lake Hefner [Matthew Jung]
14 Nov: @ 20:51:15 Red Slough Bird Survey - November 14, 2018 [David Arbour]
12 Nov: @ 17:08:20 Tulsa Birders [Marilyn Loyd]
12 Nov: @ 15:52:17 Pond at Hampton South 74th and Garnett Tulsa Oklahoma [Brett Niland]
12 Nov: @ 14:12:35 Re: Red Rock Canyon State Park [natrea]
12 Nov: @ 09:27:55 LeConte's Sparrow at Fort Towson [Tal Roberts]
12 Nov: @ 09:08:16 Tulsa Area [Terry Mitchell]
11 Nov: @ 15:58:44 Northeast (Zoo) Lake in Oklahoma City [Nancy Vicars]
10 Nov: @ 21:38:21 Re: Red Breasted Nuthatch [Judy Basham]
10 Nov: @ 17:06:21 Re: Oklahoma Christmas Counts [Ron Huebner]
10 Nov: @ 15:53:11 Re: Hummingbird [Ellie Womack]
10 Nov: @ 15:38:22 Re: Hummingbird [Bob And Nancy]
10 Nov: @ 14:43:04 Re: Red Breasted Nuthatch [Brett Niland]
10 Nov: @ 14:39:33 Re: Hummingbird [Brett Niland]
10 Nov: @ 11:35:22 Hummingbird [Kelly Godley]
10 Nov: @ 10:26:16 eBird Essentials Cliff Notes [William Diffin]
10 Nov: @ 10:12:58 Re: online eBird course [William Diffin]
10 Nov: @ 10:08:58 Re: online eBird course [William Diffin]
10 Nov: @ 09:57:02 Red Breasted Nuthatch [Bob And Nancy]
10 Nov: @ 07:06:01 Re: Oklahoma Christmas Counts [Brett Niland]
10 Nov: @ 06:11:57 Re: Oklahoma Christmas Counts [Ron Huebner]
09 Nov: @ 23:37:14 Oklahoma Christmas Counts [John Kennington]
08 Nov: @ 13:39:18 Re: online eBird course [Dan Reinking]
08 Nov: @ 11:48:00 Surf and Black Scoters, Hefner [William Diffin]
07 Nov: @ 18:01:59 Payne County Audubon November events - starting Saturday! [O Connell, Tim]
07 Nov: @ 12:49:46 Broken Bow Christmas Bird Count - Sunday, December 23, 2018 [Mia Revels]
07 Nov: @ 10:36:17 Red Slough Christmas Bird Count [David Arbour]
06 Nov: @ 22:02:39 Rose Lake today [Matthew Jung]
05 Nov: @ 20:51:17 Stephens County CBC [Kurt Meisenzahl]
05 Nov: @ 16:04:52 Hooded mergansers up close. [Brett Niland]
05 Nov: @ 16:01:35 Lake Hefner and Rose Lake Area [Matthew Jung]
05 Nov: @ 14:51:14 Re: Tulsa Area [Brett Niland]
05 Nov: @ 14:48:56 Re: Tulsa Area [Terry Mitchell]
05 Nov: @ 14:30:16 Re: Tulsa Area [Brett Niland]
05 Nov: @ 13:56:40 Re: Tulsa Area [Melinda Droege]
05 Nov: @ 11:04:18 Tulsa Area [Terry Mitchell]
04 Nov: @ 14:25:07 Rose Lake and vicinity the past 4 days [Matthew Jung]
03 Nov: @ 13:33:44 Saturday Morning [Bill Carrell]
02 Nov: @ 16:10:40 Mitch Park today [Harold A. Yocum]
02 Nov: @ 13:05:14 Bird Behavior [Moninya Mulder]
02 Nov: @ 09:35:51 Mystery [Susanne Lutze]
01 Nov: @ 17:30:17 Lynn lane reservoir [Brett Niland]
01 Nov: @ 11:30:58 Wood Stork in Tulsa [John Kennington]





Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - Nov. 20
Date: Tue Nov 20 2018 22:48 pm
From: arbour AT windstream.net
 
It was clear and cool with a little wind on the bird survey today. 63 species were found. Most notable finds were a male Purple Finch feeding on Ash Seeds and an adult Harris™ Sparrow. We see very few Harris™ Sparrows this far east and they usually are juveniles so the adult today was notable. Here is my list for today:
Gadwall - 354
Mallard “ 376
Northern Shoveler “ 23
Northern Pintail - 1
Green-winged Teal “ 568
Canvasback - 12
Ring-necked Duck “ 1985
Ruddy Duck - 6
Pied-billed Grebe “ 14
Double-crested Cormorant - 32
Great-blue Heron - 3
Black Vulture - 31
Turkey Vulture “ 17
Bald Eagle “ 1 juv.
Northern Harrier - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk “ 4
Virginia Rail - 2
American Coot “ 340
Mourning Dove “ 2
Belted Kingfisher “ 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker “ 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker “ 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker “ 5
Eastern Phoebe “ 10
Loggerhead Shrike - 1
Blue Jay - 1
American Crow “ 66
Fish Crow - 56
Carolina Chickadee “ 8
Tufted Titmouse “ 1
Carolina Wren “ 6
House Wren “ 1
Winter Wren - 1
Sedge Wren “ 2
Marsh Wren “ 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet “ 3
Eastern Bluebird “ 8
American Robin “ 14
Northern Mockingbird - 2
Brown Thrasher “ 2
European Starling “ 1
Orange-crowned Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler “ 3
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Eastern Towhee “ 1
Savannah Sparrow “ 13
LeConte™s Sparrow - 1
Song Sparrow - 18
Swamp Sparrow “ 10
White-throated Sparrow “ 3
Harris™ Sparrow “ 1 adult
White-crowned Sparrow - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - 2
Northern Cardinal “ 8
Red-winged Blackbird “ 500
Western Meadowlark - 3
Common Grackle “ 1300
Purple Finch “ 1 adult male (feeding on Ash seeds.)
American Goldfinch “ 5
Odonates:Variegated Meadowhawk
Good birding!
David Arbour
De Queen, AR



Subject: STFL
Date: Mon Nov 19 2018 19:11 pm
From: arbour AT windstream.net
 
I had a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher today on power lines between Broken Bow and Midway on Hiway 70. This is the latest I have ever seen one linger around here.
David Arbour
De Queen, AR



Subject: Fwd: Mitch Park Bird walk today 11/14/18- brief followup report
Date: Sun Nov 18 2018 19:50 pm
From: drhal2 AT cox.net
 
The forwarded email covers things rather well as far as the Wed. morning bird walk went. There are a couple additions that I usually do not count- domestic goose and domestic Muscovy duck.---------- Original Message ---------- 
From: HAROLD YOCUM <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected], [email protected]
Date: November 14, 2018 at 11:53 PM
Subject: Mitch Park Bird walk today 11/14/18- brief followup report

Hi Nancy,I had a very poor turnout today , only 3 birders ( Betz, Gracie and I) on what turned out to be a PERFECT BIRDING DAY! It started cold(26) , sunny, NO WIND, and finished at 44 degrees.We birded 3 small local ponds around / near Mitch and then the central third of Mitch Park over 4 hours ( 8:30-12:30). We had at least 50 species by my notes and Gracie / Betz may have 2-3 more.Best were: Bob white quail, yellow bellied sapsucker, red breasted nuthatch, belted kingfisher, cedar waxwing( FOS), sharp-shinned and Coopers hawks, buffle-head, hooded merganser, lesser scaup, canvasback, spotted and eastern towhee, Lincoln, fox and chipping sparrows, northern flicker ( both red and yellow-shafted), e. meadowlark,Ducks-7, hawks-4, sparrows-7.Once I receive Gracie's listings I will post on okbirds.Another birder reported a great horned owl sighting to me.Hal A. Yocum



Subject: Bald Eagles
Date: Sun Nov 18 2018 17:42 pm
From: weberloral AT gmail.com
 
I observed 2 adult Bald Eagle chaseing an Osprey late this afternoon at Sahoma Lake in Sapulpa. Not sure if they were after it for food, trying to take food from it or just trying to get it out of the area. It was pretty interesting to watch.



Subject: WWSC at Hefner
Date: Sun Nov 18 2018 11:23 am
From: okiebirder AT gmail.com
 
Observing 2 White-winged Scoters at Prairie Dog Pt, east side some little
north of shoreline trees.

Bill



Subject: Lake Hefner Scoters
Date: Sat Nov 17 2018 10:20 am
From: zpoland AT okstate.edu
 
Both Surf and White-winged scoters at Hobie Point at Hefner in OKC. I would try for the scoter sweep and see if the Black Scoters are still around, but my 3 yr old wants to go to the park.

ZAP

Sent from my mobile device.



Subject: Copan Wildlife Area on 11-16-2018
Date: Fri Nov 16 2018 20:24 pm
From: m_mpeterson AT hotmail.com
 
Hello All,

I went up to Copan Wildlife Area north of Bartlesville this morning before this year's deer hunting season begins tomorrow. It was clear, cool and mostly calm. There were many sparrows to be seen. Highlights included:




Northern Harrier-5


Sedge Wren-6

Spotted Towhee-1

Field Sparrow-4

Savannah Sparrow-20

Le Conte's Sparrow-4

Fox Sparrow-6

Song Sparrow-30

Lincoln's Sparrow-1

Swamp Sparrow-10

White-throated Sparrow-2

White-crowned Sparrow-10

Harris's Sparrow-6

Dark-eyed Junco-4




Mark Peterson

Bartlesville



Subject: Bald Eagle at Lake Hefner
Date: Thu Nov 15 2018 11:03 am
From: mpjung5125 AT gmail.com
 
At 9:00 am, at Prairie Dog Point, an adult Bald Eagle was sitting in a tree and I was able to get a few photos.
Matt Jung, OKC



Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - November 14, 2018
Date: Wed Nov 14 2018 20:51 pm
From: arbour AT windstream.net
 
It was partly cloudy, cold, and windy on the bird survey today. 56 species were found. Was a slow day. Most notable bird was a female Purple Finch feeding on Ash Seeds. Here is my list for today:
Snow Goose “ 60
Ross™ Goose “ 2
Canada Goose - 2
Gadwall - 400
American Wigeon “ 2
Mallard “ 67
Northern Shoveler “ 50
Green-winged Teal - 4
Ring-necked Duck “ 2250
Bufflehead - 2
Ruddy Duck - 4
Pied-billed Grebe “ 9
Double-crested Cormorant - 4
Great-blue Heron - 7
Black Vulture - 105
Turkey Vulture “ 15
Northern Harrier - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk “ 3
Virginia Rail - 1
American Coot “ 410
Killdeer - 12
Rock Pigeon - 7
Mourning Dove “ 1
Belted Kingfisher “ 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker “ 4
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker “ 3
Eastern Phoebe “ 7
Blue Jay - 1
American Crow “ 106
Carolina Chickadee “ 1
Tufted Titmouse “ 2
Carolina Wren “ 2
House Wren “ 3
Winter Wren - 2
Sedge Wren “ 3
Marsh Wren “ 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet “ 4
Eastern Bluebird “ 1
American Robin - 41
Brown Thrasher “ 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler “ 24
Eastern Towhee “ 2
Savannah Sparrow “ 4
Fox Sparrow - 2
Song Sparrow - 8
Swamp Sparrow “ 6
White-throated Sparrow “ 8
White-crowned Sparrow - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - 2
Northern Cardinal “ 10
Red-winged Blackbird “ 61
Common Grackle “ 1
Purple Finch “ 1 (feeding on Ash seeds.)
American Goldfinch “ 1
Odonates:Variegated Meadowhawk
Good birding!
David Arbour
De Queen, AR



Subject: Tulsa Birders
Date: Mon Nov 12 2018 17:08 pm
From: jo.loyd AT sbcglobal.net
 
Tuesday Morning Birders will not meet this week on  the 13th.
Jo Loyd
Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Pond at Hampton South 74th and Garnett Tulsa Oklahoma
Date: Mon Nov 12 2018 15:52 pm
From: bestguess AT hotmail.com
 
73~ish hooded mergansers and a ring neck!?!  Also widgeon, shovelers and all the usual suspects. That™s an amazing sight.

Thank You,

Brett Niland



Subject: Re: Red Rock Canyon State Park
Date: Mon Nov 12 2018 14:12 pm
From: natrea AT crosstel.net
 
It's only just begun. What is your favorite state park, and are you sure it's still a state park?Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
-------- Original message --------From: Dora Webb Date: 11/12/18 11:32 AM (GMT-06:00) To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU Subject: Red Rock Canyon State Park


Folks, be sure to read Monday, 11-12-18 edition of The
Oklahoman newspaper. Now in hands of private company.
It has a name change, plans to clear
brush, build a grocery store, improve bathroom facilities,
AND HAVE MOVIE NIGHTS AND CONCERTS.
Movies and concerts are totally wrong for this beautiful park,
in my opinion. Even though they say they won™t charge for entrance, just
how long will that last? We love it
as it is with it™s overgrown brush and natural landscape. Let™s contact
our reps and give them what-for!
Dora Webb
Edmond,
OK



Subject: LeConte's Sparrow at Fort Towson
Date: Mon Nov 12 2018 9:27 am
From: talrob2 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Was surprised to see a LeConte's yesterday morning while walking the grounds at Fort Towson Historical Site. A beautiful little bird that you can just never see enough of.
Many thanks to Chris Lynch for his eBird checklists, without which I would never have known of this wonderful spot.
Good birding,
Tal Roberts
Dallas



Subject: Tulsa Area
Date: Mon Nov 12 2018 9:08 am
From: terry AT pecot.com
 
Yesterday afternoon I went to Lynn Lane reservoir and had 9-Barn Swallows. Last week Scissortails and this week Swallows. Somebody needs to get the word out to these bug eaters it™s time to vamoose south. Terry Mitchell



Subject: Northeast (Zoo) Lake in Oklahoma City
Date: Sun Nov 11 2018 15:58 pm
From: nancy.vicars AT sbcglobal.net
 
The lake had quite an impressive variety of water fowl this afternoon. I found Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Greater & Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy and Wood Ducks. Lots of Double-crested Cormorants and Ring-billed Gulls, also a few Pied-Grebes and American Coots.
This is a small lake, easily accessed, and a great spot to study waterfowl up close and personal.
Nancy Vicars




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Subject: Re: Red Breasted Nuthatch
Date: Sat Nov 10 2018 21:38 pm
From: judybasham AT gmail.com
 
We have a faithful trio of red-breasted nuthatches at our feeders near Kaw Lake.  They have been here for the past 9 days.  Goldfinch have arrived along with a few yellow-rumps.  Kinda makes us welcome the arrival of cold weather.


> On Nov 10, 2018, at 2:42 PM, Brett Niland wrote:
>
> That™s amazing. I™ve been surprised by the number this year as well. I™ve reported them multiple times this year and generally have several in sight or ear shot anyways.
>
> Enjoy them. They are one of my favorites.
>
> Thank You,
>
> Brett Niland
> Cell: (918) 200-1818
>
>> On Nov 10, 2018, at 9:57 AM, Bob And Nancy wrote:
>>
>> This must be the year of the RBN. I™ve been watching them this morning at the feeder. I have seen 3 at the same time in the feeder. They are coming every few seconds and only stay for about 3 seconds. I have seen two other individuals that I can recognize by their distinctive characteristics and they were not at the feeder with the other 3. I feel there are at least 6 using the feeder and maybe more. I normally have 1 or 2 each winter but skip a winter sometimes. My house and feeder are in a mature mixed pine hardwood forest so most of my yard birds are forest species. There is a large field 30 feet through a screen of woods, so I get a number of birds that use both habitats including the edge affect.
>>
>> Bob Laval
>> Heavener
>>
>> Sent from my iPad



Subject: Re: Oklahoma Christmas Counts
Date: Sat Nov 10 2018 17:06 pm
From: feralbirder AT gmail.com
 
Hey John, Have you sent me the link so I can edit and append the list of CBC's? I've looked at your emails and don't see anything obvious. Let me know. Elkhart need to be updated with 12/29/2018.

On Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 11:37 PM John Kennington <[email protected]> wrote:
Ron Huebner has been contacting CBC compilers around the state to compile dates and contact info for all of Oklahoma's CBCs. He has heard back from most, though we are still waiting ona few.
The list is now available on the Tulsa Audubon website:
http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/ch...

If you have updates on your count, please send them to Ron [email protected] and we'll then add it to the master list on the website.
Also, note I have updated and modernized the Tulsa Audubon website, and it will now work well on mobile devices. Of special interest to birders around the state is the Birding page:
http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/bi...
It has lots of resources for birders, including anintro to birding for new birders,Jim Arterburn's program on shorebirds in northeast Oklahoma,Birding FAQS, Smith's Longspur info,and lots of other info.
Some us old-timers might be interested in the Remembrances page:
http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/re...

This has remembrances of a number of notable Oklahoma birders.
John KenningtonTulsa Audubon

--
Ron Huebner
[email protected]



Subject: Re: Hummingbird
Date: Sat Nov 10 2018 15:53 pm
From: e-womack AT sbcglobal.net
 
Any photos?  A Black-chinned would be a neat record.  I've had Rufous
overwinter, but have never had a black-chinned in Grove, OK.

Ellie Womack
Grove, OK

------ Original Message ------
From: "Kelly Godley"
To: [email protected]
Sent: 11/10/2018 11:25:17 AM
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Hummingbird

>Since November 1st I™ve had a male hummingbird. He looks like a mature
>Ruby-throated, but I guess he could be a Black-chinned. Other than
>offering sugar water, is there anything else I could do to help him?
>
>Any information would be appreciated.
>
>Kelly Godley
>Coweta, OK
>
>Sent from my iPad


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Subject: Re: Hummingbird
Date: Sat Nov 10 2018 15:38 pm
From: blnllaval AT windstream.net
 
Seems like someone in Norman had one stay into Jan. A few years ago.  He put a heat light under the eve where there was a perch near the feeder and the bird used it in the cold weather snow and all.  Finally disappeared.
Bob Laval
Heavener

Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 10, 2018, at 2:39 PM, Brett Niland wrote:
>
> I™m shocked he™s still here. Mine left weeks ago.
>
> Hopefully he gets the message soon. He™ll be a living miracle if he winds up making his wintering location at this point.
>
> Thank You,
>
> Brett Niland
>
>> On Nov 10, 2018, at 11:35 AM, Kelly Godley wrote:
>>
>> Since November 1st I™ve had a male hummingbird. He looks like a mature Ruby-throated, but I guess he could be a Black-chinned. Other than offering sugar water, is there anything else I could do to help him?
>>
>> Any information would be appreciated.
>>
>> Kelly Godley
>> Coweta, OK
>>
>> Sent from my iPad



Subject: Re: Red Breasted Nuthatch
Date: Sat Nov 10 2018 14:43 pm
From: bestguess AT hotmail.com
 
That™s amazing. I™ve been surprised by the number this year as well. I™ve reported them multiple times this year and generally have several in sight or ear shot anyways.

Enjoy them. They are one of my favorites.

Thank You,

Brett Niland
Cell: (918) 200-1818

> On Nov 10, 2018, at 9:57 AM, Bob And Nancy wrote:
>
> This must be the year of the RBN. I™ve been watching them this morning at the feeder. I have seen 3 at the same time in the feeder. They are coming every few seconds and only stay for about 3 seconds. I have seen two other individuals that I can recognize by their distinctive characteristics and they were not at the feeder with the other 3. I feel there are at least 6 using the feeder and maybe more. I normally have 1 or 2 each winter but skip a winter sometimes. My house and feeder are in a mature mixed pine hardwood forest so most of my yard birds are forest species. There is a large field 30 feet through a screen of woods, so I get a number of birds that use both habitats including the edge affect.
>
> Bob Laval
> Heavener
>
> Sent from my iPad



Subject: Re: Hummingbird
Date: Sat Nov 10 2018 14:39 pm
From: bestguess AT hotmail.com
 
I™m shocked he™s still here. Mine left weeks ago.

Hopefully he gets the message soon. He™ll be a living miracle if he winds up making his wintering location at this point.

Thank You,

Brett Niland

> On Nov 10, 2018, at 11:35 AM, Kelly Godley wrote:
>
> Since November 1st I™ve had a male hummingbird. He looks like a mature Ruby-throated, but I guess he could be a Black-chinned. Other than offering sugar water, is there anything else I could do to help him?
>
> Any information would be appreciated.
>
> Kelly Godley
> Coweta, OK
>
> Sent from my iPad



Subject: Hummingbird
Date: Sat Nov 10 2018 11:35 am
From: klgodley AT hotmail.com
 
Since November 1st I™ve had a male hummingbird. He looks like a mature Ruby-throated, but I guess he could be a Black-chinned. Other than offering sugar water, is there anything else I could do to help him?

Any information would be appreciated.

Kelly Godley
Coweta, OK

Sent from my iPad



Subject: eBird Essentials Cliff Notes
Date: Sat Nov 10 2018 10:26 am
From: okiebirder AT gmail.com
 
Apologies again. Here is the complete Cliff Notes version of the eBird
Essentials course I tried to post earlier. Much of it did not get
through.

"When you go birding, you™ll need to decide how you™ll submit the data
to eBird. Specifically, should you submit one long checklist or
several shorter checklists? In general, checklists for shorter
distances and duration are always better, providing more precise
information about your sightings.

Here™s an easy guideline if you™re driving somewhere: start your
checklist when you get out of the car and stop the list when you get
back in."

"If you are traveling long distances on foot or by car and making many
stops along a road, you™ll need to decide when to stop tallying your
checklist and start a new one. Remember, checklists for shorter
distances and duration have the most value. Two guidelines will help:
keep checklist distance to 8km (5mi) or less, and start a new list
when you enter a new habitat. If you travel through fields for two
miles and then enter a patch of forest, it is the perfect time to stop
the current list and start a new one for the new habitat.

When reporting distance values, you should always report the unique
distance traveled. For example, walking out and back along a 5km (3mi)
trail should be reported as a 5km (3mi) checklist, not 10km (6mi). If
you™re using eBird Mobile tracking, you should keep a track for the
full checklist”just change the actual distance tally to reflect the
unique distance. It™s the same way with birds: report all of the
unique birds you encounter, but don™t double-count that same flock of
ducks in the pond by the trail on the way back."

"If your checklist falls into the incidental category, it means
birding was not your primary purpose. Another way to think about it is
that you were not able to give enough attention to compile a complete
checklist because of insufficient time or other distractions. This
could be while driving or hanging out with friends, but not really
birding. Incidental checklists add useful information to eBird, but if
you have the time and opportunity, try to focus on birding for even a
few minutes so that you can change that incidental to a complete list.
All you have to do is make a concerted effort to record the birds in
the area, even for as little as 5 to 10 minutes, then report either a
traveling or stationary count."

"For every eBird checklist you™ll answer the simple question, Are you
reporting all species? While simple, the answer is important. The
complete checklist is one of the most powerful aspects of eBird, and
we encourage you to submit complete checklists whenever possible.

If you answer Yes, it does not mean that you™re detecting every bird
that was present at the place you were birding”that™s pretty much
impossible! All it means is that you are reporting all species you
were able to identify, by sight and sound, to the best of your
ability. What the question really asks is: are you reporting
everything you identified, or just reporting a highlight reel of
some birds and intentionally omitting House Sparrows, Rock Pigeons, or
other common species? As long as you aren™t intentionally leaving
anything off the checklist, you™re submitting a complete checklist.

When you include all species and mark Yes, your checklist becomes
much more powerful. By including every bird you detected, researchers
can use your sightings to verify what birds are present at that time
and place (the birds you reported) and which birds are not detected at
that time and place (the species that are not on your complete
checklist). This turns every list into a survey of every bird in the
world: which species were detected on that checklist (e.g., 15
species), and which birds were not detected (e.g., 10,570 species)."

-- Bill



Subject: Re: online eBird course
Date: Sat Nov 10 2018 10:12 am
From: okiebirder AT gmail.com
 
Apologies, but a big section of the post got left out. I'll have to give it another try.

-- Bill

On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 1:39 PM Dan Reinking <[email protected]> wrote:
Here is a blurb about the course:Introducing the Free Course That Will Make You an eBird WhizAre you a birder, a bird watcher, or a bird lover? It doesn™t matter”this course is for you.Whether you watch birds at your feeder, on the way to work, or travel miles for that one bird you can™t wait to see, eBird can help. Discover how eBird can make finding, photographing, and sharing birds more enjoyable, and how your participation helps scientists understand and protect them, too. Learn more and dive in to the course.From: okbirds <OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU> On Behalf Of William Diffin
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2018 11:48 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Surf and Black Scoters, HefnerFor those of you who do not get eBird rare bird reports, yesterday and this morning a Black Scoter and two Surf Scoters have been present at Lake Hefner. The Black Scoter has been in the Prairie Dog Point area. Yesterday when seen it was in the western cove between the cattails and the dam. This morning it was seen resting near the east end of Prairie Dog Point about 40 yards north. The Surf Scoters were present yesterday at the far southeast end of the dam. This morning they were along the middle of the dam at the big bend where it turns from northeast to straight east. They were close to shore with coots.Last night I worked through the Bird Essentials free online course. It took about 30 minutes and was well worth the time. I learned about half a dozen useful new things even though I have decent experience with eBird mobile, around 1100 checklists. If every eBirder in Oklahoma went through it, the data from our state would be improved by a worthwhile margin, and effort would be saved at the same time through more efficient data input. The course includes among other things a couple of spectacular demonstrations of the power of citizen science data gathering. The annual occurrence and movement of Greater Yellowlegs and Wood Thrush are shown in time lapse form based on eBird sightings.Bill Diffin, OKC



Subject: Re: online eBird course
Date: Sat Nov 10 2018 10:08 am
From: okiebirder AT gmail.com
 
Thanks, Dan. I bet some folks clicked on the link and took the course. What follows is the Cliff Notes version for those who didn't.

For about a year, maybe longer, eBird has been encouraging us to submit more granular data sufficient to distinguish bird occupancy in different habitats. This is different than the trip list habit that most of us more experienced birders have ingrained. eBird has also stressed the submission of COMPLETE lists. What I have done below is pull quotes out of the course that give more specific guidance on how granular the data should be and what is meant exactly by a complete list. If any of this seems new, you should really take the course to get the full detail and benefit of the guidance. Also eBird puts a star by your name by issuing a certificate that indicates you completed the course and passed the quiz.
"When you go birding, you™ll need to decide how you™ll submit the data
to eBird. Specifically, should you submit one long checklist or several
shorter checklists?In general, checklists for shorter distances and
duration are always better, providing more precise information about
your
"For every eBird checklist you™ll answer the simple question, Are you
reporting all species? While simple, the answer is important. The
complete checklist is one of the most powerful aspects of eBird, and
we encourage you to submit complete checklists whenever possible.If you answer Yes, it doesnotmean
that you™re detecting every bird that was present at the place you were
birding”that™s pretty much impossible! All it means is that you are
reporting all species you were able to identify, by sight and sound, to the best of your
ability. What the question really asks is: are you reporting everything
you identified, or just reporting a highlight reel of some birds and
intentionally omitting House Sparrows, Rock Pigeons, or other common
species? As long as you aren™t intentionally leaving anything off the
checklist, you™re submitting a complete checklist.When you
include all species and mark Yes, your checklist becomes much more
powerful. By including every bird you detected, researchers can use your
sightings to verify what birds are present at that time and place (the birds you reported) and which birds are not detected
at that time and place (the species that are not on your complete
checklist). This turns every list into a survey of every bird in the
world: which species were detected on that checklist (e.g., 15 species),
and which birds were not detected (e.g., 10,570 species)."Comment: The collective effort of eBirders represents a huge investment of time, energy and skill. It makes sense to provide the data in as useful a form as possible for the scientists whose job it is to interpret it.-- Bill

On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 1:39 PM Dan Reinking <[email protected]> wrote:
Here is a blurb about the course:Introducing the Free Course That Will Make You an eBird WhizAre you a birder, a bird watcher, or a bird lover? It doesn™t matter”this course is for you.Whether you watch birds at your feeder, on the way to work, or travel miles for that one bird you can™t wait to see, eBird can help. Discover how eBird can make finding, photographing, and sharing birds more enjoyable, and how your participation helps scientists understand and protect them, too. Learn more and dive in to the course.From: okbirds <OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU> On Behalf Of William Diffin
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2018 11:48 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Surf and Black Scoters, HefnerFor those of you who do not get eBird rare bird reports, yesterday and this morning a Black Scoter and two Surf Scoters have been present at Lake Hefner. The Black Scoter has been in the Prairie Dog Point area. Yesterday when seen it was in the western cove between the cattails and the dam. This morning it was seen resting near the east end of Prairie Dog Point about 40 yards north. The Surf Scoters were present yesterday at the far southeast end of the dam. This morning they were along the middle of the dam at the big bend where it turns from northeast to straight east. They were close to shore with coots.Last night I worked through the Bird Essentials free online course. It took about 30 minutes and was well worth the time. I learned about half a dozen useful new things even though I have decent experience with eBird mobile, around 1100 checklists. If every eBirder in Oklahoma went through it, the data from our state would be improved by a worthwhile margin, and effort would be saved at the same time through more efficient data input. The course includes among other things a couple of spectacular demonstrations of the power of citizen science data gathering. The annual occurrence and movement of Greater Yellowlegs and Wood Thrush are shown in time lapse form based on eBird sightings.Bill Diffin, OKC



Subject: Red Breasted Nuthatch
Date: Sat Nov 10 2018 9:57 am
From: blnllaval AT windstream.net
 
This must be the year of the RBN.  I™ve been watching them this morning at the feeder.  I have seen 3 at the same time in the feeder.  They are coming every few seconds and only stay for about 3 seconds.  I have seen two other individuals that I can recognize by their distinctive characteristics and they were not at the feeder with the other 3.  I feel there are at least 6 using the feeder and maybe more.  I normally have 1 or 2 each winter but skip a winter sometimes.  My house and feeder are in a mature mixed pine hardwood forest so most of my yard birds are forest species.  There is a large field 30 feet through a screen of woods, so I get a number of birds that use both habitats including the edge affect.

Bob Laval
Heavener

Sent from my iPad



Subject: Re: Oklahoma Christmas Counts
Date: Sat Nov 10 2018 7:06 am
From: bestguess AT hotmail.com
 
Indeed!  Just saw the site for the first time since the change. It is much enhanced. Content is far easier to find and it is much more attractive and complete.

Thanks for the huge effort and excellent resource!

Thank You,

Brett Niland
Cell: (918) 200-1818

On Nov 10, 2018, at 6:12 AM, Ron Huebner > wrote:

Just wanted to take a moment to thank John for the updated website, which is not only a great resource for birders in the Tulsa area, but has been designed to serve the entire state of Oklahoma. Please visit and enjoy John's great work!

On Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 11:37 PM John Kennington > wrote:
Ron Huebner has been contacting CBC compilers around the state to compile dates and contact info for all of Oklahoma's CBCs. He has heard back from most, though we are still waiting on a few.

The list is now available on the Tulsa Audubon website:

http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/ch...


If you have updates on your count, please send them to Ron at [email protected] and we'll then add it to the master list on the website.

Also, note I have updated and modernized the Tulsa Audubon website, and it will now work well on mobile devices. Of special interest to birders around the state is the Birding page:

http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/bi...

It has lots of resources for birders, including an intro to birding for new birders, Jim Arterburn's program on shorebirds in northeast Oklahoma, Birding FAQS, Smith's Longspur info, and lots of other info.

Some us old-timers might be interested in the Remembrances page:

http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/re...

This has remembrances of a number of notable Oklahoma birders.

John Kennington
Tulsa Audubon


--
Ron Huebner
[email protected]



Subject: Re: Oklahoma Christmas Counts
Date: Sat Nov 10 2018 6:11 am
From: feralbirder AT gmail.com
 
Just wanted to take a moment to thank John for the updated website, which is not only a great resource for birders in the Tulsa area, but has been designed to serve the entire state of Oklahoma. Please visit and enjoy John's great work!

On Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 11:37 PM John Kennington <[email protected]> wrote:
Ron Huebner has been contacting CBC compilers around the state to compile dates and contact info for all of Oklahoma's CBCs. He has heard back from most, though we are still waiting ona few.
The list is now available on the Tulsa Audubon website:
http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/ch...

If you have updates on your count, please send them to Ron [email protected] and we'll then add it to the master list on the website.
Also, note I have updated and modernized the Tulsa Audubon website, and it will now work well on mobile devices. Of special interest to birders around the state is the Birding page:
http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/bi...
It has lots of resources for birders, including anintro to birding for new birders,Jim Arterburn's program on shorebirds in northeast Oklahoma,Birding FAQS, Smith's Longspur info,and lots of other info.
Some us old-timers might be interested in the Remembrances page:
http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/re...

This has remembrances of a number of notable Oklahoma birders.
John KenningtonTulsa Audubon

--
Ron Huebner
[email protected]



Subject: Oklahoma Christmas Counts
Date: Fri Nov 9 2018 23:37 pm
From: johnkennington AT gmail.com
 
Ron Huebner has been contacting CBC compilers around the state to compile dates and contact info for all of Oklahoma's CBCs. He has heard back from most, though we are still waiting ona few.
The list is now available on the Tulsa Audubon website:
http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/ch...

If you have updates on your count, please send them to Ron [email protected] and we'll then add it to the master list on the website.
Also, note I have updated and modernized the Tulsa Audubon website, and it will now work well on mobile devices. Of special interest to birders around the state is the Birding page:
http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/bi...
It has lots of resources for birders, including anintro to birding for new birders,Jim Arterburn's program on shorebirds in northeast Oklahoma,Birding FAQS, Smith's Longspur info,and lots of other info.
Some us old-timers might be interested in the Remembrances page:
http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/re...

This has remembrances of a number of notable Oklahoma birders.
John KenningtonTulsa Audubon



Subject: Re: online eBird course
Date: Thu Nov 8 2018 13:39 pm
From: dan AT suttoncenter.org
 
Here is a blurb about the course:
Introducing the Free Course That Will Make You an eBird Whiz
Are you a birder, a bird watcher, or a bird lover? It doesn™t matter”this course is for you.Whether you watch birds at your feeder, on the way to work, or travel miles for that one bird you can™t wait to see, eBird can help. Discover how eBird can make finding, photographing, and sharing birds more enjoyable, and how your participation helps scientists understand and protect them, too. Learn more and dive in to the course.
From: okbirds <OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU> On Behalf Of William Diffin
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2018 11:48 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Surf and Black Scoters, Hefner
For those of you who do not get eBird rare bird reports, yesterday and this morning a Black Scoter and two Surf Scoters have been present at Lake Hefner. The Black Scoter has been in the Prairie Dog Point area. Yesterday when seen it was in the western cove between the cattails and the dam. This morning it was seen resting near the east end of Prairie Dog Point about 40 yards north. The Surf Scoters were present yesterday at the far southeast end of the dam. This morning they were along the middle of the dam at the big bend where it turns from northeast to straight east. They were close to shore with coots.
Last night I worked through the Bird Essentials free online course. It took about 30 minutes and was well worth the time. I learned about half a dozen useful new things even though I have decent experience with eBird mobile, around 1100 checklists. If every eBirder in Oklahoma went through it, the data from our state would be improved by a worthwhile margin, and effort would be saved at the same time through more efficient data input. The course includes among other things a couple of spectacular demonstrations of the power of citizen science data gathering. The annual occurrence and movement of Greater Yellowlegs and Wood Thrush are shown in time lapse form based on eBird sightings.
Bill Diffin, OKC



Subject: Surf and Black Scoters, Hefner
Date: Thu Nov 8 2018 11:48 am
From: okiebirder AT gmail.com
 
For those of you who do not get eBird rare bird reports, yesterday and this morning a Black Scoter and two Surf Scoters have been present at Lake Hefner. The Black Scoter has been in the Prairie Dog Point area. Yesterday when seen it was in the western cove between the cattails and the dam. This morning it was seen resting near the east end of Prairie Dog Point about 40 yards north. The Surf Scoters were present yesterday at the far southeast end of the dam. This morning they were along the middle of the dam at the big bend where it turns from northeast to straight east. They were close to shore with coots.
Last night I worked through the Bird Essentials free online course. It took about 30 minutes and was well worth the time. I learned about half a dozen useful new things even though I have decent experience with eBird mobile, around 1100 checklists. If every eBirder in Oklahoma went through it, the data from our state would be improved by a worthwhile margin, and effort would be saved at the same time through more efficient data input. The course includes among other things a couple of spectacular demonstrations of the power of citizen science data gathering. The annual occurrence and movement of Greater Yellowlegs and Wood Thrush are shown in time lapse form based on eBird sightings.
Bill Diffin, OKC



Subject: Payne County Audubon November events - starting Saturday!
Date: Wed Nov 7 2018 18:01 pm
From: tim.oconnell AT okstate.edu
 
Dear Friends and Supporters of the Payne County Audubon Society,


November reminds us that birds occupy an important place in our history, but there is more to enjoy than turkey. We have TWO field trips this month and hope you can join us for one or both:




A. First, we™ll travel to exotic
Ripley, OK for a driving/light walking tour of Ghost Hollow and the Cimarron River, this
Saturday afternoon, Nov. 10th. Ghost Hollow is a road through mature, deciduous forest that should provide great opportunities to see chickadees, sparrows, woodpeckers, etc., and the potential for harder-to-find species such as Winter Wren,
Hermit Thrush, and Fox Sparrow. We will have at least two vehicles available for carpooling from Stillwater. If you™d like to join in, we™ll meet on the OSU campus on the WEST side of Ag Hall, which is at the corner of Monroe St. and Farm Rd. There™s sort
of an upper and lower parking lot on the west side of Ag Hall; I™ll check both to make sure I don™t overlook anyone who wants a ride. If you™d like to come along but don™t need a ride, then please send an email to Jim Shaw ([email protected])
and Jim Cowley ([email protected]) to identify our rendezvous location in Ripley.


Meeting time will be 1:00 pm at Ag Hall if carpooling from Stillwater and 1:30 if you™re heading straight to Ripley
on your own. (Bedlam football in Norman kicks off at 2:30; I expect the carpool will make it back to Stillwater by 3:30.)




B. OnSaturday, Nov. 24th, John Couch ([email protected])is planning to lead to a
field trip to Sooner Lake to do some scouting for the upcoming Christmas Bird Count there. This trip traditionally meets at Bill™s Corner (routes 177N and 64W). Time is TBD to avoidconflict with the OSU/TCU football game; please check the website
for details:https://paynecountyaudubonsoci...




C. Finally, we have
no Thursday evening meeting in November. We will next meet
Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 pm in the Stillwater Public Library. The topic for this meeting will be advance planning for the Stillwater and Sooner Lake Christmas Bird Counts. All are welcome; beginners especially so!


That™s all for now. I hope to see you in the field this weekend! Wishing you good birding,
~Tim


Tim O™Connell
PCAS President
https://paynecountyaudubonsoci...



Subject: Broken Bow Christmas Bird Count - Sunday, December 23, 2018
Date: Wed Nov 7 2018 12:49 pm
From: 0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request AT lists.ou.edu
 
The Broken Bow Christmas Bird Count this year will be on Sunday, December 23, 2018.
Saturday evening, December 22, we will meet at Papa Poblano's Restaurant at 7:00 pm to make plans and visit! Papa Poblano's is just north of the traffic light east of Idabel. I will make reservations for 7:00 pm, which will allow time to eat and then to hand out checklists, maps, and other information for the count. I will provide maps showing the various sections, and we will determine who covers which area.
On Sunday, December 23 (count day) each group will bird their assigned area until the lunchtime tally. We will meet for lunch at Steven's Gap Restaurant at 1:00 PM. This Restaurant is on the west side of Hwy 259 in Hochatown, just south of the road that goes into Steven's Gap. The catfish is amazing, but so are the cheeseburgers - oh, and they have homemade desserts too! After lunch we will conduct a preliminary species tally and see what we have missed. Those who are staying will then go back out, ending at sundown in Unit 2 of the Little River National Wildlife Refuge where we will watch the waterfowl come to roost, and hope for a Woodcock.
This CBC takes place in one of the loveliest parts of Oklahoma, and includes the Little River National Wildlife Refuge.

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/lit...


Please consider joining us! It is a remote section of the state, and we need all the help we can get. You won't regret it.Contact me at [email protected] if you need more information, or just to let me know that you are planning to come.Hope to see you there!
Mia Revels

--
Mia Revels, Ph.D.Professor of BiologyNortheastern State University611 Grand Ave.Tahlequah, Oklahoma(918) [email protected]

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Subject: Red Slough Christmas Bird Count
Date: Wed Nov 7 2018 10:36 am
From: arbour AT windstream.net
 
The Red Slough Christmas Bird Count will be on Sunday December 16 this year. Anyone interested in participating please contact me at [email protected] 
David Arbour
De Queen, AR



Subject: Rose Lake today
Date: Tue Nov 6 2018 22:02 pm
From: mpjung5125 AT gmail.com
 
A little diversity has been added to the duck species: Redheads, Mallards and Hooded Merganser. Other birds on the water were Pied-billed Grebe, lots of A. Coots, Ring-billed and Franklin'sGulls.
Matt Jung, OKC



Subject: Stephens County CBC
Date: Mon Nov 5 2018 20:51 pm
From: meisenzk AT sbcglobal.net
 
The Stephens County CBC will be on Thursday, Dec 27th, 2018.
We will meet in Duncan at the Day Break Diner, 116 South Hwy 81, at 6:30.
Contact me by email or phone (580-585-0199 for more information/area assignments.
Kurt MeisenzahlLawton, OK



Subject: Hooded mergansers up close.
Date: Mon Nov 5 2018 16:04 pm
From: bestguess AT hotmail.com
 
There™s a groups of hoodeds at the retention pond at Garnett at 74th~ish in Tulsa.

Also widgeon, shovelers, gadwalls, grebe. All the usual suspects.

Cool for an in town stop.

Thank You,

Brett Niland
Cell: (918) 200-1818



Subject: Lake Hefner and Rose Lake Area
Date: Mon Nov 5 2018 16:01 pm
From: mpjung5125 AT gmail.com
 
Had FOS Horned Grebe mixed in a flock of Greater Scaup and Ruddy Ducks.
At Rose Lake saw FOS Northern Shoveler along with lots of coots, Gadwall and a few wigeons. One mile west on the east playa were 4 A. Avocets with a few G. Yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers.
Matt Jung, OKC



Subject: Re: Tulsa Area
Date: Mon Nov 5 2018 14:51 pm
From: bestguess AT hotmail.com
 
Just one in our instance. We didn't spot a second eagle at all. Indeed, even though unsuccessful for the birds, your sounds like the better observation.




I always feel privileged to have witnessed such an event.




Regards,




Brett
From: okbirds <OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU> on behalf of Terry Mitchell <[email protected]>
Sent: Monday, November 5, 2018 2:48 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Tulsa Area




Was it one Bald Eagle. It was interesting seeing two work together. Even though they failed to catch it.


Terry Mitchell




From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU]
On Behalf Of Brett Niland
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2018 2:30 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: Tulsa Area




Hi Terry,





We met recently at monument point on lake yahola.





My wife and I watched a bald eagle take a franklins gull off the water on Lynn Lane reservoir Thursday Nov 1st.





We were scanning with binocs and a scope when almost every bird on the lake came up. Seconds later we saw the eagle take the gull off the surface.





Very cool. Looks like that'll be a hunting pattern at that location...it was spectacular.





Brett




From: okbirds <OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU>
on behalf of Melinda Droege <oklagranny26 AT GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Monday, November 5, 2018 1:56 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Tulsa Area







Strange, but fun to read about....





On Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 12:09 PM Terry Mitchell <[email protected]> wrote:




I had a strange afternoon at Lynn Lane on Sunday. I got there at 3:30 and scanned the Lake for Waterfowl, the lake is usually loaded with ducks, grebes and gulls. The whole time I was there I never found a duck and besides 2 Pie-billed
Grebes, 150 Franklins Gulls and 2-Scissortailed Fly Catchers that was it. Wait 2-Scissortails? That was fun. I got some very nice photos so Ebird would believe me. As I was leaving all the Franklins Gulls took off except one. The Lone Franklins started splashing
around and as I tried to figure out what it was doing, one than two Bald Eagles dove on it and barley missed it. They dove several more times and it evaded them somehow. Finally the Gull took off and feebly tried to fly away. Obviously something was wrong
with the gull as it was flying weakly. The two Bald Eagles tried time after time to snag the gull out of midair, but every time it evaded them. The Gull couldnt fly well enough to get away and the Eagles tried for at least five minutes to grab it. Many times
I thought they had it but it somehow persevered. I was rooting for the gull by the way. Finally the Eagles started flying off and the Gull flew right up behind them. I thought go the other way dummy, but the Eagles paid it no mind. No ducks, 2-Scissortails
and thrilling aerial combat, a strange afternoon at Lynn Lane Indeed.

Terry Mitchell



Subject: Re: Tulsa Area
Date: Mon Nov 5 2018 14:48 pm
From: terry AT pecot.com
 
Was it one Bald Eagle. It was interesting seeing two work together. Even though they failed to catch it.Terry Mitchell From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Brett Niland
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2018 2:30 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: Tulsa AreaHi Terry,We met recently at monument point on lake yahola.My wife and I watched a bald eagle take a franklins gull off the water on Lynn Lane reservoir Thursday Nov 1st.We were scanning with binocs and a scope when almost every bird on the lake came up. Seconds later we saw the eagle take the gull off the surface.Very cool. Looks like that'll be a hunting pattern at that location...it was spectacular.BrettFrom: okbirds <OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU> on behalf of Melinda Droege <oklagranny26 AT GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Monday, November 5, 2018 1:56 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Tulsa Area Strange, but fun to read about....On Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 12:09 PM Terry Mitchell <[email protected]> wrote:I had a strange afternoon at Lynn Lane on Sunday. I got there at 3:30 and scanned the Lake for Waterfowl, the lake is usually loaded with ducks, grebes and gulls. The whole time I was there I never found a duck and besides 2 Pie-billed Grebes, 150 Franklin™s Gulls and 2-Scissortailed Fly Catchers that was it. Wait 2-Scissortails? That was fun. I got some very nice photos so Ebird would believe me. As I was leaving all the Franklins Gulls took off except one. The Lone Franklin™s started splashing around and as I tried to figure out what it was doing, one than two Bald Eagles dove on it and barley missed it. They dove several more times and it evaded them somehow. Finally the Gull took off and feebly tried to fly away. Obviously something was wrong with the gull as it was flying weakly. The two Bald Eagles tried time after time to snag the gull out of midair, but every time it evaded them. The Gull couldn™t fly well enough to get away and the Eagles tried for at least five minutes to grab it. Many times I thought they had it but it somehow persevered. I was rooting for the gull by the way. Finally the Eagles started flying off and the Gull flew right up behind them. I thought go the other way dummy, but the Eagles paid it no mind. No ducks, 2-Scissortails and thrilling aerial combat, a strange afternoon at Lynn Lane Indeed.Terry Mitchell



Subject: Re: Tulsa Area
Date: Mon Nov 5 2018 14:30 pm
From: bestguess AT hotmail.com
 
Hi Terry,




We met recently at monument point on lake yahola.




My wife and I watched a bald eagle take a franklins gull off the water on Lynn Lane reservoir Thursday Nov 1st.




We were scanning with binocs and a scope when almost every bird on the lake came up. Seconds later we saw the eagle take the gull off the surface.




Very cool. Looks like that'll be a hunting pattern at that location...it was spectacular.




Brett
From: okbirds <OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU> on behalf of Melinda Droege <oklagranny26 AT GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Monday, November 5, 2018 1:56 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Tulsa Area





Strange, but fun to read about....



On Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 12:09 PM Terry Mitchell <[email protected]> wrote:




I had a strange afternoon at Lynn Lane on Sunday. I got there at 3:30 and scanned the Lake for Waterfowl, the lake is usually loaded with ducks, grebes and gulls. The whole time I was there I never found a duck and besides 2 Pie-billed
Grebes, 150 Franklins Gulls and 2-Scissortailed Fly Catchers that was it. Wait 2-Scissortails? That was fun. I got some very nice photos so Ebird would believe me. As I was leaving all the Franklins Gulls took off except one. The Lone Franklins started splashing
around and as I tried to figure out what it was doing, one than two Bald Eagles dove on it and barley missed it. They dove several more times and it evaded them somehow. Finally the Gull took off and feebly tried to fly away. Obviously something was wrong
with the gull as it was flying weakly. The two Bald Eagles tried time after time to snag the gull out of midair, but every time it evaded them. The Gull couldnt fly well enough to get away and the Eagles tried for at least five minutes to grab it. Many times
I thought they had it but it somehow persevered. I was rooting for the gull by the way. Finally the Eagles started flying off and the Gull flew right up behind them. I thought go the other way dummy, but the Eagles paid it no mind. No ducks, 2-Scissortails
and thrilling aerial combat, a strange afternoon at Lynn Lane Indeed.

Terry Mitchell



Subject: Re: Tulsa Area
Date: Mon Nov 5 2018 13:56 pm
From: oklagranny26 AT gmail.com
 
Strange, but fun to read about....
On Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 12:09 PM Terry Mitchell <[email protected]> wrote:
I had a strange afternoon at Lynn Lane on Sunday. I got there at 3:30 and scanned the Lake for Waterfowl, the lake is usually loaded with ducks, grebes and gulls. The whole time I was there I never found a duck and besides 2 Pie-billed Grebes, 150 Franklin™s Gulls and 2-Scissortailed Fly Catchers that was it. Wait 2-Scissortails? That was fun. I got some very nice photos so Ebird would believe me. As I was leaving all the Franklins Gulls took off except one. The Lone Franklin™s started splashing around and as I tried to figure out what it was doing, one than two Bald Eagles dove on it and barley missed it. They dove several more times and it evaded them somehow. Finally the Gull took off and feebly tried to fly away. Obviously something was wrong with the gull as it was flying weakly. The two Bald Eagles tried time after time to snag the gull out of midair, but every time it evaded them. The Gull couldn™t fly well enough to get away and the Eagles tried for at least five minutes to grab it. Many times I thought they had it but it somehow persevered. I was rooting for the gull by the way. Finally the Eagles started flying off and the Gull flew right up behind them. I thought go the other way dummy, but the Eagles paid it no mind. No ducks, 2-Scissortails and thrilling aerial combat, a strange afternoon at Lynn Lane Indeed.Terry Mitchell



Subject: Tulsa Area
Date: Mon Nov 5 2018 11:04 am
From: terry AT pecot.com
 
I had a strange afternoon at Lynn Lane on Sunday. I got there at 3:30 and scanned the Lake for Waterfowl, the lake is usually loaded with ducks, grebes and gulls. The whole time I was there I never found a duck and besides 2 Pie-billed Grebes, 150 Franklin™s Gulls and 2-Scissortailed Fly Catchers that was it. Wait 2-Scissortails? That was fun. I got some very nice photos so Ebird would believe me. As I was leaving all the Franklins Gulls took off except one. The Lone Franklin™s started splashing around and as I tried to figure out what it was doing, one than two Bald Eagles dove on it and barley missed it. They dove several more times and it evaded them somehow. Finally the Gull took off and feebly tried to fly away. Obviously something was wrong with the gull as it was flying weakly. The two Bald Eagles tried time after time to snag the gull out of midair, but every time it evaded them. The Gull couldn™t fly well enough to get away and the Eagles tried for at least five minutes to grab it. Many times I thought they had it but it somehow persevered. I was rooting for the gull by the way. Finally the Eagles started flying off and the Gull flew right up behind them. I thought go the other way dummy, but the Eagles paid it no mind. No ducks, 2-Scissortails and thrilling aerial combat, a strange afternoon at Lynn Lane Indeed.Terry Mitchell



Subject: Rose Lake and vicinity the past 4 days
Date: Sun Nov 4 2018 14:25 pm
From: mpjung5125 AT gmail.com
 
Coots and Gadwall dominate at Rose Lake with a sprinkling of American Wigeons. Had my FOS Song Sparrow on Friday plus a WC Sparrow. The playas one mile west have been barren with exception of a few Greater Yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers. Yesterday I found two kestrels, two RT Hawks, and one each Swainson's Hawk (juv.) plus RS Hawk. During fall migration, shore birds have been absent - at least for me. Matt Jung, OKC



Subject: Saturday Morning
Date: Sat Nov 3 2018 13:33 pm
From: cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT gmail.com
 
Hello All,

A couple of highlights from this morning, an FOS Common Loon on Lake
Yahola, and 8 Purple Finches at Oxley.

Good Birding,
Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK



Subject: Mitch Park today
Date: Fri Nov 2 2018 16:10 pm
From: drhal2 AT cox.net
 
Thirty species today. 
Eastern bluebird
Eu.starling
Am. Crow
House sparrow
Harris.
White throated.
Lincoln™s.
Song
Dark eyed junco
N. Cardinal
N. Mockingbird
Carolina wren
Carolina chickadee
Red breasted nuthatch (4)
Tufted titmouse
R.c. Kinglet
M. Dove
E. C . Dove
Red S. Hawk
Red T hawk
Coopers Hawk
Spotted Towhee
Blue jay
Canada goose
Pigeon
Y. r. Warbler
O. C. Warbler
Am. Goldfinch
N. Flicker( y s)
House finch
Hal Yocum



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Subject: Bird Behavior
Date: Fri Nov 2 2018 13:05 pm
From: oden_mulder AT brightok.net
 
OMGoodness! I have had the same thing happen to me with a Cardinal but now it is a woodpecker. Ladder-back. She has become so insistent that I fill the feeder. If I go inside she looks in the windows. If outside she flies up and down near me fussing and fussing. The Cardinal use to knock on window where I sat to let me know the feeders were out. The Woodpecker is so much more aggressive. When I fill the feeder she doesn™t go far but does her nearby up and down, back and forth on the tree! Has anyone had a woodpecker be so near people? Also the Pileated Woodpeckers are back.



Subject: Mystery
Date: Fri Nov 2 2018 9:35 am
From: eztuls46 AT gmail.com
 
I recently posted about my total lack of songbirds at NW 150 and MacArthur. Yesterday I emptied and tossed all the older sunflower seeds, scrubbed the feeders and gave away 2 old feeders and got more ones. Filled feeders with fresh seed and this morning, my birds are BACK. Bluejays, Cardinals, Red Winged Bkackbirds, Juncos, doves,It had to be something about the seeds or disease ......but I am so thrilled.-- 
" There is a pleasure in the pathless woods;There is rapture on the lonely shore;There is society, where none intrudes,By the deep sea, and music in its roar:I love not man the less, but Nature more...."
Lord Byron



Subject: Lynn lane reservoir
Date: Thu Nov 1 2018 17:30 pm
From: bestguess AT hotmail.com
 
Just watched a bald eagle take a franklins gull off of Lynn lane reservoir. Very cool. 

Thank You,

Brett Niland
Cell: (918) 200-1818



Subject: Wood Stork in Tulsa
Date: Thu Nov 1 2018 11:30 am
From: johnkennington AT gmail.com
 
Pat Vawter photographed a Wood Stork in Tulsa's Mohawk Park on 10/31. She posted the pics on her Facebook page, and I've shared it on the Tulsa Audubon andOOS Facebook pages.
https://www.facebook.com/group...

John Kennington


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