Date: 1/30/18 3:56 pm From: mike <m.b.ludewig...> Subject: Lake Texoma Birding
My wife, Merry & I birded two Lake Texoma related NWR's on Sunday (Hagerman in Texas) and Monday (Tishomingo in OK). If you are looking for waterfowl, then choose Hagerman as Tishomingo is almost devoid of waterfowl.
Highlights at Hageman included American Pipits, thousands of Pintails, good numbers of Northern Shovelers and Mallards, Snow Geese, Gulls (mostly ring-billed), Wilson's Snipe, Northern Harriers, and a few Ruddy Ducks all in or near the water. But, the absolute treat of the day were two Short-eared Owls hunting near the land across from Steedman Marsh.
Tishomingo furnished a few interesting land birds including an Eastern Towhee, three Brown Thrashers, two Hermit Thrush, and a number of Fox Sparrows. Also had a Kingfisher, a few Ring-neck and Northern Shovelers, and a single Lesser Yellowlegs at Goose Pen Pond. Incidentally while Texoma, here, just had a few ducks, the mud flats north of the Center had lots of Wilson's Snipe.