Date: 4/30/18 9:36 am From: Scott Loss <scottrloss...> Subject: Payne County Birding Sunday - Palm Warblers, Bobolink, etc
Tim O'Connell, Sam Cady, and I did a "big half day" of birding around eastern Payne County yesterday (Sunday). We ended up with 119 species - not bad for calling it a day around 1 pm! The rarest birds were a pair of Palm Warblers at the Cushing Water Treatment Plant (both were of the "Western" subspecies; see photos by Tim in the checklist linked below), but we had a number of other great FOY's and notable bird sightings as well. Some highlights included:
Ghost Hollow - numerous Chuck-wills-widows, Blue-headed Vireo, Least Flycatcher, Summer Tanagers, Painted and Indigo Buntings, a late Northern Harrier, 8 warblers (inc. Prothonotary, Nashville, Louisiana Waterthrush), and at least 30 or 40 flyover Dickcissels
Cimmaron River at Meehan/Dunkin Rd - Orchard Oriole and Blue Grosbeak
Cushing Water Treatment Plant - 6 lingering duck species, American Bittern, White-faced Ibises, multiple Soras, 12 shorebird species (mostly common species, but including 4 American Golden Plovers and a dozen Semipalmated Sandpipers), Marsh Wrens, numerous Yellow-headed Blackbirds, one Bobolink, and the 2 Palm Warblers.