Date: 5/3/18 8:30 am
From: Louis Truex <ml2x1954...>
Subject: Re: Looking for global big day options...
A trip to Red Slough with David Arbour or Ford Hendershot is all you
need......maybe a side trip
to Little NWR....

Lou

On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 10:02 AM, John Kennington <johnkennington...>
wrote:

> You might search the OKBirds archives for "Big Day" since a number of
> birders in Oklahoma have done this. These are often a bit more ambitious
> than your 100 species goal, but they can give you an idea of places to hit.
> Hitting a spot in NE Oklahoma, like Spavinaw or Nickel is needed to get the
> warblers, and then perhaps Oxley Nature Center/Lake Yahola for waterbirds
> and more songbirds. Or more ambitiously head to Great Salt Plains NWR, or
> the OKC area lakes. And then even more ambitiously end up in southwest
> Oklahoma.
>
> Where are you located?
>
> A quick search of my own gmail account showed a report from Torre Hovick
> in 2013, copied below:
>
> Good Luck!
>
> John Kennington
> Bixby, OK
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Torre Hovick <torre.hovick...>
> Date: Thu, May 9, 2013 at 9:53 AM
> Subject: Big Day
> To: <OKBIRDS...>
>
>
> Birders,
>
> Joseph Lautenbach, Jonathan Lautenbach, Kevin Vande Vusse, and I did a big
> day on Tuesday, May 7th. We started birding a little after 3am at the
> Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and ended the day around 10pm near Altus with a
> flat tire. We had set a lofty goal of 185 species but ran out of daylight
> while shooting for some SW specialties south of El Dorado. We ended the day
> with a respectable 180. Some of the highlights are listed below.
>
> John Dahl WMA
> -Virginia Rail
> -Sora
> -Ring-necked Pheasant
>
> Tallgrass Preserve
> -Eastern Whippoorwill
> -Yellow-headed Blackbird
> -11 sparrow spp.
> -Wood Thrush
> -Rose-breasted Grosbeak
>
> 56th Sod Farms/Oxley/Yahola
> -Black-crowned Night Heron
> -American Pipit
> -3 eared Grebes
> -Caspian Tern
>
> Lake Hefner
> -LeConte's Sparrow
> -5 Common Loons
> -2 Horned Grebes
> -Herring, RB, Franklin's and Bonaparte's gulls
> -9 waterfowl spp.
> -2 Hudsonian Godwits
>
> Wichita Mtns
> -Cave Swallow
>
> Tom Steed
> -Bonaparte's Gull
> -Ladder-backed Woodpecker
>
> South of El Dorado
> -Bullock's Oriole
> -4 singing Cassin's Sparrows
>
> Good Birding,
> Torre Hovick
> Stillwater, OK
>
>
>
> --
> ***************
> Torre J. Hovick
> Graduate Research Assistant
> Natural Resource Ecology and Management
> Oklahoma State University
> 008C Ag Hall
> Stillwater, OK 74078
>
>
>
> On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 9:22 AM Brett Niland <bestguess...> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> My wife and I graduated from casual to amateur birders about five years
>> ago, and since then it's been all about the birds. All vacations are
>> planned with destination secondary to great birding opportunities.
>>
>> We've decided to ratchet it up and hope to break 100 species submitted
>> for a single day this Saturday. Our thoughts are we'll need to hit several
>> habitat types in one days to make this work.
>>
>> A couple of initial thoughts are;
>>
>> Atoka WMA/McGee Creek State park
>> Spavinaw Hills State Game Refuge/Lake Eucha Park/JT Nickel
>> Payne County tour Ghost Hollow/Dunkin Bridge/etc. (courtesy of Scott Loss)
>>
>> We've hit the high 80's pretty regularly when "destination" birding. But
>> I know it's going to be interesting once we get into the nineties.
>>
>> We appreciate your input and wish us luck!
>>
>> Brett
>>
>> P.S. The worst day I've ever had birding was a wonderful day spent
>> walking outdoors with my wife.
>>
>

 
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