Date: 5/3/18 9:50 am
From: Brett Niland <bestguess...>
Subject: Re: Looking for global big day options...
Agreed! We love Red Slough, and one of our best remembered trips was our first meeting Dave. He's a really great resource and steward of a wonderful natural resource.

From: okbirds <OKBIRDS...> on behalf of Louis Truex <ml2x1954...>
Sent: Thursday, May 3, 2018 10:30 AM
To: <OKBIRDS...>
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] 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....


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

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From: Torre Hovick <torre.hovick...><mailto:<torre.hovick...>>
Date: Thu, May 9, 2013 at 9:53 AM
Subject: Big Day
To: <OKBIRDS...><mailto:<OKBIRDS...>>


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
-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...><mailto:<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!


P.S. The worst day I've ever had birding was a wonderful day spent walking outdoors with my wife.

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