Date: 6/20/18 8:48 am From: Scott Loss <scottrloss...> Subject: UPDATE: Magnificent Frigatebird - Lake Carl Blackwell
As an update to my previous post - I was able to watch the Magnificent Frigatebird circle lazily over Lake Carl Blackwell for over half an hour. Tim O'Connell was also able to get to the dam (at the east end of Lake Carl Blackwell) in time to see it, and Mike Yough also got to Ski Point in time to get a distant view of the bird with me.
I originally saw this bird foraging just above the water only about 250 ft north of Ski Point (associating with a boat of fishermen), and then it started flying higher and circling over the lake. Of course, my camera battery was dead, but I was able to get a diagnostic video of the bird circling in flight using my smart phone. As I am unable to post the video to my eBird checklist (due to file compatability issues), I'll post it to both the OOS and Payne County Audubon facebook pages.
Unfortunately, when I left, it looked like the bird was heading further away and higher, so it may not stick around for anyone thinking of driving to Stillwater. Nonetheless, it may still be worth checking at Lake Carl Blackwell or one of the other nearby lakes (McMurtry or Boomer) since I can't guarantee 100% that it left the area.