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2/23/24 11:26 am mitchellterry1957 <mitchellterry1957...> Cinnamon Teal
2/22/24 2:42 am mitchellterry1957 <mitchellterry1957...> Re: Recent Photos.
2/21/24 8:51 pm Rani Ness <adorehymn...> Re: Recent Photos.
2/21/24 6:45 pm terry mitchell <mitchellterry1957...> Recent Photos.
2/21/24 3:55 pm Devin Bosler <devinbosler...> 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS - Lake Hefner, Oklahoma Co.
2/20/24 7:27 pm <arbour...> <arbour...> Red Slough Bird Survey - February 20
2/20/24 11:14 am Shirley Maas <000000b508ae481a-dmarc-request...> Re: eBird -- Northeast/Zoo Lake Park -- Feb 20, 2024
2/20/24 11:00 am shenthorn205 <shenthorn205...> eBird -- Northeast/Zoo Lake Park -- Feb 20, 2024
2/19/24 12:49 pm Jimmy Johnston <noahjokcjt...> Winged Migration
2/13/24 7:48 pm <arbour...> <arbour...> Red Slough Bird Survey - February 13
2/8/24 6:26 pm Shirley Maas <000000b508ae481a-dmarc-request...> Re: Birds and Suet A Note
2/8/24 2:43 pm Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> Re: Birds and Suet A Note
2/8/24 2:31 pm laura hulbert <lhulbert1123...> Re: Birds and Suet A Note
2/8/24 2:07 pm Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> Re: Birds and Suet A Note
2/8/24 2:05 pm Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> Re: Birds and Suet A Note
2/8/24 1:49 pm Ellie Womack <womackele...> Re: Birds and Suet A Note
2/8/24 1:40 pm laura hulbert <lhulbert1123...> Re: Birds and Suet A Note
2/8/24 12:28 pm John Sterling <000001b97c310015-dmarc-request...> Re: Birds and Suet A Note
2/6/24 7:13 pm <arbour...> <arbour...> Red Slough Bird Survey - February 6
2/4/24 2:51 pm Melinda Droege <oklagranny26...> Re: Return of the roadrunners
2/3/24 12:41 pm Harold Yocum <drhal2...> Return of the roadrunners
2/3/24 12:01 pm shenthorn205 <shenthorn205...> Field trip today at Zoo Lake
2/3/24 11:33 am shenthorn205 <shenthorn205...> eBird -- Northeast/Zoo Lake Park -- Feb 03, 2024
2/2/24 3:29 pm Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...> Re: Lake Tenkiller Loon Sightings
2/2/24 1:46 pm Shirley Maas <000000b508ae481a-dmarc-request...> Re: Lake Tenkiller Loon Sightings
2/2/24 10:35 am shenthorn205 <shenthorn205...> eBird -- Northeast/Zoo Lake Park -- Feb 02, 2024
2/2/24 9:23 am Mike Ludewig <fishinorbirding...> Lake Tenkiller Loon Sightings
2/2/24 7:27 am Zach DuFran <zdufran...> Re: Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
2/2/24 6:39 am Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...> Re: Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
2/2/24 6:14 am Larry Mays <larrymays1949...> Re: Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
2/2/24 6:12 am Harold Yocum <drhal2...> Re: Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
2/2/24 6:00 am Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> Re: Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
2/1/24 2:07 pm Harold Yocum <drhal2...> Re: Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
2/1/24 1:25 pm Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
2/1/24 10:26 am Patricia Velte <pvelte...> February Migration List
1/31/24 8:47 am Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...> Re: Lake Tenkiller Loons
1/31/24 8:27 am Harold Yocum <drhal2...> Geese
1/31/24 8:21 am Jim Arterburn <jimarterburn...> Lake Tenkiller Loons
1/29/24 10:27 am Mike Yough <myough...> Re: No Brant
1/28/24 6:09 pm Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx...> No Brant
1/27/24 12:41 pm shenthorn205 <shenthorn205...> eBird -- Washington Park. 313 North High Avenue, Oklahoma City -- Jan 27, 2024
 
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Date: 2/23/24 11:26 am
From: mitchellterry1957 <mitchellterry1957...>
Subject: Cinnamon Teal
I had 3 Cinnamon  teal at Mohawk  Park this morning. If you go in the back entrance  of the park. There's a lagoon  immediately  on your  left, they were there.Sent from my U.S.Cellular© Smartphone
 

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Date: 2/22/24 2:42 am
From: mitchellterry1957 <mitchellterry1957...>
Subject: Re: Recent Photos.
Thank you.Sent from my U.S.Cellular© Smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Rani Ness <adorehymn...> Date: 2/21/24 10:51 PM (GMT-06:00) To: <OKBIRDS...> Subject: Re: Recent Photos. Beautiful!!!On Wed, Feb 21, 2024, 8:45 PM terry mitchell <mitchellterry1957...> wrote:Here's a link to some recent photos if you care to look. Including a recent trip to South Texas with some rarities.pbase.com/ttownvstrom/recent_photos&page=all

 

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Date: 2/21/24 8:51 pm
From: Rani Ness <adorehymn...>
Subject: Re: Recent Photos.
Beautiful!!!

On Wed, Feb 21, 2024, 8:45 PM terry mitchell <mitchellterry1957...>
wrote:

> Here's a link to some recent photos if you care to look. Including a
> recent trip to South Texas with some rarities.
>
> pbase.com/ttownvstrom/recent_photos&page=all
> <https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://pbase.com/ttownvstrom/recent_photos&page=all__;!!GNU8KkXDZlD12Q!8WC6N4qGWWTqLNEKl_NK-MYmw6MearGVBtG3hg9rV99iDdh-xHANAFWg-fLTVhrX2_n90kV146UmXL6jkzzjBb5ml6H-tQ$>
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Date: 2/21/24 6:45 pm
From: terry mitchell <mitchellterry1957...>
Subject: Recent Photos.
Here's a link to some recent photos if you care to look. Including a recent
trip to South Texas with some rarities.

pbase.com/ttownvstrom/recent_photos&page=all

 

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Date: 2/21/24 3:55 pm
From: Devin Bosler <devinbosler...>
Subject: 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS - Lake Hefner, Oklahoma Co.
Hi OKBIRDS,

There are currently two female-type WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS mixed with the Redhead-merganser raft off W. Lake Hefner Dr. nr. W. Britton Rd. access at Lake Hefner in OKC. Undoubtedly transients probably retracting back north. Numbers of Redhead are up to about 200+. And about 500 Red-breasted Mergansers continue in the vicinity. Only had 6 COMMON Mergansers (2 ad. males and 4 females) in the mix this evening. Fairly nice viewing conditions from west side of lake. Northbound waterfowl migration is in full swing.

Good birding,
Devin Bosler
Edmond, OK

 

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Date: 2/20/24 7:27 pm
From: <arbour...> <arbour...>
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - February 20


It was mostly clear and mild today (70's) with a slight wind. 63 species were found. It definitely felt like Spring today. Willow trees are putting out new leaves, Pied-billed Grebes were yodeling, and damselflies were emerging. Heard a King Rail giving its territorial call. The wetlands are just covered in ducks everywhere. Just a reminder that the Waterfowl Refuge Area (reservoirs) are open to entry now; they opened back up to entry on February 1st. Here is my list for today:




Canada Geese – 2

Wood Duck - 6

Gadwall – 196

Mallard – 75

Northern Shoveler - 82

Northern Pintail - 240

Green-winged Teal – 9

Canvasback - 1

Ring-necked Duck – 672

Lesser Scaup - 11

Bufflehead – 3

Hooded Merganser - 2

Ruddy Duck - 61

Pied-billed Grebe – 20

Eared Grebe - 1

Neotropic Cormorant - 2

Double-crested Cormorant - 15

Great-blue Heron - 9

Black Vulture - 87

Turkey Vulture – 22

Northern Harrier – 2

Accipiter species - 1

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1

Red-tailed Hawk – 3

King Rail - 1

American Coot – 793

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2

Downy Woodpecker - 1

Hairy Woodpecker - 4

Northern Flicker – 5

Pileated Woodpecker - 2

Eastern Phoebe – 10

Loggerhead Shrike - 1

Blue Jay - 2

American Crow – 200

Fish Crow - 3

Tree Swallow - 2

Carolina Chickadee – 7

Tufted Titmouse - 6

Carolina Wren – 3

Sedge Wren - 3

Marsh Wren - 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 2

Hermit Thrush - 2

American Robin - 3

Northern Mockingbird - 1

Brown Thrasher - 3

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 18

Pine Warbler - 3

Common Yellowthroat – 2

Spotted Towhee - 1

Eastern Towhee - 1

Field Sparrow - 1

Savannah Sparrow - 5

Fox Sparrow - 3

Song Sparrow - 2

Lincoln's Sparrow - 1

Swamp Sparrow – 6

White-throated Sparrow – 24

Dark-eyed Junco - 10

Northern Cardinal – 14

Red-winged Blackbird – 18




Herps:




American Alligator

Red-eared Slider

Cajun Chorus Frog - calling

Coastal Plain Leopard Frog - calling




Odonates:




Forktail species (almost certainly Fragile Forktail) - 2 teneral









Good birding!



David Arbour

De Queen, AR





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Date: 2/20/24 11:14 am
From: Shirley Maas <000000b508ae481a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: eBird -- Northeast/Zoo Lake Park -- Feb 20, 2024





Thanks for your reports.
Look 👀 forward to them.




Don Maas

Snowbirder

Maricopa County - AZ (Winter)

Oklahoma County - OK (Summer








“If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government then you are doomed to live under the rules of fools.
Plato

“You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of reality.”




Don & Shirley Maas
The Maas’s have migrated to the Valley of the Sun in Mesa, AZ from Choctaw, Ok for the winter.






On Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 12:00 PM, shenthorn205 <shenthorn205...> wrote:


>
>
> Forgot last night's Audubon meeting, but saw about 200 hooded mergansers last week not far from dam on west side. Here is report today.
>
>
> Northeast/Zoo Lake Park
> Feb 20, 2024
> 11:00 AM
> Traveling
> 0.35 miles
> 100 minutes
> All birds reported? Yes
> Comments:
> Warm south wind. 68 degrees. Sunny.
>
> 10 Canada Goose
> 42 Northern Shoveler
> 7 Mallard
> 32 Canvasback
> 26 Lesser Scaup
> 6 Bufflehead
> 28 Ruddy Duck
> 2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
> 8 American Coot
> 100 Ring-billed Gull
> 15 Double-crested Cormorant
> 4 Black-crowned Night Heron -- In bare trees near cormorants overlooking water. Perhaps 6-10 ft above water. Using 20X scope
> 1 Great Blue Heron
> 1 Red-shouldered Hawk
> 1 Downy Woodpecker
> 2 Eastern Phoebe
> 1 American Crow
> 1 Carolina Chickadee
> 1 Tufted Titmouse
> 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
> 1 Carolina Wren
> 1 Eastern Bluebird
> 5 Harris's Sparrow
> 1 Song Sparrow
> 2 Northern Cardinal
>
> Number of Taxa: 0
>
>







 

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Date: 2/20/24 11:00 am
From: shenthorn205 <shenthorn205...>
Subject: eBird -- Northeast/Zoo Lake Park -- Feb 20, 2024
Forgot last night's Audubon meeting, but saw about 200 hooded mergansers last week not far from dam on west side. Here is report today. Northeast/Zoo Lake ParkFeb 20, 202411:00 AMTraveling0.35 miles100 minutesAll birds reported? YesComments:Warm south wind. 68 degrees. Sunny.10 Canada Goose 42 Northern Shoveler 7 Mallard 32 Canvasback 26 Lesser Scaup 6 Bufflehead 28 Ruddy Duck 2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 8 American Coot 100 Ring-billed Gull 15 Double-crested Cormorant 4 Black-crowned Night Heron -- In bare trees near cormorants overlooking water. Perhaps 6-10 ft above water. Using 20X scope1 Great Blue Heron 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Downy Woodpecker 2 Eastern Phoebe 1 American Crow 1 Carolina Chickadee 1 Tufted Titmouse 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 1 Eastern Bluebird 5 Harris's Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 2 Northern Cardinal Number of Taxa: 0
 

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Date: 2/19/24 12:49 pm
From: Jimmy Johnston <noahjokcjt...>
Subject: Winged Migration
TCM channel is showing "Winged Migration" documentary Wednesday at 5:15. It
covers winter bird migration on all 7 continents over a 4 year period.

I haven't seen it, but thought some might be interested in watching it.

Jim Johnston

 

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Date: 2/13/24 7:48 pm
From: <arbour...> <arbour...>
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - February 13





The bird survey today started off cold, foggy, and calm turning clear, mild (60's), with a slight wind. 67 species were found. Best find today was re-finding one of the Common Gallinules on Pintail Lake that I haven't seen since before the arctic blast a few weeks ago. Here is my list for today:




Snow Geese - 2

Ross' Goose - 1

Canada Geese – 40

Wood Duck - 7

Gadwall – 208

American Wigeon - 2

Mallard – 255

Northern Shoveler - 110

Northern Pintail - 160

Green-winged Teal – 255

Canvasback - 24

Ring-necked Duck – 160

Bufflehead – 15

Hooded Merganser - 6

Ruddy Duck - 91

Pied-billed Grebe – 14

Neotropic Cormorant - 4

Double-crested Cormorant - 28

Great-blue Heron - 4

Black Vulture - 65

Turkey Vulture – 9

Bald Eagle - 3 (1 adult & 2 imm.)

Northern Harrier – 5

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1

Red-shouldered Hawk – 4

Red-tailed Hawk – 3

American Kestrel - 2

King Rail - 2

Virginia Rail - 1

Common Gallinule - 1 imm.

American Coot – 491

Wilson's Snipe - 69

Rock Pigeon - 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1

Downy Woodpecker - 1

Hairy Woodpecker - 1

Northern Flicker – 5

Pileated Woodpecker - 1

Eastern Phoebe – 8

Blue Jay - 9

American Crow – 26

Fish Crow - 4

Tree Swallow - 2

Carolina Chickadee – 7

Tufted Titmouse - 3

Carolina Wren – 1

Sedge Wren - 5

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 3

Eastern Bluebird - 6

American Robin - 10

Northern Mockingbird - 1

Brown Thrasher - 1

Cedar Waxwing - 28

Orange-crowned Warbler - 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1

Pine Warbler - 1

Common Yellowthroat – 2

Savannah Sparrow - 10

Song Sparrow - 9

Swamp Sparrow – 3

White-throated Sparrow – 1

Dark-eyed Junco - 15

Northern Cardinal – 13

Red-winged Blackbird – 400

Eastern Meadowlark - 10

Common Grackle - 18




Herps:




American Alligator

Red-eared Slider

Blanchard's Cricket Frog

Cajun Chorus Frog - calling

Coastal Plain Leopard Frog - calling









Good birding!



David Arbour

De Queen, AR





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Date: 2/8/24 6:26 pm
From: Shirley Maas <000000b508ae481a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Birds and Suet A Note
Interesting information.
I talked to the Volunteer who is charge of the feeders a Usery Regional ParkIn Mesa.
He observed that if he filled the feeders at 8 am they were mostly down by 10 am and pretty need empty by late afternoon.
Because of a change in schedule he began filling the feeders at 10 am on Tuesday and Thursday.  Feeders still had feed all day.
His observation was Rosy Faced Lovebirds showed up at 8 am andpigged out.  Few showed up after 10 am.  Has cut feeder budget significantly.  My observation is I still see the same diversity and number on my visits.
Don MaasSnowbirderMaricopa County - AZ (Winter)Oklahoma County - OK (Summer


“If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government then you are doomed to live under the rules of fools.                           Plato“You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of reality.”
Don & Shirley MaasThe Maas’s have migrated to the Valley of the Sun in Mesa, AZ from Choctaw, Ok for the winter.

On Thursday, February 8, 2024, 3:43 PM, Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:

Thanks for the insight.  I do not have any monetary motivation invested in suet selection nor stock in the companies. I have been a Certified Wildlife Biologist for 57 years managing birds and other wildlife in five states and I try to make decisions on what bird use and like.  In the breeding season they even feed the Peanut Delight to their young in the nest along with insects. I think all birders will come to their own resolve as to what they want to do.  Jerry Wayne DavisHot Springs, AR From: laura hulbert Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2024 4:30 PMTo: <OKBIRDS...> Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Birds and Suet A Note That's really interesting, and definitely a beneficial observation! Whenever I put out suet I typically try to use 30% or higher for the crude fat, but if the birds are preferring lower I don't see how it matters. I'm not the suet police. 😂 On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 4:06 PM Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:

Good documentation of species use. Thank you   Jerry Wayne Davis Hot Springs, AR   From: Ellie Womack Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2024 3:49 PM To: <OKBIRDS...> Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Birds and Suet A Note   My experience exactly. I've made my own "suet" mixture for years, which they still (slightly?) prefer, but the No-Melt Peanut Delight is so much easier it's my #1 choice now.   I have photos of 28 species feeding at my suet here in Grove.   On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 2:50 PM John Sterling <000001b97c310015-dmarc-request...> wrote:

Peanut delight is what I feed year round.
Sent from my iPad

On Feb 8, 2024, at 1:20 PM, Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:



 Fifteen years ago I did a study for my yard birds comparing the different types of suet. The results were that my yard birds preferred the Peanut Delight No Melt Suet which I have out all year. During the last forecast polar event I bought plenty of Peanut Delight Suet and decided to try a couple of the “High Energy” blocks that has the greasy covering over grain.  I put out two Peanut Delight and one of the “High Energy” greasy blocks at the same time.  The Downy Woodpecker is the only bird that feeds on the “High Energy” block and wipes its beak off afterwards to get the grease off.  Thus far at least 11 bird species have been feeding on the Peanut Delight No Melt suet and they have eaten 8 of these while the “High Energy” block remains half eaten and is still fed on by the Downy Woodpecker when birds are occupying the other suet blocks. Some that feed suet to birds may get a burr under their blanket and thinking I am calling their suet choice “baby” ugly, but I am reporting my observations for my birds and do not plan to buy another “High Energy” Greasy suet block as long as the Peanut Delight No Melt Suet is available..   Jerry Wayne Davis Hot Springs, AR






 

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Date: 2/8/24 2:43 pm
From: Jerry Davis <jwdavis...>
Subject: Re: Birds and Suet A Note
Thanks for the insight. I do not have any monetary motivation invested in suet selection nor stock in the companies. I have been a Certified Wildlife Biologist for 57 years managing birds and other wildlife in five states and I try to make decisions on what bird use and like. In the breeding season they even feed the Peanut Delight to their young in the nest along with insects. I think all birders will come to their own resolve as to what they want to do.

Jerry Wayne Davis
Hot Springs, AR

From: laura hulbert
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2024 4:30 PM
To: <OKBIRDS...>
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Birds and Suet A Note

That's really interesting, and definitely a beneficial observation!
Whenever I put out suet I typically try to use 30% or higher for the crude fat, but if the birds are preferring lower I don't see how it matters. I'm not the suet police. 😂

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 4:06 PM Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:

Good documentation of species use. Thank you

Jerry Wayne Davis
Hot Springs, AR

From: Ellie Womack
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2024 3:49 PM
To: <OKBIRDS...>
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Birds and Suet A Note

My experience exactly. I've made my own "suet" mixture for years, which they still (slightly?) prefer, but the No-Melt Peanut Delight is so much easier it's my #1 choice now. I have photos of 28 species feeding at my suet here in Grove.

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 2:50 PM John Sterling <000001b97c310015-dmarc-request...> wrote:

Peanut delight is what I feed year round.

Sent from my iPad


On Feb 8, 2024, at 1:20 PM, Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:



Fifteen years ago I did a study for my yard birds comparing the different types of suet. The results were that my yard birds preferred the Peanut Delight No Melt Suet which I have out all year. During the last forecast polar event I bought plenty of Peanut Delight Suet and decided to try a couple of the “High Energy” blocks that has the greasy covering over grain. I put out two Peanut Delight and one of the “High Energy” greasy blocks at the same time. The Downy Woodpecker is the only bird that feeds on the “High Energy” block and wipes its beak off afterwards to get the grease off. Thus far at least 11 bird species have been feeding on the Peanut Delight No Melt suet and they have eaten 8 of these while the “High Energy” block remains half eaten and is still fed on by the Downy Woodpecker when birds are occupying the other suet blocks. Some that feed suet to birds may get a burr under their blanket and thinking I am calling their suet choice “baby” ugly, but I am reporting my observations for my birds and do not plan to buy another “High Energy” Greasy suet block as long as the Peanut Delight No Melt Suet is available..

Jerry Wayne Davis
Hot Springs, AR
 

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Date: 2/8/24 2:31 pm
From: laura hulbert <lhulbert1123...>
Subject: Re: Birds and Suet A Note
That's really interesting, and definitely a beneficial observation!
Whenever I put out suet I typically try to use 30% or higher for the crude
fat, but if the birds are preferring lower I don't see how it matters. I'm
not the suet police. 😂

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 4:06 PM Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:

> Good documentation of species use. Thank you
>
> Jerry Wayne Davis
> Hot Springs, AR
>
> *From:* Ellie Womack
> *Sent:* Thursday, February 8, 2024 3:49 PM
> *To:* <OKBIRDS...>
> *Subject:* Re: [OKBIRDS] Birds and Suet A Note
>
> My experience exactly. I've made my own "suet" mixture for years, which
> they still (slightly?) prefer, but the No-Melt Peanut Delight is so much
> easier it's my #1 choice now. I have photos of 28 species feeding at my
> suet here in Grove.
>
> On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 2:50 PM John Sterling <
> <000001b97c310015-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
>> Peanut delight is what I feed year round.
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
>> On Feb 8, 2024, at 1:20 PM, Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:
>>
>> 
>> Fifteen years ago I did a study for my yard birds comparing the different
>> types of suet. The results were that my yard birds preferred the Peanut
>> Delight No Melt Suet which I have out all year. During the last forecast
>> polar event I bought plenty of Peanut Delight Suet and decided to try a
>> couple of the “High Energy” blocks that has the greasy covering over
>> grain. I put out two Peanut Delight and one of the “High Energy” greasy
>> blocks at the same time. The Downy Woodpecker is the only bird that feeds
>> on the “High Energy” block and wipes its beak off afterwards to get the
>> grease off. Thus far at least 11 bird species have been feeding on the
>> Peanut Delight No Melt suet and they have eaten 8 of these while the “High
>> Energy” block remains half eaten and is still fed on by the Downy
>> Woodpecker when birds are occupying the other suet blocks. Some that feed
>> suet to birds may get a burr under their blanket and thinking I am calling
>> their suet choice “baby” ugly, but I am reporting my observations for my
>> birds and do not plan to buy another “High Energy” Greasy suet block as
>> long as the Peanut Delight No Melt Suet is available..
>>
>> Jerry Wayne Davis
>> Hot Springs, AR
>>
>>

 

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Date: 2/8/24 2:07 pm
From: Jerry Davis <jwdavis...>
Subject: Re: Birds and Suet A Note
Good documentation of species use. Thank you

Jerry Wayne Davis
Hot Springs, AR

From: Ellie Womack
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2024 3:49 PM
To: <OKBIRDS...>
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Birds and Suet A Note

My experience exactly. I've made my own "suet" mixture for years, which they still (slightly?) prefer, but the No-Melt Peanut Delight is so much easier it's my #1 choice now. I have photos of 28 species feeding at my suet here in Grove.

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 2:50 PM John Sterling <000001b97c310015-dmarc-request...> wrote:

Peanut delight is what I feed year round.

Sent from my iPad


On Feb 8, 2024, at 1:20 PM, Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:



Fifteen years ago I did a study for my yard birds comparing the different types of suet. The results were that my yard birds preferred the Peanut Delight No Melt Suet which I have out all year. During the last forecast polar event I bought plenty of Peanut Delight Suet and decided to try a couple of the “High Energy” blocks that has the greasy covering over grain. I put out two Peanut Delight and one of the “High Energy” greasy blocks at the same time. The Downy Woodpecker is the only bird that feeds on the “High Energy” block and wipes its beak off afterwards to get the grease off. Thus far at least 11 bird species have been feeding on the Peanut Delight No Melt suet and they have eaten 8 of these while the “High Energy” block remains half eaten and is still fed on by the Downy Woodpecker when birds are occupying the other suet blocks. Some that feed suet to birds may get a burr under their blanket and thinking I am calling their suet choice “baby” ugly, but I am reporting my observations for my birds and do not plan to buy another “High Energy” Greasy suet block as long as the Peanut Delight No Melt Suet is available..

Jerry Wayne Davis
Hot Springs, AR
 

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Date: 2/8/24 2:05 pm
From: Jerry Davis <jwdavis...>
Subject: Re: Birds and Suet A Note
Peanut Delight

Crude Protein Minimum 7%
Crude Fat Minimum 20%
Crude Fiber Maximum 5%

Berry Treat

Crude Protein Minimum 4%
Crude Fat Minimum 35%
Crude Fiber Maximum 7%

Peanut Delight has More Protein, less fat and less Fiber.



Jerry Wayne Davis
Hot Springs, AR

From: laura hulbert
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2024 3:39 PM
To: <OKBIRDS...>
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Birds and Suet A Note

Hey Jerry, what's the crude fat percent in the peanut delight compared to the high energy? Just curious. Thanks!!

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 2:28 PM John Sterling <000001b97c310015-dmarc-request...> wrote:

Peanut delight is what I feed year round.

Sent from my iPad


On Feb 8, 2024, at 1:20 PM, Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:



Fifteen years ago I did a study for my yard birds comparing the different types of suet. The results were that my yard birds preferred the Peanut Delight No Melt Suet which I have out all year. During the last forecast polar event I bought plenty of Peanut Delight Suet and decided to try a couple of the “High Energy” blocks that has the greasy covering over grain. I put out two Peanut Delight and one of the “High Energy” greasy blocks at the same time. The Downy Woodpecker is the only bird that feeds on the “High Energy” block and wipes its beak off afterwards to get the grease off. Thus far at least 11 bird species have been feeding on the Peanut Delight No Melt suet and they have eaten 8 of these while the “High Energy” block remains half eaten and is still fed on by the Downy Woodpecker when birds are occupying the other suet blocks. Some that feed suet to birds may get a burr under their blanket and thinking I am calling their suet choice “baby” ugly, but I am reporting my observations for my birds and do not plan to buy another “High Energy” Greasy suet block as long as the Peanut Delight No Melt Suet is available..

Jerry Wayne Davis
Hot Springs, AR
 

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Date: 2/8/24 1:49 pm
From: Ellie Womack <womackele...>
Subject: Re: Birds and Suet A Note
My experience exactly. I've made my own "suet" mixture for years, which
they still (slightly?) prefer, but the No-Melt Peanut Delight is so much
easier it's my #1 choice now. I have photos of 28 species feeding at my
suet here in Grove.

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 2:50 PM John Sterling <
<000001b97c310015-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Peanut delight is what I feed year round.
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Feb 8, 2024, at 1:20 PM, Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:
>
> 
> Fifteen years ago I did a study for my yard birds comparing the different
> types of suet. The results were that my yard birds preferred the Peanut
> Delight No Melt Suet which I have out all year. During the last forecast
> polar event I bought plenty of Peanut Delight Suet and decided to try a
> couple of the “High Energy” blocks that has the greasy covering over
> grain. I put out two Peanut Delight and one of the “High Energy” greasy
> blocks at the same time. The Downy Woodpecker is the only bird that feeds
> on the “High Energy” block and wipes its beak off afterwards to get the
> grease off. Thus far at least 11 bird species have been feeding on the
> Peanut Delight No Melt suet and they have eaten 8 of these while the “High
> Energy” block remains half eaten and is still fed on by the Downy
> Woodpecker when birds are occupying the other suet blocks. Some that feed
> suet to birds may get a burr under their blanket and thinking I am calling
> their suet choice “baby” ugly, but I am reporting my observations for my
> birds and do not plan to buy another “High Energy” Greasy suet block as
> long as the Peanut Delight No Melt Suet is available..
>
> Jerry Wayne Davis
> Hot Springs, AR
>
>

 

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Date: 2/8/24 1:40 pm
From: laura hulbert <lhulbert1123...>
Subject: Re: Birds and Suet A Note
Hey Jerry, what's the crude fat percent in the peanut delight compared to
the high energy? Just curious. Thanks!!

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 2:28 PM John Sterling <
<000001b97c310015-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Peanut delight is what I feed year round.
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Feb 8, 2024, at 1:20 PM, Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:
>
> 
> Fifteen years ago I did a study for my yard birds comparing the different
> types of suet. The results were that my yard birds preferred the Peanut
> Delight No Melt Suet which I have out all year. During the last forecast
> polar event I bought plenty of Peanut Delight Suet and decided to try a
> couple of the “High Energy” blocks that has the greasy covering over
> grain. I put out two Peanut Delight and one of the “High Energy” greasy
> blocks at the same time. The Downy Woodpecker is the only bird that feeds
> on the “High Energy” block and wipes its beak off afterwards to get the
> grease off. Thus far at least 11 bird species have been feeding on the
> Peanut Delight No Melt suet and they have eaten 8 of these while the “High
> Energy” block remains half eaten and is still fed on by the Downy
> Woodpecker when birds are occupying the other suet blocks. Some that feed
> suet to birds may get a burr under their blanket and thinking I am calling
> their suet choice “baby” ugly, but I am reporting my observations for my
> birds and do not plan to buy another “High Energy” Greasy suet block as
> long as the Peanut Delight No Melt Suet is available..
>
> Jerry Wayne Davis
> Hot Springs, AR
>
>

 

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Date: 2/8/24 12:28 pm
From: John Sterling <000001b97c310015-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Birds and Suet A Note
Peanut delight is what I feed year round.
Sent from my iPad

> On Feb 8, 2024, at 1:20 PM, Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:
>
> 
> Fifteen years ago I did a study for my yard birds comparing the different types of suet. The results were that my yard birds preferred the Peanut Delight No Melt Suet which I have out all year. During the last forecast polar event I bought plenty of Peanut Delight Suet and decided to try a couple of the “High Energy” blocks that has the greasy covering over grain. I put out two Peanut Delight and one of the “High Energy” greasy blocks at the same time. The Downy Woodpecker is the only bird that feeds on the “High Energy” block and wipes its beak off afterwards to get the grease off. Thus far at least 11 bird species have been feeding on the Peanut Delight No Melt suet and they have eaten 8 of these while the “High Energy” block remains half eaten and is still fed on by the Downy Woodpecker when birds are occupying the other suet blocks. Some that feed suet to birds may get a burr under their blanket and thinking I am calling their suet choice “baby” ugly, but I am reporting my observations for my birds and do not plan to buy another “High Energy” Greasy suet block as long as the Peanut Delight No Melt Suet is available..
>
> Jerry Wayne Davis
> Hot Springs, AR

 

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Date: 2/6/24 7:13 pm
From: <arbour...> <arbour...>
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - February 6


It was mostly clear and mild, with a light wind, on the bird survey today. 59 species were found. Best highlight today was the early return of Tree Swallows. I even saw one landing on a Tree Swallow nest box and looking in the hole. Also of note was the return of more Neotropic Cormorants to join the bird that has been wintering here this winter. It looks like maybe its going to be an early Spring. Frogs are singing and butterflies are out. Here is my list for today:







Canada Geese – 4

Wood Duck - 13

Gadwall – 375

Mallard – 33

Northern Shoveler - 129

Northern Pintail - 5

Green-winged Teal – 19

Ring-necked Duck – 131

Bufflehead – 13

Hooded Merganser - 8

Ruddy Duck - 117

Pied-billed Grebe – 25

Neotropic Cormorant - 3

Double-crested Cormorant - 20

Great-blue Heron - 7

Black Vulture - 55

Turkey Vulture – 17

Bald Eagle - 1 adult

Northern Harrier – 4

Red-shouldered Hawk – 6

Red-tailed Hawk – 5

American Kestrel - 2

King Rail - 2

Virginia Rail - 1

American Coot – 701

Belted Kingfisher - 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1

Downy Woodpecker - 3

Hairy Woodpecker - 1

Northern Flicker – 2

Pileated Woodpecker - 3

Eastern Phoebe – 9

American Crow – 12

Fish Crow - 2

Tree Swallow - 2

Carolina Chickadee – 9

Tufted Titmouse - 6

Brown Creeper - 1

Carolina Wren – 8

House Wren - 2

Sedge Wren - 4

Marsh Wren – 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 3

Eastern Bluebird - 1

Brown Thrasher - 1

Orange-crowned Warbler - 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3

Pine Warbler - 1

Common Yellowthroat – 2

Eastern Towhee – 4

Savannah Sparrow - 17

Fox Sparrow - 1

Song Sparrow - 8

Swamp Sparrow – 4

White-throated Sparrow – 10

Dark-eyed Junco - 1

Northern Cardinal – 8

Red-winged Blackbird – 3

American Goldfinch - 1




Herps:




American Alligator

Red-eared Slider

Blanchard's Cricket Frog

Cajun Chorus Frog - calling

Coastal Plain Leopard Frog - calling




Also: River Otters - 2






Good birding!



David Arbour

De Queen, AR





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Date: 2/4/24 2:51 pm
From: Melinda Droege <oklagranny26...>
Subject: Re: Return of the roadrunners
Hal----send some of those Roadrunners up to Washington County! We haven't
had a sighting since April 8, 1992
they are just gone!
Melinda D
B'ville


On Sat, Feb 3, 2024 at 2:41 PM Harold Yocum <drhal2...> wrote:

> The large heavy ice storm of 2 winters ago was of concern to we Mitch Park
> birders abt several species often seen there in the winter months. Concern
> was greatest for the eastern bluebird, northern Bob-white quail and the
> roadrunner population.
> The bluebirds came through it quickly, although we did find a number of
> dead birds, at times a bluebird box full of dead birds. They were seen with
> young by That same March/April.
> As fir the Bob-white quail we had to wait until late summer before started
> seeing them and hearing the males calling. Currently they are present
> through the park based on swing them and many calling
> The Roadrunner was literally gone with no sightings for nearly 2 years.
> Thus past fall and now Feb ‘24 there have been numerous sightings across
> the park east to west. I saw my first one today along the Santa Fe entrance
> on the west side. Several others, even non-birders have reported seeing
> them along there.
> They have been seen as well in the center of the park and over on the east
> side. So there are several of them for sure.
> My Merlin app picked up a call as far back as August ‘23 (which I
> initially thought an error.
> Hal A. Yocum, Edmond
>
> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 2/3/24 12:41 pm
From: Harold Yocum <drhal2...>
Subject: Return of the roadrunners
The large heavy ice storm of 2 winters ago was of concern to we Mitch Park birders abt several species often seen there in the winter months. Concern was greatest for the eastern bluebird, northern Bob-white quail and the roadrunner population.
The bluebirds came through it quickly, although we did find a number of dead birds, at times a bluebird box full of dead birds. They were seen with young by That same March/April.
As fir the Bob-white quail we had to wait until late summer before started seeing them and hearing the males calling. Currently they are present through the park based on swing them and many calling
The Roadrunner was literally gone with no sightings for nearly 2 years. Thus past fall and now Feb ‘24 there have been numerous sightings across the park east to west. I saw my first one today along the Santa Fe entrance on the west side. Several others, even non-birders have reported seeing them along there.
They have been seen as well in the center of the park and over on the east side. So there are several of them for sure.
My Merlin app picked up a call as far back as August ‘23 (which I initially thought an error.
Hal A. Yocum, Edmond

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/3/24 12:01 pm
From: shenthorn205 <shenthorn205...>
Subject: Field trip today at Zoo Lake
About 12 birders joined in to enjoy a great morning of birding. Sky was cloudy with light breeze and 55. 3 Feb 20249:30 AMLocationNortheast/Zoo Lake ParkView with Google MapsRegion• Oklahoma County• Oklahoma• United StatesAdditional detailsPeopleOwnerSharon HenthornEffortProtocol: TravelingComplete• Observers: 12• Duration: 2 hr, 30 min• Distance: 0.5 miTotals37Species observedObservations• Canada GooseNumber observed: 10• Northern ShovelerNumber observed: 9• MallardNumber observed: 7• CanvasbackNumber observed: 14• Ring-necked DuckNumber observed: 1• Lesser ScaupNumber observed: 24• BuffleheadNumber observed: 8• Hooded MerganserNumber observed: 1• Ruddy DuckNumber observed: 10• Pied-billed GrebeNumber observed: 1• Eurasian Collared-DoveNumber observed: 2Exotic: Naturalized• American CootNumber observed: 8• Ring-billed GullNumber observed: 100• Double-crested CormorantNumber observed: 9• Great Blue HeronNumber observed: 2• Turkey VultureNumber observed: 1• Red-shouldered HawkNumber observed: 1• Belted KingfisherNumber observed: 1• Red-bellied WoodpeckerNumber observed: 3• Downy WoodpeckerNumber observed: 1• Northern FlickerNumber observed: 1• Blue JayNumber observed: 1• American CrowNumber observed: 6• Carolina ChickadeeNumber observed: 5• Tufted TitmouseNumber observed: 2• White-breasted NuthatchNumber observed: 3• Brown CreeperNumber observed: 1• Carolina WrenNumber observed: 2• Northern MockingbirdNumber observed: 3• Eastern BluebirdNumber observed: 8• American GoldfinchNumber observed: 1• Dark-eyed JuncoNumber observed: 8• White-crowned SparrowNumber observed: 1• Harris's SparrowNumber observed: 2• White-throated SparrowNumber observed: 1• Spotted TowheeNumber observed: 1• Northern CardinalNumber observed: 4
 

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Date: 2/3/24 11:33 am
From: shenthorn205 <shenthorn205...>
Subject: eBird -- Northeast/Zoo Lake Park -- Feb 03, 2024
Northeast/Zoo Lake ParkFeb 03, 20249:30 AMTraveling0.50 miles150 minutesAll birds reported? YesComments:55. Cloudy. Light wind. Group of about dozen birders both experienced and novice.10 Canada Goose 9 Northern Shoveler 7 Mallard 14 Canvasback 1 Ring-necked Duck 24 Lesser Scaup 8 Bufflehead 1 Hooded Merganser 10 Ruddy Duck 1 Pied-billed Grebe 2 Eurasian Collared-Dove 8 American Coot 100 Ring-billed Gull 9 Double-crested Cormorant 2 Great Blue Heron 1 Turkey Vulture 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Belted Kingfisher 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 1 Blue Jay 6 American Crow 5 Carolina Chickadee 2 Tufted Titmouse 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Brown Creeper 2 Carolina Wren 3 Northern Mockingbird 8 Eastern Bluebird 1 American Goldfinch 8 Dark-eyed Junco 1 White-crowned Sparrow 2 Harris's Sparrow 1 White-throated Sparrow 1 Spotted Towhee 4 Northern Cardinal Number of Taxa: 0
 

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Date: 2/2/24 3:29 pm
From: Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...>
Subject: Re: Lake Tenkiller Loon Sightings
I also spent a good part of the day at Tenkiller. I hit Blackgum twice.
Lots of Common Loons but I saw no other species. And the loons were very
far out. And it was quite windy, and then came the heatwaves. And there
were a lot of boats on the lake.
Strayhorn sure isn’t the birdy place it used to be. The woods have all been
“cleaned up”. And they’re putting large containers in the water. smh
For now you can still count on the Bufflehead in the small pond though.

Sandy B

On Fri, Feb 2, 2024 at 12:49 PM Mike Ludewig <fishinorbirding...>
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> Merry and I did a follow-up to Jim Arterburn's Tenkiller Loon sighting
> posting on Feb 1 (for birds seen the previous day) yesterday -- in short,
> we didn't have much luck! We checked out quite a few spots on the "east"
> side of the lake, including Blackgum, but didn't see any loons.
>
> However, when we crossed the Dam, we finally encountered (at great
> distances) approximately 50 loons scattered in at least 5 different small
> groups, generally consisting of 5-10 birds plus a single bird or two. I
> will be the first to tell you that I am almost hopeless in identifying
> different loon species in winter plumage. Having said that, I believe that
> some of them could have been Red-throated Loons, based solely on their
> white face, apparent rear head peaking and a slightly angled up bill . I
> have sent Jim a photo that could (possibly) confirm this sighting, but it
> was taken at a distance where even 10 power binos only revealed (to me) a
> "could be" identification.''
>
> I might mention that I am also a fisherman and have always seen Loons
> (from my boat) on Tenkiller in the Winter months (from Pettit Bay to the
> Dam), some even staying on the lake until late April to early May. So, if
> you go, don't give up, they are and will continue to be on the lake for
> some time.
>
> Finally, if you like Pelicans, we probably saw at least 100 while driving
> past Greenleaf Lake.
>
> Mike Ludewig
> Claremore
> <fishinorbirding...>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/2/24 1:46 pm
From: Shirley Maas <000000b508ae481a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Lake Tenkiller Loon Sightings
Thanks for the report.

I’m in AZ for the winter but check daily to see what’s being seen in OK.
Your.reports are important to me.Not just the birds but the experience.I bird not only for birds but for the people who bird and the experience.
Don MaasSnowbirderMaricopa County, AZ - (Winter)Oklahoma County, OK - (Summer)
“If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government then you are doomed to live under the rules of fools.                           Plato“You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of reality.”
Don & Shirley MaasThe Maas’s have migrated to the Valley of the Sun in Mesa, AZ from Choctaw, Ok for the winter.

On Friday, February 2, 2024, 10:23 AM, Mike Ludewig <fishinorbirding...> wrote:

Hi everyone,
Merry and I did a  follow-up to Jim  Arterburn's Tenkiller Loon sighting posting on Feb 1 (for birds seen the previous day) yesterday -- in short, we didn't have much luck!  We checked out quite a few spots on the "east" side of the lake, including Blackgum, but didn't see any loons.  
However, when we crossed the Dam, we finally encountered (at great distances) approximately 50 loons scattered in at least 5 different small groups, generally consisting of 5-10 birds plus a single bird or two.  I will be the first to tell you that I am almost hopeless in identifying different loon species in winter plumage.  Having said that, I believe that some of them could have been Red-throated Loons, based solely on their white face, apparent rear head peaking and a slightly angled up bill .  I have sent Jim a photo that could (possibly) confirm this sighting, but it was taken at a distance where even 10 power binos only revealed (to me) a "could be" identification.''
I might mention that I am also a fisherman and have always seen Loons (from my boat) on Tenkiller in the Winter months (from Pettit Bay to the Dam), some even staying on the lake until late April to early May.  So, if you go, don't give up, they are and will continue to be on the lake for some time.
Finally, if you like Pelicans, we probably saw at least 100 while driving past Greenleaf Lake.
Mike <LudewigClaremorefishinorbirding...>





 

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Date: 2/2/24 10:35 am
From: shenthorn205 <shenthorn205...>
Subject: eBird -- Northeast/Zoo Lake Park -- Feb 02, 2024
Zoo Lake field trip tomorrow at 9:30. Today in thirty minutes I identified twenty species. Call for info 405-778-9662.Northeast/Zoo Lake ParkFeb 02, 202411:50 AMTraveling0.40 miles30 minutesAll birds reported? YesComments:62. Partly cloudy. South breeze.14 Canada Goose 22 Northern Shoveler 6 Mallard 28 Canvasback 12 Lesser Scaup 4 Bufflehead 2 Hooded Merganser 12 Ruddy Duck 5 American Coot 60 Ring-billed Gull 10 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 5 American Crow 7 Carolina Chickadee 1 American Robin 3 Dark-eyed Junco 4 Harris's Sparrow 2 Northern Cardinal Number of Taxa: 0
 

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Date: 2/2/24 9:23 am
From: Mike Ludewig <fishinorbirding...>
Subject: Lake Tenkiller Loon Sightings
Hi everyone,

Merry and I did a follow-up to Jim Arterburn's Tenkiller Loon sighting
posting on Feb 1 (for birds seen the previous day) yesterday -- in short,
we didn't have much luck! We checked out quite a few spots on the "east"
side of the lake, including Blackgum, but didn't see any loons.

However, when we crossed the Dam, we finally encountered (at great
distances) approximately 50 loons scattered in at least 5 different small
groups, generally consisting of 5-10 birds plus a single bird or two. I
will be the first to tell you that I am almost hopeless in identifying
different loon species in winter plumage. Having said that, I believe that
some of them could have been Red-throated Loons, based solely on their
white face, apparent rear head peaking and a slightly angled up bill . I
have sent Jim a photo that could (possibly) confirm this sighting, but it
was taken at a distance where even 10 power binos only revealed (to me) a
"could be" identification.''

I might mention that I am also a fisherman and have always seen Loons (from
my boat) on Tenkiller in the Winter months (from Pettit Bay to the Dam),
some even staying on the lake until late April to early May. So, if you
go, don't give up, they are and will continue to be on the lake for some
time.

Finally, if you like Pelicans, we probably saw at least 100 while driving
past Greenleaf Lake.

Mike Ludewig
Claremore
<fishinorbirding...>

 

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Date: 2/2/24 7:27 am
From: Zach DuFran <zdufran...>
Subject: Re: Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
I went to the Lake Draper Equestrian Field this morning. I arrived at 6:25
am and found the gate was locked, so I had to park at the gate and walk in.
I didn't mind walking the short distance, but I just wanted to let everyone
know because there is limited room to park at the gate and not block the
pedestrian/bike trail that passes by there. This is good in that we don't
really want a crowd disturbing the courting birds, as others have pointed
out. It is not very accessible to those in wheelchairs due to the coarse
gravel and red mud. I walked to the parking area and then just a short
distance into the grass and stood still for about half an hour, listening.

I heard several peent calls shortly after arriving, as well as a couple of
distant flight displays. After about 15 minutes I saw two woodcocks fly
very close by me, about 10-15 feet above ground, silent while near me. I
probably wouldn't have known if my head had been turned the other
direction. I estimate there were at least 5 birds present, but it could
have been more.

It's exciting to get to experience these reclusive birds. If you do go
looking (and listening), please be mindful and don't disturb the birds
during this important time in their spring courtship.

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Zach DuFran
Norman, OK


On Fri, Feb 2, 2024 at 8:39 AM Mia Revels <
<0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> So, I am still doing trips in Tahlequah. We typically have great views of
> displaying males on the ground for about 10 minutes before it gets too
> dark. I am incapacitated by my knee right now, but my graduate student,
> Laura Courser will be leading the trip in the same location this year. All
> are welcome. This location is on private property, so my trips are the only
> ones happening there, and I observe all of the appropriate birding ethics.
> However, you never know where those little suckers are going to land! Once,
> I had three of them land within 4 feet of where I was sitting. Another
> time, we were all lined up with lawn chairs and a male walked out of the
> brush past one of the lawn chairs. It isn't always that good, it is rare
> for them to get that close, but I have been doing this for nearly 30 years
> in the same area and have a pretty good idea of where they display.
> Happy Woodcocking!
> Mia Revels
> Mia Revels
> Tahlequah OK
>
> On Fri, Feb 2, 2024 at 8:14 AM Larry Mays <larrymays1949...> wrote:
>
>> If anyone is of a mind, please try other areas. I'll wager we have a lot
>> more displaying woodcock around than are being reported, but that
>> particular time of day in proper habitat is likely highly underbirded.
>>
>> On Fri, Feb 2, 2024, 8:00 AM Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> wrote:
>>
>>> We try not to disturb
>>> the birds too much so we observe them from a distance. Sometimes there is a
>>> large number of people going out
>>>
>>> there so we don’t want to encourage any kind of
>>> disruption.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Jimmy
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> *From:* okbirds <OKBIRDS...> *On Behalf Of *Harold Yocum
>>> *Sent:* Thursday, February 1, 2024 4:07 PM
>>> *To:* <OKBIRDS...>
>>> *Subject:* Re: [OKBIRDS] Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Jimmy , have you guys ever walked around out there to try to locate the
>>> lekking site? They tend to use the same one for long periods. If you
>>> located the lekking site we might be able to get there early and sit and
>>> wait.
>>>
>>> That is what I did as a kid on our farm in PA and here in OK up in Tulsa
>>> at Oxley. Photography was really hard as they never came out until the sun
>>> was so gone . We could easily see them dancing, hear them and see them fly
>>> way up and come back to the same spot. We even saw the females walking in
>>> the background at times.
>>>
>>> Hal
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Feb 1, 2024, at 3:25 PM, Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> wrote:
>>>
>>> 
>>>
>>> Steve Stone, Steve
>>> Davis, and I found 3-4 Woodcocks displaying this morning around 7AM. Peents
>>> were heard due west, southwest and
>>>
>>> south of the parking lot. Several flight displays were
>>> heard but I never personally saw a single bird.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Jimmy Woodard
>>>
>>> Midwest City
>>>
>>>
>
> --
> Mia Revels, Ph.D.
> Professor of Biology
> Northeastern State University
> 611 Grand Ave.
> Tahlequah, Oklahoma
> (918) 444-3824
> <revels...>
>
>
> ***CONFIDENTIALITY*** -This e-mail (including any attachments) may
> contain confidential, proprietary and privileged information. Any
> unauthorized disclosure or use of this information is prohibited.
>

 

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Date: 2/2/24 6:39 am
From: Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
So, I am still doing trips in Tahlequah. We typically have great views of
displaying males on the ground for about 10 minutes before it gets too
dark. I am incapacitated by my knee right now, but my graduate student,
Laura Courser will be leading the trip in the same location this year. All
are welcome. This location is on private property, so my trips are the only
ones happening there, and I observe all of the appropriate birding ethics.
However, you never know where those little suckers are going to land! Once,
I had three of them land within 4 feet of where I was sitting. Another
time, we were all lined up with lawn chairs and a male walked out of the
brush past one of the lawn chairs. It isn't always that good, it is rare
for them to get that close, but I have been doing this for nearly 30 years
in the same area and have a pretty good idea of where they display.
Happy Woodcocking!
Mia Revels
Mia Revels
Tahlequah OK

On Fri, Feb 2, 2024 at 8:14 AM Larry Mays <larrymays1949...> wrote:

> If anyone is of a mind, please try other areas. I'll wager we have a lot
> more displaying woodcock around than are being reported, but that
> particular time of day in proper habitat is likely highly underbirded.
>
> On Fri, Feb 2, 2024, 8:00 AM Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> wrote:
>
>> We try not to disturb
>> the birds too much so we observe them from a distance. Sometimes there is a
>> large number of people going out
>>
>> there so we don’t want to encourage any kind of
>> disruption.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Jimmy
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* okbirds <OKBIRDS...> *On Behalf Of *Harold Yocum
>> *Sent:* Thursday, February 1, 2024 4:07 PM
>> *To:* <OKBIRDS...>
>> *Subject:* Re: [OKBIRDS] Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
>>
>>
>>
>> Jimmy , have you guys ever walked around out there to try to locate the
>> lekking site? They tend to use the same one for long periods. If you
>> located the lekking site we might be able to get there early and sit and
>> wait.
>>
>> That is what I did as a kid on our farm in PA and here in OK up in Tulsa
>> at Oxley. Photography was really hard as they never came out until the sun
>> was so gone . We could easily see them dancing, hear them and see them fly
>> way up and come back to the same spot. We even saw the females walking in
>> the background at times.
>>
>> Hal
>>
>>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>
>>
>> On Feb 1, 2024, at 3:25 PM, Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> wrote:
>>
>> 
>>
>> Steve Stone, Steve
>> Davis, and I found 3-4 Woodcocks displaying this morning around 7AM. Peents
>> were heard due west, southwest and
>>
>> south of the parking lot. Several flight displays were
>> heard but I never personally saw a single bird.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Jimmy Woodard
>>
>> Midwest City
>>
>>

--
Mia Revels, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Northeastern State University
611 Grand Ave.
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
(918) 444-3824
<revels...>


***CONFIDENTIALITY*** -This e-mail (including any attachments) may contain
confidential, proprietary and privileged information. Any unauthorized
disclosure or use of this information is prohibited.

 

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Date: 2/2/24 6:14 am
From: Larry Mays <larrymays1949...>
Subject: Re: Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
If anyone is of a mind, please try other areas. I'll wager we have a lot
more displaying woodcock around than are being reported, but that
particular time of day in proper habitat is likely highly underbirded.

On Fri, Feb 2, 2024, 8:00 AM Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> wrote:

> We try not to disturb the
> birds too much so we observe them from a distance. Sometimes there is a
> large number of people going out
>
> there so we don’t want to encourage any kind of
> disruption.
>
>
>
>
>
> Jimmy
>
>
>
> *From:* okbirds <OKBIRDS...> *On Behalf Of *Harold Yocum
> *Sent:* Thursday, February 1, 2024 4:07 PM
> *To:* <OKBIRDS...>
> *Subject:* Re: [OKBIRDS] Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
>
>
>
> Jimmy , have you guys ever walked around out there to try to locate the
> lekking site? They tend to use the same one for long periods. If you
> located the lekking site we might be able to get there early and sit and
> wait.
>
> That is what I did as a kid on our farm in PA and here in OK up in Tulsa
> at Oxley. Photography was really hard as they never came out until the sun
> was so gone . We could easily see them dancing, hear them and see them fly
> way up and come back to the same spot. We even saw the females walking in
> the background at times.
>
> Hal
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
>
> On Feb 1, 2024, at 3:25 PM, Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> wrote:
>
> 
>
> Steve Stone, Steve Davis,
> and I found 3-4 Woodcocks displaying this morning around 7AM. Peents were
> heard due west, southwest and
>
> south of the parking lot. Several flight displays were
> heard but I never personally saw a single bird.
>
>
>
>
>
> Jimmy Woodard
>
> Midwest City
>
>

 

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Date: 2/2/24 6:12 am
From: Harold Yocum <drhal2...>
Subject: Re: Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
 

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Date: 2/2/24 6:00 am
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...>
Subject: Re: Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
We try not to disturb the birds too much so we observe them from a distance. Sometimes there is a large number of people going out

there so we don’t want to encourage any kind of disruption.





Jimmy



From: okbirds <OKBIRDS...> On Behalf Of Harold Yocum
Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2024 4:07 PM
To: <OKBIRDS...>
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field



Jimmy , have you guys ever walked around out there to try to locate the lekking site? They tend to use the same one for long periods. If you located the lekking site we might be able to get there early and sit and wait.

That is what I did as a kid on our farm in PA and here in OK up in Tulsa at Oxley. Photography was really hard as they never came out until the sun was so gone . We could easily see them dancing, hear them and see them fly way up and come back to the same spot. We even saw the females walking in the background at times.

Hal



Sent from my iPhone





On Feb 1, 2024, at 3:25 PM, Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> <mailto:<j.woodard...> > wrote:



Steve Stone, Steve Davis, and I found 3-4 Woodcocks displaying this morning around 7AM. Peents were heard due west, southwest and

south of the parking lot. Several flight displays were heard but I never personally saw a single bird.





Jimmy Woodard

Midwest City


 

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Date: 2/1/24 2:07 pm
From: Harold Yocum <drhal2...>
Subject: Re: Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
Jimmy , have you guys ever walked around out there to try to locate the lekking site? They tend to use the same one for long periods. If you located the lekking site we might be able to get there early and sit and wait.
That is what I did as a kid on our farm in PA and here in OK up in Tulsa at Oxley. Photography was really hard as they never came out until the sun was so gone . We could easily see them dancing, hear them and see them fly way up and come back to the same spot. We even saw the females walking in the background at times.
Hal

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 1, 2024, at 3:25 PM, Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> wrote:
>
> 
> Steve Stone, Steve Davis, and I found 3-4 Woodcocks displaying this morning around 7AM. Peents were heard due west, southwest and
> south of the parking lot. Several flight displays were heard but I never personally saw a single bird.
>
>
> Jimmy Woodard
> Midwest City

 

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Date: 2/1/24 1:25 pm
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...>
Subject: Woodcocks at Draper Lake Equestrian Field
Steve Stone, Steve Davis,
and I found 3-4 Woodcocks displaying this morning around 7AM. Peents were
heard due west, southwest and

south of the parking lot. Several flight displays were
heard but I never personally saw a single bird.





Jimmy Woodard

Midwest City


 

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Date: 2/1/24 10:26 am
From: Patricia Velte <pvelte...>
Subject: February Migration List
Dear OKBirders,



Below you will find the Arrivals and Departures for February.



Here are February Arrivals




Blue-winged Teal

February 20 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE


Cinnamon Teal

February 20 - NW, SW, C, SC


Sandhill Crane

February 22 - PAN, C, SC, NE


Turkey Vulture

February 16 - PAN, NW, SW, C, NE


Fish Crow

February 15 - C, SC, NE, SE *west to Payne, Logan, Oklahoma, Cleveland and
McClain cos only in C; and Pontotoc, Johnston and Marshalls cos only in SE


Tree Swallow

February 24 - SC, NE, SE


Purple Martin

February 26 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE


American Pipit

February 26 - PAN


Sprague's Pipit

February 28 - ALL





February Departures




Northern Goshawk

February 26 - PAN




Henslow's Sparrow

February 20 - SE *rare in south McCurtain co only



The Date Guide divides Oklahoma into 7 geographic regions, and lists the
normal dates of occurrence for each Oklahoma bird species within each
region. Observers are urged to report unusual species, or birds out of date
or out of normal range in Oklahoma, based on the information given in this
publication.



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cordially invited to join the Oklahoma Ornithological Society.



Happy birding!

Pat Velte

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Oklahoma City, OK






 

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Date: 1/31/24 8:47 am
From: Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...>
Subject: Re: Lake Tenkiller Loons
Nice Jim. Thanks for the report. Would like to see a raft of 4
Red-throated.

Sandy B

On Wed, Jan 31, 2024 at 10:21 AM Jim Arterburn <jimarterburn...> wrote:

> OKBirds,
>
> Doris and I took advantage of the nice weather yesterday to go to
> Tenkiller and look for loons. For the day we had 241 Common Loons spread
> out over the lake. At Blackgum Landing we had a small raft of four
> Red-throated Loons. We also had three Pacific Loons spread out over the
> lake.
>
> Jim Arterburn

 

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Date: 1/31/24 8:27 am
From: Harold Yocum <drhal2...>
Subject: Geese
Found a large flock of geese in fields near Council and Sorgum Mill. Canada 1000, snow/rods 12. Likely some White fronted ones too,
They moved away from me to about 160 yards. I do not have time to scope them now,
Hal Yocum

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/31/24 8:21 am
From: Jim Arterburn <jimarterburn...>
Subject: Lake Tenkiller Loons
OKBirds,

Doris and I took advantage of the nice weather yesterday to go to Tenkiller and look for loons. For the day we had 241 Common Loons spread out over the lake. At Blackgum Landing we had a small raft of four Red-throated Loons. We also had three Pacific Loons spread out over the lake.

Jim Arterburn
 

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Date: 1/29/24 10:27 am
From: Mike Yough <myough...>
Subject: Re: No Brant
I just noticed that a Brant was reported in Cheyenne Bottoms, KS yesterday
afternoon (about 3.5 NNE of Enid). I wonder if it is the same bird.

Mike Yough
Stillwater

On Sun, Jan 28, 2024 at 10:15 PM Bill Carrell <
<cyanocitta.tachopteryx...> wrote:

> Hello All,
>
> Spent between noon and 1:30, then again from 3:00 to 3:30 looking for the
> Brant at Meadowlake Park in Enid. I sifted through a large number of geese
> (mostly Cackling) pretty thoroughly, and with pretty high confidence I
> would say that the Brant was not present. It would probably be a good idea
> for people to continue looking as it may still be in the area.
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Bill Carrell
> Tulsa, OK
>


--
"Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels he is 'finding his place in
it,' while really it is finding its place in him."

-C.S. Lewis (from The Screwtape Letters)

 

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Date: 1/28/24 6:09 pm
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx...>
Subject: No Brant
Hello All,

Spent between noon and 1:30, then again from 3:00 to 3:30 looking for the
Brant at Meadowlake Park in Enid. I sifted through a large number of geese
(mostly Cackling) pretty thoroughly, and with pretty high confidence I
would say that the Brant was not present. It would probably be a good idea
for people to continue looking as it may still be in the area.

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK

 

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Date: 1/27/24 12:41 pm
From: shenthorn205 <shenthorn205...>
Subject: eBird -- Washington Park. 313 North High Avenue, Oklahoma City -- Jan 27, 2024
Washington Park. 313 North High Avenue, Oklahoma CityJan 27, 202412:20 PMTraveling0.60 miles70 minutesAll birds reported? YesComments:Overcast. 33. Old trees and brush piles in cleared neighborhood. 5 Canada Goose 25 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3 Ring-billed Gull 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Northern Flicker 1 American Kestrel 5 Blue Jay 1 American Crow 2 Carolina Chickadee 200 European Starling 2 Northern Mockingbird 36 American Robin 1 House Sparrow 1 House Finch 3 Chipping Sparrow 2 Field Sparrow 40 Dark-eyed Junco 12 Harris's Sparrow 6 Northern Cardinal Number of Taxa: 0
 

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