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2/22/18 9:09 am Kurt Meisenzahl <meisenzk...> backyard bird count
2/21/18 4:56 am larrymays1949 <larrymays1949...> Re: Ringed Kingfisher update - McCurtain County
2/21/18 12:08 am bill <billd...> Re: Ringed Kingfisher update - McCurtain County
2/20/18 1:41 pm John Kennington <johnkennington...> Tonight's Tulsa Audubon Meeting Canceled
2/19/18 11:09 am Jennie Brooks <2014birder...> Re: Field Trip to the Wichita's on Feb 24th
2/19/18 10:35 am Jim Arterburn <JIMARTERBURN...> Another round of photos added to my website
2/18/18 7:35 pm Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx...> Today's Birds
2/18/18 7:02 pm Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...> Re: Midwest City Woodcockery
2/18/18 6:47 pm Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...> Tonight's Woodcock Report
2/18/18 5:24 pm Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> Midwest City Woodcockery
2/18/18 5:13 pm Kurt Meisenzahl <meisenzk...> Field Trip to the Wichita's on Feb 24th
2/18/18 3:07 pm Tal Roberts <talrob2...> Re: McCurtain County Ringed Kingfisher update
2/18/18 2:36 pm David Arbour <arbour...> McCurtain County Ringed Kingfisher update
2/18/18 12:35 am Mary Peterson <m_mpeterson...> Re: American Woodcock update for Cherokee County:
2/17/18 8:11 pm Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...> American Woodcock update for Cherokee County:
2/17/18 3:53 pm David Arbour <arbour...> Ringed Kingfisher update - McCurtain County
2/17/18 12:09 pm Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...> Ringed Kingfisher
2/16/18 5:50 am Jim Arterburn <JIMARTERBURN...> Photos added to PBase website
2/15/18 5:38 pm NATHAN KUHNERT <nrkuhnert...> The Feather Atlas
2/14/18 7:52 pm Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...> Oklahoma American Woodcocks are displaying here in Tahlequah!
2/14/18 7:10 pm David Arbour <arbour...> Red Slough Bird Survey - Feb. 14
2/14/18 11:49 am Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> FW: eBird Report - Oklahoma, Feb 14, 2018
2/14/18 11:49 am Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> FW: eBird Report - Lake Hefner, Feb 14, 2018
2/13/18 4:27 pm <pickern...> <pickern...> Re: Sequoyah NWR BAEG nest
2/13/18 10:17 am Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...> Re: Sequoyah NWR BAEG nest
2/13/18 9:58 am Dan Reinking <dan...> Re: Sequoyah NWR BAEG nest
2/13/18 9:54 am Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...> Sequoyah NWR BAEG nest
2/11/18 12:31 pm Bob annd Nancy <blnllaval...> Ice on the ground
2/11/18 9:59 am Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...> Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count Results
2/10/18 5:49 am HAROLD YOCUM <drhal2...> Re: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell
2/9/18 4:56 pm C Pickern <pickern...> Eagles nest at Sequoyah wild life refuge
2/9/18 1:21 pm Scott Loss <scottrloss...> Re: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell
2/9/18 10:02 am Curtis, Tom <tom.curtis...> Re: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell
2/9/18 9:58 am EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...> Re: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell
2/9/18 9:42 am Scott Loss <scottrloss...> NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell
2/9/18 7:30 am Scott Loss <scottrloss...> Least Grebe - Lake Carl Blackwell (tentative retraction of sighting)
2/9/18 7:19 am Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> FW: eBird Report - Okemah Lake, Feb 8, 2018
2/9/18 6:51 am Scott Loss <scottrloss...> Least Grebe - Lake Carl Blackwell
2/8/18 6:52 pm Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> FW: eBird Report - Okfuskee County, OK, US, Feb 8, 2018
2/7/18 7:41 pm David Arbour <arbour...> Red Slough Bird Survey - Feb. 7
2/7/18 3:52 pm Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> FW: eBird Report - Prague Lake City Park, Feb 7, 2018
2/7/18 3:48 pm Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> FW: eBird Report - Meeker Lake, Feb 7, 2018
2/7/18 1:28 pm Lynn Romine <0000009144775b98-dmarc-request...> Re: Wichita Falls area
2/7/18 6:10 am <email...> From National Geographic: The Epic Journeys of Migratory Birds
2/6/18 6:05 pm Larry Mays <larrymays1949...> Re: Wichita Falls area
2/6/18 3:30 pm Jennie Brooks <2014birder...> Wichita Falls area
2/6/18 11:55 am HAROLD YOCUM <drhal2...> Re: Canton Lake
2/6/18 7:15 am Jennie Brooks <2014birder...> Re: Canton Lake
2/6/18 1:13 am Harold A. Yocum <drhal2...> Re: Canton Lake
2/5/18 10:33 pm Steve Davis <spd8109...> Re: Canton Lake
2/5/18 11:58 am Linda Adams <000000853e24127e-dmarc-request...> Re: White winged dove
2/5/18 11:29 am Hollis Price <hollis...> Re: White winged dove
2/5/18 11:13 am Jennifer Kidney <jenlkidney...> Re: White winged dove
2/5/18 10:10 am Nick LoLordo <lord9691...> Re: White winged dove
2/5/18 9:20 am Harold A. Yocum <drhal2...> Re: White winged dove
2/5/18 7:29 am Hollis Price <hollis...> White winged dove
2/5/18 7:23 am Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx...> New Photos
2/4/18 3:36 pm HAROLD YOCUM <drhal2...> Re: Canton Lake
2/4/18 1:19 pm O Connell, Tim <tim.oconnell...> Updates and announcements - Payne County Audubon Society
2/4/18 4:52 am Jim Jorgensen <hpah...> Re: Canton Lake
2/4/18 4:21 am Larry Mays <larrymays1949...> Canton Lake
2/3/18 2:45 pm Mary Peterson <m_mpeterson...> Oxley North Woods in Tulsa on 2-3-2018
2/2/18 4:45 pm Patricia Velte <pvelte...> February Migration Report
2/2/18 4:28 am Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> FW: eBird Report - Fort Cobb Lake, Feb 1, 2018
2/1/18 12:55 pm Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...> Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count is this Saturday, February 3, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
2/1/18 12:20 pm O Connell, Tim <tim.oconnell...> Payne County Audubon events reminder - TONIGHT!
1/31/18 9:28 am Sharon Henthorn <shenthorn205...> Lake Hefner this morning
1/31/18 8:56 am Harold A. Yocum <drhal2...> Re: Lake Overholser this morning
1/31/18 7:43 am Sharon Henthorn <shenthorn205...> Lake Overholser this morning
1/31/18 7:03 am larrymays1949 <larrymays1949...> Black Phoebe
1/30/18 9:37 pm David Arbour <arbour...> Red Slough Bird Survey - Jan. 30
1/30/18 3:56 pm mike <m.b.ludewig...> Lake Texoma Birding
1/30/18 6:08 am Jim Deming <birdbrain.jim...> Re: Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count Saturday February 3!
1/30/18 5:13 am Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...> Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count Saturday February 3!
1/29/18 9:35 am O Connell, Tim <tim.oconnell...> Re: Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds
1/28/18 8:31 am Dennis Porebski <dennis.porebski...> Re: Fw: Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds
1/28/18 6:10 am Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> Fw: Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds
1/26/18 9:05 am David Arbour <arbour...> Red Slough Birding Convention
1/25/18 5:58 pm Mary Peterson <m_mpeterson...> Cimarron County from January 22-25, 2018.
1/25/18 10:39 am LEWIS POND <breaker57...> Any news on the Snowy Owl at Sooner Lake?
1/24/18 7:38 pm David Arbour <arbour...> Red Slough Bird Survey - Jan. 24
1/24/18 5:49 pm Lynn Romine <0000009144775b98-dmarc-request...> Re: Fw: Bluebird Needs Your Help!
1/24/18 5:39 pm Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...> Re: Fw: Bluebird Needs Your Help!
1/24/18 5:35 pm Lynn Romine <0000009144775b98-dmarc-request...> Fw: Bluebird Needs Your Help!
1/23/18 4:17 pm Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> FW: eBird Report - Lake Waurika--Dam, Jan 23, 2018
 
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Date: 2/22/18 9:09 am
From: Kurt Meisenzahl <meisenzk...>
Subject: backyard bird count
  Birds seen during the Great Backyard Bird Count     Feb 16 - Feb 19, 2018
Cardinals  11Pine Siskins  47Goldfinch  14Juncos  6White- winged Doves 28Pileated Woodpecker  1  (heard)Downey Woodpecker  2Red-bellied Woodpecker  2Carolina Chickadee  4Tufted Titmouse  3English Sparrow  24Lincoln Sparrow  1White-throated Sparrow 2Song Sparrow  1Harris's Sparrow  4Blue Jay  2 Mockingbird  1Spotted Towhee  2Red-winged Blackbird  1House Finch  3Carolina Wren 1Great Horned owl  1  (heard)American Crow  2  (heard)
Went through 30 pounds of thistle in 9 days!!!
Kurt Meisenzahl911 NE bob White Rd Lawton, OK <73507meisenzk...>

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Date: 2/21/18 4:56 am
From: larrymays1949 <larrymays1949...>
Subject: Re: Ringed Kingfisher update - McCurtain County
Second state record.


Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note5, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: bill <billd...> Date: 2/21/18 2:08 AM (GMT-06:00) To: <OKBIRDS...> Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Ringed Kingfisher update - McCurtain County

Amazing! Is this a first for the state, at least for this time of year?

 

peace

bill d

enid garfield ok
 

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Date: 2/21/18 12:08 am
From: bill <billd...>
Subject: Re: Ringed Kingfisher update - McCurtain County
Amazing! Is this a first for the state, at least for this time of year?
peacebill denid garfield ok
 

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Date: 2/20/18 1:41 pm
From: John Kennington <johnkennington...>
Subject: Tonight's Tulsa Audubon Meeting Canceled
This evening's Tulsa Audubon Society meeting (2/20) with Abbey Rmirez on
Saw-whet Owls, has been canceled due to the weather. We hate to
cancel again but want to err on the side of caution, and also our
speaker would have to drive home to Tahlequah in questionable road
conditions.

Let's hope the weather in March is better than January and today. Stayed
tuned for updates on our March-May programs, we are in the process of
rescheduling some of them. In the meantime, to repeat last month's advice,
stay warm & safe, and keep the birdseed and de-iced water out there for our
feathered friends who are truly battling the elements of Mother Nature.

John Kennington, President
*<johnkennington...> <johnkennington...>*

 

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Date: 2/19/18 11:09 am
From: Jennie Brooks <2014birder...>
Subject: Re: Field Trip to the Wichita's on Feb 24th
Wonderful. We had a conflict on the 24th. Derek and I are hoping to
attend on the 3rd. Will confirm before the 3rd.
Kurt - we went on our first group trip with Larry Mays on Feb 3rd. Had a
great time and looking forward to our second.
Thank you.
Jennie Brooks

On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 7:13 PM, Kurt Meisenzahl <meisenzk...>
wrote:

> I have to move the field trip currently scheduled on Feb 24th to the
> Wichita Mountains to Saturday, March 3rd.
> Meeting time and place are the same.
>
> Just 2 responses so far - and I have contacted those folks about the
> change. See correct email address below.
>
>
> Kurt Meisenzahl
> Lawton, OK
> <meisenzk...>
>

 

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Date: 2/19/18 10:35 am
From: Jim Arterburn <JIMARTERBURN...>
Subject: Another round of photos added to my website
OKBirds,

I have added more photos to my website. Some of the species added
include Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Blue Jay, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern
Bluebird, a leucistic Great Blue Heron, Golden-crowned Kinglet, House
Finch including a yellow-orange variant, Northern Harrier, Red-breasted
Nuthatch, Red Crossbill, several hawk species and others. The new photos
are at the beginning of my "Recent Birds" gallery at the link below.

http://www.pbase.com/oklahomabirder/recentbirds

Jim Arterburn
 

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Date: 2/18/18 7:35 pm
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx...>
Subject: Today's Birds
Hello All,

Passed on pursuing the kingfisher today, but did find a couple of species
that I had not seen in more than ten years: Red-Necked Grebe at Lake
Hefner, and Long-Eared Owl at Waurika. Only one of the latter, about 50 ft
from the edge of the road. Probably more were there, I suspect that the
wind had pushed them back further into the trees. Kind of amazing how well
they blend in with the trunks of the Honey Locusts. Also, at least five
Long-Tailed Ducks were still hanging around behind the dam at Waurika. No
Scoters though.

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK

 

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Date: 2/18/18 7:02 pm
From: Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Midwest City Woodcockery
Jimmy,

DEFINITELY COUNTS!

Mia


On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 7:24 PM, Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> wrote:

> This morning at 6:50AM, I heard a Woodcock doing the
> twittering flight display just to the west of our house
>
> in Midwest City.
>
> This is a new bird for our yard list. I was standing in our
> yard when I heard it so it counts, right?
>
>
>
> Jimmy Woodard
>
> Midwest City, OK
>



--
Mia Revels, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Northeastern State University
611 Grand Ave.
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
(918) 444-3824
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Date: 2/18/18 6:47 pm
From: Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Tonight's Woodcock Report
We flushed two American Woodcocks from the brush this afternoon while
taking a "shortcut" to our roost. Then, after we were all seated, an
early-bird woodcock flew in front of us at 6:08, landed just behind our
thicket, peented a few times, then was silent. It was a while before all
the other males got to peenting, but we estimated that there were at least
4 (maybe 5/6) males out there tonight. We saw three full displays, two of
which were right in front of us - with a row of grass between us and the
bird. While he was in the air for his last display we scurried over to his
lane and sat on the ground. He landed in the same spot again and several of
us got good looks before he just sort of strolled into the underbrush at
6:30. As we were packing up and leaving, he blasted back out and flew
behind us again. No close calls tonight, but several very nice views. The
land owner visited with us on the way out. It was nice to get to thank him
in person. He really enjoys seeing people enjoy the land that he takes such
good care of. And we really enjoy the privilege!

Mia Revels
Tahlequah, OK

--
Mia Revels, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Northeastern State University
611 Grand Ave.
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
(918) 444-3824
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Date: 2/18/18 5:24 pm
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...>
Subject: Midwest City Woodcockery
This morning at 6:50AM, I heard a Woodcock doing the
twittering flight display just to the west of our house

in Midwest City.

This is a new bird for our yard list. I was standing in our
yard when I heard it so it counts, right?



Jimmy Woodard

Midwest City, OK


 

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Date: 2/18/18 5:13 pm
From: Kurt Meisenzahl <meisenzk...>
Subject: Field Trip to the Wichita's on Feb 24th
I have to move the field trip currently scheduled on Feb 24th to the Wichita Mountains to Saturday, March 3rd.Meeting time and place are the same.
Just 2 responses so far - and I have contacted those folks about the change.  See correct email address below.

Kurt MeisenzahlLawton, OK <meisenzk...>
 

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Date: 2/18/18 3:07 pm
From: Tal Roberts <talrob2...>
Subject: Re: McCurtain County Ringed Kingfisher update
Sorry to hear it, David.  I’ll bet you had a good-sized group.
Was shocked when I heard this guy was up there!  Another Hurricane Harvey transplant?
Best,
Tal

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

On Sunday, February 18, 2018, 4:36 PM, David Arbour <arbour...> wrote:

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We were unable to relocate the Ringed Kingfisher today.  The weather was cold with heavy overcast skies and a moderate east wind.  Hopefully the bird is nearby on one of the many nearby ponds and will be back when the weather improves.  We will keep checking for it.

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR




 

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Date: 2/18/18 2:36 pm
From: David Arbour <arbour...>
Subject: McCurtain County Ringed Kingfisher update
We were unable to relocate the Ringed Kingfisher today. The weather was
cold with heavy overcast skies and a moderate east wind. Hopefully the bird
is nearby on one of the many nearby ponds and will be back when the weather
improves. We will keep checking for it.



David Arbour

De Queen, AR


 

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Date: 2/18/18 12:35 am
From: Mary Peterson <m_mpeterson...>
Subject: Re: American Woodcock update for Cherokee County:
It was not as exciting as what Mia had, but a group of us gathered several hundred yards north of the gate to the Oxley Nature Center in Tulsa, Saturday evening. The first woodcock started calling about 6:20 and it was joined by at least 6 others over the next 20 minutes. One landed for about a minute less that 50 feet away.


Mark Peterson

Bartlesville


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From: okbirds <OKBIRDS...> on behalf of Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...>
Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2018 10:11 PM
To: <OKBIRDS...>
Subject: [OKBIRDS] American Woodcock update for Cherokee County:

ATTACK OF THE KILLER WOODCOCK!

Okay, not really, but I did have my closest encounter with an American Woodcock tonight ever in my long history of woodcock adventures. I returned to the field tonight after nearly 1/2 inch of rain and hiked into the thorny thickets to the spot where I felt certain I knew a male would land. An ornithology student was with me, and we settled into our chairs in the brush with the trees to our backs. After waiting for the sun to set and the peenting to begin, we were rewarded with lots of male action.

There was peenting, kakaking, flights to and from the shrubbery, spiral battles....and then....We both saw a male zooming toward us along the path at our eye level. It was headed straight for Josh's head (he later told me that he was seconds away from "fight or flight" when the woodcock changed path). I was completely paralyzed. It missed his head and flew past my face with only inches to spare. I literally felt the breeze of his passage. I am pretty sure that my heart stopped. The woodcock landed just behind us and we both got good looks of him while he peented and turned, peented and turned, and eventually flew off a-twittering. We compared notes about how exciting it all was, and how we nearly died, but were immediately distracted by all the woodcock action surrounding us.

There were at least 6 males in our hearing/sight range. Since there was only one in that area last night, they must have all arrived today and were duking it out over lek sites (maybe?). We did get to witness two full aerial displays in addition to the rest of the social activities. One of the best nights ever for me, given the Close Encounter of the Woodcock Kind. First Peent was at 6:17 and it wasn't over until 6:43. 23 minutes of Woodcock Love.

Mia Revels
Tahlequah OK
--
Mia Revels, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Northeastern State University
611 Grand Ave.
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
(918) 444-3824
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Date: 2/17/18 8:11 pm
From: Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...>
Subject: American Woodcock update for Cherokee County:
ATTACK OF THE KILLER WOODCOCK!

Okay, not really, but I did have my closest encounter with an American
Woodcock tonight ever in my long history of woodcock adventures. I returned
to the field tonight after nearly 1/2 inch of rain and hiked into the
thorny thickets to the spot where I felt certain I knew a male would land.
An ornithology student was with me, and we settled into our chairs in the
brush with the trees to our backs. After waiting for the sun to set and the
peenting to begin, we were rewarded with lots of male action.

There was peenting, kakaking, flights to and from the shrubbery, spiral
battles....and then....We both saw a male zooming toward us along the path
at our eye level. It was headed straight for Josh's head (he later told me
that he was seconds away from "fight or flight" when the woodcock changed
path). I was completely paralyzed. It missed his head and flew past my face
with only inches to spare. I literally felt the breeze of his passage. I am
pretty sure that my heart stopped. The woodcock landed just behind us and
we both got good looks of him while he peented and turned, peented and
turned, and eventually flew off a-twittering. We compared notes about how
exciting it all was, and how we nearly died, but were immediately
distracted by all the woodcock action surrounding us.

There were at least 6 males in our hearing/sight range. Since there was
only one in that area last night, they must have all arrived today and were
duking it out over lek sites (maybe?). We did get to witness two full
aerial displays in addition to the rest of the social activities. One of
the best nights ever for me, given the Close Encounter of the Woodcock
Kind. First Peent was at 6:17 and it wasn't over until 6:43. 23 minutes of
Woodcock Love.

Mia Revels
Tahlequah OK
--
Mia Revels, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Northeastern State University
611 Grand Ave.
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
(918) 444-3824
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Date: 2/17/18 3:53 pm
From: David Arbour <arbour...>
Subject: Ringed Kingfisher update - McCurtain County
I got a call from Dr. Chris Butler a little before noon today that he and
his Ornithology class had found a Ringed Kingfisher at the OSU Forestry
Research Station near Idabel. I got there as fast as I could. When I got
there they had the bird in site and showed me. Ford Hendershot and Dennis
Wilson were there as well. We watched the bird for an hour and a half as it
sat on the same perch the whole time. Then it flew around for a bit calling
and we temporarily lost it but it was back at 4:30 this evening. The
research station is closed on the weekends but I got permission to take
birders in there to see the bird at 10 a.m. in the morning (Sunday). So if
you want to see it be there. The station is about 3 miles east of Idabel on
Highway 3. If you can't come tomorrow but want to come on a weekday you
must contact the OSU Forestry research station or Dennis Wilson (the
Biologist/manager) for permission to enter the site. I don't have the
stations number but here is Dennis' number: 580-286-8173. If you arrive
late, my number is: 870-582-3623.



David Arbour

De Queen, AR


 

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Date: 2/17/18 12:09 pm
From: Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...>
Subject: Ringed Kingfisher
Reported on ABA rare bird Facebook page
"RINGED KINGFISHER - OSU Kiamichi Forestry Research Station in Idabel
(McCurtain County) Oklahoma. Private property- ask the station for access

The superintendent of the station is okay with me letting other people know
about this sighting."

Sandy B

 

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Date: 2/16/18 5:50 am
From: Jim Arterburn <JIMARTERBURN...>
Subject: Photos added to PBase website
OKBirds,

I have uploaded some photos to my website. For this update I have added
waterfowl photos from this winter. They can be seen at the following
link.

http://www.pbase.com/oklahomabirder/recentbirds

For those interested I have also added my butterfly photos from last
fall as well as photos of Big Horn Sheep, Pronghorn and Mule Deer from
Cimarron County from late November. These photos can be seen at the
links below.

Mammals - http://www.pbase.com/oklahomabirder/recentmammals

Butterflies - http://www.pbase.com/oklahomabirder/recentbutterflies

I hope you enjoy these photos.

Jim Arterburn

 

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Date: 2/15/18 5:38 pm
From: NATHAN KUHNERT <nrkuhnert...>
Subject: The Feather Atlas
Dear OK-birders,
I came across a very neat website today on flight feather identification published by the USFWS Forensics Laboratory:
https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/browse.php

The scanned images are extremely sharp and I found the site easy to navigate and conduct searches.
Sincerely,
Nathan KuhnertNorman, OK




 

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Date: 2/14/18 7:52 pm
From: Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Oklahoma American Woodcocks are displaying here in Tahlequah!
Waffle and I went out tonight for "Woodcock Date Night" - our traditional
first woodcock trip of the year, on or near Valentine's Day, weather
permitting. Our hopes were not high, since it has been so dry these past
two years. However, we were treated to full male displays! There was lots
of peenting, kakaking, and fly-bys. We also saw males doing some spiral
dueling flights. There were at least 3 males out there, maybe more. Came
home to filet mignon, cheddar mashed potatoes, and green beans. Life is
good. The Woodcockery has begun!
<https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155631072705432&set=a.37735385431.51180.654770431&type=3>

--
Mia Revels, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Northeastern State University
611 Grand Ave.
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
(918) 444-3824
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Date: 2/14/18 7:10 pm
From: David Arbour <arbour...>
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - Feb. 14
It was calm, overcast, cool, and foggy with on and off misting rain on the
bird survey today. 69 species were found. The Neotropic Cormorant
continues on Otter Lake and I managed to find a couple wintering King Rails.
The rain kept me in my vehicle most of the day birding along the gravel
roads. A long break from the rain in the afternoon gave me a chance to walk
a mile and a half of a levee that were too wet to drive on, which resulted
in lots of rails and wrens. Here is my list for today:



Greater White-fronted Goose - 15



Ross' Goose - 3



Canada Goose - 2



Wood Duck - 2



Gadwall - 150



American Wigeon - 3



Mallard - 398



Northern Shoveler - 27



Northern Pintail - 60



Green-winged Teal - 800



Ring-necked Duck - 422



Hooded Merganser - 26



Ruddy Duck - 6



Pied-billed Grebe - 1



American White Pelican - 1



Neotropic Cormorant - 1



Double-crested Cormorant - 13



Great-blue Heron - 5



Turkey Vulture - 11



Northern Harrier - 4



Accipiter species - 1



Red-tailed Hawk - 7



King Rail - 2



Virginia Rail - 8



American Coot - 264



Killdeer - 2



Greater Yellowlegs - 6



Wilsons Snipe - 2



Rock Pigeon - 2



Mourning Dove - 66



Belted Kingfisher - 5



Red-bellied Woodpecker - 6



Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2



Downy Woodpecker - 5



Hairy Woodpecker - 1



Northern Flicker - 6



Eastern Phoebe - 5



Blue Jay - 7



American Crow - 37



Fish Crow - 3



Carolina Chickadee - 2



Tufted Titmouse - 2



Carolina Wren - 6



House Wren - 1



Sedge Wren - 6



Marsh Wren - 7



Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 3



Eastern Bluebird - 1



American Robin - 56



Northern Mockingbird - 1



Brown Thrasher - 3



Cedar Waxwing - 60



Orange-crowned Warbler - 1



Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3



Common Yellowthroat - 1



Eastern Towhee - 1



Savannah Sparrow - 26



Fox Sparrow - 8



Song Sparrow - 37



Swamp Sparrow - 4



White-throated Sparrow - 9



Harris' Sparrow - 5



White-crowned Sparrow - 19



Dark-eyed Junco - 1



Northern Cardinal - 21



Red-winged Blackbird - 114



Eastern Meadowlark - 17



Rusty Blackbird - 20



Common Grackle - 3





Herps:



Cajun Chorus Frogs - calling

Southern Leopard Frog - calling







Good birding!



David Arbour

De Queen, AR




 

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Date: 2/14/18 11:49 am
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...>
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Oklahoma, Feb 14, 2018
Nice to see a city Roadrunner once in awhile. I was kidding with Nadine that perhaps
It escaped from the OKC Zoo since it was about a mile north of there.

Jimmy Woodard
Midwest City, OK


Oklahoma, Oklahoma, US
Feb 14, 2018 12:15 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: one roadrunner seen on right of way south of I-44 just east of MLK Blvd.
1 species

Greater Roadrunner 1

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Date: 2/14/18 11:49 am
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...>
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Lake Hefner, Feb 14, 2018
Nadine and I did a quick Valentine's Day spin around Lake Hefner. Found some goodies like
Surf Scoter, Eared Grebe and Pacific Loon. Could not find the Red-necked Grebe but perhaps
We didn't walk far enough to the north end.

Jimmy Woodard
Midwest City, OK


Lake Hefner, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, US
Feb 14, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
51 species (+1 other taxa)

Cackling Goose 10
Canada Goose 55
Northern Shoveler 10
Gadwall 20
Mallard 50
Northern Pintail 14
Redhead 35
Greater Scaup 40 seen well thru scopes. green, rounded head with very white sides. wide heads with large black nails on tip of bills.
Lesser Scaup 25
Greater/Lesser Scaup 100
Surf Scoter 1 overall dark brown female with white spots between bill and eye and behind the eye. no white wing patch. very large triangular bill. larger that other waterfowl nearby.
Bufflehead 10
Common Goldeneye 12
Common Merganser 4
Red-breasted Merganser 80
Pacific Loon 1 small than several Commons next to it. grayish on neck and head with darker area around the eye. smaller, less blocky head that Commons. white on neck with a hint of collar across the neck.
Common Loon 7
Pied-billed Grebe 40
Horned Grebe 20
Eared Grebe 1 seemed smaller than nearby Horned. dark smudge on face behind and below the eye.
Double-crested Cormorant 70
American White Pelican 36
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Coot 200
Killdeer 3
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Bonaparte's Gull 75
Ring-billed Gull 120
Herring Gull 10
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 25
Eurasian Collared-Dove 3
American Kestrel 1
Blue Jay 14
American Crow 6
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 8
Northern Mockingbird 2
American Pipit 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Northern Cardinal 9
Eastern Meadowlark 6
Great-tailed Grackle 40
House Finch 5
House Sparrow 15

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42753892

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Date: 2/13/18 4:27 pm
From: <pickern...> <pickern...>
Subject: Re: Sequoyah NWR BAEG nest
I see this so cool

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On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 12:51 PM, Sandy Berger<sndbrgr...> wrote: Check out suttoncenter.org to view the Bald Eagle nest.  Currently two eggs have hatched, and the parents have brought fish and a coot to feed the kids.  
Sandy B.

 

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Date: 2/13/18 10:17 am
From: Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...>
Subject: Re: Sequoyah NWR BAEG nest
Thanks Dan. I started a Friends of Sequoyah Facebook page some time ago.
The Sutton Center link is there so non-birders can see the eagle action.
It's a great educational tool.

Sandy

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 11:58 AM Dan Reinking <dan...> wrote:

> Thanks, Sandy.
>
> Here is a direct link:
>
> http://www.suttoncenter.org/live-bald-eagle-nest-camera/
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.suttoncenter.org_live-2Dbald-2Deagle-2Dnest-2Dcamera_&d=DwMFaQ&c=qKdtBuuu6dQK9MsRUVJ2DPXW6oayO8fu4TfEHS8sGNk&r=WtcHdIgfPcd5duugjo56RvrWKXWbcpxsIgrqUhahxv0&m=BYD4At28yE465D2l-iRbIbfamdjxaV3QX-_6jaKyYhU&s=rR7H0olfpMc2bbJJ8ByFlqUyBwR7hJfMHZcRoxkNNTk&e=>
>
>
>
> We put a neat photo of an adult eagle flying in to the nest with two
> chicks on our Facebook page this morning.
>
> www.facebook.com/suttoncenter
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.facebook.com_suttoncenter&d=DwMFaQ&c=qKdtBuuu6dQK9MsRUVJ2DPXW6oayO8fu4TfEHS8sGNk&r=WtcHdIgfPcd5duugjo56RvrWKXWbcpxsIgrqUhahxv0&m=BYD4At28yE465D2l-iRbIbfamdjxaV3QX-_6jaKyYhU&s=XcJPk5H-HJyOCEI-c9iBdCoABMpCR-9P5C4DQu3JM-8&e=>
>
> Follow us on Facebook for updates on our projects!
>
> Dan Reinking
>
> Sutton avian Research Center
>
>
>
> *From:* okbirds [mailto:<OKBIRDS...>] *On Behalf Of *Sandy Berger
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 13, 2018 11:53 AM
> *To:* <OKBIRDS...>
> *Subject:* [OKBIRDS] Sequoyah NWR BAEG nest
>
>
>
> Check out suttoncenter.org
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__suttoncenter.org&d=DwMFaQ&c=qKdtBuuu6dQK9MsRUVJ2DPXW6oayO8fu4TfEHS8sGNk&r=WtcHdIgfPcd5duugjo56RvrWKXWbcpxsIgrqUhahxv0&m=2hjeURNrKUO-tnUEolgH_VumeocGR4wHMTSB21rzS_c&s=66DdZ1GHcoeClMHEFw5CSUNSvDFUvyo0I8hJPBiN_CU&e=>
> to view the Bald Eagle nest. Currently two eggs have hatched, and the
> parents have brought fish and a coot to feed the kids.
>
>
>
> Sandy B.
>

 

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Date: 2/13/18 9:58 am
From: Dan Reinking <dan...>
Subject: Re: Sequoyah NWR BAEG nest
Thanks, Sandy.

Here is a direct link:

http://www.suttoncenter.org/live-bald-eagle-nest-camera/



We put a neat photo of an adult eagle flying in to the nest with two chicks on our Facebook page this morning.

www.facebook.com/suttoncenter <http://www.facebook.com/suttoncenter>

Follow us on Facebook for updates on our projects!

Dan Reinking

Sutton avian Research Center



From: okbirds [mailto:<OKBIRDS...>] On Behalf Of Sandy Berger
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 11:53 AM
To: <OKBIRDS...>
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Sequoyah NWR BAEG nest



Check out suttoncenter.org <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__suttoncenter.org&d=DwMFaQ&c=qKdtBuuu6dQK9MsRUVJ2DPXW6oayO8fu4TfEHS8sGNk&r=WtcHdIgfPcd5duugjo56RvrWKXWbcpxsIgrqUhahxv0&m=2hjeURNrKUO-tnUEolgH_VumeocGR4wHMTSB21rzS_c&s=66DdZ1GHcoeClMHEFw5CSUNSvDFUvyo0I8hJPBiN_CU&e=> to view the Bald Eagle nest. Currently two eggs have hatched, and the parents have brought fish and a coot to feed the kids.



Sandy B.


 

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Date: 2/13/18 9:54 am
From: Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...>
Subject: Sequoyah NWR BAEG nest
Check out suttoncenter.org to view the Bald Eagle nest. Currently two eggs
have hatched, and the parents have brought fish and a coot to feed the
kids.

Sandy B.

 

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Date: 2/11/18 12:31 pm
From: Bob annd Nancy <blnllaval...>
Subject: Ice on the ground
Seems to really increase the numbers of birds coming to the feeders. I’ve had a fox sparrow for the last few days. They usually don’t come in until the ice or snow covers everything. Today we finally got a thin layer of ice. I’ve had about 10 Goldfinches for the last few weeks but today I suddenly have 57 along with a lone male Purple finch and a Siskin.
A note on the Fox Sparrow. He has the heavily reddish spotted breast of the Red fox sparrow found in the North and East but his back and tail are more what my book shows as the slate colored or Rockies sparrow. His back is patterned but grayish and his tail has just the barest tint of red. Grey rump. Could this be a cross between the two?

Bob LaVal
20367 Pine Mtn. LP
Heavener, OK 74937
Phone: 918-653-7921
 

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Date: 2/11/18 9:59 am
From: Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count Results
Hello OK-birders!

The Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count last weekend was great! For those of
you who were unable to attend because of scheduling issues (and my tardy
announcement), future Nickel Winter Counts will be on the FIRST SATURDAY OF
FEBRUARY for the foreseeable future. We are hoping that will make planning
and scheduling easier for everyone.

Eight birders, 6 of them former or current Northeastern State University
students, came out to spend the day counting birds this year. Jim Deming
made it out as well! The eighth one is me, of course. After a morning of
enjoying nature, we gathered at the preserve headquarters to eat hot
soup/bread and compare notes. Here are our totals:

Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count - February 3, 2018

1. Great Blue Heron - 2
2. Black Vulture- 10
3. Turkey Vulture - 4
4. Mallard - 4
5. *Golden Eagle - 1*
6. *Bald Eagle - 15*
7. Red-shouldered Hawk - 2
8. Red-tailed Hawk - 4
9. Killdeer - 2
10. Barred Owl - 1
11. Belted Kingfisher - 3
12. Red-headed Woodpecker - 2
13. Red-bellied Woodpecker - 13
14. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1
15. Downy Woodpecker - 1
16. Northern Flicker - 12
17. Pileated Woodpecker - 5
18. Blue Jay - 41
19. American Crow - 20
20. Carolina Chickadee - 15
21. Tufted Titmouse - 5
22. White-breasted Nuthatch - 4
23. Carolina Wren - 7
24. Eastern Bluebirds - 31
25. American Robin - 163
26. Northern Mockingbird - 5
27. European Starling - 5
28. *Cedar Waxwing - 185*
29. Pine Warbler - 2
30. Fox Sparrow - 1
31. Song Sparrow - 56
32. White-throated Sparrow - 51
33. White-crowned Sparrow - 5
34. Dark-eyed Junco - 182
35. Northern Cardinal - 41
36. Brewer’s Blackbird - 20
37. Eastern Meadowlark - 1
38. American Goldfinch - 51

--
Mia Revels, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Northeastern State University
611 Grand Ave.
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
(918) 444-3824
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Date: 2/10/18 5:49 am
From: HAROLD YOCUM <drhal2...>
Subject: Re: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell
At least 4 birders from OKC went to Lake Sam Blackwell in the late AM ( 11:00) and searched for the "grebe in question" we saw a grebe that looked like the one pictured. Light was very good and after a lot of discussion we all concluded it was a PBGR, although slightly atypical.

Personally , I was satisfied and went on my way to Keystone Dam in search of the red crossbills. Luck was with me as I spotted 6-7 birds in the pines there about 2:30 right along the road about 2/3 of the way toward the next cross street.. The first one to show was a "yellow" variety that flew in to within 10 feet and landed in a small bare tree just to check out my "flock call" ( iBird Pro). More flew over and they spent the next 15 minutes on a large pine with many cones where they had a feeding frenzy. I found it interesting to watch as several of them( all red ones) plucked seeds from the cones. They would pull out a seed, clip off the attached "wing" and eat he seed. I watch one bird in particular for a few minutes. It downed a seed every 3-4 seconds. It was easy ( and interesting ) to count the twirlling "wings " as they fluttered to the ground.

Hal Yocum, Edmond

> On February 9, 2018 at 4:21 PM Scott Loss <scottrloss...> wrote:
>
> "Early hatching" might have been the wrong term as it probably didn't hatch in 2018. However, this is clearly a juvenile bird as it hasn't attained adult features (bill and body are too small). As suggested by Doug Wood in a comment on the OOS facebook page, this could actually be a late-hatching bird from 2017.
>
> Scott Loss
> Stillwater
>
>
>
>
> Hi, Scott
>
> It is likely that your bird is a small, non-breeding pied-bill. A recently hatched bird would likely have the remnants of a striped head.
>
> Have fun,
>
> Tom Curtis
>
>
>
> From: okbirds <OKBIRDS AT http://LISTS.OU.EDU> on behalf of Scott Loss <scottrloss...> mailto:<scottrloss...>
>
> Sent: Friday, February 9, 2018 11:42 AM
>
> To: OKBIRDS AT http://LISTS.OU.EDU
>
> Subject: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell
>
>
>
>
>
> All,
>
>
> The bird I previously identified as a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell is actually a very small (and early hatching) juvenile Pied-billed Grebe. I was thrown by the bird's extremely small size, short neck, and tiny bill, as well as what seems like a very
>
> early date for a recently hatched pied-billed. My apologies for the false alarm... and it sounds like at least one group may have headed up to Stillwater so I apologize if the previous retraction was not clear or fast enough!
>
>
>
> Some photos of the bird can be found embedded in the eBird checklist below:
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checkli... https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__ebird.org_view_checklist_S42616080&d=DwMFaQ&c=qKdtBuuu6dQK9MsRUVJ2DPXW6oayO8fu4TfEHS8sGNk&r=WtcHdIgfPcd5duugjo56RvrWKXWbcpxsIgrqUhahxv0&m=54hpbbndDeOQyTMgsL89TMJbgarQD1Sg1exVDCcbUbw&s=jgqu46O5755q90lpaxl7IVqh6-_0dcsKqpf8asS1F5w&e=
>
>
> Scott Loss
>
> Stillwater.
>
>

 

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Date: 2/9/18 4:56 pm
From: C Pickern <pickern...>
Subject: Eagles nest at Sequoyah wild life refuge

Any one know what date the eggs where layed 
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Date: 2/9/18 1:21 pm
From: Scott Loss <scottrloss...>
Subject: Re: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell
"Early hatching" might have been the wrong term as it probably didn't hatch
in 2018. However, this is clearly a juvenile bird as it hasn't attained
adult features (bill and body are too small). As suggested by Doug Wood in
a comment on the OOS facebook page, this could actually be a late-hatching
bird from 2017.

Scott Loss
Stillwater



Hi, Scott

It is likely that your bird is a small, non-breeding pied-bill. A
recently hatched bird would likely have the remnants of a striped
head.

Have fun,

Tom Curtis


From: okbirds <OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU> on behalf of Scott Loss
<scottrloss...>

Sent: Friday, February 9, 2018 11:42 AM

To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU

Subject: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell



All,

The bird I previously identified as a Least Grebe at Lake Carl
Blackwell is actually a very small (and early hatching) juvenile
Pied-billed Grebe. I was thrown by the bird's extremely small size,
short neck, and tiny bill, as well as what seems like a very

early date for a recently hatched pied-billed. My apologies for the
false alarm... and it sounds like at least one group may have headed
up to Stillwater so I apologize if the previous retraction was not
clear or fast enough!


Some photos of the bird can be found embedded in the eBird checklist below:
https://ebird.org/view/checkli... <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42616080>

Scott Loss

Stillwater.

 

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Date: 2/9/18 10:02 am
From: Curtis, Tom <tom.curtis...>
Subject: Re: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell
Hi, Scott


It is likely that your bird is a small, non-breeding pied-bill. A recently hatched bird would likely have the remnants of a striped head.


Have fun,

Tom Curtis


________________________________
From: okbirds <OKBIRDS...> on behalf of Scott Loss <scottrloss...>
Sent: Friday, February 9, 2018 11:42 AM
To: <OKBIRDS...>
Subject: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell

All,

The bird I previously identified as a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell is actually a very small (and early hatching) juvenile Pied-billed Grebe. I was thrown by the bird's extremely small size, short neck, and tiny bill, as well as what seems like a very early date for a recently hatched pied-billed. My apologies for the false alarm... and it sounds like at least one group may have headed up to Stillwater so I apologize if the previous retraction was not clear or fast enough!

Some photos of the bird can be found embedded in the eBird checklist below:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42616080<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__ebird.org_view_checklist_S42616080&d=DwMBaQ&c=qKdtBuuu6dQK9MsRUVJ2DPXW6oayO8fu4TfEHS8sGNk&r=WtcHdIgfPcd5duugjo56RvrWKXWbcpxsIgrqUhahxv0&m=ExUl3DvfHYVm_PbyLyrdV3GvOvxrVk6sk7bd7H0WHWU&s=cyGqThZ8_BUXqvIsOcdCwIw01WIjbHZXiLCFPwYib6Q&e=>

Scott Loss
Stillwater.

 

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Date: 2/9/18 9:58 am
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...>
Subject: Re: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell
I don’t believe it’s an early hatch, it simply looks like a winter plumaged Pied-billed to me.



Eugene A. Young


Agriculture, Science & Engineering
Northern Oklahoma College
1220 E. Grand, PO Box 310
Tonkawa, OK, 74653-0310
Phone: 580-628-6482
Fax: 580-628-6209
E-Mail: <Eugene.Young...><mailto:<Eugene.Young...>
Website: www.noc.edu<http://www.noc.edu/>



From: okbirds [mailto:<OKBIRDS...>] On Behalf Of Scott Loss
Sent: Friday, February 09, 2018 11:43 AM
To: <OKBIRDS...>
Subject: [OKBIRDS] NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell

All,

The bird I previously identified as a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell is actually a very small (and early hatching) juvenile Pied-billed Grebe. I was thrown by the bird's extremely small size, short neck, and tiny bill, as well as what seems like a very early date for a recently hatched pied-billed. My apologies for the false alarm... and it sounds like at least one group may have headed up to Stillwater so I apologize if the previous retraction was not clear or fast enough!
Some photos of the bird can be found embedded in the eBird checklist below:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42616080<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__ebird.org_view_checklist_S42616080&d=DwMBaQ&c=qKdtBuuu6dQK9MsRUVJ2DPXW6oayO8fu4TfEHS8sGNk&r=WtcHdIgfPcd5duugjo56RvrWKXWbcpxsIgrqUhahxv0&m=ExUl3DvfHYVm_PbyLyrdV3GvOvxrVk6sk7bd7H0WHWU&s=cyGqThZ8_BUXqvIsOcdCwIw01WIjbHZXiLCFPwYib6Q&e=>
Scott Loss
Stillwater.
 

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Date: 2/9/18 9:42 am
From: Scott Loss <scottrloss...>
Subject: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell
All,

The bird I previously identified as a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell is
actually a very small (and early hatching) juvenile Pied-billed Grebe. I
was thrown by the bird's extremely small size, short neck, and tiny bill,
as well as what seems like a very early date for a recently hatched
pied-billed. My apologies for the false alarm... and it sounds like at
least one group may have headed up to Stillwater so I apologize if the
previous retraction was not clear or fast enough!

Some photos of the bird can be found embedded in the eBird checklist below:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42616080

Scott Loss
Stillwater.

 

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Date: 2/9/18 7:30 am
From: Scott Loss <scottrloss...>
Subject: Least Grebe - Lake Carl Blackwell (tentative retraction of sighting)
All,

I may have gotten over-excited when spotting this bird in the field. It may
not be a Least Grebe, as it is dark-eyed and has a bill that looks too
thick. However, it is also strange for a pied-billed grebe (seemed too
small, too short-necked and too small-billed for a "normal" Pied-billed
Grebe, even a juvenile). The jury is still out, but probably don't hop in
your cars to drive to Stillwater just yet! I guess it could be a
micro-sized/aberrant pied-billed grebe. If you'd like, please check out the
photo on the OOS page and provide insight.

Scott

 

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Date: 2/9/18 7:19 am
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...>
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Okemah Lake, Feb 8, 2018
Nadine and I made a run thru Okemah Lake yesterday. Not much on the water or around the
lake. we only birded the campgrounds so didn't do much woodland birding.

Jimmy Woodard
Midwest City, OK


Okemah Lake, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, US
Feb 8, 2018 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
25 species

Canada Goose 14
Gadwall 10
Mallard 30
Ring-necked Duck 2
Pied-billed Grebe 5
Great Blue Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 8
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 6
Cedar Waxwing 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Dark-eyed Junco 10
Northern Cardinal 4

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Date: 2/9/18 6:51 am
From: Scott Loss <scottrloss...>
Subject: Least Grebe - Lake Carl Blackwell
I just found a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell. It is very near the
point just north of the cabins by the lake store. I posted a photo on the
OOS and Payne County Audubon Facebook pages.

Scott Loss
Stillwater

 

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Date: 2/8/18 6:52 pm
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...>
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Okfuskee County, OK, US, Feb 8, 2018
Nadine and I were fortunate enough to have a Woodcock fly across I-40 this evening at
6:30PM as we were headed west on I-40 in Okfuskee County.
We had discussed on the way over to Okmulgee this morning of perhaps visiting Lake Stanley
Draper soon some evening to look for Woodcocks. With the drought, we are pessimistic about
finding them this year but maybe there is hope after all.

Jimmy


Okfuskee County, OK, US, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, US Feb 8, 2018 6:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
1 species

American Woodcock 1 flew across the road directly in front of us with the fading light behind it. silhouetted perfectly. small, chunky bird with long bill and stuttering flight.

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Date: 2/7/18 7:41 pm
From: David Arbour <arbour...>
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - Feb. 7
It was overcast, cold, and windy on the bird survey this morning, then
turning clear, mild, and calm in the afternoon. Ford Hendershot joined me
around noon. 71 species were found. Highlights were the continuing Golden
Eagle who was seen flushing ducks over unit 40N and a Neotropic Cormorant
perched with Double-crested's on Otter Lake. Here is our list for today:

Greater White-fronted Goose - 14

Gadwall - 69

Mallard - 403

Northern Shoveler - 21

Northern Pintail - 26

Green-winged Teal - 40

Ring-necked Duck - 905

Bufflehead - 1

Ruddy Duck - 2

Pied-billed Grebe - 1

Neotropic Cormorant - 1

Double-crested Cormorant - 11

Great-blue Heron - 8

Black Vulture - 41

Turkey Vulture - 42

Northern Harrier - 3

Cooper's Hawk - 1

Red-shouldered Hawk - 4

Red-tailed Hawk - 12

Golden Eagle - 1 adult

American Kestrel - 1

Merlin - 1

Virginia Rail - 2

American Coot - 275

Killdeer - 5

Greater Yellowlegs - 2

Wilsons Snipe - 1

Rock Pigeon - 1

Eurasian Collared-Dove - 5

Mourning Dove - 87

Belted Kingfisher - 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2

Downy Woodpecker - 5

Hairy Woodpecker - 1

Northern Flicker - 8

Eastern Phoebe - 6

Blue Jay - 8

American Crow - 260

Fish Crow - 1

Carolina Chickadee - 6

Tufted Titmouse - 1

Brown Creeper - 1

Carolina Wren - 3

House Wren - 1

Winter Wren - 1

Sedge Wren - 5

Marsh Wren - 3

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 4

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1

Hermit Thrush - 1

Northern Mockingbird - 2

Brown Thrasher - 3

Cedar Waxwing - 1

Orange-crowned Warbler - 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3

Eastern Towhee - 1

Savannah Sparrow - 7

Fox Sparrow - 11

Song Sparrow - 36

Lincoln's Sparrow - 2

Swamp Sparrow - 11

White-throated Sparrow - 34

White-crowned Sparrow - 11

Dark-eyed Junco - 13

Northern Cardinal - 29

Red-winged Blackbird - 165

Eastern Meadowlark - 6

Rusty Blackbird - 13

Common Grackle - 3

American Goldfinch - 2


Good birding!

David Arbour
De Queen, AR

 

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Date: 2/7/18 3:52 pm
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...>
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Prague Lake City Park, Feb 7, 2018
There was a surprising amount of waterfowl on the lake. the most I've ever found here.
Most of the ducks were in the far southeast end which does not have access to it. They
were spooked by an adult Bald Eagle and kept circling the dam and landing in the sun.
best I could tell was that they were dabbling ducks of some kind.
Thankfully, several groups were in the bays on the west and north end of the lake and
much more viewable.

Jimmy Woodard
Midwest City, OK

Prague Lake City Park, Lincoln, Oklahoma, US Feb 7, 2018 10:20 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
30 species (+2 other taxa)

Cackling Goose 70
Canada Goose 120
Gadwall 295
American Wigeon 2
Mallard 116
Northern Pintail 16
Green-winged Teal 24
duck sp. 600
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Blue Heron 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Ring-billed Gull 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
American Kestrel 1
Blue Jay 11
American Crow 5
Carolina Chickadee 2
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 15
Northern Mockingbird 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
Dark-eyed Junco 35
Northern Cardinal 6
Western/Eastern Meadowlark 10

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Date: 2/7/18 3:48 pm
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...>
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Meeker Lake, Feb 7, 2018
Took a jaunt eastward this morning. not much waterfowl on the lake but lots of birds in
the woods on the west side of the lake. I don't think I've ever seen so many Yellow-rumped
Warblers in one place. They were in large groups along the shoreline and moving thru the
trees. Many were landing on a small frozen pond in the woods and walking on the ice or
clinging to the frozen vegetation sticking out of the ice. I'm not sure what they were
doing.

Jimmy Woodard
Midwest City, OK

Meeker Lake, Lincoln, Oklahoma, US
Feb 7, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
29 species

Mallard 14
Hooded Merganser 12
Great Blue Heron 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 4
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 15
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 5
Carolina Chickadee 4
Carolina Wren 2
Eastern Bluebird 8
American Robin 45
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 30
Cedar Waxwing 95
Yellow-rumped Warbler 65
Field Sparrow 3
Fox Sparrow 3
Harris's Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 20
Brown-headed Cowbird 30
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 12

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Date: 2/7/18 1:28 pm
From: Lynn Romine <0000009144775b98-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Wichita Falls area
At Meers, don't forget to load up that cobbler with homemade ice cream for just $1 more after you eat that gigantic longhorn beef burger. Then, roll out the door and drive up the mountain at the refuge, visit the nature center for information on where the beasties and birds are that day, and don't forget to visit Medicine Park and the lake at the foot of the  mountain for more birding opportunities. 

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018 8:05 PM, Larry Mays <larrymays1949...> wrote:


  You could try Lake Wichita, right in town, for a short hiking trail, that links up with at least one other nearby lake.  I've seen some decent waterfowl and shorebirds there.  Also nearby is Lake Arrowhead and Lake Arrowhead State Park.  Last year there were several Long-eared Owls that had a winter roost there for several months,  though most likely they were "loved" a bit too much and have since moved on, BUT you might look around carefully and be the lucky ones who refind them.  The lake has a good stand of mesquite so you can look for Ladder-backed Woodpecker, or maybe a Verdin or Pyrrhuloxia. It's a reasonably good birding spot. 
  OR,  you could come back to Oklahoma and do the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.  Good trails to hike, usually lots of birds, and you could even stop at Meers for a Meersburger and some cherry or peach cobbler...
  That's all I got.  Anyone?


On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 3:30 PM, Jennie Brooks <2014birder...> wrote:

We are going to be in Wichita Falls for a concert this Friday night and are wondering if there's anywhere fun to hike and bird on Saturday either in that area, or between there and OKC.  
Thanks,  Jennie




 

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Date: 2/6/18 6:05 pm
From: Larry Mays <larrymays1949...>
Subject: Re: Wichita Falls area
You could try Lake Wichita, right in town, for a short hiking trail, that
links up with at least one other nearby lake. I've seen some decent
waterfowl and shorebirds there. Also nearby is Lake Arrowhead and Lake
Arrowhead State Park. Last year there were several Long-eared Owls that
had a winter roost there for several months, though most likely they were
"loved" a bit too much and have since moved on, BUT you might look around
carefully and be the lucky ones who refind them. The lake has a good stand
of mesquite so you can look for Ladder-backed Woodpecker, or maybe a Verdin
or Pyrrhuloxia. It's a reasonably good birding spot.
OR, you could come back to Oklahoma and do the Wichita Mountains
Wildlife Refuge. Good trails to hike, usually lots of birds, and you could
even stop at Meers for a Meersburger and some cherry or peach cobbler...
That's all I got. Anyone?


On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 3:30 PM, Jennie Brooks <2014birder...> wrote:

> We are going to be in Wichita Falls for a concert this Friday night and
> are wondering if there's anywhere fun to hike and bird on Saturday either
> in that area, or between there and OKC.
>
> Thanks, Jennie
>

 

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Date: 2/6/18 3:30 pm
From: Jennie Brooks <2014birder...>
Subject: Wichita Falls area
We are going to be in Wichita Falls for a concert this Friday night and are
wondering if there's anywhere fun to hike and bird on Saturday either in
that area, or between there and OKC.

Thanks, Jennie

 

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Date: 2/6/18 11:55 am
From: HAROLD YOCUM <drhal2...>
Subject: Re: Canton Lake
Hi Jennie,

Yes the old Nature trail is the same the new named Rough Horsetail Trail.

Now the hawk that I am talking about was seen just before we got to Watonga on our way to Red Rocks SP. It was on the RIGHT side of the road sitting atop a cedar tree. The Ferruginious Hawk is a very large hawk( I think the largest hawk ) and is very PALE colored. Check a bird book, or look up on Google. Sorry.

Hal

> On February 6, 2018 at 10:15 AM Jennie Brooks <2014birder...> wrote:
>
> Hal, when you say old nature trail, are you talking about the Rough Horsetail Trail? Derek and I were there the weekend before and I heard a hooting but never saw an owl.
> As for the ferruginous hawk, was it on the left side of the road? And was it a dark morph? It stood out to me bc it had the dark front as opposed to all the red tailed hawks with the white spotted front. And if all that's the case, YES, we saw it. Whoop!
> Jennie
>
> On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 3:12 AM, Harold A. Yocum <drhal2...> mailto:<drhal2...> > wrote:
>
> > > I had been to RRC state Park 2 days before and walked the entire canyon. I flushed the barred owl as I walked up the old nature trail at the north end. It flew to my left a bit and sat in a large cedar tree . It watched me go by and was still there when I came back down the trail 15 minutes later. As I watched it the darn bird called a couple times, but stayed put.
> > My car was at the south end of the park and as I walked south another barred owl started to call from the west side of the canyon. The 2 owls called back and forth a couple times.
> > That was nice to hear .
> > I dipped on the black phoebe that day as well. Did see a couple winter wrens along the creek though.
> > Had a great day on Sat. With 50 species. Brian and I spotted a ferruginous hawk at roadside as we drove to RRSP. Did anybody else catch sight of that?
> > Hal
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > On Feb 6, 2018, at 12:32 AM, Steve Davis < <spd8109...> mailto:<spd8109...> > wrote:
> >
> >
> > > > > Thanks to Larry for getting us out Saturday, despite the cold and wind. It finally turned into a warmer, sunnier, calmer day by the time we ended the trip at Red Rock Canyon.
> > >
> > > And, as is often the case, thanks to those birders who left early, so the "bird of the day"--a Barred Owl--would show up for the rest of us.
> > >
> > > --steve d and mary l
> > >
> > > On Feb 4, 2018 6:22 AM, "Larry Mays" <larrymays1949...> mailto:<larrymays1949...> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > > > > Twelve of us suffered chilly morning temps and a bitter, biting south wind to bird around Roman Nose State Park, Canton lake, and, later in the day, Red Rock Canyon State Park.
> > > > For the most part, the birding was unexceptional (normal? I'm spoiled by a winter of rarities) but we slowly tallied a respectable list.
> > > > At Roman Nose we got delightful looks at Fox Sparrows along with robins and waxwings coming in to drink. Picked out Common Yellowthroat and Swamp Sparrow from their snug concealment in the cattails.
> > > > Canton Lake started with a small disappointment as the dam, where I had hoped to both freeze and check out the waterfowl, was closed to through traffic, but we consoled ourselves by dropping down to the first campground and getting nice looks at a reasonably cooperative sapsucker. Twitched up a couple Chipping Sparrows, and an expected run of juncos, cardinals and such.
> > > > Worked along the east side of the lake a bit and discovered the most abundant species along the shore seemed to be Ring-necked Duck (almost exclusively males, for whatever reason). One lone Lake Guy (or Lonely Lake Guy) from whom I seemed unable to escape, devoured my attention while everyone else got to bird a bit and pick up several more species. Was saved by Steve who called me away, briefly, then finally we just had to disentangle from Lonely Lake Guy's embrace and beat a hasty retreat.
> > > > I now know that there are dangerous hogs, a black panther or two, and seedy politicians prowling the area. Good stuff to know, eh?
> > > > Back through Canton and over to the west side where, by noon, mercifully, the wind had died down, the sun burst out, and lunch was taken. One cooperative roadrunner later, we stopped for prairie dogs, and a look or two at the lake. Not a lot of birds, but we scraped, scooped, or scoped up some Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes and a cormorant or two.
> > > > On over to Big Bend Campground and the boat ramp where Hal found us our first of two Bald Eagles at such a distance only an eagle-eyed guy like Hal Yokum could locate them. It was Jennie Brooks's first look at an Okie Bald Eagle, and I apologized for the fact that it looked like a tiny black dot topped with a tinier white dot.
> > > > We drove a bit west from there hoping for Sandhill Cranes, but dipped on them.
> > > > Back through Canton for yet another pit stop and south to...
> > > > Red Rock Canyon State Park, where we hoped to possibly relocate a bird that wasn't even there to begin with (someday I will 'splain that--probably make a good Christmas OKCAS story). Red Rock Canyon is really a nice scenic little spot and well deserving of a visit just to hike around some which for a birder would approach blasphemy.
> > > > We began here to disband our little caravan with some folks heading off to bars and other important appointments. Those of us remaining were entertained by a very cooperative Barred Owl which allowed us a few decent photos.
> > > > I have no idea as to what our final trip count was--around 55 species, more or less, I think, though that's likely open to debate.
> > > > Oh, and thanks Hal and Brian for the "thanks".
> > > > You're welcome.
> > > > Finished up our day at Hideaway Pizza. Food, as everyone knows is a birder's second passion.
> > > > Thanks, everyone for following me around all day with such heartwarming obedience. You all rock--truly! We may have to do that again some time, after sufficient rest.
> > > > --Larry
> > > >
> > > > > > >
> > > > >
> > >
>

 

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Date: 2/6/18 7:15 am
From: Jennie Brooks <2014birder...>
Subject: Re: Canton Lake
Hal, when you say old nature trail, are you talking about the Rough
Horsetail Trail? Derek and I were there the weekend before and I heard a
hooting but never saw an owl.
As for the ferruginous hawk, was it on the left side of the road? And was
it a dark morph? It stood out to me bc it had the dark front as opposed to
all the red tailed hawks with the white spotted front. And if all that's
the case, YES, we saw it. Whoop!
Jennie

On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 3:12 AM, Harold A. Yocum <drhal2...> wrote:

> I had been to RRC state Park 2 days before and walked the entire canyon. I
> flushed the barred owl as I walked up the old nature trail at the north
> end. It flew to my left a bit and sat in a large cedar tree . It watched me
> go by and was still there when I came back down the trail 15 minutes later.
> As I watched it the darn bird called a couple times, but stayed put.
> My car was at the south end of the park and as I walked south another
> barred owl started to call from the west side of the canyon. The 2 owls
> called back and forth a couple times.
> That was nice to hear .
> I dipped on the black phoebe that day as well. Did see a couple winter
> wrens along the creek though.
> Had a great day on Sat. With 50 species. Brian and I spotted a ferruginous
> hawk at roadside as we drove to RRSP. Did anybody else catch sight of that?
> Hal
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Feb 6, 2018, at 12:32 AM, Steve Davis <spd8109...> wrote:
>
> Thanks to Larry for getting us out Saturday, despite the cold and wind. It
> finally turned into a warmer, sunnier, calmer day by the time we ended the
> trip at Red Rock Canyon.
>
> And, as is often the case, thanks to those birders who left early, so the
> "bird of the day"--a Barred Owl--would show up for the rest of us.
>
> --steve d and mary l
>
> On Feb 4, 2018 6:22 AM, "Larry Mays" <larrymays1949...> wrote:
>
>> Twelve of us suffered chilly morning temps and a bitter, biting south
>> wind to bird around Roman Nose State Park, Canton lake, and, later in the
>> day, Red Rock Canyon State Park.
>> For the most part, the birding was unexceptional (normal? I'm spoiled
>> by a winter of rarities) but we slowly tallied a respectable list.
>> At Roman Nose we got delightful looks at Fox Sparrows along with robins
>> and waxwings coming in to drink. Picked out Common Yellowthroat and Swamp
>> Sparrow from their snug concealment in the cattails.
>> Canton Lake started with a small disappointment as the dam, where I
>> had hoped to both freeze and check out the waterfowl, was closed to through
>> traffic, but we consoled ourselves by dropping down to the first campground
>> and getting nice looks at a reasonably cooperative sapsucker. Twitched up
>> a couple Chipping Sparrows, and an expected run of juncos, cardinals and
>> such.
>> Worked along the east side of the lake a bit and discovered the most
>> abundant species along the shore seemed to be Ring-necked Duck (almost
>> exclusively males, for whatever reason). One lone Lake Guy (or Lonely Lake
>> Guy) from whom I seemed unable to escape, devoured my attention while
>> everyone else got to bird a bit and pick up several more species. Was
>> saved by Steve who called me away, briefly, then finally we just had to
>> disentangle from Lonely Lake Guy's embrace and beat a hasty retreat.
>> I now know that there are dangerous hogs, a black panther or two, and
>> seedy politicians prowling the area. Good stuff to know, eh?
>> Back through Canton and over to the west side where, by noon,
>> mercifully, the wind had died down, the sun burst out, and lunch was
>> taken. One cooperative roadrunner later, we stopped for prairie dogs, and
>> a look or two at the lake. Not a lot of birds, but we scraped, scooped, or
>> scoped up some Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes and a cormorant or two.
>> On over to Big Bend Campground and the boat ramp where Hal found us our
>> first of two Bald Eagles at such a distance only an eagle-eyed guy like Hal
>> Yokum could locate them. It was Jennie Brooks's first look at an Okie Bald
>> Eagle, and I apologized for the fact that it looked like a tiny black dot
>> topped with a tinier white dot.
>> We drove a bit west from there hoping for Sandhill Cranes, but dipped
>> on them.
>> Back through Canton for yet another pit stop and south to...
>> Red Rock Canyon State Park, where we hoped to possibly relocate a bird
>> that wasn't even there to begin with (someday I will 'splain that--probably
>> make a good Christmas OKCAS story). Red Rock Canyon is really a nice
>> scenic little spot and well deserving of a visit just to hike around some
>> which for a birder would approach blasphemy.
>> We began here to disband our little caravan with some folks heading off
>> to bars and other important appointments. Those of us remaining were
>> entertained by a very cooperative Barred Owl which allowed us a few decent
>> photos.
>> I have no idea as to what our final trip count was--around 55 species,
>> more or less, I think, though that's likely open to debate.
>> Oh, and thanks Hal and Brian for the "thanks".
>> You're welcome.
>> Finished up our day at Hideaway Pizza. Food, as everyone knows is a
>> birder's second passion.
>> Thanks, everyone for following me around all day with such heartwarming
>> obedience. You all rock--truly! We may have to do that again some time,
>> after sufficient rest.
>> --Larry
>>
>

 

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Date: 2/6/18 1:13 am
From: Harold A. Yocum <drhal2...>
Subject: Re: Canton Lake
I had been to RRC state Park 2 days before and walked the entire canyon. I flushed the barred owl as I walked up the old nature trail at the north end. It flew to my left a bit and sat in a large cedar tree . It watched me go by and was still there when I came back down the trail 15 minutes later. As I watched it the darn bird called a couple times, but stayed put.
My car was at the south end of the park and as I walked south another barred owl started to call from the west side of the canyon. The 2 owls called back and forth a couple times.
That was nice to hear .
I dipped on the black phoebe that day as well. Did see a couple winter wrens along the creek though.
Had a great day on Sat. With 50 species. Brian and I spotted a ferruginous hawk at roadside as we drove to RRSP. Did anybody else catch sight of that?
Hal

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 6, 2018, at 12:32 AM, Steve Davis <spd8109...> wrote:
>
> Thanks to Larry for getting us out Saturday, despite the cold and wind. It finally turned into a warmer, sunnier, calmer day by the time we ended the trip at Red Rock Canyon.
>
> And, as is often the case, thanks to those birders who left early, so the "bird of the day"--a Barred Owl--would show up for the rest of us.
>
> --steve d and mary l
>
>> On Feb 4, 2018 6:22 AM, "Larry Mays" <larrymays1949...> wrote:
>> Twelve of us suffered chilly morning temps and a bitter, biting south wind to bird around Roman Nose State Park, Canton lake, and, later in the day, Red Rock Canyon State Park.
>> For the most part, the birding was unexceptional (normal? I'm spoiled by a winter of rarities) but we slowly tallied a respectable list.
>> At Roman Nose we got delightful looks at Fox Sparrows along with robins and waxwings coming in to drink. Picked out Common Yellowthroat and Swamp Sparrow from their snug concealment in the cattails.
>> Canton Lake started with a small disappointment as the dam, where I had hoped to both freeze and check out the waterfowl, was closed to through traffic, but we consoled ourselves by dropping down to the first campground and getting nice looks at a reasonably cooperative sapsucker. Twitched up a couple Chipping Sparrows, and an expected run of juncos, cardinals and such.
>> Worked along the east side of the lake a bit and discovered the most abundant species along the shore seemed to be Ring-necked Duck (almost exclusively males, for whatever reason). One lone Lake Guy (or Lonely Lake Guy) from whom I seemed unable to escape, devoured my attention while everyone else got to bird a bit and pick up several more species. Was saved by Steve who called me away, briefly, then finally we just had to disentangle from Lonely Lake Guy's embrace and beat a hasty retreat.
>> I now know that there are dangerous hogs, a black panther or two, and seedy politicians prowling the area. Good stuff to know, eh?
>> Back through Canton and over to the west side where, by noon, mercifully, the wind had died down, the sun burst out, and lunch was taken. One cooperative roadrunner later, we stopped for prairie dogs, and a look or two at the lake. Not a lot of birds, but we scraped, scooped, or scoped up some Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes and a cormorant or two.
>> On over to Big Bend Campground and the boat ramp where Hal found us our first of two Bald Eagles at such a distance only an eagle-eyed guy like Hal Yokum could locate them. It was Jennie Brooks's first look at an Okie Bald Eagle, and I apologized for the fact that it looked like a tiny black dot topped with a tinier white dot.
>> We drove a bit west from there hoping for Sandhill Cranes, but dipped on them.
>> Back through Canton for yet another pit stop and south to...
>> Red Rock Canyon State Park, where we hoped to possibly relocate a bird that wasn't even there to begin with (someday I will 'splain that--probably make a good Christmas OKCAS story). Red Rock Canyon is really a nice scenic little spot and well deserving of a visit just to hike around some which for a birder would approach blasphemy.
>> We began here to disband our little caravan with some folks heading off to bars and other important appointments. Those of us remaining were entertained by a very cooperative Barred Owl which allowed us a few decent photos.
>> I have no idea as to what our final trip count was--around 55 species, more or less, I think, though that's likely open to debate.
>> Oh, and thanks Hal and Brian for the "thanks".
>> You're welcome.
>> Finished up our day at Hideaway Pizza. Food, as everyone knows is a birder's second passion.
>> Thanks, everyone for following me around all day with such heartwarming obedience. You all rock--truly! We may have to do that again some time, after sufficient rest.
>> --Larry

 

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Date: 2/5/18 10:33 pm
From: Steve Davis <spd8109...>
Subject: Re: Canton Lake
Thanks to Larry for getting us out Saturday, despite the cold and wind. It
finally turned into a warmer, sunnier, calmer day by the time we ended the
trip at Red Rock Canyon.

And, as is often the case, thanks to those birders who left early, so the
"bird of the day"--a Barred Owl--would show up for the rest of us.

--steve d and mary l

On Feb 4, 2018 6:22 AM, "Larry Mays" <larrymays1949...> wrote:

> Twelve of us suffered chilly morning temps and a bitter, biting south
> wind to bird around Roman Nose State Park, Canton lake, and, later in the
> day, Red Rock Canyon State Park.
> For the most part, the birding was unexceptional (normal? I'm spoiled by
> a winter of rarities) but we slowly tallied a respectable list.
> At Roman Nose we got delightful looks at Fox Sparrows along with robins
> and waxwings coming in to drink. Picked out Common Yellowthroat and Swamp
> Sparrow from their snug concealment in the cattails.
> Canton Lake started with a small disappointment as the dam, where I had
> hoped to both freeze and check out the waterfowl, was closed to through
> traffic, but we consoled ourselves by dropping down to the first campground
> and getting nice looks at a reasonably cooperative sapsucker. Twitched up
> a couple Chipping Sparrows, and an expected run of juncos, cardinals and
> such.
> Worked along the east side of the lake a bit and discovered the most
> abundant species along the shore seemed to be Ring-necked Duck (almost
> exclusively males, for whatever reason). One lone Lake Guy (or Lonely Lake
> Guy) from whom I seemed unable to escape, devoured my attention while
> everyone else got to bird a bit and pick up several more species. Was
> saved by Steve who called me away, briefly, then finally we just had to
> disentangle from Lonely Lake Guy's embrace and beat a hasty retreat.
> I now know that there are dangerous hogs, a black panther or two, and
> seedy politicians prowling the area. Good stuff to know, eh?
> Back through Canton and over to the west side where, by noon,
> mercifully, the wind had died down, the sun burst out, and lunch was
> taken. One cooperative roadrunner later, we stopped for prairie dogs, and
> a look or two at the lake. Not a lot of birds, but we scraped, scooped, or
> scoped up some Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes and a cormorant or two.
> On over to Big Bend Campground and the boat ramp where Hal found us our
> first of two Bald Eagles at such a distance only an eagle-eyed guy like Hal
> Yokum could locate them. It was Jennie Brooks's first look at an Okie Bald
> Eagle, and I apologized for the fact that it looked like a tiny black dot
> topped with a tinier white dot.
> We drove a bit west from there hoping for Sandhill Cranes, but dipped on
> them.
> Back through Canton for yet another pit stop and south to...
> Red Rock Canyon State Park, where we hoped to possibly relocate a bird
> that wasn't even there to begin with (someday I will 'splain that--probably
> make a good Christmas OKCAS story). Red Rock Canyon is really a nice
> scenic little spot and well deserving of a visit just to hike around some
> which for a birder would approach blasphemy.
> We began here to disband our little caravan with some folks heading off
> to bars and other important appointments. Those of us remaining were
> entertained by a very cooperative Barred Owl which allowed us a few decent
> photos.
> I have no idea as to what our final trip count was--around 55 species,
> more or less, I think, though that's likely open to debate.
> Oh, and thanks Hal and Brian for the "thanks".
> You're welcome.
> Finished up our day at Hideaway Pizza. Food, as everyone knows is a
> birder's second passion.
> Thanks, everyone for following me around all day with such heartwarming
> obedience. You all rock--truly! We may have to do that again some time,
> after sufficient rest.
> --Larry
>

 

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Date: 2/5/18 11:58 am
From: Linda Adams <000000853e24127e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: White winged dove
Jennifer, don't try to claim the prize too quickly.  That sounds about like my yard dove list.  Lots of White-Winged, a few Mournings, and and sometimes a couple of Eurasians.  I have been having one Eurasian lately that is very dark.  I saw him several times before Bill happened to be here at the right time to see him.  
Linda AdamsDuncan, OK 

From: Jennifer Kidney <jenlkidney...>
To: <OKBIRDS...>
Sent: Monday, February 5, 2018 1:13 PM
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] White winged dove

#yiv4581813098 #yiv4581813098 -- P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}#yiv4581813098 I think I get the prize on this one. I routinely have 40 to 60 White-winged Doves in my yard in the winter. To see a Mourning Dove or Eurasian Collared-Dove now constitutes a rare treat.
Jennifer Kidneymiddle of Norman


From: okbirds <OKBIRDS...> on behalf of Nick LoLordo <lord9691...>
Sent: Monday, February 5, 2018 11:59 AM
To: <OKBIRDS...>
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] White winged dove FWIW, the white-winged is the dominant dove at our feeders this winter:  counted 17 in a black walnut tree the other day (SE Norman)

Nick LoLordo


> On Feb 5, 2018, at 11:20 AM, Harold A. Yocum <drhal2...> wrote:
>
> I get white winged dove , usually a pair , on a very irregular basis that I can in no way predict. But I love to see them in the yard.
> Hal Yocum
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Feb 5, 2018, at 9:28 AM, Hollis Price <hollis...> wrote:
>>
>> I have an abundance of mourning doves, but this morning there is a lone white winged dove at my feeders NE if Jones.
>>
>> Hollis Price
>>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone



 

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Date: 2/5/18 11:29 am
From: Hollis Price <hollis...>
Subject: Re: White winged dove
I get one or two pair of Eurasian and this white winged was only my third one in many years.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 5, 2018, at 1:13 PM, Jennifer Kidney <jenlkidney...> wrote:
>
> I think I get the prize on this one. I routinely have 40 to 60 White-winged Doves in my yard in the winter. To see a Mourning Dove or Eurasian Collared-Dove now constitutes a rare treat.
>
> Jennifer Kidney
> middle of Norman
>
>
> From: okbirds <OKBIRDS...> on behalf of Nick LoLordo <lord9691...>
> Sent: Monday, February 5, 2018 11:59 AM
> To: <OKBIRDS...>
> Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] White winged dove
>
> FWIW, the white-winged is the dominant dove at our feeders this winter: counted 17 in a black walnut tree the other day (SE Norman)
>
> Nick LoLordo
>
>
> > On Feb 5, 2018, at 11:20 AM, Harold A. Yocum <drhal2...> wrote:
> >
> > I get white winged dove , usually a pair , on a very irregular basis that I can in no way predict. But I love to see them in the yard.
> > Hal Yocum
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Feb 5, 2018, at 9:28 AM, Hollis Price <hollis...> wrote:
> >>
> >> I have an abundance of mourning doves, but this morning there is a lone white winged dove at my feeders NE if Jones.
> >>
> >> Hollis Price
> >>
> >>
> >> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 2/5/18 11:13 am
From: Jennifer Kidney <jenlkidney...>
Subject: Re: White winged dove
I think I get the prize on this one. I routinely have 40 to 60 White-winged Doves in my yard in the winter. To see a Mourning Dove or Eurasian Collared-Dove now constitutes a rare treat.


Jennifer Kidney

middle of Norman


________________________________
From: okbirds <OKBIRDS...> on behalf of Nick LoLordo <lord9691...>
Sent: Monday, February 5, 2018 11:59 AM
To: <OKBIRDS...>
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] White winged dove

FWIW, the white-winged is the dominant dove at our feeders this winter: counted 17 in a black walnut tree the other day (SE Norman)

Nick LoLordo


> On Feb 5, 2018, at 11:20 AM, Harold A. Yocum <drhal2...> wrote:
>
> I get white winged dove , usually a pair , on a very irregular basis that I can in no way predict. But I love to see them in the yard.
> Hal Yocum
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Feb 5, 2018, at 9:28 AM, Hollis Price <hollis...> wrote:
>>
>> I have an abundance of mourning doves, but this morning there is a lone white winged dove at my feeders NE if Jones.
>>
>> Hollis Price
>>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 2/5/18 10:10 am
From: Nick LoLordo <lord9691...>
Subject: Re: White winged dove
FWIW, the white-winged is the dominant dove at our feeders this winter: counted 17 in a black walnut tree the other day (SE Norman)

Nick LoLordo


> On Feb 5, 2018, at 11:20 AM, Harold A. Yocum <drhal2...> wrote:
>
> I get white winged dove , usually a pair , on a very irregular basis that I can in no way predict. But I love to see them in the yard.
> Hal Yocum
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Feb 5, 2018, at 9:28 AM, Hollis Price <hollis...> wrote:
>>
>> I have an abundance of mourning doves, but this morning there is a lone white winged dove at my feeders NE if Jones.
>>
>> Hollis Price
>>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/5/18 9:20 am
From: Harold A. Yocum <drhal2...>
Subject: Re: White winged dove
I get white winged dove , usually a pair , on a very irregular basis that I can in no way predict. But I love to see them in the yard.
Hal Yocum

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 5, 2018, at 9:28 AM, Hollis Price <hollis...> wrote:
>
> I have an abundance of mourning doves, but this morning there is a lone white winged dove at my feeders NE if Jones.
>
> Hollis Price
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/5/18 7:29 am
From: Hollis Price <hollis...>
Subject: White winged dove
I have an abundance of mourning doves, but this morning there is a lone white winged dove at my feeders NE if Jones.

Hollis Price


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/5/18 7:23 am
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx...>
Subject: New Photos
Hello All,

Had enough of the cold and the wind on Sunday morning to last the whole
day, so I spent the afternoon adding photos from January to the Recent
gallery on my Pbase site. Included are pictures from my panhandle trip in
mid-January, with more of the dark immature Gyrfalcon, along with
Curve-Billed Thrasher, Woodhouse's Scrub Jay and a female Cassin's Finch.
From Sunset Lake in Guymon, a cooperative Townsend's Solitaire and a
Dark-Eyed Junco that may be an immature Pink-Sided. Also some shots of
several of the geese on the lake, among them an adult Ross' Goose. I have
included a link to a gallery (for comparison purposes) from this location
from last year that I had previously identified as Ross' Goose, but now
believe is a Snow X Ross'. There are also a couple of photos of what I have
tentatively ID'ed as a "Lesser" Canada Goose. It was not much larger than
the Cackling Geese that were present, and appears to have a proportionally
larger bill and less rounded head. Opinions welcome. From SW Oklahoma a
couple of weeks ago, a winter plumage male Lark Bunting from the Eldorado
area, and a few so-so shots of a Short-Eared Owl from Hackberry Flat.

http://www.pbase.com/lctsimages/recent

http://www.pbase.com/lctsimages/snow_ross

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK

 

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Date: 2/4/18 3:36 pm
From: HAROLD YOCUM <drhal2...>
Subject: Re: Canton Lake
I Think that Brian Marra will do our lists . My count on species was 50 and that included the 5-6 that i did not actually see or hear myself (pine siskin, belted kingfisher, carolina wren, swamp sparrow, common yellow throat and the barred owl). we did add spotted towhee and Harris sparrow on on the east rim at Red Rocks Canyon.

Hal Yocum

> On February 4, 2018 at 7:21 AM Larry Mays <larrymays1949...> wrote:
>
> Twelve of us suffered chilly morning temps and a bitter, biting south wind to bird around Roman Nose State Park, Canton lake, and, later in the day, Red Rock Canyon State Park.
> For the most part, the birding was unexceptional (normal? I'm spoiled by a winter of rarities) but we slowly tallied a respectable list.
> At Roman Nose we got delightful looks at Fox Sparrows along with robins and waxwings coming in to drink. Picked out Common Yellowthroat and Swamp Sparrow from their snug concealment in the cattails.
> Canton Lake started with a small disappointment as the dam, where I had hoped to both freeze and check out the waterfowl, was closed to through traffic, but we consoled ourselves by dropping down to the first campground and getting nice looks at a reasonably cooperative sapsucker. Twitched up a couple Chipping Sparrows, and an expected run of juncos, cardinals and such.
> Worked along the east side of the lake a bit and discovered the most abundant species along the shore seemed to be Ring-necked Duck (almost exclusively males, for whatever reason). One lone Lake Guy (or Lonely Lake Guy) from whom I seemed unable to escape, devoured my attention while everyone else got to bird a bit and pick up several more species. Was saved by Steve who called me away, briefly, then finally we just had to disentangle from Lonely Lake Guy's embrace and beat a hasty retreat.
> I now know that there are dangerous hogs, a black panther or two, and seedy politicians prowling the area. Good stuff to know, eh?
> Back through Canton and over to the west side where, by noon, mercifully, the wind had died down, the sun burst out, and lunch was taken. One cooperative roadrunner later, we stopped for prairie dogs, and a look or two at the lake. Not a lot of birds, but we scraped, scooped, or scoped up some Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes and a cormorant or two.
> On over to Big Bend Campground and the boat ramp where Hal found us our first of two Bald Eagles at such a distance only an eagle-eyed guy like Hal Yokum could locate them. It was Jennie Brooks's first look at an Okie Bald Eagle, and I apologized for the fact that it looked like a tiny black dot topped with a tinier white dot.
> We drove a bit west from there hoping for Sandhill Cranes, but dipped on them.
> Back through Canton for yet another pit stop and south to...
> Red Rock Canyon State Park, where we hoped to possibly relocate a bird that wasn't even there to begin with (someday I will 'splain that--probably make a good Christmas OKCAS story). Red Rock Canyon is really a nice scenic little spot and well deserving of a visit just to hike around some which for a birder would approach blasphemy.
> We began here to disband our little caravan with some folks heading off to bars and other important appointments. Those of us remaining were entertained by a very cooperative Barred Owl which allowed us a few decent photos.
> I have no idea as to what our final trip count was--around 55 species, more or less, I think, though that's likely open to debate.
> Oh, and thanks Hal and Brian for the "thanks".
> You're welcome.
> Finished up our day at Hideaway Pizza. Food, as everyone knows is a birder's second passion.
> Thanks, everyone for following me around all day with such heartwarming obedience. You all rock--truly! We may have to do that again some time, after sufficient rest.
> --Larry
>

 

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Date: 2/4/18 1:19 pm
From: O Connell, Tim <tim.oconnell...>
Subject: Updates and announcements - Payne County Audubon Society
Dear Friends and Supporters of the Payne County Audubon Society,

Eleven of us - including several first-timers! - enjoyed an afternoon birding stroll at Sanborn Lake on Saturday (see trip list below). To help keep that momentum going, mark your calendars for our next official field trip on Saturday, March 24th when we’ll head to Lake Carl Blackwell. (https://paynecountyaudubonsociety.com/whats-new/)

Our next Thursday evening meeting will be March 1st at 7:00 pm when our own Jim Cowley will take us on a photo journey of the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. (https://paynecountyaudubonsociety.com/events-calendar-2/)

Finally, the PCAS is excited to announce the 2018 competition for the Helen Miller and Edwin Glover Research Awards. The grants provide up to $1000 to students at any level conducting field-based research on any native plants or animals in Oklahoma. Special consideration will be given to projects that address the behavior, conservation, or natural history of birds. (https://paynecountyaudubonsociety.com/scholarships/)



Other reminders:

• Now that we’re in a new year, is your Audubon membership up to date? If not, or you’re wondering if you join for the first time in 2018, go here to learn more: https://paynecountyaudubonsociety.com/membership/.

• You can also support the PCAS every time you shop Amazon.com through the AmazonSmile Program! When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Payne County Audubon Society. Bookmark this link and support us every time you shop: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/73-1222183.

Remember, ALL are welcome to our events and field trips. Membership is great and always encouraged, but the whole point of our little chapter is to help new folks learn more and see more of the natural world around them. Come join us - and bring a friend!

Good birding,
~Tim O’Connell
PCAS Vice President



Sanborn Lake, Payne, Oklahoma, US
Feb 3, 2018 12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
1.5 mile(s)
33 species

Cackling Goose 6
Canada Goose 68
Gadwall 2
Mallard 20
Ring-necked Duck 7
Great Blue Heron 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Ring-billed Gull 14
Mourning Dove 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 3
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 44
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 14
Yellow-rumped Warbler 21
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Spotted Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 6
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42470818

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)















 

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Date: 2/4/18 4:52 am
From: Jim Jorgensen <hpah...>
Subject: Re: Canton Lake
Thank you Larry ... A wonderful narrative of the adventure. A good read for a chilly morning after.
Jim

Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 4, 2018, at 6:21 AM, Larry Mays <larrymays1949...> wrote:

Twelve of us suffered chilly morning temps and a bitter, biting south wind to bird around Roman Nose State Park, Canton lake, and, later in the day, Red Rock Canyon State Park.
For the most part, the birding was unexceptional (normal? I'm spoiled by a winter of rarities) but we slowly tallied a respectable list.
At Roman Nose we got delightful looks at Fox Sparrows along with robins and waxwings coming in to drink. Picked out Common Yellowthroat and Swamp Sparrow from their snug concealment in the cattails.
Canton Lake started with a small disappointment as the dam, where I had hoped to both freeze and check out the waterfowl, was closed to through traffic, but we consoled ourselves by dropping down to the first campground and getting nice looks at a reasonably cooperative sapsucker. Twitched up a couple Chipping Sparrows, and an expected run of juncos, cardinals and such.
Worked along the east side of the lake a bit and discovered the most abundant species along the shore seemed to be Ring-necked Duck (almost exclusively males, for whatever reason). One lone Lake Guy (or Lonely Lake Guy) from whom I seemed unable to escape, devoured my attention while everyone else got to bird a bit and pick up several more species. Was saved by Steve who called me away, briefly, then finally we just had to disentangle from Lonely Lake Guy's embrace and beat a hasty retreat.
I now know that there are dangerous hogs, a black panther or two, and seedy politicians prowling the area. Good stuff to know, eh?
Back through Canton and over to the west side where, by noon, mercifully, the wind had died down, the sun burst out, and lunch was taken. One cooperative roadrunner later, we stopped for prairie dogs, and a look or two at the lake. Not a lot of birds, but we scraped, scooped, or scoped up some Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes and a cormorant or two.
On over to Big Bend Campground and the boat ramp where Hal found us our first of two Bald Eagles at such a distance only an eagle-eyed guy like Hal Yokum could locate them. It was Jennie Brooks's first look at an Okie Bald Eagle, and I apologized for the fact that it looked like a tiny black dot topped with a tinier white dot.
We drove a bit west from there hoping for Sandhill Cranes, but dipped on them.
Back through Canton for yet another pit stop and south to...
Red Rock Canyon State Park, where we hoped to possibly relocate a bird that wasn't even there to begin with (someday I will 'splain that--probably make a good Christmas OKCAS story). Red Rock Canyon is really a nice scenic little spot and well deserving of a visit just to hike around some which for a birder would approach blasphemy.
We began here to disband our little caravan with some folks heading off to bars and other important appointments. Those of us remaining were entertained by a very cooperative Barred Owl which allowed us a few decent photos.
I have no idea as to what our final trip count was--around 55 species, more or less, I think, though that's likely open to debate.
Oh, and thanks Hal and Brian for the "thanks".
You're welcome.
Finished up our day at Hideaway Pizza. Food, as everyone knows is a birder's second passion.
Thanks, everyone for following me around all day with such heartwarming obedience. You all rock--truly! We may have to do that again some time, after sufficient rest.
--Larry
 

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Date: 2/4/18 4:21 am
From: Larry Mays <larrymays1949...>
Subject: Canton Lake
Twelve of us suffered chilly morning temps and a bitter, biting south wind
to bird around Roman Nose State Park, Canton lake, and, later in the day,
Red Rock Canyon State Park.
For the most part, the birding was unexceptional (normal? I'm spoiled by
a winter of rarities) but we slowly tallied a respectable list.
At Roman Nose we got delightful looks at Fox Sparrows along with robins
and waxwings coming in to drink. Picked out Common Yellowthroat and Swamp
Sparrow from their snug concealment in the cattails.
Canton Lake started with a small disappointment as the dam, where I had
hoped to both freeze and check out the waterfowl, was closed to through
traffic, but we consoled ourselves by dropping down to the first campground
and getting nice looks at a reasonably cooperative sapsucker. Twitched up
a couple Chipping Sparrows, and an expected run of juncos, cardinals and
such.
Worked along the east side of the lake a bit and discovered the most
abundant species along the shore seemed to be Ring-necked Duck (almost
exclusively males, for whatever reason). One lone Lake Guy (or Lonely Lake
Guy) from whom I seemed unable to escape, devoured my attention while
everyone else got to bird a bit and pick up several more species. Was
saved by Steve who called me away, briefly, then finally we just had to
disentangle from Lonely Lake Guy's embrace and beat a hasty retreat.
I now know that there are dangerous hogs, a black panther or two, and
seedy politicians prowling the area. Good stuff to know, eh?
Back through Canton and over to the west side where, by noon, mercifully,
the wind had died down, the sun burst out, and lunch was taken. One
cooperative roadrunner later, we stopped for prairie dogs, and a look or
two at the lake. Not a lot of birds, but we scraped, scooped, or scoped up
some Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes and a cormorant or two.
On over to Big Bend Campground and the boat ramp where Hal found us our
first of two Bald Eagles at such a distance only an eagle-eyed guy like Hal
Yokum could locate them. It was Jennie Brooks's first look at an Okie Bald
Eagle, and I apologized for the fact that it looked like a tiny black dot
topped with a tinier white dot.
We drove a bit west from there hoping for Sandhill Cranes, but dipped on
them.
Back through Canton for yet another pit stop and south to...
Red Rock Canyon State Park, where we hoped to possibly relocate a bird
that wasn't even there to begin with (someday I will 'splain that--probably
make a good Christmas OKCAS story). Red Rock Canyon is really a nice
scenic little spot and well deserving of a visit just to hike around some
which for a birder would approach blasphemy.
We began here to disband our little caravan with some folks heading off
to bars and other important appointments. Those of us remaining were
entertained by a very cooperative Barred Owl which allowed us a few decent
photos.
I have no idea as to what our final trip count was--around 55 species,
more or less, I think, though that's likely open to debate.
Oh, and thanks Hal and Brian for the "thanks".
You're welcome.
Finished up our day at Hideaway Pizza. Food, as everyone knows is a
birder's second passion.
Thanks, everyone for following me around all day with such heartwarming
obedience. You all rock--truly! We may have to do that again some time,
after sufficient rest.
--Larry

 

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Date: 2/3/18 2:45 pm
From: Mary Peterson <m_mpeterson...>
Subject: Oxley North Woods in Tulsa on 2-3-2018
Hello All,

I walked the trail at Oxley North Woods, including the loop trail this morning. I was looking mostly for small birds and also got to see the tornado damage of a few years ago and how the vegetation has returned since then. Highlights included:


Winter Wren-2

Brown Thrasher-2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet-3

Golden-crowned Kinglet-1

Myrtle Warbler-3

Common Yellowthroat-1

Spotted Towhee-1

Eastern Towhee-2

Swamp Sparrow-2

Song Sparrow-10


Mark Peterson

Bartlesville

 

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Date: 2/2/18 4:45 pm
From: Patricia Velte <pvelte...>
Subject: February Migration Report
Hello OKBirders,



Below is the migration information for February.



FEBRUARY ARRIVALS



Blue-winged Teal February 20 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE

Cinnamon Teal February 20 - C, SC, NE, NW, SW

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

Lesser Yellowlegs February 19 - SW, SE

Sandhill Crane February 22 - PAN, C, SC, NE

Fish Crow February 15 - C west to Payne,
Oklahoma, Cleveland and McClain cos only, SC Pontotoc, Johnston and Marshall
cos only

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

Tree Swallow February 26 - SC, NE, SE

American Pipit February 26 - PAN

Sprague's Pipit February 28 - ALL



FEBRUARY DEPARTURES



Northern Goshawk February 26 - PAN



The information presented here comes from The Oklahoma Bird Records
Committee of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society, which publishes a Date
Guide to the Occurrences of Birds in Oklahoma. This booklet 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.



The Oklahoma Ornithological Society and Oklahoma Bird Records Committee web
site, http://www.okbirds.org/
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.okbirds.org_&d=DwMF
Ag&c=qKdtBuuu6dQK9MsRUVJ2DPXW6oayO8fu4TfEHS8sGNk&r=WtcHdIgfPcd5duugjo56RvrWK
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_QNz8kY9xkVcIXMGe3x8InG4YduLDOTGoQ&e=> , includes ordering information for
the Date Guide to the Occurrences of Birds in Oklahoma, information on
documenting significant records, documentation forms, instructions, and a
searchable database for Oklahoma bird migration information. Birders are
cordially invited to join the Oklahoma Ornithological Society.



Happy birding!

Pat Velte

<pvelte...> <mailto:<pvelte...>

Oklahoma City, OK




 

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Date: 2/2/18 4:28 am
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...>
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Fort Cobb Lake, Feb 1, 2018
Larry Mays and I ended our birding day at Ft Cobb Lake. never have I seen so many birds
In one place in Oklahoma. The water was covered with pelicans, cormorants, gulls and
Mallards. The skies were full of skeins of geese coming over in wave after wave. Most of
the bays on the east side of the lake were full of packs of geese, mostly Cackling.
The scene we saw yesterday evening was reminiscent of the millions of birds one can see
flooding into Cheyenne Bottoms in central Kansas in spring. It was an impressive and awe
inspiring sight.

Jimmy Woodard
Midwest City, OK


Fort Cobb Lake, Caddo, Oklahoma, US
Feb 1, 2018 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
43 species (+2 other taxa)

Snow Goose 5000
Ross's Goose 2
Greater White-fronted Goose 200
Cackling Goose 10000
Canada Goose 2500
Cackling/Canada Goose 30000
Gadwall 20
American Wigeon 15
Mallard 500
Northern Pintail 50
Hooded Merganser 2
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Double-crested Cormorant 3000
American White Pelican 450
Great Blue Heron 2
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Ring-billed Gull 250
Eurasian Collared-Dove 4
Mourning Dove 2
Great Horned Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
American Kestrel 2
Blue Jay 20
Carolina Chickadee 4
Eastern Bluebird 15
American Robin 50
European Starling 20
Cedar Waxwing 100
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco 25
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Harris's Sparrow 7
Savannah Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 14
Eastern Meadowlark 10
Western/Eastern Meadowlark 30
American Goldfinch 60
House Sparrow 20

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42425798

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 2/1/18 12:55 pm
From: Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count is this Saturday, February 3, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Hello Oklahoma Birders!

Just a reminder that the Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count is coming up
this weekend, Saturday February 3 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. I hope that many
of you can make it over to help out. For future reference, Jeremy Tubbs
and I have discussed scheduling the count on the first Saturday in February
every year for the foreseeable future.

If you haven't visited the Nickel Preserve yet, this is a great opportunity
to bird in one of the most beautiful natural areas in Oklahoma. The
preserve is located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains with the scenic
Illinois River adjacent to some areas:
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/oklahoma/placesweprotect/j-t-nickel-family-nature-and-wildlife-preserve.xml

We will meet at the new Edmondson Public Access​ Area (formerly known as
Combs Public ​Access Area)​ just east of the new combs bridge. Turn off Hwy
10 just a few miles northeast of Tahlequah to get there. Jeremy Tubbs (the
Preserve Director) and I will pass out bird checklists/maps and we will
organize into groups with assigned areas to cover.

After a lovely day of counting birds, we will all meet at the Preserve
Headquarters at 2:00 pm for some hot soup-like dish (unlike previous
counts, I have not determined the menu)​. Please feel free to contribute a
dessert, bread, or side dish, but do not feel at all obligated to do so.
Also, if you want to drink something other than water, please BYO. At that
time we will compile a species list for the day (with numbers to be
tabulated later). I look forward to seeing you there! Oh, and if you can
let me know to expect you, that would help a lot with planning groups and
such. Thanks!

Happy Birding!
​Mia Revels​

--
Mia Revels, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Northeastern State University
611 Grand Ave.
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
(918) 444-3824
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Date: 2/1/18 12:20 pm
From: O Connell, Tim <tim.oconnell...>
Subject: Payne County Audubon events reminder - TONIGHT!
Dear Friends and Supporters of the Payne County Audubon Society,

It is not too early to be thinking of how you can better manage your backyard for native wildlife this spring. As a reminder, TONIGHT the Payne County Audubon Society is providing an excellent opportunity for you to learn more! Please join us tonight at 7:00 pm in the Education Center of the Botanic Garden at OSU. Master Gardener and PCAS President Leslie Miller will deliver a presentation on gardening for native birds. https://paynecountyaudubonsociety.com/events-calendar-2.

Other reminders:

• BIRD WALK THIS SATURDAY! Our next field trip will be to Sanborn Lake Park in Stillwater on Saturday, 3 Feb. Les Imboden will lead that trip, assembling at NOON in the lakeside parking lot. https://paynecountyaudubonsociety.com/whats-new/.

• Now that we’re in a new year, is your Audubon membership up to date? If not, or you’re wondering if you join for the first time in 2018, go here to learn more: https://paynecountyaudubonsociety.com/membership/.

• You can also support the PCAS every time you shop Amazon.com<http://amazon.com> through the AmazonSmile Program! When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Payne County Audubon Society. Bookmark this link and support us every time you shop: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/73-1222183.


Remember, ALL are welcome to our events and field trips. Membership is great and always encouraged, but the whole point of our little chapter is to help new folks learn more and see more of the natural world around them. Come join us - and bring a friend!

Good birding,
~Tim O’Connell
PCAS Vice President






 

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Date: 1/31/18 9:28 am
From: Sharon Henthorn <shenthorn205...>
Subject: Lake Hefner this morning
Near inlet: Carolina wren. Carolina chickadee. Yellow rumped warblers—lots. Eastern bluebird. Mallards. Lesser scaup. American coots. Ringbilled gulls. American robins. Doublecrested cormorants.
Near Prairie Dog Point: Northern pintail. Great blue heron. Belted kingfisher. Northern cardinal. Northern mockingbird. Harris sparrows. American robins. Lots of canvasbacks. American crow. I probably saw a bald eagle flying over but not certain. Long winged bird that didn’t fly like a pelican.

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Date: 1/31/18 8:56 am
From: Harold A. Yocum <drhal2...>
Subject: Re: Lake Overholser this morning
Sounds great. Any eagles flying around out there.
On Friday I found a nest with 2 eagles on it out in Yukon. It is at the very end of Yukon Parkway off to the west in the big trees along the river back there. Hal

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> On Jan 31, 2018, at 9:43 AM, Sharon Henthorn <shenthorn205...> wrote:
>
> Lots of birds on south side.
> Lots of common goldeneye. Lesser scalp. red breasted merganser. Hooded mergansers. Mallards. Great blue heron. Ringbilled gulls. Double crested cormorants
> I was surprised that the lake was full of water despite the drought.
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Date: 1/31/18 7:43 am
From: Sharon Henthorn <shenthorn205...>
Subject: Lake Overholser this morning
Lots of birds on south side.
Lots of common goldeneye. Lesser scalp. red breasted merganser. Hooded mergansers. Mallards. Great blue heron. Ringbilled gulls. Double crested cormorants
I was surprised that the lake was full of water despite the drought.
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Date: 1/31/18 7:03 am
From: larrymays1949 <larrymays1949...>
Subject: Black Phoebe
 A friend who is a fairly new birder identified and photographed a Black Phoebe at Red Rock Canyon on Sunday, the 28th.  She posted her shot on the OOS facebook page.  


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Date: 1/30/18 9:37 pm
From: David Arbour <arbour...>
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - Jan. 30
Mike Weber (TX) and I surveyed birds today at Red Slough and found 68
species. It was mostly clear, cool (50's), and a bit windy. Biggest
highlight of the day was a Crested Caracara sitting on the Otter Lake levee
with some Turkey Vultures. Will post photos later. Also, 3 Tree Swallows
were feeding over Lotus Lake which is two weeks early for them to be back.
Also had a King Rail. Duck numbers are way down. Here is our list for
today:



Greater White-fronted Goose - 1

Gadwall - 165

Mallard - 562

Northern Shoveler - 32

Northern Pintail - 2

Green-winged Teal - 628

Canvasback - 3

Ring-necked Duck - 1111

Ruddy Duck - 10

Pied-billed Grebe - 3

Double-crested Cormorant - 4

Great-blue Heron - 9

Black Vulture - 9

Turkey Vulture - 22

Northern Harrier - 3

Cooper's Hawk - 2

Red-shouldered Hawk - 3

Red-tailed Hawk - 7

Crested Caracara - 1 adult

King Rail - 1

Virginia Rail - 1

American Coot - 187

Killdeer - 1

Greater Yellowlegs - 18

Wilson's Snipe - 9

Ring-billed Gull - 1

Mourning Dove - 43

Eurasian Collared-Dove - 1

Barred Owl - 1

Belted Kingfisher - 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2

Downy Woodpecker - 1

Hairy Woodpecker - 1

Northern Flicker - 6

Eastern Phoebe - 10

Loggerhead Shrike - 1

Blue Jay - 1

American Crow - 59

Fish Crow - 2

Tree Swallow - 3

Carolina Chickadee - 3

Carolina Wren - 1

Winter Wren - 1

Sedge Wren - 3

Marsh Wren - 4

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 4

Eastern Bluebird - 1

Hermit Thrush - 2

Northern Mockingbird - 2

Brown Thrasher - 2

European Starling - 7

Orange-crowned Warbler - 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 12

Pine Warbler - 2

Savannah Sparrow - 17

LeConte's Sparrow - 16

Fox Sparrow - 2

Song Sparrow - 57

Swamp Sparrow - 33

White-throated Sparrow - 2

Harris' Sparrow - 1

White-crowned Sparrow - 1

Northern Cardinal - 17

Red-winged Blackbird - 1535

Eastern Meadowlark - 5

Rusty Blackbird - 7

Common Grackle - 3



Herps:



American Alligator

Southern Leopard Frogs - calling





Good birding!



David Arbour

De Queen, AR




 

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Date: 1/30/18 3:56 pm
From: mike <m.b.ludewig...>
Subject: Lake Texoma Birding
Hi everyone,



My wife, Merry & I birded two Lake Texoma related NWR's on Sunday (Hagerman
in Texas) and Monday (Tishomingo in OK). If you are looking for waterfowl,
then choose Hagerman as Tishomingo is almost devoid of waterfowl.



Highlights at Hageman included American Pipits, thousands of Pintails, good
numbers of Northern Shovelers and Mallards, Snow Geese, Gulls (mostly
ring-billed), Wilson's Snipe, Northern Harriers, and a few Ruddy Ducks all
in or near the water. But, the absolute treat of the day were two
Short-eared Owls hunting near the land across from Steedman Marsh.



Tishomingo furnished a few interesting land birds including an Eastern
Towhee, three Brown Thrashers, two Hermit Thrush, and a number of Fox
Sparrows. Also had a Kingfisher, a few Ring-neck and Northern Shovelers,
and a single Lesser Yellowlegs at Goose Pen Pond. Incidentally while
Texoma, here, just had a few ducks, the mud flats north of the Center had
lots of Wilson's Snipe.



Mike Ludewig

Still near Farris OK


 

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Date: 1/30/18 6:08 am
From: Jim Deming <birdbrain.jim...>
Subject: Re: Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count Saturday February 3!
Aarg! Why didn’t I know about it? I have family plans Saturday, but will try to be there for a while in the morning.

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 30, 2018, at 7:12 AM, Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> Just a reminder that the Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count is coming up this weekend! I hope lots of you can make it over to help out. A more detailed message will follow soon.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Mia
>
>
> Mia Revels
> Tahlequah, OK
>
> --
> 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: 1/30/18 5:13 am
From: Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count Saturday February 3!
Just a reminder that the Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count is coming up
this weekend! I hope lots of you can make it over to help out. A more
detailed message will follow soon.

Thanks!

Mia


Mia Revels
Tahlequah, OK

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


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Date: 1/29/18 9:35 am
From: O Connell, Tim <tim.oconnell...>
Subject: Re: Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds
Thanks, Dennis. Great points. Here are some $0.02 thoughts of agreement from a Christian-raised atheist:

On Jan 28, 2018, at 10:31 AM, Dennis Porebski <dennis.porebski...><mailto:<dennis.porebski...>> wrote:

. . .I believe there is a great deal of common ground with those of a secular mindset, particularly regarding the value and respect that should be placed upon the natural world,
Absolutely! There is plenty of room for common ground on environmental matters. I suppose it might always be an uphill climb to get folks who lend credence to the Book of Genesis to care much about protecting snakes, but everything God made was “good” in his eyes. If God declares something good, then I would expect believers to be concerned about the wise stewardship of that thing. Adam is given “dominion” over the natural world according to some translations, but he certainly wasn’t expected to drive any of God’s plants or animals to extinction.

. . . I have an appreciation for creatures made by the Creator. However, I do believe that some are more valuable than others, particularly humankind
That’s understandable. Even though from my perspective our species has become a pestilence upon the natural world, I certainly am concerned about the health and welfare of all people. For example, my most grave concern about anthropogenic global warming is human suffering from catastrophic refugee crises, spurred by unprecedented droughts, coastal sea level rise, etc. Environmental damage to people is a huge and horrible problem, and it is of course “the least of these” who bear the brunt of contaminated drinking water, air quality so bad that it triggers fatal asthma attacks, etc. If enforcing the unintentional take clause of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act was causing human suffering like that, I’d be for amending it, too.

We’ve been taught a false narrative, though: We don’t have to choose between “the environment” and “people”. Environmental protections and advances usually help people (including creating jobs), but some people (e.g., “shareholders”) don’t necessarily recognize this.

To the contrary, it is an imperative and command, found within the pages of Scripture, to care for all of the Creation in a responsible, ethical and reverential manner.
Right on! I developed my passion for conservation in my religious-inspired youth, and this was why.

I realize that my tone is somewhat muted in comparison to environmentalists who see the world differently than I as a result of a secular foundation to their views. How to bridge this gap, I must confess, eludes me.
I find your tone vibrant, crisp, and full of color! While there are extremist and even militant “environmentalists” who will engage in vigilante-ism to advance their cause, their number is much smaller than their headlines might suggest. The great majority of us active in conservation - regardless of religious background - are like you: We feel a duty to be good stewards of the natural world, but we recognize that our country cannot be one giant national park. The more we can recognize across political divides the common ground that we already share on environmental issues, the more success we’ll have in leaving a world to the next generation that is capable of supporting the birds and the people that inhabit it.
~tim o'connell
Stillwater
 

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Date: 1/28/18 8:31 am
From: Dennis Porebski <dennis.porebski...>
Subject: Re: Fw: Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds
Thank you for the link, Jerry. I enjoyed reading the article as it seemed
quite balanced, which is unusual these days.

I have summarized some of my thoughts on the matter if anybody cares to
read them below:

I must admit that I agree with many points in this well-written article;
however, I do have some reservations as well. Perhaps I have a different
perspective and worldview on this matter than others in this forum, but I
will express it to the best of my ability and communicate my opinions as
respectfully as I can.

First and foremost, I identify myself as a follower of Christ and the
Christian religion. Be that as it may, I realize that my views regarding
the environment may very well be influenced by this ideology (indeed they
are and must be), and more than likely will conflict with those who do not
adhere to its tenets and doctrine. Conversely, I believe there is a great
deal of common ground with those of a secular mindset, particularly
regarding the value and respect that should be placed upon the natural
world, in particular, involving avians. I have great respect, awe, and
reverence for the Creator's handiwork in the form of birds, as well as all
other creatures of the Creation. I am an avid birder/birdwatcher, and I
frequently spend time outdoors in their presence whenever I have the time
and energy to do so. That is why certain moves by this nation's
administration regarding environmental policy, particularly the Migratory
Bird Treaty Act, so greatly concerns me; but up to a point, I might add.

As a result of my a priori commitment to Christian ideals and doctrine, as
I'm sure many have with regards to their own views and ideologies, I have
an appreciation for creatures made by the Creator. However, I do believe
that some are more valuable than others, particularly humankind and the
special place man has in this world. That is not to say that all other
creatures are not important or deemed worthy of respect, protection,
and love. To the contrary, it is an imperative and command, found within
the pages of Scripture, to care for all of the Creation in a responsible,
ethical and reverential manner. That is why it grieves me to see and hear
those who claim to adhere to the tenets of the faith continue to disregard
its teaching while pillaging the Earth and its resources in a selfish
manner with no regard to the other beings of the natural world with whom we
share this planet. It is one thing to use natural resources to the
advantage and progress of mankind in a respectful and sustainable manner;
it is entirely different to treat those very same resources as expendable,
unlimited and unworthy of compassion. I place myself into the category of
the former, and I hope that in the very near future many will see this as
their primary mode of approach with regards to matters such as this;
granted, this should have been this way for quite a long time now, but I
digress.

I'm torn between the manner in which industry creates employment, and
therefore quality of life, for innumerable families and households, and the
wildlife which is many times grievously harmed by such industry in
inappropriate standards and practice. I believe in the greater progress of
humanity in responsibility and respectful stewardship of the Earth's
resources, but I also know that the heart of man is desperately wicked,
looking to selfish desires as the primary mode of living at the expense of
those around him. I do not like the flippant approach many politicians and
those with whom they are related view the natural world. However, I realize
that my tone is somewhat muted in comparison to environmentalists who see
the world differently than I as a result of a secular foundation to their
views. How to bridge this gap, I must confess, eludes me. I don't know what
the solution is to matters such as this (referring to the article's
content) although I wish I did; but I recognize its complexity and that
environmental policy that is beneficial to both sides of this debate is not
as simple as many would like to make it. If you have read this far, I
sincerely thank you for your patience and interest in reading my thoughts
as I've laid them out. I appreciate each and every one of you, and I enjoy
being a member of this forum. I also hope that I have not stirred too many
pots in a manner that would make any of you think less of me. I hope that
you all have a wonderful day. Know that our shared love for birds and the
natural world is something that we can all agree upon, regardless of our
political differences, as heated as they may sometimes be.

Sincerely Yours & For the Love of Birds,

Dennis Porebski

On Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 8:09 AM, Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:

> -----Original Message----- From: Judy & Don
> Sent: Saturday, January 27, 2018 9:31 PM
> To: <ARBIRD-L...>
> Subject: Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds
>
> http://www.hcn.org/articles/dc-dispatch-interior-cancels-dec
> ades-old-protections-for-migratory-birds
>
> J=

 

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Date: 1/28/18 6:10 am
From: Jerry Davis <jwdavis...>
Subject: Fw: Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds
-----Original Message-----
From: Judy & Don
Sent: Saturday, January 27, 2018 9:31 PM
To: <ARBIRD-L...>
Subject: Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds

http://www.hcn.org/articles/dc-dispatch-interior-cancels-decades-old-protections-for-migratory-birds

J=
 

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Date: 1/26/18 9:05 am
From: David Arbour <arbour...>
Subject: Red Slough Birding Convention
The dates for this year's Red Slough Birding Convention will be May 5 - 8.
Our keynote speaker this year will be Greg Lasley (
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.greglasley.com&d=Dw
MFAg&c=qKdtBuuu6dQK9MsRUVJ2DPXW6oayO8fu4TfEHS8sGNk&r=WtcHdIgfPcd5duugjo56Rvr
WKXWbcpxsIgrqUhahxv0&m=lfQYxiiCuZc3AvkHNAlX9w8-bGV0EHsURB4NOUD2Gfc&s=Ln9tssx
xUZLsqB_Hp62z64Qt7huI4JBmbN4y_k8tKmA&e=> www.greglasley.com ). Greg is a
wildlife photographer and naturalist from Texas. Greg will be giving a
presentation on "Jaguars and More - a Brazilian Adventure" and another on
the "Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas". Our other speaker will be
Steven Hunter who spends most of his time photographing the natural wonders
of Oklahoma and Arkansas. The title of his presentation will be "Blessed by
the Light; Nature Photography". The convention also provides guided tours
to the Red Slough WMA, the Little River NWR, and the McCurtain County
Wilderness Area. These tours provide the easiest way to see hard to find
species in Oklahoma such as King Rail, Least Bittern, Purple Gallinule,
Swainson's Warbler, and Red-cockaded Woodpecker. You may also get to see an
American Alligator. So check out our updated website at
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.redsloughconvention
.com_&d=DwMFAg&c=qKdtBuuu6dQK9MsRUVJ2DPXW6oayO8fu4TfEHS8sGNk&r=WtcHdIgfPcd5d
uugjo56RvrWKXWbcpxsIgrqUhahxv0&m=lfQYxiiCuZc3AvkHNAlX9w8-bGV0EHsURB4NOUD2Gfc
&s=wUfRk9qh00v80xqGyyxqw77jWP_eGwds9nkQSJ6VptA&e=>
http://www.redsloughconvention.com/ for more information and registration.



David Arbour

De Queen, AR






 

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Date: 1/25/18 5:58 pm
From: Mary Peterson <m_mpeterson...>
Subject: Cimarron County from January 22-25, 2018.
Hello All,

Mary and I went out to the Kenton area for a couple days earlier this week. It was very windy on the way out and the way back, but sunny with little wind on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is definitely the year to be out there for Cassin's finches and Steller's jays. There were at least 6 Steller's jays and 20 Cassin's finches at the Black Mesa Bed and Breakfast. It is very dry out there with a 10-12 acre fire north of Black Mesa State Park on Wednesday. The trout were biting at Lake Etling near the campground, with 12 caught on Tuesday and 6 on Wednesday. Highlights included:


Barrow's Goldeneye-1 male on Lake Etling

Scaled Quail-11 at Black Mesa Bed and Breakfast

Ferruginous Hawk-2 west of Boise City

Golden Eagle-1 about 4 miles northeast of Boise City

Greater Roadrunner-3 between Kenton and the state park

Ladder-backed Woodpecker-1 at Camp Billy Joe and 1 at Black Mesa Bed and Breakfast

Scrub Jay-5 in Kenton, 1 at Black Mesa Bed and Breakfast and 1 at the state park

Steller's Jay-6 at Black Mesa Bed and Breakfast, 1 in Kenton and 1 at the state park

Black-billed Magpie-2 heard at the Oklahoma/New Mexico state line and 7 seen about 1 mile north of Black Mesa Bed and Breakfast

Common Raven-many all over

Juniper Titmouse-1 at Camp Billy Joe and 1 about 2 miles south of highway 325 on Regnier Ranch Road

Bushtit-20 just north of the state park, 10 on Regnier Ranch Road 10 at Easter Pageant and 10 at Camp Billy Joe

Canyon Wren-1 just north of the group camp at the state park

Bewick's Wren-1 at Camp Billy Joe

Mountain Bluebird-over 100 with the largest flocks coming to cattle watering tanks

Townsend's Solitaire-1 at Camp Billy Joe and 2 at the Easter Pageant

Curve-billed Thrasher-2 in Kenton and 2 at the state Park

Canyon Towhee-5 between the state park and Kenton

Rufous-crowned Sparrow-1 on the Regnier Ranch Road and 6 at the Easter Pageant

Cassin's Finch-at least 20 coming to the feeders at the Black Mesa Bed and Breakfast

Pine Siskin 2 at the Black Mesa Bed and Breakfast

Spotted Towhee-4 in the Kenton area


Mark Peterson

Bartlesville

 

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Date: 1/25/18 10:39 am
From: LEWIS POND <breaker57...>
Subject: Any news on the Snowy Owl at Sooner Lake?
First spotted by William Diffan?

 

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Date: 1/24/18 7:38 pm
From: David Arbour <arbour...>
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - Jan. 24
It was clear, mild (60's), with a little wind in the afternoon on the bird
survey today. 68 species were found. I found a male Brewer's Duck on Otter
Lake in with the Mallards. Also had a flyover Tree Swallow at Otter Lake.
This was my 2nd January record for this species. And 3 king Rails were
heard. Two of these were also found on our CBC last month. Here is my list
for today:



Canada Goose - 2

Wood Duck - 6

Gadwall - 332

"Brewer's Duck" - 1

Mallard - 459

Northern Shoveler - 126

Green-winged Teal - 165

Canvasback - 13

Ring-necked Duck - 1091

Hooded Merganser - 4

Ruddy Duck - 15

Pied-billed Grebe - 7

American White Pelican - 10

Double-crested Cormorant - 4

Great-blue Heron - 6

Black Vulture - 5

Turkey Vulture - 16

Bald Eagle - 1 imm.

Northern Harrier - 5

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1

Red-shouldered Hawk - 7

Red-tailed Hawk - 9

King Rail - 3

Virginia Rail - 2

American Coot - 353

Killdeer - 5

Greater Yellowlegs - 2

Wilson's Snipe - 2

Mourning Dove - 68

Eurasian Collared-Dove - 10

Rock Pigeon - 2

Belted Kingfisher - 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2

Downy Woodpecker - 1

Hairy Woodpecker - 1

Northern Flicker - 8

Pileated Woodpecker - 2

Eastern Phoebe - 12

Loggerhead Shrike - 1

Blue Jay - 6

American Crow - 120

Fish Crow - 2

Tree Swallow - 1

Carolina Chickadee - 4

Carolina Wren - 6

House Wren - 1

Winter Wren - 2

Sedge Wren - 5

Marsh Wren - 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 4

Northern Mockingbird - 1

Brown Thrasher - 1

American Pipit - 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 5

Common Yellowthroat - 4

Eastern Towhee - 1

Savannah Sparrow - 7

Fox Sparrow - 6

Song Sparrow - 35

Swamp Sparrow - 6

White-throated Sparrow - 3

White-crowned Sparrow - 2

Dark-eyed Junco - 5

Northern Cardinal - 24

Red-winged Blackbird - 1000

Eastern Meadowlark - 2

Rusty Blackbird - 50

Common Grackle - 8

American Goldfinch - 2



Herps:



Red-eared Slider

Southern Leopard Frog - calling





Good birding!



David Arbour

De Queen, AR










 

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Date: 1/24/18 5:49 pm
From: Lynn Romine <0000009144775b98-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Fw: Bluebird Needs Your Help!
Someone is trying to give away a bluebird with a broken wing on Craigslist Oklahoma City. Title of the listing is "Bluebird needs help". Their contact information gives the phone number 405-683-3268

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018 7:39 PM, Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...> wrote:


What is this? An ad?
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<premier_florist...> forwarded you this from craigslist:
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Date: 1/24/18 5:39 pm
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Subject: Re: Fw: Bluebird Needs Your Help!
What is this? An ad?

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Date: 1/24/18 5:35 pm
From: Lynn Romine <0000009144775b98-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Fw: Bluebird Needs Your Help!


On Wednesday, January 24, 2018 7:33 PM, "<noreply...>" <noreply...> wrote:


<premier_florist...> forwarded you this from craigslist:
Bluebird Needs Your Help!
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Date: 1/23/18 4:17 pm
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...>
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Lake Waurika--Dam, Jan 23, 2018
Nadine and I took a trip down to Waurika this morning. we missed the LT Ducks and WW
Scoters on our first pass across the dam. There was a boat near the intake tower so i
suspect it had spooked the ducks away from the dam. We came back by later and the scoters
and LTails were right off the dam just west of the tower.
The number of Ring-bill Gulls was staggering. They were everywhere both on the water and
in the air. There were large flocks sitting on the water everywhere on the lake we went.
Our number estimate is assuredly too low.
The duck numbers were way down. Perhaps with icing conditions no longer present across
the state, the ducks are free to go elsewhere now.

Jimmy Woodard
Midwest City, OK


Lake Waurika--Dam, Jefferson, Oklahoma, US Jan 23, 2018 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
61 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow Goose 65
Ross's Goose 7
Greater White-fronted Goose 30
Cackling Goose 25
Canada Goose 400
Gadwall 12
Mallard 20
Redhead 5
Lesser Scaup 14
White-winged Scoter 5 previous reported birds. all mostly dark with white smudges between eye and bill. white wing patches.
Long-tailed Duck 5
Bufflehead 25
Common Goldeneye 3
Hooded Merganser 30
Ruddy Duck 10
Northern Bobwhite 1
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Neotropic Cormorant 2 seen fairly well on the water and in flight. much smaller than the DC's.
Double-crested Cormorant 1300
American White Pelican 85
Great Blue Heron 4
Black Vulture 8
Turkey Vulture 2
Northern Harrier 9
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 25
American Coot 50
Bonaparte's Gull 20
Ring-billed Gull 5500
Herring Gull 12
Forster's Tern 1 1 winter plumaged bird perched on a buoy near a boat ramp on the west side of the lake.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 30
Eurasian Collared-Dove 4
Greater Roadrunner 1
Long-eared Owl 5 previously reported birds.
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 2
Loggerhead Shrike 3
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 8
Northern Mockingbird 6
European Starling 35
American Pipit 10
Cedar Waxwing 7
Smith's Longspur 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Dark-eyed Junco 5
White-crowned Sparrow 20
Harris's Sparrow 5
Savannah Sparrow 11
Northern Cardinal 8
Western/Eastern Meadowlark 35
Red-winged Blackbird 50
House Finch 3
Pine Siskin 3
American Goldfinch 24
House Sparrow 10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42187695

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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