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Turquoise-browed Motmot,©Sophie Webb

21 Jan GLAS Eagle Trip [Evelyn Houck ]
21 Jan Re: GLAS Eagle Trip [Mike Brewer ]
21 Jan New photos added to website [Jim Arterburn ]
21 Jan test [Mike Brewer ]
21 Jan Re: New photos added to website [Mike Brewer ]
20 Jan Red Slough WMA and SE OK birds 1-20-17 [Charles Lyon ]
20 Jan Re: Arnett CBC Results [Sebastian ]
19 Jan Coopers Hawks / White-winged doves & one Kinglet [Mike Brewer ]
19 Jan Re: Question re Lesser Prairie Chickens [Mark Cromwell ]
18 Jan Fwd: LPC [William Diffin ]
17 Jan Red Slough Bird Survey - Jan. 17 [David Arbour ]
17 Jan Re: The Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count is this coming Sunday, January 22nd! [Doug Wood ]
16 Jan Re: Surf Scoter - continuing at Waurika Lake [Laurel Upshaw ]
15 Jan Tulsa Audubon Events - Scott Loss on Cats & Wildlife, Eagle Days & More [John Kennington ]
14 Jan SE OK birds 1-13-17 [Charles Lyon ]
14 Jan Re: Birding Trip to Belize [Jerry Davis ]
14 Jan Arnett CBC Results [ok_forbs ]
14 Jan Re: Surf Scoter at Lake Waurika [Bill Adams ]
13 Jan Re: Red Slough today ["Feldt, Andrew N." ]
13 Jan Re: Red Slough today ["Ingold, James" ]
11 Jan Re: Red Slough today [Foundation Subscriber ]
11 Jan Re: Red Slough today [Patricia Seibert ]
11 Jan Re: Red Slough today [Foundation Subscriber ]
11 Jan Red Slough today [David Arbour ]
11 Jan Yesterday and today [Steve Davis ]
11 Jan Nice Merlin in Stillwater ["O Connell, Tim" ]
11 Jan Red Slough Bird Survey - Jan. 10 [David Arbour ]
11 Jan Re: Surf Scoter at Lake Waurika [Bill Adams ]
10 Jan Re: Recent photos [Foundation Subscriber ]
10 Jan Glaucous Gull [Bill Carrell ]
9 Jan Surf Scoter at Lake Waurika [Louis Truex ]
9 Jan FW: White-winged dove [Mike Brewer ]
9 Jan Re: White-winged dove [Mike Brewer ]
9 Jan Recent photos [Terry Mitchell ]
9 Jan Hefner and Overholser today [JOS GRZYBOWSKI ]
8 Jan White-winged dove [Paul Ribitzki ]
8 Jan Glaucous Gull, L Hefner [William Diffin ]
8 Jan Swans and Short-eared Owls [Mary Peterson ]
7 Jan Stillwater Glaucous Gull [Scott Loss ]
6 Jan Snowy prizes [Lisa Wiesbauer ]
6 Jan Re: Saturday field trip cancelled [Jim Jorgensen ]
6 Jan Saturday field trip cancelled [Larry Mays ]
5 Jan A couple good Red Slough birds [David Arbour ]
4 Jan Hackberry Flat 1-4-2017 [Louis Truex ]
4 Jan White-tailed Kite - Harmon Co. [John Ault ]
4 Jan Re: Conservation Pass ["O Connell, Tim" ]
4 Jan Re: Conservation Pass [Foundation Subscriber ]
3 Jan Red Slough Bird Survey - Jan. 3 [David Arbour ]
3 Jan Re: Conservation Pass [Saul Grysman ]
3 Jan Conservation Pass [Larry Mays ]
2 Jan Long-Tailed Duck [Bill Carrell ]
2 Jan Yellow-bellied sapsucker [Jim Jorgensen ]
1 Jan Hackberry Flat New Year's Day [Louis Truex ]
1 Jan Re: White-winged Dove [Jim Jorgensen ]
2 Jan Re: White-winged Dove ["Bostian, Kelly" ]
1 Jan New Years Day [Bill Carrell ]
1 Jan January Migration Report [Patricia Velte ]
31 Dec Re: White-winged Dove [Foundation Subscriber ]
31 Dec Re: White-winged Dove [Jerry Taylor ]
31 Dec Re: White-winged Dove [John Hurd ]
30 Dec Re: New photos added to website [Jim Arterburn ]
29 Dec Birding trip [Larry Mays ]
28 Dec Hackberry Flat WMA Monday [Steve Davis ]
27 Dec Red Slough Bird Survey - Dec. 27 [David Arbour ]
27 Dec New photos added to website [Jim Arterburn ]
27 Dec Re: Okc birding [Dora Webb ]
27 Dec Re: Okc birding [Jerry Taylor ]
26 Dec Stillwater CBC results ["O Connell, Tim" ]
26 Dec Red Slough CBC correction [David Arbour ]
25 Dec Red Slough CBC results [David Arbour ]
24 Dec Lake Yahola [Bill Carrell ]
23 Dec Endangered Vireo Population Rebounds [Jerry Davis ]
22 Dec Red Slough yesterday [David Arbour ]
22 Dec Sharp-Shinned a problem! [Bob LaVal ]
20 Dec Red Slough Bird Survey - Dec. 20 [David Arbour ]
20 Dec Tulsa Audubon Meeting Tonight - Loma Pendergraf of Cognitive Abilities of Crows; Scholarships [John Kennington ]

Subject: GLAS Eagle Trip
From: Evelyn Houck <efhouck727 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:10:24 -0600
The moon was shining and the stars twinkling brightly as 17 persons began
the caravan to Northeast Arkansas to find Bald Eagles.  By the time the
group arrived at the roosting area at 7 a.m., the temperature had dropped
to 37 degrees with a moderate south wind.  Not near the climate the group
has experienced in the past, when the wind was so very strong from the
north and we were dressed in layers, many layers!!

The Bald Eagle count was down considerably this year from 2016 by half.
Today's count was 59.  Maybe the nicer weather was to blame?  Twenty-nine
birds were seen leaving the roosting area as sunrise neared.

Additional birds seen, by species included:
Canada Goose
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Wilson's Snipe
Rock Dove
Collared Dove
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Crow
Bluejay
Tufted Titmouse
White breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Cardinal
White crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Meadowlark
and many LBJs (little brown jobies!)

Breatfast was delicious and the comradarie was enjoyable too.  There were
five first timers to join us on the trip, including four guests.

Until next time,
Evelyn Houck
Bald EagleTrip Recorder
Grand Lake Audubon Society
Grove, Oklahoma (n.e. corner of state)
Subject: Re: GLAS Eagle Trip
From: Mike Brewer <mike.brewer AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:14:52 -0600
Thank You.

 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Evelyn Houck
Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:10 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: GLAS Eagle Trip

 

The moon was shining and the stars twinkling brightly as 17 persons began the 
caravan to Northeast Arkansas to find Bald Eagles. By the time the group 
arrived at the roosting area at 7 a.m., the temperature had dropped to 37 
degrees with a moderate south wind. Not near the climate the group has 
experienced in the past, when the wind was so very strong from the north and we 
were dressed in layers, many layers!! 


 

The Bald Eagle count was down considerably this year from 2016 by half. Today's 
count was 59. Maybe the nicer weather was to blame? Twenty-nine birds were seen 
leaving the roosting area as sunrise neared. 


 

Additional birds seen, by species included:

Canada Goose

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

Wilson's Snipe

Rock Dove

Collared Dove

Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

American Crow

Bluejay

Tufted Titmouse

White breasted Nuthatch

Carolina Wren

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Cardinal

White crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Eastern Meadowlark

and many LBJs (little brown jobies!)

 

Breatfast was delicious and the comradarie was enjoyable too. There were five 
first timers to join us on the trip, including four guests. 


 

Until next time,

Evelyn Houck

Bald EagleTrip Recorder

Grand Lake Audubon Society

Grove, Oklahoma (n.e. corner of state) 

 

 

 
Subject: New photos added to website
From: Jim Arterburn <jimarterburn AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:37:17 -0600
OKBirds,

 

I have added some new photos to my recent birds gallery.  Species added
include American Crow, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Blue Jay,
Dark-eyed Junco, Eastern Bluebird, leucistic Northern Cardinal, Northern
Flicker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Yellow-rumped
Warbler. Most of these birds were photographed coming to the shore, of the
mostly frozen Kaw Lake, to drink. For those interested see the link below.

 

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

 

Cheers,

 

Jim Arterburn
Subject: test
From: Mike Brewer <mike.brewer AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:12:27 -0600
 

This is only a TEST.

One of my latest postings was rejected

 

"Keep in Touch with Your Dreams"

 

Michael Brewer

mike.brewer AT suddenlink.net

PO Box 1230

601 North Walnut Street

Pauls Vallley, Oklahoma 73075

 
Subject: Re: New photos added to website
From: Mike Brewer <mike.brewer AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:09:54 -0600
Jim:  

 

Thank You.

 

"Keep in Touch with Your Dreams"

 

Michael Brewer

  mike.brewer AT suddenlink.net

mike.brewer AT att.net

PO Box 1230

601 North Walnut Street

Pauls Vallley, Oklahoma 73075

 

 

 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Jim Arterburn
Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:37 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: New photos added to website

 

OKBirds,

 

I have added some new photos to my recent birds gallery.  Species added
include American Crow, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Blue Jay,
Dark-eyed Junco, Eastern Bluebird, leucistic Northern Cardinal, Northern
Flicker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Yellow-rumped
Warbler. Most of these birds were photographed coming to the shore, of the
mostly frozen Kaw Lake, to drink. For those interested see the link below.

 

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

 

Cheers,

 

Jim Arterburn
Subject: Red Slough WMA and SE OK birds 1-20-17
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:52:56 -0600
OK-birders,
I made a brief birding foray into SE OK with fellow birders Jeff and Jean 
Trahan and Rosemary Seidler today 1-20-17. 

We met Ford Hendershot at Red Slough WMA and did a short two hour birding 
survey there, with the best bird 

being a Neotropic Cormorant. This may have been the same bird found by David 
Arbour on his 1-3-17 survey. We then had 

excellent looks at Red-breasted Nuthatches and Purple Finches in Ford's yard. 
Ford then directed us to a farmland route he surveys, 

and we checked this area out on our way home. We found a Merlin terrorizing a 
large flock of blackbirds and a few Western Meadowlarks 

here. The links to the ebird lists with a few embedded photos are below.
Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33813169

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33813503

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33813677
Subject: Re: Arnett CBC Results
From: Sebastian <sebastianpatti AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:40:55 +0000
thanks, as always Eddie!

sebastianpatti AT hotmail.com
Sebastian T. Patti
(Lincoln Park)
Chicago, ILLINOIS 60614-3354
PHONE: 312/325-9555 (o) 773/248-0570 (h)
CELL: 773/304-7488
FAX: 312/325-9017(o)


________________________________
From: okbirds  on behalf of ok_forbs 
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:07 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Arnett CBC Results

The Arnett CBC missed good weather by a single day. The day before the highs 
were in the 60's and mostly clear. However, on count day, it began at 25 
degrees and only reached the low 30's by late afternoon. Strong north winds and 
overcast skies were the norm for the day. 

The wind was a major factor, so small birds, such as chickadee's and kinglets, 
etc. were not found. 


We had 4 observers in 2 parties. Only 48 species were found; yet there were 
some noteworthy finds. 



Notable birds:
Vir. Rail 2
Sandhill Cranes 347
E. Collard-Dove 75 (40 were in a single flock)
G. Roadrunner 1
Barn Owl 3 (The first in many years)
E. Phoebe 1 (The first in many years)
L. Shrike 3
M. Bluebird 71
E. Bluebird 42
Am. Goldfinch 184 (High number)
Rough-legged Hawk 1 (CW)
Harlan's Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Merlin 1
Prairie Falcon 1
Wild Turkey 25
Savannah Sparrow 4


A big thanks to Brandon Knowles and Bill Diffin for their efforts.




"Future historians may well be amazed by our distorted sense of proportion. How 
could intelligent beings seek to control a few unwanted species by a method 
that contaminated the entire environment and brought the threat of disease and 
death even to their own kind?" 

~Rachel Carson

Eddie Stegall
Ok_Forbs AT Zoho.com
Wichita, Ks
Subject: Coopers Hawks / White-winged doves & one Kinglet
From: Mike Brewer <mike.brewer AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:06:31 -0600
Greetings Bird Lovers:

 

My feeders, filled with Black Oil Sunflower and Suet have had some
interesting bird behavior.

First:  I did not notice the flock of White-winged Doves perching high in
the Native Pecan Trees.

Suddenly, the flock of about 3 dozen or more WW Doves flushed with a loud
sound.

 

They were quickly followed very quick with two Coopers Hawks in attack.

The first was a juvenile and close behind was an adult.

The Coopers perched in the tall pecans directly across the street.

I captured photos to verify the identification.

 

Another nice feeder bird is a Ruby Crowned Kinglet.

The bird was photographed feeding on Suet.

 

Regards for good birding,

 

"Keep in Touch with Your Dreams"

 

Michael Brewer

mike.brewer AT att.net

PO Box 1230

601 North Walnut Street

Pauls Vallley, Oklahoma 73075

 
Subject: Re: Question re Lesser Prairie Chickens
From: Mark Cromwell <mark.cromwell01 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:04:45 -0600
Scott, if you do not have success with LPCs at Woodward, then you might try
Canadian/Higgins, TX. I was recently quail hunting in that area and kicked
up several LPCs and possibly found roosts (it took awhile to figure out the
poop is bigger than quail)!

On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 11:09 AM, Esther M. Key  wrote:

> Scott,
>
> From time to time the chickens change the location of their leks which is
> the most likely reason you didn't find them.  The best way to see the leks
> is at the Lesser Prairie-chicken Festival.  We went last year for the first
> time.  Even though the weather wasn't cooperative, we were able to have a
> great view of them dancing on the leks and I can highly recommend the
> experience.  For information see http://lektreks.org/
> Esther
>
> On 1/12/2017 3:53 PM, Scott Fisher wrote:
>
> Dear Sir
>
> I am hoping you might pass this question along to your members.
>
> Where can I view Lesser Prairie Chickens?  Last year I tried following the
> directions in the Tulsa Audubon book for the Arnett site but failed
> miserably.  No doubt the directions are clear for most people and my miss
> is entirely my fault.
>
> Although I was born and raised in Oklahoma, I now live in the Chicago area
> and did not start birding until recently.  Being recently retired, I have
> time to bird and can come down to Oklahoma any time your readers think my
> chances would be best.
>
> Thank you very much for your assistance.
>
> Regards
>
> Scott Fisher
> scottfisher04 AT gmail.com
>
>
>
Subject: Fwd: LPC
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:37:07 -0600
 There used to a blind for viewing Lesser Prairie Chickens at the Cimarron
National Grassland just north of the Oklahoma border near Elkhart, KS. To
my knowledge it was the only truly public viewing area for LPC. Per the
note returned below, the blind is no longer active.

Thank you, Shari Butler, for the informative reply.

Bill Diffin, OKC

------------------------------
From: sharilbutler AT fs.fed.us
To: WilliamDiffin AT aol.com
Sent: 1/18/2017 9:32:30 A.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: LPC


William,



Thank you for your inquiry.



There is no longer a viewing area on the Cimarron National Grassland for
viewing the birds during courtship.  Since the numbers are so few and they
no longer use the lek where the blind was located, it was decided to close
it.  If you are coming anyway, you are welcome to look for them on your own
but the numbers are so few that it isn’t a good possibility of finding them.


If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us
again.



Thank you,  Shari


*Shari Butler Administrative Services Assistant*

*Forest Service *

*Pike/San Isabel National Forests; Cimarron/Comanche National Grasslands;
Cimarron National Grassland*



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Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - Jan. 17
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:29:06 -0600
It was mostly overcast, cool, and windy on the bird survey today.  79
species were found.   Passerines were difficult to find because of the wind.
Here is my list for today:

 

 

Greater White-fronted Goose -1

Canada Goose - 2

Wood Duck - 4

Gadwall - 665

"Brewer's" Duck - 1

American Wigeon - 1

Mallard - 200

Northern Shoveler - 235

Northern Pintail - 5

Green-winged Teal - 654

Canvasback - 41

Ring-necked Duck - 1315

Bufflehead - 1

Hooded Merganser - 27

Ruddy Duck - 6

Pied-billed Grebe - 5

American White Pelican - 19

Double-crested Cormorant - 7

Great-blue Heron - 8

Great Egret - 3

Black Vulture - 4

Turkey Vulture - 43

Bald Eagle - 1

Northern Harrier - 2

Cooper's Hawk - 1

Red-shouldered Hawk - 3

Red-tailed Hawk - 7

Merlin - 1 (very black individual)

Virginia Rail - 2

American Coot - 635

Killdeer - 21

Greater Yellowlegs - 2

Rock Pigeon - 2

Eurasian Collared-Dove - 2

Mourning Dove - 1

Barred Owl - 3

Belted Kingfisher - 4

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 5

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2

Downy Woodpecker - 4

Hairy Woodpecker - 1

Northern Flicker - 8

Pileated Woodpecker - 1

Eastern Phoebe - 10

Loggerhead Shrike - 1

Blue Jay - 10

American Crow - 139

Fish Crow - 4

Carolina Chickadee - 5

Tufted Titmouse - 3

Carolina Wren - 7

Winter Wren - 1

Sedge Wren - 1

Marsh Wren - 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 5

Eastern Bluebird - 10

Hermit Thrush - 1

American Robin - 5

Northern Mockingbird - 1

Brown Thrasher - 2

American Pipit - 1

Orange-crowned Warbler - 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 4

Pine Warbler - 1

Common Yellowthroat - 1

Eastern Towhee - 2

Savannah Sparrow - 4

Fox Sparrow - 1

Song Sparrow - 12

Swamp Sparrow - 3

White-throated Sparrow - 6

White-crowned Sparrow - 7

Northern Cardinal - 6

Red-winged Blackbird - 730

Eastern Meadowlark - 10

Rusty Blackbird - 21

Common Grackle - 33

Purple Finch - 1

American Goldfinch - 2

 

Other finds:

 

Southern Leopard Frogs - calling

 

 

Good birding!

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR

 
Subject: Re: The Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count is this coming Sunday, January 22nd!
From: Doug Wood <DWood AT SE.EDU>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:11:23 +0000
I'm going. Who else is? Just curious. Doug.


Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Mia Revels <0000004e74e60ce3-dmarc-request AT LISTS.OU.EDU>
Date:01/16/2017 7:37 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] The Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count is this coming Sunday, 
January 22nd! 


Just a reminder that the Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count is coming up this 
next weekend! I hope lots of you can make it over to help out. In the 
afternoon, after we tally the votes, I can show anyone who is interested where 
we captured/mist-netted Northern Saw-whet Owls this past fall! Details below: 


Mia Revels
Tahlequah, OK

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mia Revels >
Date: Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 11:56 AM
Subject: The Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count is schedule this year for 
Sunday, January 22nd. 

To: okbirds >



The Nickel Winter Bird Count has been scheduled!

Hello Oklahoma Birders!

The Annual Nickel Preserve Winter Bird Count is scheduled this year for S
​un​
day, January 2
​2​
rd from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. I hope that many of you will be able to 
participate! 


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 
flowing through and even adjacent to some areas: 
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/oklahoma/placesweprotect/j-t-nickel-family-nature-and-wildlife-preserve.xml 


Newcomers are very welcome and can contact me for information and directions 
(revels AT nsuok.edu). I look forward to seeing the 
regulars as well! And irregulars -;-). 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. 


We will all meet at the Preserve Headquarters at 2:00 pm for hot soup/chili!
​(​
Drop me an email if you need a veggie option, I can handle that easily
​)​
. 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! We are ending the count a 
little earlier than in previous years, so that folks who are are driving a ways 
will have more daylight drive time to get home. 


I'm looking forward to it!!
​Mia Revels​

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


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--
Mia Revels, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Northeastern State University
611 Grand Ave.
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
(918) 444-3824
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Subject: Re: Surf Scoter - continuing at Waurika Lake
From: Laurel Upshaw <lpupshaw AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:31:32 -0600

Thanks! Iappreciate your sharing thee good photos! Laurel Upshaw in Tulsa

On Jan 16, 2017, at 3:04 PM, John Ault  wrote:

> This morning (Monday) I went to find the Surf Scoters reported at Waurika 
Lake. When I got to the Beaver Creek Landing boat ramp I saw two possible 
candidates - way out (500 yards?). Through my scope, I was able to see enough 
field marks to identify them. I attempted to take pictures for several minutes. 
All of a sudden the birds jumped up, flew towards me and landed about 150 yards 
away. Pictures can be seen at the eBird link below. 

> 
> 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33724104
> 
> -- 
> John Ault
> Lawton, OK
Subject: Tulsa Audubon Events - Scott Loss on Cats & Wildlife, Eagle Days & More
From: John Kennington <johnkennington AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:16:51 -0600
*Monthly Meeting - Tues Jan 17, 2017*
*“Free-Ranging Domestic Cats as Invasive Species: Impacts on Native
Wildlife and Management Controversies ” by Dr. Scott Loss*

Dr. Scott Loss is an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University. He
studies the effects of human-caused global changes on wildlife populations
and the communities, ecosystems, and landscapes they inhabit.

Meeting is at the Tulsa Garden Center, 7:00 p.m for drinks and refreshments
with the program starting at 7:30 p.m. All are invited to join our speaker
and other TAS friends for dinner at 5:30 at Pepper's Grill in Utica Square
(on 21st Street across the street from Wendy's.)
------------------------------
*Eagle Days*
*January 28 & 29, 2017*
The Tulsa Audubon Society is teaming up with the Jenks High School
Ornithology Program to once again host the annual Tulsa Eagle Days event on
Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29. The outdoor Eagle/nest viewing will be
both Saturday and Sunday, while the live raptor presentations and other
festivities *will be on Saturday only*. (A change from previous years.) The
event is FREE to the public and geared toward adults and children alike.

*TAS Members - If you have a spotting scope please join us one or both days
so we have enough scopes for the public to view the eagles. *

Outdoor Watch: 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at Helmerich Park, 7301 S. Riverside
Watch a live nest along the Arkansas River. There is a walkway that leads
to the river's edge where the nest can be seen across the river. Spotting
scopes will be set up to provide a good view of the nest and hopefully some
Southern Bald Eagles. Parking and restrooms are available at the park
entrance.

Indoor Live Raptor Presentations: Saturday ONLY! - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Jenks
High School Math and Science Center, 205 East B. St., Jenks At this venue,
there will be several bird presentations (with live, educational birds)
from the Grey Snow Eagle House and the Tulsa Zoo. There will be
informational booths from a variety of bird and nature related
organizations, several vendors selling bird related items, and pizza and
drinks for purchase.

Saturday Detailed Schedule
8:00-9:30 a.m. - Outdoor Eagle Watch, Helmerich Park
10:00-11:00 – Tulsa Zoo live bird presentation
11:00-12:00 – Grey Snow Eagle House – live Bald Eagle presentation
12:00-12:30 – Lunch, exhibits, and vendors – nest building activity for the
children
12:30-1:30 – Grey Snow Eagle House – live Golden Eagle presentation
1:30-2:00 – Planetarium Show - "Birds of the Sky" (Jenks HS Planetarium is
on-site at the Math and Science Center)

Sunday Detailed Schedule
8:00-9:30 a.m. -Outdoor Eagle Watch, Helmerich Park
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*Birding Camp Scholarships*
*Attention Young Members of Tulsa Audubon! Birding Camp Scholarship
Available*

Thanks to a generous donor, Tulsa Audubon is pleased to again offer two
full scholarships, each worth up to $1,300, to young birders to attend a
youth birding camp in the summer of 2017. There are several such camps in
different parts of the country and the scholarship can be applied to any of
these.  The eligible camps are described on the application. Some excellent
discussion on youth birding camps can be found on the Young Birders
Facebook page. More good info can be found on the American Birding
Associations Young Birder’s Blog.

To be eligible, you must meet these criteria:

   - Live in the general Tulsa area
   - Be between 14-18 years old (as of June 1st, 2017)
   - Be willing to provide a short report (about 10 minutes) at a TAS
   meeting
   - Be willing to provide 10 volunteer hours (such as at Oxley, giving a
   bird talk to an elementary school class, leading a youth field trip, etc.,
   or your own idea, something meaningful to you.)

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2017, but you are encouraged to send
in your applications as soon as possible, since these camps fill up very
fast and we will judge applications as they arrive.

The scholarship will cover the camp fee, up to $1,300. Transportation and
other incidental expenses will be paid by the camper or his/her family.
Additional funding to help with transportation may be available on an as
needed basis.

Click here for an application

 

.

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*Beginning Birding Class*
*03/23/2017 - 04/27/2017*

Our own Todd Humphrey is teaching a Jenks Community Education class called
All About Birds. The class is Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00, from 3/23
to 4/27.

This course is designed for bird lovers to learn more about the birds of
Oklahoma. Explore some of the science about birds including the different
groups of birds, habitat needs, bird behavior and bird conservation topics.
Learn how to use binoculars, field guides and the latest on-line technology
related to birding. The class includes six classroom nights and two field
trips to local birding “hot spots” that will help you to fully enjoy the
birds living all around us. For more information or to register, visit:

https://www.jenkscommunityed.com/class-calendar&a=view&class_id=99#

 


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*Oklahoma Native Plant Society Indoor Outing*
*Landscaping with Native Plants*
Sat. Feb. 14, 2017
Public Welcome!

The Oklahoma Native Plant Society will host the annual statewide Indoor
Outing Event on February 4! Learn more about beautiful native plants for
wildlife,
pollinators and for your own enjoyment. Plan a new landscape or rejuvenate
an existing one.

Presentations by:

Steve Owens - Bustani Plant Farm, Stillwater, OK
Mark Howery - OK Dept. Wildlife Conservation, OKC, OK
Marilyn Stewart - Wild Things Nursery, Seminole, OK
Ben Stallings - Interdependent Web, Emporia, KS
Optional Field Trip to Flycatcher Trail Outdoor Classroom & Demonstration
Garden, 404 E. F St., Jenks

Where: Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave. Tulsa
Time: Doors open to visit exhibits: 8:30 a.m., Event: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Preregister on website by Jan. 27 $12.00/person or $15.00/person on Feb. 4
Order a $10 lunch when pre-registering by Jan. 27
Students – Free admission

www.oknativeplants.org

For more information, contact: Connie Murray, 918-845-3170,
murrayconstance4882 AT gmail.com

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*TAS On Facebook*

If you have not done so, become a friend of TAS on Facebook

 

and keep up with the latest TAS news. Please feel free to post info of
interest to Audubon members, and if you are at any of our TAS events share
your own photos, notes, observations, etc.
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John Kennington, President
918-809-6325 <(918)%20809-6325>
email: johnkennington AT gmail.com
web: www.tulsaaudubon.org

 
Subject: SE OK birds 1-13-17
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:38:42 -0600
OK-birders,
I made a day trip into SE OK with fellow Louisiana birders Jeff and Jean 
Trahan, and Rosemary Seidler yesterday 

1-13-17, and met up with OK birders Ford Hendershot and Chuck McGowen. With 
their help as well as that of 

David Arbour, we had an exceptionally good day. Links to the ebird lists are 
below. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33652106

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33652413

Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA
Subject: Re: Birding Trip to Belize
From: Jerry Davis <jwdavis AT CABLELYNX.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:16:04 -0600
I concur with Mia, this is the best leader and most affordable trip you will be 
able to make to Belize. I would be on it in a minute if I did not have a 
conflict. 


Jerry W. Davis
Hot Springs

From: Mia Revels 
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:29 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU 
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Birding Trip to Belize

Hello Ok-birders! My friend Ragupathy Kannan is organizing this birding trip to 
Belize. I have been on a similar trip with him myself, and can vouch for how 
amazing it is. Details below! 



The Arkansas Audubon Society Trust is making an effort to boost its Endowment 
Fund to $200,000 by its 50th anniversary. I hope to raise $1,000 for the trust 
by doing the following birding tour to Belize in March. The tour is open to 10 
birders only. If interested to go, please send me an email giving me your 
birding background. We did this in March 2015 and saw 226 species (eBird lists 
below). I expect that number to be surpassed this time because the itinerary 
has been tweaked to include more habitats. Participants should of course be 
physically fit to undertake the activities listed. 

I have led birding tours and/or have taught tropical biology courses in Belize 
every year since 2009. 

R. Kannan, Ph.D.,
Professor of Biology
University of Arkansas--Fort Smith


BELIZE BIRDING TOUR
Group based on 10 participants US $1,795.00 each excluding air, plus $200 to 
cover Dr. Kannan’s expenses and a donation to the Arkansas Audubon Society 
Trust 

Includes: All transportation, tours, guides, park fees, lodging and meals as 
stated 

Saturday, March 18, 2017. AIRPORT/CRYSTAL PARADISE 
You will be met at the airport by your Belizean bird guide and transferred to 
your jungle lodge accommodations. There will be opportunities for birding along 
the way as we drive through a number of habitats such as mangrove swamps, pine 
savannahs and tropical forests. We check into our accommodations at Crystal 
Paradise after a short orientation. O/N Crystal Paradise Resort 
(www.crystalparadise.com). Dinner included. 


Sunday, March 19, 2017. MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE
After an early breakfast we depart for the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve. Here we 
have the opportunity to see Yellow-faced Grassquits, Rufous-capped Warblers, 
Acorn Woodpeckers, Yellow-backed Orioles and Golden-hooded Tanagers. Black 
headed Siskins can often be seen flying in flocks. There is a strong 
possibility of seeing the Orange-breasted Falcons and King Vultures by The 
1,000 Ft. Falls (Hidden Valley). We have seen the Lovely Cotinga 8 out of 10 
trips. Other birds include Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Black and White Hawk eagle and 
the Stygian Owl. (See the 2015 list at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S22618706). Breakfast, packed lunches, 
and dinner included. Overnight at Crystal Paradise Resort. 


Monday, March 20, 2017. El PILAR MAYAN RUINS AND MACAL RIVER CANOEING
Morning: After breakfast we will visit El Pilar, a Maya site and flora/fauna 
reserve. It is excellent for birding, hiking, and provides an insight to 
Belize’s sub-tropical forests. We will make stops along the way to view such 
birds as Collared Manakins and Honeycreepers and an array of flycatchers. 

Afternoon: Canoeing on the Macal River. While canoeing we have the chance to 
see Neotropic Cormorants, Mangrove Swallows, various Kingfishers, Gray-necked 
Wood-rails and other wildlife that frequent the riverbanks. We will do an eBird 
census that enables us see about 70 species. (See the 2015 census at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S22573813). We may flush Proboscis bats 
from the limestone bluffs by the river and watch iguanas sunning themselves on 
the rocks and trees. We can take the challenge of finding Tody Motmots and 
Sungrebes as we canoe! Waterproof binoculars come handy here. O/N Crystal 
Paradise Resort. B/L/D included. 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017.  Spanish Lookout & Laguna Aguacate
A 45-minute drive north of Crystal Paradise through rolling green hills brings 
you to Spanish Lookout, a modern-day Mennonite settlement reminiscent of 
Pennsylvania farmlands. Several different habitats in the area make it a 
favorable birding destination. The area consists of savannah, open farmland, 
and subtropical forest around the lake. In the open land and pastures it is 
easy to find Vermillion Flycatchers, Fork-tailed Flycatchers, Yellow-rumped 
Warblers, White-Tailed Kites and Hawks, Laughing Falcons, Meadowlarks, 
Swallows, Herons, Jabiru storks, just to name a few. Aguacate Lagoon Reserve is 
located about 20 minutes beyond the community, and provides a birdwatcher’s 
paradise. In the forest around the lake we will look for Jacamars, Trogons, 
Puff-birds, Crested Guans and Great Curassows. Other birds may include 
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Rails and Crakes. O/N Crystal Paradise Resort. 
B/L/D included 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  BLUE HOLE /CROOKED TREE
We will depart in the early morning for a birding hike at one of the famous 
trails in Blue Hole National Park. Some of the coveted birds known to this area 
include White Hawks, Spotted-Wood Quails, Crested Guans, Lovely Cotingas, 
Keel-Billed Toucans, Red-Legged Honey Creepers, Slaty-tailed Trogons, Northern 
Bentbill, Royal Flycatcher, Bright-rumped Attila, and Sulphur-rumped 
Flycatcher. If time permits, we can dip in the clear blue cenote (pond) in the 
middle of the jungle. See the 2015 list at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S22620414. We will make an optional stop 
at the world famous Belize Zoo (which hosts only native animals) and lunch at 
one of the local restaurants. Belize Zoo admission will be on your own (about 
$15). Those not opting for the Zoo stop will go for a guided 2-hr bird walk in 
the nearby forests. In the evening or late afternoon, we will check into our 
hotel at Bird’s Eye View lodge at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Dinner and 
Overnight Birds Eye View lodge (www.birdseyeviewbelize.com). B/L/D included. 


Thursday, March 23, 2017  CROOKED TREE BIRDING / CAYE CAULKER 
We will do an early morning birding by boat on the lagoon of Crooked Tree 
Wildlife Sanctuary. Water birds will be the main target with special emphasis 
on finding the Jabiru, Sungrebe, Boat-billed and Agami herons. (See the 2015 
list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S22618126). Late breakfast at 
Birds Eye view, following which we will transfer to the Belize water taxi 
terminal in Belize City for the 45-min boat ride to Caye Caulker. Overnight at 
Tropical Paradise (www.tropicalparadisehotel.com) in Caye Caulker. B/L 
included; dinner on your own. 


Friday, March 24, 2017.  CAYE CAULKER- CORAL GARDENS MARINE RESERVE 
Pre-breakfast bird walk on the mangrove forest reserve at Caye Caulker. We will 
look for caye specialities like Black Catbird, Bananaquit, Rufous-necked 
Woodrail, Mangrove (Yellow) Warbler, Yucatan Vireo, White-capped Pigeon, 
Cinnamon Hummingbird, and more. Magnificent Frigate birds and Brown Pelicans 
are commonly seen flying over the sea. (See the 2015 list at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S22619160). Snorkeling tour departs at 
10:30 to the Coral Gardens Reserve. We will have a chance to swim with 
(harmless) rays and nurse sharks and watch dozens of species of beautiful coral 
reef fishes. Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner on your own. Overnight at 
Tropical Paradise in Caye Caulker. B/L included. Dinner on your own. 


Saturday, March 25, 2017. Caye to BZE via water taxi 
After breakfast, we will catch the boat to Belize City and then the short drive 
to BZE Int’l airport for our flight home. Breakfast included. 



-- 

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


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Subject: Arnett CBC Results
From: ok_forbs <ok_forbs AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:07:31 -0600
The Arnett CBC missed good weather by a single day. The day before the highs 
were in the 60's and mostly clear. However, on count day, it began at 25 
degrees and only reached the low 30's by late afternoon. Strong north winds and 
overcast skies were the norm for the day. 

The wind was a major factor, so small birds, such as chickadee's and kinglets, 
etc. were not found. 


We had 4 observers in 2 parties. Only 48 species were found; yet there were 
some noteworthy finds. 



Notable birds:
Vir. Rail 2
Sandhill Cranes 347 
E. Collard-Dove 75 (40 were in a single flock)
G. Roadrunner 1
Barn Owl 3 (The first in many years)
E. Phoebe 1 (The first in many years)
L. Shrike 3
M. Bluebird 71
E. Bluebird 42
Am. Goldfinch 184 (High number)
Rough-legged Hawk 1 (CW)
Harlan's Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Merlin 1
Prairie Falcon 1
Wild Turkey 25
Savannah Sparrow 4


A big thanks to Brandon Knowles and Bill Diffin for their efforts.




"Future historians may well be amazed by our distorted sense of proportion. How 
could intelligent beings seek to control a few unwanted species by a method 
that contaminated the entire environment and brought the threat of disease and 
death even to their own kind?" 

~Rachel Carson

Eddie Stegall
Ok_Forbs AT Zoho.com
Wichita, Ks
Subject: Re: Surf Scoter at Lake Waurika
From: Bill Adams <ba1980 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:06:08 +0000
My mom and I saw the Surf Scoters today in the same area Lou found them.  No 
pictures since I didn't even bring a camera due to the weather.  

Bill AdamsDuncan, OK

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android 
 
 On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 8:26 PM, Bill Adams wrote: Ran 
out this evening to look for the Scoters, but I didn't find them.   All I had 
was my camera and bincolurs though so they could've been out further than I 
could see.  Might try again tomorrow evening. 

Bill AdamsDuncan, OK

      From: Louis Truex 
 To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU 
 Sent: Monday, January 9, 2017 6:49 PM
 Subject: [OKBIRDS] Surf Scoter at Lake Waurika
  
Mary and I birded the Claypool looking for a Caracara to no avail.  We did 
have 2 Merlins and 2 Coopers in the search area.  On our way back, we stopped 
back at Beaver Landing on the East end of the Dam at Lake Waurika.  Much to 
our surprise, there were 2 Surf Scoters working that area.  They were 500-800 
yards out but we did manage some documentation level digiscope pics.  Those 
can be found at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33571794. 

Goodest Birding!
Mary and Lou Truexml2x1954 AT gmail.comLawton

     
Subject: Re: Red Slough today
From: "Feldt, Andrew N." <afeldt AT OU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:07:11 +0000
Hal,

Some birding apps also have the ability to search by the code. For example, 
iBird has a search box that defaults to Common Name, but if you click the 
‘Common Name’ box, you can cycle through the options, one of which is 
‘Band Code’ which does what you seek. I do not see this ability in the 
Peterson’s app nor in the Sibley app. 


Andy

> On Jan 13, 2017, at 12:41 PM, Ingold, James  wrote:
> 
> Here is the list from the Bird Banding lab:
> https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBl/manual/speclist.cfm
> 
> I also have an app on my iPhone: go to the app store and search for Bird 
Codes 

> 
> Jim Ingold
> LSU-Shreveport
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Foundation 
Subscriber 

> Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 8:20 PM
> To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> Subject: Re: Red Slough today
> 
> Thanks Pat. Hal
> PS Is there a list of all the abbreviations on line somewhere? Hal
> ---- Patricia Seibert  wrote: 
>> Townsend's Solitaire....I had to figure it out too! Plus he already 
mentioned hearing the sound the other day. 

>> P. Seibert
>> Tulsa
>> 
>>> On Jan 11, 2017, at 7:49 PM, Foundation Subscriber  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Hi Dave. I need a translation of TOSO ( ??Screech owl). Thanks,  Hal 
>>> Yocum
>>> ---- David Arbour  wrote: 
>>>> A few good birds from Red Slough today:
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Golden Eagle - 1 adult (flying east at low altitude over north parking 
lot). 

>>>> 
>>>> Sandhill Cranes - 7 (high flying headed SE over Red Slough; located 
>>>> by hearing call.)
>>>> 
>>>> Bald Eagle - 2 (pair sitting on limb together in tree in Otter 
>>>> Lake; will post pics later.)
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Update on possible TOSO heard yesterday:  Heard again today at same 
>>>> location but not seen.  Right after hearing call notes, Blue Jays 
>>>> called from same general area.  Could possibly be a Blue Jay giving 
>>>> a non-typical call.  Will keep looking and trying to figure it out.
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> David Arbour
>>>> 
>>>> De Queen, AR
>>>> 

Subject: Re: Red Slough today
From: "Ingold, James" <James.Ingold AT LSUS.EDU>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:41:58 +0000
Here is the list from the Bird Banding lab:
https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBl/manual/speclist.cfm

I also have an app on my iPhone: go to the app store and search for Bird Codes

Jim Ingold
LSU-Shreveport


-----Original Message-----
From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Foundation Subscriber
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 8:20 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: Red Slough today

Thanks Pat. Hal
 PS Is there a list of all the abbreviations on line somewhere? Hal
---- Patricia Seibert  wrote: 
> Townsend's Solitaire....I had to figure it out too! Plus he already mentioned 
hearing the sound the other day. 

> P. Seibert
> Tulsa
> 
> > On Jan 11, 2017, at 7:49 PM, Foundation Subscriber  wrote:
> > 
> > Hi Dave. I need a translation of TOSO ( ??Screech owl). Thanks,  Hal 
> > Yocum
> > ---- David Arbour  wrote: 
> >> A few good birds from Red Slough today:
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> Golden Eagle - 1 adult (flying east at low altitude over north parking 
lot). 

> >> 
> >> Sandhill Cranes - 7 (high flying headed SE over Red Slough; located 
> >> by hearing call.)
> >> 
> >> Bald Eagle - 2 (pair sitting on limb together in tree in Otter 
> >> Lake; will post pics later.)
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> Update on possible TOSO heard yesterday:  Heard again today at same 
> >> location but not seen.  Right after hearing call notes, Blue Jays 
> >> called from same general area.  Could possibly be a Blue Jay giving 
> >> a non-typical call.  Will keep looking and trying to figure it out.
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> David Arbour
> >> 
> >> De Queen, AR
> >> 
Subject: Re: Red Slough today
From: Foundation Subscriber <drhal2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:19:55 -0500
Thanks Pat. Hal
 PS Is there a list of all the abbreviations on line somewhere? Hal
---- Patricia Seibert  wrote: 
> Townsend's Solitaire....I had to figure it out too! Plus he already mentioned 
hearing the sound the other day. 

> P. Seibert
> Tulsa
> 
> > On Jan 11, 2017, at 7:49 PM, Foundation Subscriber  wrote:
> > 
> > Hi Dave. I need a translation of TOSO ( ??Screech owl). Thanks,  Hal Yocum
> > ---- David Arbour  wrote: 
> >> A few good birds from Red Slough today:
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> Golden Eagle - 1 adult (flying east at low altitude over north parking 
lot). 

> >> 
> >> Sandhill Cranes - 7 (high flying headed SE over Red Slough; located by
> >> hearing call.)
> >> 
> >> Bald Eagle - 2 (pair sitting on limb together in tree in Otter Lake; will
> >> post pics later.)
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> Update on possible TOSO heard yesterday: Heard again today at same 
location 

> >> but not seen.  Right after hearing call notes, Blue Jays called from same
> >> general area. Could possibly be a Blue Jay giving a non-typical call. Will 

> >> keep looking and trying to figure it out.
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> David Arbour
> >> 
> >> De Queen, AR
> >> 
Subject: Re: Red Slough today
From: Patricia Seibert <plseibert AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:56:00 -0600
Townsend's Solitaire....I had to figure it out too! Plus he already mentioned 
hearing the sound the other day. 

P. Seibert
Tulsa

> On Jan 11, 2017, at 7:49 PM, Foundation Subscriber  wrote:
> 
> Hi Dave. I need a translation of TOSO ( ??Screech owl). Thanks,  Hal Yocum
> ---- David Arbour  wrote: 
>> A few good birds from Red Slough today:
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Golden Eagle - 1 adult (flying east at low altitude over north parking lot).
>> 
>> Sandhill Cranes - 7 (high flying headed SE over Red Slough; located by
>> hearing call.)
>> 
>> Bald Eagle - 2 (pair sitting on limb together in tree in Otter Lake; will
>> post pics later.)
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Update on possible TOSO heard yesterday:  Heard again today at same location
>> but not seen.  Right after hearing call notes, Blue Jays called from same
>> general area.  Could possibly be a Blue Jay giving a non-typical call.  Will
>> keep looking and trying to figure it out.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> David Arbour
>> 
>> De Queen, AR
>> 
Subject: Re: Red Slough today
From: Foundation Subscriber <drhal2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:49:46 -0500
Hi Dave. I need a translation of TOSO ( ??Screech owl). Thanks,  Hal Yocum
---- David Arbour  wrote: 
> A few good birds from Red Slough today:
> 
>  
> 
> Golden Eagle - 1 adult (flying east at low altitude over north parking lot).
> 
> Sandhill Cranes - 7 (high flying headed SE over Red Slough; located by
> hearing call.)
> 
> Bald Eagle - 2 (pair sitting on limb together in tree in Otter Lake; will
> post pics later.)
> 
>  
> 
> Update on possible TOSO heard yesterday:  Heard again today at same location
> but not seen.  Right after hearing call notes, Blue Jays called from same
> general area.  Could possibly be a Blue Jay giving a non-typical call.  Will
> keep looking and trying to figure it out.
> 
>  
> 
> David Arbour
> 
> De Queen, AR
> 
Subject: Red Slough today
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:17:15 -0600
A few good birds from Red Slough today:

 

Golden Eagle - 1 adult (flying east at low altitude over north parking lot).

Sandhill Cranes - 7 (high flying headed SE over Red Slough; located by
hearing call.)

Bald Eagle - 2 (pair sitting on limb together in tree in Otter Lake; will
post pics later.)

 

Update on possible TOSO heard yesterday:  Heard again today at same location
but not seen.  Right after hearing call notes, Blue Jays called from same
general area.  Could possibly be a Blue Jay giving a non-typical call.  Will
keep looking and trying to figure it out.

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR
Subject: Yesterday and today
From: Steve Davis <spd8109 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:06:51 -0600
I had a nice afternoon at Lake El Reno yesterday; best birds were a
Wilson's Snipe in the SE corner of the lake and 5 Horned Larks on the W
side in the grass.

Today Mary and I spent some time going around to some spots on Lake
Thunderbird. We saw at least 10 Red-headed Woodpeckers and at least 7
White-breasted Nuthatches, many of them near the Nature Discovery Center
near the Turkey Pass area.

--steve d and mary l
Subject: Nice Merlin in Stillwater
From: "O Connell, Tim" <tim.oconnell AT OKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:15:33 +0000
I don’t know if she’ll stick around, but I found a beautiful dark Merlin on 
the old golf course/cross country course/North Fields just north of the OSU 
campus yesterday. She was perched and looking comfortable. 


No longspurs at the cricket pitch, sadly.
~Tim O’Connell
Stillwater, OK


OSU-XC: North Fields, Payne, Oklahoma, US
Jan 10, 2017 2:15 PM - 2:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
17 species

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  28
Northern Flicker  4
American Kestrel  1     male
Merlin 1 Beefy - esp in comparison to AMKE seen moments later. Very sooty 
overall. My guess is female F. c. stuckleyi. 

Blue Jay  3
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  1
Eastern Bluebird  9
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
Harris's Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Eastern Meadowlark  9
House Finch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33590677
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - Jan. 10
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 01:35:24 -0600
It was partly cloudy, warm, and extremely windy on the bird survey
yesterday.  67 species were found.  The high winds made surveying difficult
especially for finding the smaller passerines.  I heard calling today a bird
that I am fairly sure was a Townsend's Solitaire.  I was unable to find the
bird though to confirm it.  I will be searching for it again today.  Here is
my list:

 

Wood duck - 3

Gadwall - 524

Mallard - 779

Northern Shoveler - 136

Northern Pintail - 29

Green-winged Teal - 627

Canvasback - 27

Ring-necked Duck - 880

Bufflehead - 1

Ruddy Duck - 1

Pied-billed Grebe - 5

Double-crested Cormorant - 15

Great-blue Heron - 7

Black Vulture - 23

Turkey Vulture - 17

Bald Eagle - 2

Northern Harrier - 5

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1

Red-shouldered Hawk - 1

Red-tailed Hawk - 6

American Coot - 284

Killdeer - 8

Wilson's Snipe - 4

Rock Pigeon - 1

Eurasian Collared-Dove - 1

Mourning Dove - 21

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 3

Downy Woodpecker - 1

Northern Flicker - 9

Pileated Woodpecker - 1

Eastern Phoebe - 8

Blue Jay - 7

American Crow - 8

Fish Crow - 10

Carolina Chickadee - 3

Tufted Titmouse - 1

Carolina Wren - 5

House Wren - 2

Sedge Wren - 1

Marsh Wren - 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 3

Eastern Bluebird - 1

Hermit Thrush - 2

American Robin - 17

Northern Mockingbird - 4

Brown Thrasher - 2

American Pipit - 2

Cedar Waxwing - 14

Orange-crowned Warbler - 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 12

Pine Warbler - 1

Eastern Towhee - 1

Savannah Sparrow - 3

LeConte's Sparrow - 2

Fox Sparrow - 3

Song Sparrow - 11

Swamp Sparrow - 5

White-throated Sparrow - 14

White-crowned Sparrow - 10

Northern Cardinal - 22

Red-winged Blackbird - 200

Meadowlark sp. - 16

Rusty Blackbird - 20

Common Grackle - 16

American Goldfinch - 2

 

Other sightings:

 

American Alligator

Red-eared sliders

 

Good birding!

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR

 

 
Subject: Re: Surf Scoter at Lake Waurika
From: Bill Adams <ba1980 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 02:26:49 +0000
Ran out this evening to look for the Scoters, but I didn't find them.   All I 
had was my camera and bincolurs though so they could've been out further than I 
could see.  Might try again tomorrow evening. 

Bill AdamsDuncan, OK

      From: Louis Truex 
 To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU 
 Sent: Monday, January 9, 2017 6:49 PM
 Subject: [OKBIRDS] Surf Scoter at Lake Waurika
   
Mary and I birded the Claypool looking for a Caracara to no avail.  We did 
have 2 Merlins and 2 Coopers in the search area.  On our way back, we stopped 
back at Beaver Landing on the East end of the Dam at Lake Waurika.  Much to 
our surprise, there were 2 Surf Scoters working that area.  They were 500-800 
yards out but we did manage some documentation level digiscope pics.  Those 
can be found at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33571794. 

Goodest Birding!
Mary and Lou Truexml2x1954 AT gmail.comLawton

   
Subject: Re: Recent photos
From: Foundation Subscriber <drhal2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:10:08 -0500
Wonderful photography Terry.

Hal Yocum
---- Terry Mitchell  wrote: 
> Here’s a link to some recent photos if you care to look, including
> Roadrunner, Pinyon Jay, Ferruginous Hawk, Rosy Finch’s, Mountain Chickadee,
> Steller’s Jay, Brown Pelican and a few others.
> 
> http://www.pbase.com/ttownvstrom/recent_photos
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Terry Mitchell
> 
> Plastic Engineering
> 
> 918-622-9660
Subject: Glaucous Gull
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:56:34 -0600
Hello All,

Saw a first-cycle Glaucous Gull on Lake Yahola this morning.

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK
Subject: Surf Scoter at Lake Waurika
From: Louis Truex <ml2x1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 18:49:52 -0600
Mary and I birded the Claypool looking for a Caracara to no avail.  We did
have 2 Merlins and 2 Coopers in the search area.  On our way back, we
stopped back at Beaver Landing on the East end of the Dam at Lake Waurika.
Much to our surprise, there were 2 Surf Scoters working that area.  They
were 500-800 yards out but we did manage some documentation level digiscope
pics.  Those can be found at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33571794
.

Goodest Birding!

Mary and Lou Truex
ml2x1954 AT gmail.com
Lawton
Subject: FW: White-winged dove
From: Mike Brewer <mike.brewer AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 13:08:31 -0600
PS:  

The White-winged Doves also feed heavy on the Black Oil Sunflower seeds.

 

Thanks, 

Mike Brewer

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma

 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Mike Brewer
Sent: Monday, January 9, 2017 1:05 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: White-winged dove

 

Greetings:

 

Thanks for the White-winged Dove posting.

 

I have had 25-50 White-winged Doves for the last few years.

They are all around my house in Pauls Valley currently.

 

I live on the river bottom in town,

and when there are native pecans falling on the streets and autos crush them, 

the doves feed heavy on the pecan meats.

 

“Keep in Touch with Your Dreams”

 

Michael Brewer

mike.brewer AT suddenlink.net  

PO Box 1230

601 North Walnut Street

Pauls Vallley, Oklahoma 73075

 

 

 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Paul Ribitzki
Sent: Sunday, January 8, 2017 2:51 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU  
Subject: White-winged dove

 

We had our first White-winged Dove visit our feeder area today. I thought they 
would have found us before now, but we don’t have that many doves of any type 
visit because of our woodland edge habitat. 


 

Paul Ribitzki

Lake Keystone area

 

 
Subject: Re: White-winged dove
From: Mike Brewer <mike.brewer AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 13:05:19 -0600
Greetings:

 

Thanks for the White-winged Dove posting.

 

I have had 25-50 White-winged Doves for the last few years.

They are all around my house in Pauls Valley currently.

 

I live on the river bottom in town,

and when there are native pecans falling on the streets and autos crush them, 

the doves feed heavy on the pecan meats.

 

“Keep in Touch with Your Dreams”

 

Michael Brewer

mike.brewer AT suddenlink.net

PO Box 1230

601 North Walnut Street

Pauls Vallley, Oklahoma 73075

 

 

 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Paul Ribitzki
Sent: Sunday, January 8, 2017 2:51 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: White-winged dove

 

We had our first White-winged Dove visit our feeder area today. I thought they 
would have found us before now, but we don’t have that many doves of any type 
visit because of our woodland edge habitat. 


 

Paul Ribitzki

Lake Keystone area

 

 
Subject: Recent photos
From: Terry Mitchell <terry AT PECOT.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:13:45 -0600
Here’s a link to some recent photos if you care to look, including
Roadrunner, Pinyon Jay, Ferruginous Hawk, Rosy Finch’s, Mountain Chickadee,
Steller’s Jay, Brown Pelican and a few others.

http://www.pbase.com/ttownvstrom/recent_photos







Terry Mitchell

Plastic Engineering

918-622-9660
Subject: Hefner and Overholser today
From: JOS GRZYBOWSKI <j_grzybowski AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 03:59:55 +0000
Hello,   Was up the OKC lakes this morning.   At Hefner, could not locate 
the Glaucous Gull noted by Bill Diffin.  Looked through a lot gulls, counting 
up some 140 Herring Gulls.  Among them were 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 
adults, and 2 2nd-cycle.  Could not decipher any Thayer's Gulls, not even any 
candidates.  The group with the LBBGs did lift up and head off, probably to 
the garbage dumps.  Was there early to mid morning. 


   There were a lot of Hooded Mergansers--tallied up 350, including groups of 
68 and 110 counts in two areas of the lake.  Most of the mergansers in the 
middle of the lake were Common Mergansers.  Finally got pushed down in 3-digit 
numbers.  Hard to see out that far(most) in the waves, but as they flew 
around, had good views of chests in males.  Fewer Red-breasteds, mostly 
scattered.  Among the scaup from Prairie Dog Point and along the dam nearby, 
IDed 8 Greater Scaup among the Lessers.  15 species of ducks total.  Also one 
immature Bald Eagle flew through.  


   Lake Overholser was almost completely frozen over.  Don't think I ever 
saw that before.  Nonetheless, a lot of Mallards on the ice, fewer Gadwall, 
maybe 2000 total.  The only open hole in the ice with an open water patch had 
over 50 goldeneye, 4 Common Mergansers and one Hooded.  Some may have been 
blocked by the gulls.  Not much diversity, but did get one first-cycle Lesser 
Black-backed Gull. 

  Did not see a single Bonaparte's Gull at either Hefner or Overholser.
CHEERS,                             JOE Grzybowski

   
Subject: White-winged dove
From: Paul Ribitzki <lribitzki AT CIMTEL.NET>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:51:06 -0600
We had our first White-winged Dove visit our feeder area today. I thought they 
would have found us before now, but we don’t have that many doves of any type 
visit because of our woodland edge habitat. 


 

Paul Ribitzki

Lake Keystone area

 

 
Subject: Glaucous Gull, L Hefner
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 10:20:13 -0600
Yesterday evening there was an immature Glaucous Gull on the edge of the
ice in the fishing pier inlet to the east of the Lake Patrol station
southeast of the golf course. I was looking hard and long at the tightly
packed cluster of gulls there but didn't spot anything unusual until this
bird was seen in flight chasing a Ring-billed Gull. It is all white with a
bill that is pink with a large black tip. The fact that the bird is all
white is not that obvious in a group of standing gulls if all the gulls are
facing the observer showing only their heads and breasts.

Unusual gulls and loons were the targets of my search around the lake, but
I only found the one unusual gull and no loons at all. The real stars of
the show were the waterfowl, more species variety and numbers than I have
seen so far this winter. A lot of them were close to shore along the west
dam section and at the same location as the Glaucous Gull. Definitely worth
a trip to the lake today if you get the chance IMO.

Bill Diffin, OKC
Subject: Swans and Short-eared Owls
From: Mary Peterson <m_mpeterson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 06:41:55 +0000
Hello All,

 I went east of Bartlesville on Adams and Tuxedo late Saturday afternoon. There 
was one short-eared owl flying about a mile east of Bison Road on Adams and 
another flying near the communication tower. At the pond about a mile northeast 
of the communication tower was a family group of 5 trumpeter swans and 1 mute 
swan. I saw Melinda Droege a few minutes later. She said that there were also 
tundra swans present earlier, but that they had flown off. 



Mark Peterson

Bartlesville
Subject: Stillwater Glaucous Gull
From: Scott Loss <scottrloss AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 18:36:21 -0600
A first cycle GLAUCOUS GULL very briefly stopped at a frozen Boomer Lake in
Stillwater this morning. I first spotted this huge gull standing on the
ice, and from a distance it looked as large as a Snow Goose. Unfortunately,
it only stayed on the ice for a minute or so, and I was only able to get a
couple of photos as it flew away (see below link for the eBird checklist
containing photos).

With the Glaucous Gull, I've now seen 6 species of gulls at Boomer Lake in
the last 2 days (numerous Ring-billed and Herring, at least 3 Lesser
Black-backed, 2 Bonaparte's, and at least one Thayer's)

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33501443

Scott Loss
Stillwater
Subject: Snowy prizes
From: Lisa Wiesbauer <lakehaven58 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 22:25:11 +0000
Have been on the lookout all day and was rewarded with a pair of spotted
Towhees.  The only time I will ever see them feeding is during "heavy"
snow.
Also had 5 pair of Hooded Mergansers, which I also haven't seen in a few
years. Have refilled the birdbaths twice and have gone through 20#'s of
seed.  Also put out dried fruit, peanuts and mealworms. Has been a fun day:)

Lisa
Okemah Lake
Subject: Re: Saturday field trip cancelled
From: Jim Jorgensen <hpah AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:27:18 -0600
Thank you

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 6, 2017, at 9:19 AM, Hollis Price  wrote:
> 
> Thank you, Larry.
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Jan 6, 2017, at 8:01 AM, Sharon Henthorn  wrote:
>> 
>> Acknowledged. Thanks. 
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>> On Jan 6, 2017, at 6:37 AM, Larry Mays  wrote:
>> 
>> Greetings, all;
>> After wringing my hands over this all night I have decided to CANCEL the Ft 
Cobb field trip scheduled for Saturday. 

>> Just doesn't seem worth the risk.  Too much snow.  Too cold.
>> I will reschedule soon, and will post it here. Likely it will be January 28. 

>> Sorry for any inconveniences.
>> Regards
>> Larry Mays
Subject: Saturday field trip cancelled
From: Larry Mays <larrymays1949 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 06:37:57 -0600
Greetings, all;
After wringing my hands over this all night I have decided to CANCEL the Ft
Cobb field trip scheduled for Saturday.
Just doesn't seem worth the risk.  Too much snow.  Too cold.
I will reschedule soon,  and will post it here.  Likely it will be January
28.
Sorry for any inconveniences.
Regards
Larry Mays
Subject: A couple good Red Slough birds
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:23:57 -0600
Yesterday while we were conducting the mid-winter waterfowl count at Red
Slough WMA I got great looks at an adult Golden Eagle soaring over Lotus
Lake and I heard a King Rail call from unit 27B from the same general area
where I heard two on the CBC.

 

David arbour

De Queen, AR
Subject: Hackberry Flat 1-4-2017
From: Louis Truex <ml2x1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 22:26:01 -0600
Hello Everyone and Happiest of New Yearz!

Mary and I took Kurt Meisenzahl on a quick trip to Hackberry Flat
today.  We had 2 Burrowing Owls just N of Hollister and 1 on the
dam 1 mile E of Hackberry's main EW road to the lake.  Not nearly
as many waterfowl as was there on Sunday.

Goodest Birding,

Mary and Lou Truex
ML2x1954 AT gmail.com

Tillman - Hackberry Flat WMA--Reservoir, Tillman, Oklahoma, US
Jan 4, 2017 12:50 PM - 2:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     with Kurt Meisenzahl
30 species (+6 other taxa)

Snow Goose  68
Ross's Goose  4
Snow/Ross's Goose  225
Cackling Goose  11
Canada Goose  63
Cackling/Canada Goose  600
Gadwall  37
Mallard  41
Northern Shoveler  14
Northern Pintail  67
Green-winged Teal  31
Canvasback  8
Ring-necked Duck  21
Lesser Scaup  11
Bufflehead  9
Ruddy Duck  15
duck sp.  500     On the far side shore.  Thermals too intense to ID
properly.
Great Blue Heron  2
Glossy/White-faced Ibis  7
Northern Harrier  17
Red-tailed Hawk  5
American Coot  150
Killdeer  2
Dunlin  3
peep sp.  30
Long-billed Dowitcher  31     Pic attached
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Herring Gull  1
White-winged Dove  12
American Kestrel  2
American Pipit  3
Lapland Longspur  250
Savannah Sparrow  21
Song Sparrow  3
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Western/Eastern Meadowlark  37

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S33450596

Tillman - Hackberry Flat Birding, Tillman, Oklahoma, US
Jan 4, 2017 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
7.0 mile(s)
Comments:     with Kurt Meisenzahl
22 species (+2 other taxa)

Gadwall  18
Mallard  21
Northern Shoveler  16
Northern Pintail  33
Green-winged Teal  8
Ring-necked Duck  9
Lesser Scaup  6
Greater/Lesser Scaup  4
Bufflehead  4
Ruddy Duck  4
Pied-billed Grebe  3
American Bittern  1     pic added
Great Blue Heron  3
Northern Harrier  16
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Coot  44
Killdeer  2
Short-eared Owl  1
American Kestrel  11
Blue Jay  1
White-crowned Sparrow  6
Savannah Sparrow  61
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Western/Eastern Meadowlark  61

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S33450663
Subject: White-tailed Kite - Harmon Co.
From: John Ault <jwault742 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 18:20:16 -0600
This afternoon (Wednesday about 2:45) I observed two White-tailed Kites
when they flushed from a small tree along the roadside.  I first noticed
their hawk size and much white.  When they banked, I saw the top of the
wings and back were light gray; but most striking were the BLACK
SHOULDERS.  Also saw the white tail.  Photos posted on OOS Facebook and
e-Bird.

The birds were south of Gould on HY 5, then west for 3.6 miles on E1690.  I
tied a 1-inch x 18-inch strip of orange flagging to a fence post (on the
south side of the road) directly north of where I left the birds.

-- 
John Ault
Lawton, OK
Subject: Re: Conservation Pass
From: "O Connell, Tim" <tim.oconnell AT OKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:45:55 +0000
The Conservation Passports (as well as all hunting and fishing licenses) can be 
accessed under “Licensing” from the ODWC’s main page: 
http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/licensing. I rarely fish and have never 
hunted but I purchase resident hunting, fishing, and Conservation Passport 
licenses each year to help support the overall ODWC mission. It’s a great way 
to promote land and water conservation in our state and demonstrate that we 
“non-game” folks are partners in that conservation. 

~Tim



On Jan 3, 2017, at 8:12 PM, Saul Grysman 
> wrote: 


For our information: I checked the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation 
web site but could not find any info re a Conservation Pass. 


We will not be in OK until the Prairie Chicken Festival in April, but are 
collecting info in preparation for the trip. 


Thanks
Saul Grysman

On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 7:43 PM, Larry Mays 
> wrote: 

 Just a heads up. A good portion of the area around Ft Cobb Lake is Oklahoma 
Department of Wildlife Conservation Wildlife Management Area (WMA). You should 
have a Conservation Pass in your possession when you go onto WMA lands. You 
should have one anyway because it is money well spent--$26--for purchasing and 
maintaining WMA lands across our state. 

 It is unlikely we will be accosted; nevertheless, you have been given notice. 
So don't angry-look me if you ain't got one and you encounter a ranger. 

 Looks like it will be VERY cold Saturday morning, but the precipitation 
forecast is currently for a light dusting of snow Friday morning. This 
shouldn't be a problem, so at this time the trip is ON. 

  Larry Mays



--
***************************
Saul O. Grysman
SGrysman AT GMail.com
***************************

Subject: Re: Conservation Pass
From: Foundation Subscriber <drhal2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 08:45:51 -0500
Perfect. You can get it on line as well. Also if you are over 65 you can get a 
LIFETIME PASS for $25.00 


Hal
---- larrymays1949  wrote: 
> Go the ODWC webpage, click on "Purchase a License" under Quick Links. Find 
the box for License Descriptions and Prices. Click on the box.  Scroll way 
down past all the available licenses to "2017 Wildlife Conservation PassPORT". 
 If you're just going to be here for the P-Chicken festival you could even 
save a whole $11 and get the three day passport. 



Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note5, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Saul Grysman  Date: 
1/3/17 8:12 PM (GMT-06:00) To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] 
Conservation Pass 

For our information:   I checked the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife 
Conservation web site but could not find any info re a Conservation Pass. 


We will not be in OK until the Prairie Chicken Festival in April, but are 
collecting info in preparation for the trip. 


Thanks
Saul Grysman

On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 7:43 PM, Larry Mays  wrote:
 Just a heads up.  A good portion of the area around Ft Cobb Lake is Oklahoma 
Department of Wildlife Conservation Wildlife Management Area (WMA).  You 
should have a Conservation Pass in your possession when you go onto WMA 
lands.  You should have one anyway  because it is money well spent--$26--for 
purchasing and maintaining WMA lands across our state. 

  It is unlikely we will be accosted; nevertheless, you have been given 
notice.  So don't angry-look me if you ain't got one and you encounter a 
ranger. 

  Looks like it will be VERY cold Saturday morning,  but the precipitation 
forecast is currently for a light dusting of snow Friday morning.  This 
shouldn't be a problem,  so at this time the trip is ON. 

  Larry Mays




-- 
***************************
Saul O. Grysman
SGrysman AT GMail.com
***************************
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - Jan. 3
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 22:13:44 -0600
It started out calm, mild, and partly sunny on the bird survey today but
soon turned overcast, windy, and cold as a front started moving in.  73
species were found.  In spite it being a fairly slow day birdwise, a few
good birds were found.  Highlights included finding another "Brewer's" Duck
in the same place we had one two winters ago,  our second winter record for
Neotropic Cormorant, and the continuing flock of 3 Inca Doves with one
Common Ground-Dove.  These small doves can be found at the south end of Red
Slough Road near its intersection with Highway 87.  Also, a fairly large
flock of Rusty Blackbirds were found.  Here is my list for today:

 

Canada Goose - 1

Wood duck - 7

Gadwall - 434

"Brewer's" Duck - 1 male

American Wigeon - 3

Mallard - 423

Northern Shoveler - 135

Northern Pintail - 13

Green-winged Teal - 19

Canvasback - 37

Redhead - 6

Ring-necked Duck - 2060

Lesser Scaup - 6

Hooded Merganser - 3

Ruddy Duck - 6

Pied-billed Grebe - 10

Neotropic Cormorant - 1 adult  (2nd winter record for RS)

Double-crested Cormorant - 4

Great-blue Heron - 9

Great Egret - 4

Black Vulture - 24

Turkey Vulture - 28

Northern Harrier - 2

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3

Red-shouldered Hawk - 2

Red-tailed Hawk - 4

Virginia Rail - 1

American Coot - 415

Killdeer - 21

Greater Yellowlegs - 39

Wilson's Snipe - 1

Rock Pigeon - 4

Eurasian Collared-Dove - 2

Mourning Dove - 2

Inca Dove - 3

Common Ground-Dove - 1

Belted Kingfisher - 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1

Downy Woodpecker - 3

Hairy Woodpecker - 1

Northern Flicker - 7

Pileated Woodpecker - 1

Eastern Phoebe - 6

Loggerhead shrike - 1

Blue Jay - 4

American Crow - 38

Fish Crow - 2

Tufted Titmouse - 1

Carolina Wren - 1

House Wren - 1

Winter Wren - 1

Sedge Wren - 3

Marsh Wren - 5

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 3

Eastern Bluebird - 7

American Robin - 15

Northern Mockingbird - 3

American Pipit - 34

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3

Common Yellowthroat - 1

Savannah Sparrow - 2

Fox Sparrow - 4

Song Sparrow - 12

Swamp Sparrow - 2

White-throated Sparrow - 11

White-crowned Sparrow - 9

Dark-eyed Junco - 6

Northern Cardinal - 16

Red-winged Blackbird - 150

Rusty Blackbird - 136

Common Grackle - 100

American Goldfinch - 47

 

 

Good birding!

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR

 

 

 

 
Subject: Re: Conservation Pass
From: Saul Grysman <sgrysman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 21:12:24 -0500
For our information:   I checked the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
Conservation web site but could not find any info re a Conservation Pass.

We will not be in OK until the Prairie Chicken Festival in April, but are
collecting info in preparation for the trip.

Thanks
Saul Grysman

On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 7:43 PM, Larry Mays  wrote:

>  Just a heads up.  A good portion of the area around Ft Cobb Lake is
> Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Wildlife Management Area
> (WMA).  You should have a Conservation Pass in your possession when you go
> onto WMA lands.  You should have one anyway  because it is money well
> spent--$26--for purchasing and maintaining WMA lands across our state.
>   It is unlikely we will be accosted; nevertheless, you have been given
> notice.  So don't angry-look me if you ain't got one and you encounter a
> ranger.
>   Looks like it will be VERY cold Saturday morning,  but the precipitation
> forecast is currently for a light dusting of snow Friday morning.  This
> shouldn't be a problem,  so at this time the trip is ON.
>   Larry Mays
>



-- 
***************************
Saul O. Grysman
SGrysman AT GMail.com
***************************
Subject: Conservation Pass
From: Larry Mays <larrymays1949 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:43:52 -0600
 Just a heads up.  A good portion of the area around Ft Cobb Lake is
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Wildlife Management Area
(WMA).  You should have a Conservation Pass in your possession when you go
onto WMA lands.  You should have one anyway  because it is money well
spent--$26--for purchasing and maintaining WMA lands across our state.
  It is unlikely we will be accosted; nevertheless, you have been given
notice.  So don't angry-look me if you ain't got one and you encounter a
ranger.
  Looks like it will be VERY cold Saturday morning,  but the precipitation
forecast is currently for a light dusting of snow Friday morning.  This
shouldn't be a problem,  so at this time the trip is ON.
  Larry Mays
Subject: Long-Tailed Duck
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 20:40:18 -0600
Hello All,

The Long-Tailed Duck reappeared at Lake Yahola this afternoon after being
absent for a week or so. Here's a link to the observation on iNaturalist:

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/4885794


Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK
Subject: Yellow-bellied sapsucker
From: Jim Jorgensen <hpah AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 09:07:58 -0600
A scruffy male showed up this am at the bird bath. It wasn't here for pictures 
but was gone before the camera shutter clicked. 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Hackberry Flat New Year's Day
From: Louis Truex <ml2x1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 21:44:17 -0600
Hello Everyone,

Mary and I had a good afternoon at Hackberry Flat.  Best finds of the day
were a drake
Cinnamon Teal and 3 Dunlin.  There are quite a few Short-eared Owls in the
area right
now........

Goodest Birding,

Mary and Lou Truex
ml2x1954 AT gmail.com
Lawton

Tillman - Hackberry Flat Birding, Tillman, Oklahoma, US
Jan 1, 2017 2:25 PM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
43 species (+7 other taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose  88
Snow Goose  114
Ross's Goose  28
Snow/Ross's Goose  37
Cackling Goose  43
Canada Goose  700
Cackling/Canada Goose  100
Gadwall  150
American Wigeon  125
Mallard  300
Northern Shoveler  46
Northern Pintail  62
Green-winged Teal  450
Canvasback  6
Redhead  12
Ring-necked Duck  9
Greater Scaup  4
Lesser Scaup  11
Greater/Lesser Scaup  3
Bufflehead  9
Ruddy Duck  6
duck sp.  500
Pied-billed Grebe  12
American White Pelican  7
Great Blue Heron  5
Glossy/White-faced Ibis  6
Northern Harrier  78
Red-tailed Hawk  4
American Coot  125
Killdeer  2
Dunlin  3
Least Sandpiper  9
Long-billed Dowitcher  29
Greater Yellowlegs  17
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Herring Gull  2
Mourning Dove  5
Great Horned Owl  1
Short-eared Owl  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  13
Loggerhead Shrike  8
Northern Mockingbird  2
Lapland Longspur  30
Common Yellowthroat  2
Vesper Sparrow  12
Savannah Sparrow  47
Red-winged Blackbird  33
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Western/Eastern Meadowlark  40

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S33356669
Subject: Re: White-winged Dove
From: Jim Jorgensen <hpah AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 20:34:28 -0600
From east side of MWC ,Okla 
We have flocks of three to 25 almost daily and have had for about 3 years now. 
WWingeds are increasing number. 

When we put out sunflower seed only ( no millet ) it takes about three days for 
them to stop. We had 23 today along withe numerous sparrows (white throated and 
Harris) numerous cardinals, woodpeckers etc . We live in an ideal environment 
and feed mostly in winter months. At this time water seems to be of greatest 
interest. The blue birds (12 today) are almost exclusively seeking water today. 
They fight among themselves and the sparrow for nesting rights. My Facebook has 
a number of images... James Jorgensen 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 1, 2017, at 8:21 PM, Bostian, Kelly  
wrote: 

> 
> Had one at my feeder in Bixby today. Was with a new group of 9 that just 
showed up today (8 mourning 1 white winged). If I get a chance to get a pic I 
will. 

> 
> Kelly Bostian
> Outdoors Writer
> Tulsa World Media Company
> www.tulsaworld.com
> office | 918 581 8357
> mobile | 918 231 1385
> fax | 918 581 8353
> 315 S. Boulder Ave., Tulsa, OK 74103
> twitter |  AT kellybostian
> blog |tulsaworld.com/KellyBostian
> email | kelly.bostian AT tulsaworld.com
> ________________________________
> From: okbirds [OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] on behalf of John Hurd 
[jackhurd AT LIVE.COM] 

> Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:05 AM
> To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] White-winged Dove
> 
> 
> I see them now and then in OKC not uncommon these days
> 
> 
> 
> ________________________________
> From: okbirds  on behalf of Laura Stanfill 
 

> Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016 9:24 AM
> To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> Subject: [OKBIRDS] White-winged Dove
> 
> Just saw this bird at a feeder outside of Ada.
> Very familiar with this bird in South Texas.
> Has it's range expanded into Oklahoma? Been seen by other birder's in the 
area? Unfortunately no photo. 

> 
> Sent from my Windows Phone
Subject: Re: White-winged Dove
From: "Bostian, Kelly" <Kelly.Bostian AT TULSAWORLD.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 02:21:25 +0000
Had one at my feeder in Bixby today. Was with a new group of 9 that just showed 
up today (8 mourning 1 white winged). If I get a chance to get a pic I will. 


Kelly Bostian
Outdoors Writer
Tulsa World Media Company
www.tulsaworld.com
office | 918 581 8357
mobile | 918 231 1385
fax | 918 581 8353
315 S. Boulder Ave., Tulsa, OK 74103
twitter |  AT kellybostian
blog |tulsaworld.com/KellyBostian
email | kelly.bostian AT tulsaworld.com
________________________________
From: okbirds [OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] on behalf of John Hurd [jackhurd AT LIVE.COM]
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:05 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] White-winged Dove


I see them now and then in OKC not uncommon these days



________________________________
From: okbirds  on behalf of Laura Stanfill 
 

Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016 9:24 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] White-winged Dove

Just saw this bird at a feeder outside of Ada.
Very familiar with this bird in South Texas.
Has it's range expanded into Oklahoma? Been seen by other birder's in the area? 
Unfortunately no photo. 


Sent from my Windows Phone
Subject: New Years Day
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 19:50:03 -0600
Hello All,

A few notable species found today: At Oxley, Common Yellowthroat, Great
Egret and a female Purple Finch. Also, the Brown Pelican was still at Lake
Yahola. By the way, this not the same bird that was seen on 10/25. That one
was a non-breeding adult, this one is an immature molting into sub-adult
plumage.

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK
Subject: January Migration Report
From: Patricia Velte <pvelte AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:58:02 -0600
Dear OKBirders,

 

There are no birds listed in the Date Guide with January arrival dates and
only 5 with departure dates.  

 

Here are the species with DEPARTURE dates in JANUARY:

 

Eared Grebe                      January 2 - PAN, NW, C, SC, NE, SE

Sedge Wren                       January 10 - C, SC

Marsh Wren                       January 1 - PAN

Hermit Thrush                   January 1 - PAN

American Pipit                   January 2 - 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/, 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 AT cox.net

Oklahoma City, OK

 

 
Subject: Re: White-winged Dove
From: Foundation Subscriber <drhal2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 14:47:13 -0500
I had 1 of the WW Doves in my back yard in Edmond for 2 days during the week of 
really cold weather. Also, I occasionally see them in Mitch Park, Edmond. Once 
.about 1 year ago, we spotted a small flock of 6-8 birds in Mitch Park, Edmond. 
Twenty years ago the were quite uncommon in OKC. I saw several in 1998 near The 
Village in west OKC. 


Hal Yocum
---- Laura Stanfill  wrote: 
> Just saw this bird at a feeder outside of Ada.
> Very familiar with this bird in South Texas.
> Has it's range expanded into Oklahoma? Been seen by other birder's in the 
area? Unfortunately no photo. 

> 
> Sent from my Windows Phone
Subject: Re: White-winged Dove
From: Jerry Taylor <j.taylor143 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:25:53 -0600
Yes, they are seen here in OKC with some frequency, but not as often as
Mourning and Collard Doves.  They will breed in OKC too.  About five years
ago, my sister in law (here in OKC) had a couple nesting in a small tree in
her front yard.  So yes, they have spread this far north.

 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Laura Stanfill
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016 9:25 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] White-winged Dove

 

Just saw this bird at a feeder outside of Ada.
Very familiar with this bird in South Texas. 
Has it's range expanded into Oklahoma? Been seen by other birder's in the
area? Unfortunately no photo.

Sent from my Windows Phone
Subject: Re: White-winged Dove
From: John Hurd <jackhurd AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:05:30 +0000
I see them now and then in OKC not uncommon these days



________________________________
From: okbirds  on behalf of Laura Stanfill 
 

Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016 9:24 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] White-winged Dove

Just saw this bird at a feeder outside of Ada.
Very familiar with this bird in South Texas.
Has it's range expanded into Oklahoma? Been seen by other birder's in the area? 
Unfortunately no photo. 


Sent from my Windows Phone
Subject: Re: New photos added to website
From: Jim Arterburn <jimarterburn AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 17:02:32 -0600
OKBirds,

 

I have just added a few photos of the Brown Pelican that has been hanging
around Lake Yahola for some time now as well as a Trumpeter Swan from the
Mohawk Park Golf Course. They can be seen at the beginning of my "Recent
Birds" gallery. See the link below.

 

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

 

Jim

 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Jim Arterburn
Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 9:16 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: New photos added to website

 

OKBirds,

 

I have uploaded new photos to my website. Species added include American
Kestrel, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Common Merganser, Double-crested
Cormorant, Glaucous Gull, Hooded Merganser, Rough-legged Hawk, Red-tailed
Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird and White-fronted Goose. For those interested see
the link below.

 

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

 

Cheers,

 

Jim
Subject: Birding trip
From: Larry Mays <larrymays1949 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:17:01 -0600
ROAD TRIP!
We're going to do a birding trip to Ft Cobb Lake on January 7.  This is an
all day trip.
Meet up will be at the Braum's on Garth Brooks Blvd just off I-40 in Yukon.
If you want some semblance of breakfast be there at 7:00.  We will leave
promptly at 7:30.  We will return to that Braum's at 5:30pm.
Plans include roughly circling the lake by car with various stops.  Nearly
all the places we will bird are paved,  and walking will be easy,  though
we might get a bit away from the cars occasionally.
As long as any precipitation is expected to be, and remain, liquid,  this
trip is on.
There are few facilities in the area,  though I THINK there is at least one
restroom that remains open.
Plan on bringing a sack lunch, and any drinks and snacks you desire.
This should be a good day to begin padding your year list.  Ft Cobb usually
has a nice run of waterfowl,  and some nice raptors including a couple of
Bald Eagles.  There is a good mix of habitats, so almost anything normally
found in this part of the state is possible.
  I will be bringing my car,  and I have room for three passengers and
their gear.
  Let me know if you want to ride with me.  (405)568-8775
  Hope to see you then.
  Larry Mays
Subject: Hackberry Flat WMA Monday
From: Steve Davis <spd8109 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:03:39 -0600
Mary, Marion, John and I had a great late morning and afternoon at
Hackberry Flat Monday. It was sunny and clear and the temp was into the
60s. We saw 4 species of owls and a Lawton photographer we ran into at the
visitor center put us onto where we might see an American Bittern--we saw
3. The ebird list for Mary and me, with a few photos, is at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33220418

John and Marion have sharper eyes and saw a 3rd covey of bobwhites and the
3rd bittern, which Mary and I missed. The owls were all at places where we
found them with the OCAS expedition that went down there last spring.

It was a very nice day of birding. And, as has been our experience in the
past, a generous fellow birder helped us see more than we would have
otherwise.

--steve and mary
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - Dec. 27
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 21:38:24 -0600
It was partly cloudy, warm, and a little windy on the bird survey today.  76
species were found.  The Common Ground-Dove is still around and is hanging
out with 3 Inca Doves near the southern end of Red Slough Road.   Purple
Finches are feeding on ash seeds along Red Slough road.  Here is my list for
today:

 

Snow Goose - 1

Gadwall - 592

American Wigeon - 9

Mallard - 748

Northern Shoveler - 210

Northern Pintail - 33

Green-winged Teal - 194

Canvasback - 51

Ring-necked Duck - 2292

Hooded Merganser - 12

Ruddy Duck - 9

Pied-billed Grebe - 7

Double-crested Cormorant - 24

Great-blue Heron - 5

Great Egret - 2

Black Vulture - 22

Turkey Vulture - 31

Northern Harrier - 2

Cooper's Hawk - 1

Red-shouldered Hawk - 3

Red-tailed Hawk - 4

Merlin - 1

King Rail - 1 (answered callback)

Virginia Rail - 5

American Coot - 470

Killdeer - 23

Greater Yellowlegs - 2

Least Sandpiper - 17

Eurasian Collared-Dove - 2

Mourning Dove - 55

Inca Dove - 3

Common Ground-Dove - 1

Belted Kingfisher - 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 3

Downy Woodpecker - 1

Northern Flicker - 9

Pileated Woodpecker - 3

Eastern Phoebe - 9

Blue Jay - 5

American Crow - 35

Fish Crow - 10

Carolina Chickadee - 6

Tufted Titmouse - 3

White-breasted Nuthatch - 1

Carolina Wren - 5

Bewick's Wren - 1

House Wren - 1

Winter Wren - 1

Sedge Wren - 4

Marsh Wren - 6

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 6

Eastern Bluebird - 14

American Robin - 9

Northern Mockingbird - 3

Brown Thrasher - 1

European Starling - 2

American Pipit - 4

Cedar Waxwing - 80

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 4

Common Yellowthroat - 4

Eastern Towhee - 3

Savannah Sparrow - 10

Fox Sparrow - 1

Song Sparrow - 11

Swamp Sparrow - 5

White-throated Sparrow - 12

White-crowned Sparrow - 9

Dark-eyed Junco - 3

Northern Cardinal - 18

Red-winged Blackbird - 1880

Eastern Meadowlark - 1

Rusty Blackbird - 3

Common Grackle - 1060

Purple Finch - 5

American Goldfinch - 19

 

 

Other sightings:

 

American Alligator

Red-eared Slider

Variegated Meadowhawk

Cloudless Sulphur

Orange/Clouded Sulphur (white form)

 

 

 

Good birding!

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR

 

 

 
Subject: New photos added to website
From: Jim Arterburn <jimarterburn AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 21:16:27 -0600
OKBirds,

 

I have uploaded new photos to my website. Species added include American
Kestrel, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Common Merganser, Double-crested
Cormorant, Glaucous Gull, Hooded Merganser, Rough-legged Hawk, Red-tailed
Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird and White-fronted Goose. For those interested see
the link below.

 

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

 

Cheers,

 

Jim
Subject: Re: Okc birding
From: Dora Webb <owl112 AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:06:48 -0600
I will add driving the road around Lake Hefner dam in the afternoon, you 
have the advantage of having the sun behind you.  Much easier to see what is 
on the lake.  Dora  Webb

-----Original Message----- 
From: Jerry Taylor
Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 11:03 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: Okc birding

Actually, I like to hit both places in one day.   Even though they are both
man-made lakes, they are different enough that they usually have a different
variety of birds.  Both are good spots, they are close together and neither
one is too large, so it's easy to do.  But if time is tight and you only
have a couple of hours, I go to Hefner along the drive from the inlet around
Prairie Dog Point and then around the north side of the lake (time
permitting).  I think this will give you the most species and the largest
total number of birds.  Other folks may have a differing opinion, but that
would be my recommendation.

-----Original Message-----
From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Juliette Hulen
Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 9:27 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Okc birding

I have some friends visiting from France who would like to do some light
birding in the OKC area today. Would you go to overholser or Hefner or
another place?

Thanks for all recommendations!

Juliette Hulen
OKC

Sent from my iPhone= 
Subject: Re: Okc birding
From: Jerry Taylor <j.taylor143 AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:03:38 -0600
Actually, I like to hit both places in one day.   Even though they are both
man-made lakes, they are different enough that they usually have a different
variety of birds.  Both are good spots, they are close together and neither
one is too large, so it's easy to do.  But if time is tight and you only
have a couple of hours, I go to Hefner along the drive from the inlet around
Prairie Dog Point and then around the north side of the lake (time
permitting).  I think this will give you the most species and the largest
total number of birds.  Other folks may have a differing opinion, but that
would be my recommendation. 

-----Original Message-----
From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Juliette Hulen
Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 9:27 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Okc birding

I have some friends visiting from France who would like to do some light
birding in the OKC area today. Would you go to overholser or Hefner or
another place? 

Thanks for all recommendations! 

Juliette Hulen
OKC

Sent from my iPhone=
Subject: Stillwater CBC results
From: "O Connell, Tim" <tim.oconnell AT OKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 17:32:33 +0000
Dear OKbirders,

The Payne County Audubon Society conducted the 69th consecutive Stillwater 
Christmas Bird Count last Wednesday Dec. 21. Our count circle is centered a 
mile north of Rt. 51 and a mile east of Lake Carl Blackwell. Twenty-three 
volunteers spent time for us in the field on Wednesday, and I am most grateful 
for their time and talents. 


Our most exciting report was of 7(!) Barrow’s Goldeneyes on Lake McMurtry. 
The sighting is not confirmed by photograph or field sketch, but the observer 
claims excellent viewing through a spotting scope and direct comparison both to 
Common Goldeneyes and real-time field guide consultation. I went out on 
Saturday and found only non-suspicious-looking Common Goldeneyes. 


In all, we found - including the aforementioned hypothetical Barrow’s 
Goldeneyes and a few non-specific taxa - about 110 species on the day. 


Good birding everyone, and best wishes for a safe and happy 2017,
~Tim O’Connell
Stillwater, OK



Species Total
Greater White-fronted Goose 41
Snow Goose 2
Cackling Goose 634
Canada Goose 3820
swan sp. 1
Wood Duck 6
Gadwall 682
American Wigeon 98
Mallard 1594
Mallard (Domestic type) 7
Northern Shoveler 96
Blue-winged Teal 101
Green-winged Teal 66
Northern Pintail 11
Canvasback 45
Redhead 184
Ring-necked Duck 49
Lesser Scaup 14
Greater Scaup 2
Bufflehead 95
Barrow's Goldeneye 7
Common Goldeneye 22
Hooded Merganser 332
Common Merganser 186
Ruddy Duck 26
duck sp. 62
Northern Bobwhite 6
Wild Turkey 22
Common Loon 4
Pied-billed Grebe 24
Double-crested Cormorant 12
American White Pelican 30
Great Blue Heron 54
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2
Northern Harrier 21
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8
Cooper's Hawk 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 39
Red-tailed Hawk 119
Rough-legged Hawk 1
American Coot 112
Killdeer 11
Least Sandpiper 8
Wilson's Snipe 2
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Ring-billed Gull 373
Herring Gull 12
Rock Pigeon 275
Eurasian Collared-Dove 38
Mourning Dove 422
Greater Roadrunner 5
Great Horned Owl 15
Barred Owl 7
Belted Kingfisher 21
Red-headed Woodpecker 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 63
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 31
Downy Woodpecker 58
Hairy Woodpecker 7
Northern Flicker 92
Pileated Woodpecker 9
American Kestrel 37
Merlin 4
falcon sp 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Loggerhead Shrike 3
Blue Jay 456
American Crow 232
Carolina Chickadee 211
Tufted Titmouse 46
Red-breasted Nuthatch 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 31
Brown Creeper 8
Winter Wren 3
Sedge Wren 1
Carolina Wren 86
Bewick's Wren 7
Golden-crowned Kinglet 12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 16
Eastern Bluebird 287
Hermit Thrush 8
American Robin 3429
Northern Mockingbird 94
European Starling 1907
Cedar Waxwing 1147
Yellow-rumped Warbler 164
Chipping Sparrow 9
Field Sparrow 61
Fox Sparrow 13
Dark-eyed Junco 679
White-crowned Sparrow 14
Harris's Sparrow 166
White-throated Sparrow 52
Savannah Sparrow 33
Song Sparrow 166
Lincoln's Sparrow 20
Swamp Sparrow 4
Spotted Towhee 27
sparrow sp. 45
Northern Cardinal 208
Red-winged Blackbird 401
Eastern Meadowlark 203
Western Meadowlark 46
Western/Eastern Meadowlark 275
Brewer's Blackbird 562
Common Grackle 40
Great-tailed Grackle 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 362
House Finch 23
Purple Finch 16
American Goldfinch 91
House Sparrow 198



Abundance order:

Canada Goose 3820
American Robin 3429
European Starling 1907
Mallard 1594
Cedar Waxwing 1147
Gadwall 682
Dark-eyed Junco 679
Cackling Goose 634
Brewer's Blackbird 562
Eastern Meadowlark 478
Blue Jay 456
Mourning Dove 422
Red-winged Blackbird 401
Ring-billed Gull 373
Brown-headed Cowbird 362
Hooded Merganser 332
Eastern Bluebird 287
Rock Pigeon 275
American Crow 232
Carolina Chickadee 211
Northern Cardinal 208
House Sparrow 198
Common Merganser 186
Redhead 184
Harris's Sparrow 166
Song Sparrow 166
Yellow-rumped Warbler 164
Red-tailed Hawk 119
American Coot 112
Blue-winged Teal 101
American Wigeon 98
Northern Shoveler 96
Bufflehead 95
Northern Mockingbird 94
Northern Flicker 92
American Goldfinch 91
Carolina Wren 86
Green-winged Teal 66
Red-bellied Woodpecker 63
Field Sparrow 61
Downy Woodpecker 58
Great Blue Heron 54
White-throated Sparrow 52
Ring-necked Duck 49
Tufted Titmouse 46
Western Meadowlark 46
Canvasback 45
Greater White-fronted Goose 41
Common Grackle 40
Red-shouldered Hawk 39
Eurasian Collared-Dove 38
American Kestrel 37
Savannah Sparrow 33
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 31
White-breasted Nuthatch 31
American White Pelican 30
Spotted Towhee 27
Ruddy Duck 26
Pied-billed Grebe 24
House Finch 23
Common Goldeneye 22
Wild Turkey 22
Northern Harrier 21
Belted Kingfisher 21
Lincoln's Sparrow 20
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 16
Purple Finch 16
Great Horned Owl 15
Lesser Scaup 14
White-crowned Sparrow 14
Fox Sparrow 13
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Herring Gull 12
Golden-crowned Kinglet 12
Northern Pintail 11
Killdeer 11
Pileated Woodpecker 9
Chipping Sparrow 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8
Least Sandpiper 8
Red-headed Woodpecker 8
Brown Creeper 8
Hermit Thrush 8
Great-tailed Grackle 8
Mallard (Domestic type) 7
Barrow's Goldeneye 7
Barred Owl 7
Hairy Woodpecker 7
Bewick's Wren 7
Wood Duck 6
Northern Bobwhite 6
Greater Roadrunner 5
Common Loon 4
Cooper's Hawk 4
Merlin 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 4
Swamp Sparrow 4
Loggerhead Shrike 3
Winter Wren 3
Snow Goose 2
Greater Scaup 2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2
Wilson's Snipe 2
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
swan sp. 1
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Sedge Wren 1





Subject: Red Slough CBC correction
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 10:13:27 -0600
On further review we discovered that we only had 111 species on the count
and American Wigeon was not seen.

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR
Subject: Red Slough CBC results
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2016 23:43:59 -0600
 

We had our CBC last Thursday.  17 people participated in the count including
10 from Texas.  112 species were found.  Here are our results.  Notable and
rare species are in bold:

 

Snow Goose - 2

Ross's Goose - 2

Cackling Goose - 1

Canada Goose - 60

Wood Duck - 17

Gadwall - 91

American Wigeon - 8

Mallard - 489

Northern Shoveler - 49

Northern Pintail - 66

Green-winged Teal - 1346

Canvasback - 49

Ring-necked Duck - 2537

Ruddy Duck - 5

Duck Spp? - 100

Pied-billed Grebe - 11

American White Pelican - 123

Double-crested Cormorant - 118

Cormorant Spp? - 1 (possible Neotropic)

Great Blue Heron - 15

Great Egret - 3

Black Vulture - 38

Turkey Vulture - 139

Golden Eagle - 1 adult

Northern Harrier - 10

Cooper's Hawk - 2

Bald Eagle - 5

Red-shouldered Hawk - 7

Red-tailed Hawk - 14

American Kestrel - 9

Merlin - 1

KING RAIL - 2

Virginia Rail - 4

American Coot - 216

Killdeer - 36

Greater Yellowlegs - 10

Wilson's Snipe - 9

Ring-billed Gull - 3

Rock Pigeon - 5

Eurasian Collared-Dove - 15

WHITE-WINGED DOVE - 1

Mourning Dove - 48

Inca Dove - 4

COMMON GROUND-DOVE - 1

Eastern Screech-Owl - 2

Great Horned Owl - 4

Barred Owl - 10

Short-eared Owl - 2

Belted Kingfisher - 3

Red-headed Woodpecker - 8

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 43

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 17

Downy Woodpecker - 18

Hairy Woodpecker - 4

Northern Flicker - 45

Pileated Woodpecker - 3

Eastern Phoebe - 25

Loggerhead Shrike - 3

Blue-headed Vireo - 1

Blue Jay - 73

American Crow - 367

Fish Crow - 58

Crow Spp? - 129

Carolina Chickadee - 35

Tufted Titmouse - 25

Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1

White-breasted Nuthatch - 1

Brown-headed Nuthatch - 6

Brown Creeper - 4

House Wren - 1

Winter Wren - 4

Sedge Wren - 5

Marsh Wren - 7

Carolina Wren - 22

Bewick's Wren - 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 4

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 13

Eastern Bluebird - 70

Hermit Thrush - 16

American Robin - 52

Gray Catbird - 1

Brown Thrasher - 12

Northern Mockingbird - 21

European Starling - 40

American Pipit - 20

Cedar Waxwing - 76

Orange-crowned Warbler - 4

Common Yellowthroat - 4

Pine Warbler - 3

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 54

Spotted Towhee - 1

Eastern Towhee - 12

Chipping Sparrow - 5

Field Sparrow - 2

Savannah Sparrow - 74

Henslow's Sparrow - 1

Le Conte's Sparrow - 31

Fox Sparrow - 16

Song Sparrow - 43

Swamp Sparrow - 14

White-throated Sparrow - 288

Harris' Sparrow - 4

White-crowned Sparrow - 16

Dark-eyed Junco - 140

Northern Cardinal - 98

Red-winged Blackbird - 1396

Eastern Meadowlark - 11

Western Meadowlark - 1

Meadowlark Spp? - 55

Rusty Blackbird - 119

Brewer's Blackbird - 5

Common Grackle - 705

Brown-headed Cowbird - 1

Blackbird Spp? - 200

Purple Finch - 7

American Goldfinch - 128

House Sparrow - 9

 

Count week species not seen on count day: 

 

Swan Spp? - 1

Greater Scaup - 1

Hooded Merganser 

White Ibis - 3

 

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR

 

 
Subject: Lake Yahola
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 20:02:09 -0600
Hello All,

This afternoon, saw two Lesser Black-Backed Gulls on Lake Yahola, one
probably an adult, the other a second-cycle. The Brown Pelican and
Long-Tailed Duck were also seen, the White-Winged Scoter was not.

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK
Subject: Endangered Vireo Population Rebounds
From: Jerry Davis <jwdavis AT CABLELYNX.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:01:53 -0600
http://wildlife.org/endangered-vireo-population-rebounds/

Jerry W. Davis
Hot Springs
Subject: Red Slough yesterday
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:25:33 -0600
3 juvenile White Ibis were lingering in unit 27A yesterday as well as a lone
Ross' Goose.  And the adult Golden Eagle was seen soaring over the north
parking area with vultures.   

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR
Subject: Sharp-Shinned a problem!
From: Bob LaVal <blaval AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:19:02 -0600
I seem to have run out of birds at the feeders. Normally at this time of year, 
I have lots of birds of up to 17 species. At times over the years we have been 
visited by a Sharp-Shinned hawk but they usually don’t seem to hang around 
for long and the birds come right back to the feeder. The last two weeks have 
been different. A now have a pair of Sharpies hanging around (a male and 
female) and making regular tag-team raids on the feeder. For the last two days 
my feeder has been disserted. Today about noon most of the birds were back. 
While I was watching they all panicked and disappeared. I assume the hawks are 
close by. Looks like my feeder-watch record for this year may be much different 
from past years. 

  
Bob LaVal
20367 Pine Mtn. LP
Heavener, OK 74937
Phone: 918-653-7921
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - Dec. 20
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:23:48 -0600
It was partly cloudy and cold on the survey today.  Ford Hendershot joined
me for the later part of the survey.  77 species were found.  Highlights
included a Common Ground-Dove hanging out with 2 Inca Doves (This is the
same bird that Ford found last Sunday),  a Gray Catbird that is wintering in
a Wax Myrtle thicket which is the same location we had one two winters ago,
an adult Golden Eagle sitting on the ground feeding on a coot, and two very
late White Ibis.  I hope these birds are still around for the CBC on
Thursday.  Here is today's list:

 

Canada Goose - 20

Wood Duck - 1

Gadwall - 320

Mallard - 883

Northern Shoveler - 51

Northern Pintail - 122

Green-winged Teal - 1815

Canvasback - 46

Greater Scaup - 1

Ring-necked Duck - 1510

Hooded Merganser - 8

Ruddy Duck - 11

Pied-billed Grebe - 12

Double-crested Cormorant - 5

Great-blue Heron - 7

Great Egret - 1

White Ibis - 2 juveniles

Black Vulture - 1

Turkey Vulture - 18

Bald Eagle - 4

Northern Harrier - 2

Cooper's Hawk - 2

Red-tailed Hawk - 7

Golden Eagle - 1 adult

American Kestrel - 1

Virginia Rail - 2

American Coot - 586

Killdeer - 7

Greater Yellowlegs - 14

Wilson's Snipe - 4

Rock Pigeon - 6

Eurasian Collared-Dove - 2

Mourning Dove - 4

Inca Dove - 2

Common Ground-Dove - 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2

Downy Woodpecker - 8

Hairy Woodpecker - 2

Northern Flicker - 15

Eastern Phoebe - 16

Blue Jay - 9

American Crow - 24

Fish Crow - 2

Carolina Chickadee - 4

Tufted Titmouse - 1

Carolina Wren - 1

House Wren - 1

Winter Wren - 3

Sedge Wren - 4

Marsh Wren - 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 4

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 3

Eastern Bluebird - 6

Hermit Thrush - 2

American Robin - 1

Gray Catbird - 1

Northern Mockingbird - 2

Brown Thrasher - 1

American Pipit - 53

Cedar Waxwing - 11

Orange-crowned Warbler - 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 16

Common Yellowthroat - 1

Eastern Towhee - 2

Savannah Sparrow - 10

Fox Sparrow - 5

Song Sparrow - 12

Swamp Sparrow - 7

White-throated Sparrow - 3

White-crowned Sparrow - 3

Northern Cardinal - 14

Red-winged Blackbird - 105

Eastern Meadowlark - 1

Rusty Blackbird - 44

Common Grackle - 2

American Goldfinch - 2

 

 

Good birding!

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR

 

 

 

 
Subject: Tulsa Audubon Meeting Tonight - Loma Pendergraf of Cognitive Abilities of Crows; Scholarships
From: John Kennington <johnkennington AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:52:53 -0600
*Monthly Meeting - Tues Dec 20 - Program Change!*
*“Surprising Cognitive Abilities of Crows” by Loma Pendergraf*

We've have a change of plans for the December meeting. We have an
opportunity to hear from Loma Pendergraft, a Tulsa native who is currently
working and studying at the University of Washington in the lab of Corvid
expert John Marzluff. For his Masters degree he is studying the cognitive
abilities of American crows, particularly how they interact within their
social environment. He and his lab were featured in a recent Audubon
magazine

 

 article.

We will not have our usual Christmas show and tell, but if you do have some
pictures to share please bring them and we will be projecting them in a
loop during our social time from 7-7:30, and after the program. If
possible, email them to johnkennington AT gmail.com before the meeting so I
can assemble them into a PowerPoint. But I can also add them that evening
if you bring them then.

Please also bring a treat to share (but come anyway even if you don't have
food!) since we will not be meeting for dinner before the meeting this
month.

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*Annual Appeal*
As the year draws to a close, we want to thank all of the many volunteers
who have made our events possible. We track volunteer hours each year, and
once again we are over 10,000 hours!! Last month we shared our annual
report, highlighting some of our many accomplishments, and you can view
that again at tulsaaudubon.org

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You will see that TAS is doing great work *locally*, and all with
volunteers.

To continue this good work, in additional to volunteers we need everyone's
financial support. We do an amazing amount of work, but there is so much
more we could with more funding. Please be sure to review again our annual
report

 

and
consider how you can help.


 


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*Birding Camp Scholarships*
*Attention Young Members of Tulsa Audubon! Birding Camp Scholarship
Available*

Thanks to a generous donor, Tulsa Audubon is pleased to again offer two
full scholarships, each worth up to $1,300, to young birders to attend a
youth birding camp in the summer of 2016. There are several such camps in
different parts of the country and the scholarship can be applied to any of
these.  The eligible camps are described on the application. Some excellent
discussion on youth birding camps can be found on the Young Birders
Facebook page. More good info can be found on the American Birding
Associations Young Birder’s Blog.

To be eligible, you must meet these criteria:

   - Live in the general Tulsa area
   - Be between 14-18 years old (as of June 1st, 2017)
   - Be willing to provide a short report (about 10 minutes) at a TAS
   meeting
   - Be willing to provide 10 volunteer hours (such as at Oxley, giving a
   bird talk to an elementary school class, leading a youth field trip, etc.,
   or your own idea, something meaningful to you.)

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2017, but you are encouraged to send
in your applications as soon as possible, since these camps fill up very
fast and we will judge applications as they arrive.

The scholarship will cover the camp fee, up to $1,300. Transportation and
other incidental expenses will be paid by the camper or his/her family.
Additional funding to help with transportation may be available on an as
needed basis.

Click here for an application

 

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