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25 May Hackberry Flat 5-25-2016 [ML2x ]
26 May Re: YB Loon at Hefner [Liz McCrae ]
25 May Re: YB Loon at Hefner [Ken or Carol Williams ]
25 May Adams Ranch on 2-25-2016 [Mary Peterson ]
25 May YB Loon at Hefner [William Diffin ]
25 May Re: Hefner Loon, Whimbrel [William Diffin ]
24 May Red Slough Bird Survey - May 24 [David Arbour ]
24 May Pathfinder Parkway on 5-24-2016 [Mary Peterson ]
24 May Bunting on South Jenkins [rgunn1 ]
23 May Re: Hefner Loon, Whimbrel [Matthew Jung ]
23 May Hefner Loon, Whimbrel [William Diffin ]
23 May Re: Hackberry Flat Survey + Cave Swallows in the Wichita's [ML2x ]
23 May hefner 23May2016 [JOS GRZYBOWSKI ]
23 May Re: Thoughts on this bird ["Mark A. Trainor" ]
23 May Re: Hackberry Flat Survey + Cave Swallows in the Wichita's [Ken or Carol Williams ]
23 May Black-Billed Cuckoo, Again [Bill Carrell ]
23 May Re: Three Eagles at NE 63rd St bridge in Oklahoma City [William Diffin ]
23 May Three Eagles at NE 63rd St bridge in Oklahoma City [Calvin Rees ]
23 May Re: Thoughts on this bird [William Diffin ]
22 May Re: Purple Gallinule in Payne Co. injured wing? [Deanne McKinney ]
22 May Re: Purple Gallinule in Payne Co. injured wing? ["O Connell, Tim" ]
22 May Re: Purple Gallinule in Payne Co. injured wing? [Sylvias Serpentine ]
22 May Purple Gallinule in Payne Co. injured wing? [Deanne McKinney ]
22 May Ibis ["Humphrey, Todd" ]
22 May White faced Ibis Tulsa county ["Humphrey, Todd" ]
22 May Re: Lake Hefner: Yellow-billed Loon [Bob Funston ]
22 May eBird -- Bartlesville, Pathfinder Trail: High School to Caney River footbridge -- May 22, 2016 [Dan Reinking ]
22 May Lake Hefner: Yellow-billed Loon [Patricia Velte ]
21 May New Red Slough photos online [David Arbour ]
21 May Hackberry Flat Survey + Cave Swallows in the Wichita's [ML2x ]
21 May Common Ground-dove at Hackberry [Joe Grzybowski ]
21 May Pathfinder Parkway on 5-21-2016 [Mary Peterson ]
21 May Re: Thoughts on this bird ["Mark A. Trainor" ]
21 May Re: Thoughts on this bird [Doug Wood ]
21 May Friday Continued. [Bill Carrell ]
20 May A bit off topic, but... ["Curtis, Tom" ]
20 May Thoughts on this bird ["Mark A. Trainor" ]
20 May Pathfinder Parkway [Bill Carrell ]
19 May Re: Pathfinder Parkway on 5-19-2016 [Mary Peterson ]
19 May Interesting stuff on Jenkins. [rgunn1 ]
19 May Pathfinder Parkway on 5-19-2016 [Mary Peterson ]
19 May 56th Street N Sod Farm Tulsa ["Humphrey, Todd" ]
19 May Thursday Morning [Bill Carrell ]
18 May Bobolinks [Matthew Jung ]
18 May Red Slough Bird Survey - May 18 [David Arbour ]
18 May Re: Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman [Foundation Subscriber ]
17 May Pathfinder Parkway on 5-17-2016 [Mary Peterson ]
17 May Adams Ranch on 5-17-2016 [Mary Peterson ]
17 May Re: Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman [Doug Wood ]
17 May Re: Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman [Foundation Subscriber ]
17 May Tulsa Audubon - "Secret Lives of Scissortails", Eagles Under Threat, Habitat Garden Tour [John Kennington ]
17 May Tuesday Before Work [Bill Carrell ]
17 May Re: Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman [Doug Wood ]
17 May Bobolinks near Stinchcomb West [William Diffin ]
17 May Bobolinks near Waurika Lake [Bill Adams ]
16 May Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman [John Kennington ]
16 May Sunday Morning Migrants [Bill Carrell ]
16 May Good yard birds [Cameron Carver ]
15 May Re: N Yukon Pkwy and Overholser Cofferdam [Susan Prescott ]
15 May Re: N Yukon Pkwy and Overholser Cofferdam [William Diffin ]
15 May New Photos added to PBase Website [Jim Arterburn ]
15 May Re: N Yukon Pkwy and Overholser Cofferdam [Susan Prescott ]
15 May Re: Saturday Morning [Foundation Subscriber ]
15 May Copan Lake, Tallgrass WMA -Nelson's Sparrow! [Josh Engelbert ]
14 May N Yukon Pkwy and Overholser Cofferdam [William Diffin ]
14 May Saturday Morning [Bill Carrell ]
14 May Southeast Oklahoma - McCurtain and Le Flore Counties [Scott Loss ]
14 May A Resource for improving your yard for Birds and Butterflies [Jerry Davis ]
13 May Hackberry Flat yesterday [Matthew Jung ]
13 May OCAS meeting Monday [William Diffin ]
13 May Black Terns [Bill Carrell ]
13 May Hackberry Flat [Kurt Meisenzahl ]
12 May Fulvous Whistling Ducks at Red Slough [David Arbour ]
12 May Re: Hackberry Flat 5/10/2016 Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks [Foundation Subscriber ]
12 May Re: Hackberry Flat 5/10/2016 Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks [Bill Carrell ]
11 May Red Slough Bird Survey - May 11 [David Arbour ]

Subject: Hackberry Flat 5-25-2016
From: ML2x <ml2x AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 22:15:50 -0500
Hello Everyone,

Well, Hackberry Flat picked up 4” of rain Sun and Mon nights and the place is 
totally flooded 

right now. There water on the N side of the reservoir has backed up over the 
road and is still 

200 yards wide. There is nothing but deep water in all the units which is in 
the process of 

being moved.  Most of the nesting has been disturbed but they will re-nest.

Most of the birds we found were in the cotton fields off the S boundary road.

Goodest Birding,

Mary and Lou Truex
ml2x AT sbcglobal.net
Lawton



Tillman - Hackberry Flat Survey, Tillman, Oklahoma, US
May 25, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
11.0 mile(s)
Comments: 4 more inches of rain on Sun and Mon. Property is totally flooded. 

38 species (+1 other taxa)

Gadwall  4
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  14
Blue-winged Teal  31
Northern Shoveler  22
Northern Pintail  6
Ruddy Duck  14
Northern Bobwhite  16
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Eared Grebe  12
White-faced Ibis  77
Turkey Vulture  1
American Coot  114
Black-necked Stilt  72
American Avocet  47
Killdeer  83
Spotted Sandpiper  4
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Hudsonian Godwit  2
White-rumped Sandpiper  441
Wilson's Phalarope  52
Franklin's Gull  8
Black Tern  6
Mourning Dove  16
Common Nighthawk  36
American Kestrel  2
Ash-throated Flycatcher  1
Western Kingbird  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  13
Loggerhead Shrike  2
Barn Swallow  7
Northern Mockingbird  1
Lark Sparrow  4
Dickcissel  47
Red-winged Blackbird  14
Western/Eastern Meadowlark  16
Common Grackle  8
Great-tailed Grackle  6
Subject: Re: YB Loon at Hefner
From: Liz McCrae <lmccrae AT OKCZOO.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 01:42:41 +0000
YB Loon was still hanging around the west side of the lake around 7:00 this 
evening. Was at the north end of the first pull off on the dam, just north of 
Britton. Was right along the shore, about 10 feet off the rocks. It dove 
shortly after I spotted it. Took me awhile to find it again, and it was due 
east of the spot I has originally seen it, about 50 yards or so out, and it 
stayed out there the rest of the time I was on the dam, which was about 20 
minutes. Was really hard to spot out there with the water as choppy as it was. 


Liz McCrae



Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: William Diffin 
Date: 05/25/2016 3:56 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] YB Loon at Hefner

Present 1:30 - 2:00 pm along west dam. Swam north to south about 50 yards out. 
Began diving north of Britton Rd quite close to shore. Caught a large green 
fish and spent 10 minutes wallowing at the surface and diving before it got the 
fish down. Then idled out toward the middle of the lake. When I arrived Devin 
(OK) and Barbara (Dallas) had scopes set up and were digiscoping the bird at 
the first turn to the NE going north from Britton. 


At the northeast dam parking lot were a pair of adult plumage Caspian Terns 
along with Ring-billed Gulls, Franklin's Gulls and Forster's Terns. The Caspian 
Terns had very large orange bills with small dusky area at the tip, light gray 
back lighter than RBG, and greater overall size than RBG. 


Bill Diffin, OKC

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Subject: Re: YB Loon at Hefner
From: Ken or Carol Williams <kcwilliams AT TULSACONNECT.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 20:37:01 -0500
Fellow Birders,

I was at Lake Hefner at 8 AM today and the Yellow-billed Loon was 
feeding just off the riprap at the 2nd parking area. If fed there for a 
while and then started moving away and then went out towards the middle 
of the lake.  I drove around the lake, stopping to look and was unable 
locate it again.

I was able to get a few pictures and I posted the best 2 shots on my 
website in the top of my Recent Folder at 
http://www.pbase.com/kcswildshots/1_recent_pictures.

Thanks to everyone who posted their sighting of the loon it made it easy 
to find.

Ken Williams
Owasso, OK
http://www.pbase.com/kcswildshots


On 5/25/2016 3:55 PM, William Diffin wrote:
> Present 1:30 - 2:00 pm along west dam. Swam north to south about 50 
> yards out. Began diving north of Britton Rd quite close to shore. 
> Caught a large green fish and spent 10 minutes wallowing at the 
> surface and diving before it got the fish down. Then idled out toward 
> the middle of the lake. When I arrived Devin (OK) and Barbara (Dallas) 
> had scopes set up and were digiscoping the bird at the first turn to 
> the NE going north from Britton.
> At the northeast dam parking lot were a pair of adult plumage Caspian 
> Terns along with Ring-billed Gulls, Franklin's Gulls and Forster's 
> Terns. The Caspian Terns had very large orange bills with small dusky 
> area at the tip, light gray back lighter than RBG, and greater overall 
> size than RBG.
> Bill Diffin, OKC
Subject: Adams Ranch on 2-25-2016
From: Mary Peterson <m_mpeterson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 21:56:15 +0000
Hello All,
 The Bartlesvile area received about 2 1/2" of rain early this morning. I went 
out to the Adams ranch, about a mile north of downtown Bartlesville hoping to 
find some shorebirds. The recently planted fields were about 1/3 covered with 
water. The laughing gull, which was standing in the field about 200 yards away, 
was a complete surprise. It stood sideways to me for about 10 minutes and 
preened for a couple minutes before flying off. Highlights included: 


Lesser Golden Plover-1
Killdeers-3
Dunlin-1
White-rumped Sandpiper-1
Laughing Gull-1 adult
Black Tern-4

Mark Peterson
Bartlesvile
Subject: YB Loon at Hefner
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:55:53 -0500
Present 1:30 - 2:00 pm along west dam. Swam north to south about 50 yards
out. Began diving north of Britton Rd quite close to shore. Caught a large
green fish and spent 10 minutes wallowing at the surface and diving before
it got the fish down. Then idled out toward the middle of the lake. When I
arrived Devin (OK) and Barbara (Dallas) had scopes set up and were
digiscoping the bird at the first turn to the NE going north from Britton.

At the northeast dam parking lot were a pair of adult plumage Caspian Terns
along with Ring-billed Gulls, Franklin's Gulls and Forster's Terns. The
Caspian Terns had very large orange bills with small dusky area at the tip,
light gray back lighter than RBG, and greater overall size than RBG.

Bill Diffin, OKC
Subject: Re: Hefner Loon, Whimbrel
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 10:11:02 -0500
It's a good year for me to see even one. With eight, I could retire.

On Mon, May 23, 2016 at 9:58 PM, Matthew Jung  wrote:

> so you saw a Whimbrel after all?
>
> On 5/23/16, William Diffin  wrote:
> > The short of it is I made a complete circle of the lake without finding
> the
> > YB Loon. It was very choppy from 10:40 am to 12:40 pm, so hard to find a
> > loon roosting out in the lake if it was there. I did find a Whimbrel at
> > Prairie Dog Point. It took flight north across the lake as I pulled into
> > the shoreline parking lot, a big shorebird with apparently grey wings
> from
> > the rear in level flight. I couldn't see the bill, and from that angle I
> > could't be positive that it lacked any orange or buff wing color. Oh
> well,
> > chalk one up for big shorebird sp. -- no way it was coming back south
> into
> > that wind. But about 10 minutes later it did come back from exactly where
> > it went. When it reached the shore it flew back and forth a couple of
> > times, showing the down-curved bill and the grey color of the secondary
> > covert area. Then it flew down the point to the east and disappeared into
> > the inlet. I took off running in that direction, whereupon the
> > bird reappeared around the point and flew west to land of all places
> right
> > in the middle of the road near the shoreline parking area. A red pickup
> > truck was tooling along the road and flushed the bird. It took off to the
> > east and again disappeared into the inlet. I was not able to locate
> > it there.
> >
> > Bill Diffin, OKC
> >
>
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - May 24
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 22:40:09 -0500
It was overcast, warm, and a bit windy on the survey today.  72 species were
found.  The only migrants I saw today were a group of Black Terns and a
couple flyover Black-necked Stilts.  Here is my list for today:

 

Black-bellied Whistling Duck - 8

Wood Duck - 7

Mallard - 5 (also one brood of 8 small young with hen.)

Blue-winged Teal - 5

Hooded Merganser - 2

Pied-billed Grebe - 9 (one on nest.)

Neotropic Cormorant - 8

Double-crested Cormorant - 1

Anhinga - 16 (Several sitting on nests.)

Least Bittern - 5 (1 sitting on nest.)

Great-blue Heron - 14

Great Egret - 22

Snowy Egret - 1

Cattle Egret - 8

Green Heron - 8

Black Vulture - 33

Turkey Vulture - 7

Mississippi Kite - 5

Cooper's Hawk - 2

Red Shouldered Hawk - 2

King Rail - 1  

Purple Gallinule - 11

Common Gallinule - 27 (one pair with 7 small chicks.)

American Coot - 12

Killdeer - 3

Black-necked Stilt - 2

Black Tern - 11

Mourning Dove - 13

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 7

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1

Downy Woodpecker - 1

Pileated Woodpecker - 5

Willow Flycatcher - 2 (calling on nesting territories)

Eastern Phoebe - 2

Great-crested Flycatcher - 1

Eastern Kingbird - 8

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 4

White-eyed Vireo - 6

Bell's Vireo - 6

Yellow-throated Vireo - 2

Red-eyed Vireo - 4

Blue Jay - 3

American Crow - 7

Fish Crow - 6

Purple Martin - 3

Tree Swallow - 28

Barn Swallow - 7

Carolina Chickadee - 2

Tufted Titmouse - 1

Carolina Wren - 9

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 3

Wood Thrush - 2

Cedar Waxwing - 7

Yellow-throated Warbler - 2

Pine warbler - 2

Prairie Warbler - 2

Black-and-white Warbler - 1

Prothonotary Warbler - 8

Common Yellowthroat - 12

Yellow-breasted Chat - 14

Summer Tanager - 1

Eastern Towhee - 2

Northern Cardinal - 22

Indigo Bunting - 23

Painted Bunting - 7

Dickcissel - 29

Red-winged Blackbird - 25

Eastern Meadowlark - 1

Common Grackle - 34

Brown-headed Cowbird - 6

Orchard Oriole - 5

 

Odonates:

 

Fragile Forktail

Lilypad Forktail

Vesper Bluet

Common Green Darner 

Cyrano Darner

Stillwater Clubtail

Halloween Pennant

Eastern Pondhawk

Great-blue Skimmer

Blue Dasher

Spot-winged Glider

Carolina Saddlebags

Black Saddlebags

 

Herps:

 

American Alligator

Mississippi Mud Turtle

Broad-banded Watersnake

Yellow-bellied Watersnake

Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad

Blanchard's Cricket Frog

Green Treefrog

Bronze Frog

Bullfrog

 

 

 

Good birding!

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR

 

 

 

 

 
Subject: Pathfinder Parkway on 5-24-2016
From: Mary Peterson <m_mpeterson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 20:51:14 +0000
Hello All,

 I walked the Pathfinder Parkway in Bartlesville this morning from the high 
school to several hundred yards east of the tanks and back. It was cloudy and 
warm. The migration seems to be almost over. Highlights included: 



Swainson's Thrush-3

Northern Parula-1

Yellow-throated Warbler-1

Prothonotary Warbler-1

American Redstart-1

Wilson's Warbler-1


Mark Peterson

Bartlesville
Subject: Bunting on South Jenkins
From: rgunn1 <rgunn1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:49:27 -0500
This morning, all the usuals--plus a pair of Lazuli Buntings-- a singing 
male and attendant female on the same bare branch. They were back a mile 
or so on the private road that runs east and then south.

D.
Subject: Re: Hefner Loon, Whimbrel
From: Matthew Jung <mpjung5125 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 21:58:22 -0500
so you saw a Whimbrel after all?

On 5/23/16, William Diffin  wrote:
> The short of it is I made a complete circle of the lake without finding the
> YB Loon. It was very choppy from 10:40 am to 12:40 pm, so hard to find a
> loon roosting out in the lake if it was there. I did find a Whimbrel at
> Prairie Dog Point. It took flight north across the lake as I pulled into
> the shoreline parking lot, a big shorebird with apparently grey wings from
> the rear in level flight. I couldn't see the bill, and from that angle I
> could't be positive that it lacked any orange or buff wing color. Oh well,
> chalk one up for big shorebird sp. -- no way it was coming back south into
> that wind. But about 10 minutes later it did come back from exactly where
> it went. When it reached the shore it flew back and forth a couple of
> times, showing the down-curved bill and the grey color of the secondary
> covert area. Then it flew down the point to the east and disappeared into
> the inlet. I took off running in that direction, whereupon the
> bird reappeared around the point and flew west to land of all places right
> in the middle of the road near the shoreline parking area. A red pickup
> truck was tooling along the road and flushed the bird. It took off to the
> east and again disappeared into the inlet. I was not able to locate
> it there.
>
> Bill Diffin, OKC
>
Subject: Hefner Loon, Whimbrel
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 16:01:47 -0500
The short of it is I made a complete circle of the lake without finding the
YB Loon. It was very choppy from 10:40 am to 12:40 pm, so hard to find a
loon roosting out in the lake if it was there. I did find a Whimbrel at
Prairie Dog Point. It took flight north across the lake as I pulled into
the shoreline parking lot, a big shorebird with apparently grey wings from
the rear in level flight. I couldn't see the bill, and from that angle I
could't be positive that it lacked any orange or buff wing color. Oh well,
chalk one up for big shorebird sp. -- no way it was coming back south into
that wind. But about 10 minutes later it did come back from exactly where
it went. When it reached the shore it flew back and forth a couple of
times, showing the down-curved bill and the grey color of the secondary
covert area. Then it flew down the point to the east and disappeared into
the inlet. I took off running in that direction, whereupon the
bird reappeared around the point and flew west to land of all places right
in the middle of the road near the shoreline parking area. A red pickup
truck was tooling along the road and flushed the bird. It took off to the
east and again disappeared into the inlet. I was not able to locate
it there.

Bill Diffin, OKC
Subject: Re: Hackberry Flat Survey + Cave Swallows in the Wichita's
From: ML2x <ml2x AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 15:31:49 -0500
Hi Ken,

That bug Joe G found 3 Red-necked Phalaropes on the N road on Sunday! Nice 
group of Godwits for sure! 

Can’t wait to see the pics...any of the FWDU’s by chance? I have not able 
to get a shot yet...... 


Lou

From: Ken or Carol Williams 
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2016 10:37 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU 
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Hackberry Flat Survey + Cave Swallows in the Wichita's

Lou,

I was down at Hackberry Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Just before dark 
on Friday about 100 Hudsonian Godwits and 10 Marbled Godwits came into the 
field on the south end. They were all gone Saturday morning except for about 15 
Hudsonians on Saturday morning. I also had 6 Black-bellied Plovers, 50 Stilt 
Sandpipers, 2 Fulvous Whistling-Ducks, 2 Lesser Scaup, 30 immature Swainson's 
Hawks and numerous other birds listed on your list for the trip. A total of 58 
species for the trip. 



Saturday about 10:30, I was setting on the North road watching the Wilson's 
Phalaropes and ever so often there would be a small flock of shorebirds come 
in, circled the North end of the lake once and then head North. I sat there and 
watched them for about 30 minutes and several small flocks came by. 


I will have picture on my website after I have had time to go through them and 
work them up. I will post when I get them done. 



Happy Birding,


Ken Williams
Owasso, OK
http://www.pbase.com/kcswildshots




On 5/21/2016 9:43 PM, ML2x wrote:

  Hello Everyone!

 Yesterday evening, Mary and I went out to the French Lake Dam fish ladder to 
see how many 

 Cave Swallows were nesting. We had 3 with active nests along with 2 Barn 
Swallow nests and 

  3 Cliff Swallow nests.

 This afternoon, we did our May 20-31 survey. The shorebird migration is 
nearing an end with 

 Wilson’s Phalaropes, White-rumped Sandpipers and Stilt Sandpipers making up 
99% of the 

 bird volume. This season we only missed the Dunlin, Buff-breasted Sandpiper 
and Red-necked 

 Phalarope which was awfully good considering it had been 6 years since the 
property had been 

  wet during migration.  Here’s the results from today....

  Goodest Birding,

  Mary and Lou Truex
  ml2x AT sbcglobal.net
  Lawton

  Tillman - Hackberry Flat Survey, Tillman, Oklahoma, US
  May 21, 2016 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  Protocol: Traveling
  17.0 mile(s)
  55 species (+3 other taxa)

  Gadwall  8
  American Wigeon  6
  Mallard  14
  Blue-winged Teal  88
  Northern Shoveler  52
  Northern Pintail  7
  Green-winged Teal  1
  Redhead  2
  Ruddy Duck  26
  Northern Bobwhite  4
  Pied-billed Grebe  3
 Eared Grebe 78 Actual count. Gold plumage along sides of heads. Thin bills. No 
nesting observed. 

  Double-crested Cormorant  8
  Great Egret  3
  Snowy Egret  5
  Black-crowned Night-Heron  6
  White-faced Ibis  71
  Turkey Vulture  1
  Swainson's Hawk  3
  Red-tailed Hawk  1
  King Rail  1     heard
  American Coot  127
  Black-necked Stilt  66     6 of which were sitting nests
  American Avocet  64     7 of which were sitting nests
  Black-bellied Plover  2
  Snowy Plover  1
  Killdeer  41
  Spotted Sandpiper  13
  Greater Yellowlegs  3
  Lesser Yellowlegs  3
  Hudsonian Godwit  13
  Stilt Sandpiper  262
  Baird's Sandpiper  3
  Least Sandpiper  5
  White-rumped Sandpiper  1276
  Semipalmated Sandpiper  3
  Western Sandpiper  1
  peep sp.  150
  Long-billed Dowitcher  1
  Wilson's Phalarope  214
  Franklin's Gull  57
  Black Tern  73
  Mourning Dove  4
  Common Nighthawk  15
  American Kestrel  3
  Western Kingbird  1
  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  5
  Loggerhead Shrike  2
  Barn Swallow  7
  Cliff Swallow  17
  swallow sp.  50
  Northern Mockingbird  1
  Lark Sparrow  6
  Dickcissel  28
  Red-winged Blackbird  31
  Western/Eastern Meadowlark  8
  Common Grackle  22
  Great-tailed Grackle  6

Subject: hefner 23May2016
From: JOS GRZYBOWSKI <j_grzybowski AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 17:26:51 +0000
Spun past Hefner this morning trying for the YBLO.  No luck.  Did find a 
basic-plumage Common Loon, clearly different from Pat's picture.  Also a 
Laughing Gull, about 25 Franklin's 
Gulls.CHEERS,                         JOE Grzybowski 
Subject: Re: Thoughts on this bird
From: "Mark A. Trainor" <mtrain53 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 15:39:52 +0000
Thank you!

Cheers, M>Train

On May 23, 2016, at 6:11 AM, William Diffin 
> wrote: 


The greenish back is a fairly common occurrence on Western Kingbirds in this 
area. The tail is tented, i.e. pitched like a roof, which is causing the 
notched appearance or at least contributing to it in these views. The edges of 
the outer tail feathers may not be visible because the outer tail feathers are 
drawn in under the other tail feathers. In three out of six of the images of 
Western Kingbirds at AllAboutBirds, the outer tail feathers are drawn under 
that way. 


It is often useful to compare pictures of birds to illustrations in guides. The 
bright edges on the tertials and coverts of your bird don't fit with my guide's 
illustration. What I see on internet images are light edges but not as wide as 
on your bird. It is easy to speculate that the extra-bright edges and green 
back reflect introgression from Tropical or Couch's Kingbird. 


It might be helpful to listen to the dawn song of your bird and hear how it 
compares to other nearby Western Kingbirds. For male Western Kingbirds and 
Scissortails work starts early, before the sky starts to brighten. I made my 
annual predawn visit to the Western Kingbird colony at Eldon Lyon Park early 
Sunday morning. It was a little late, the horizon was already lightening up a 
bit, but six Western Kingbirds were still singing energetically. There is some 
individual variation in the song which one would want to understand when 
listening for something different enough to qualify as a different species. 


Thanks for sharing your photos. Such cases are a reminder that each bird is 
unique and has its own story to tell. 


Bill Diffin, OKC

On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 2:09 PM, Mark A. Trainor 
> wrote: 

Taken this morning in Nida.


https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153504569316960&id=666071959&set=gm.1060233037375216&source=48 


Cheers, M>Train
Subject: Re: Hackberry Flat Survey + Cave Swallows in the Wichita's
From: Ken or Carol Williams <kcwilliams AT TULSACONNECT.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 10:37:38 -0500
Lou,

I was down at Hackberry Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  Just 
before dark on Friday about 100 Hudsonian Godwits and 10 Marbled Godwits 
came into the field on the south end.  They were all gone Saturday 
morning except for about 15 Hudsonians on Saturday morning.  I also had 
6 Black-bellied Plovers, 50 Stilt Sandpipers, 2 Fulvous Whistling-Ducks, 
2 Lesser Scaup, 30 immature Swainson's Hawks and numerous other birds 
listed on your list for the trip.  A total of 58 species for the trip.

Saturday about 10:30, I was setting on the North road watching the 
Wilson's Phalaropes and ever so often there would be a small flock of 
shorebirds come in, circled the North end of the lake once and then head 
North.  I sat there and watched them for about 30 minutes and several 
small flocks came by.

I will have picture on my website after I have had time to go through 
them and work them up.  I will post when I get them done.

Happy Birding,

Ken Williams
Owasso, OK
http://www.pbase.com/kcswildshots


On 5/21/2016 9:43 PM, ML2x wrote:
> Hello Everyone!
> Yesterday evening, Mary and I went out to the French Lake Dam fish 
> ladder to see how many
> Cave Swallows were nesting.  We had 3 with active nests along with 2 
> Barn Swallow nests and
> 3 Cliff Swallow nests.
> This afternoon, we did our May 20-31 survey.  The shorebird migration 
> is nearing an end with
> Wilson’s Phalaropes, White-rumped Sandpipers and Stilt Sandpipers 
> making up 99% of the
> bird volume.  This season we only missed the Dunlin, Buff-breasted 
> Sandpiper and Red-necked
> Phalarope which was awfully good considering it had been 6 years since 
> the property had been
> wet during migration.  Here’s the results from today....
> Goodest Birding,
> Mary and Lou Truex
> ml2x AT sbcglobal.net 
> Lawton
> Tillman - Hackberry Flat Survey, Tillman, Oklahoma, US
> May 21, 2016 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 17.0 mile(s)
> 55 species (+3 other taxa)
>
> Gadwall  8
> American Wigeon  6
> Mallard  14
> Blue-winged Teal  88
> Northern Shoveler  52
> Northern Pintail  7
> Green-winged Teal  1
> Redhead  2
> Ruddy Duck  26
> Northern Bobwhite  4
> Pied-billed Grebe  3
> Eared Grebe  78     Actual count.  Gold plumage along sides of heads.  
> Thin bills.  No nesting observed.
> Double-crested Cormorant  8
> Great Egret  3
> Snowy Egret  5
> Black-crowned Night-Heron  6
> White-faced Ibis  71
> Turkey Vulture  1
> Swainson's Hawk  3
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> King Rail  1     heard
> American Coot  127
> Black-necked Stilt  66     6 of which were sitting nests
> American Avocet  64     7 of which were sitting nests
> Black-bellied Plover  2
> Snowy Plover  1
> Killdeer  41
> Spotted Sandpiper  13
> Greater Yellowlegs  3
> Lesser Yellowlegs  3
> Hudsonian Godwit  13
> Stilt Sandpiper  262
> Baird's Sandpiper  3
> Least Sandpiper  5
> White-rumped Sandpiper  1276
> Semipalmated Sandpiper  3
> Western Sandpiper  1
> peep sp.  150
> Long-billed Dowitcher  1
> Wilson's Phalarope  214
> Franklin's Gull  57
> Black Tern  73
> Mourning Dove  4
> Common Nighthawk  15
> American Kestrel  3
> Western Kingbird  1
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  5
> Loggerhead Shrike  2
> Barn Swallow  7
> Cliff Swallow  17
> swallow sp.  50
> Northern Mockingbird  1
> Lark Sparrow  6
> Dickcissel  28
> Red-winged Blackbird  31
> Western/Eastern Meadowlark  8
> Common Grackle  22
> Great-tailed Grackle  6
Subject: Black-Billed Cuckoo, Again
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 09:18:45 -0500
Hello All,

For the second time in three days, saw a Black-Billed Cuckoo, this time at
Rentie's Grove preserve by Jenks East Elementary. Here is a link to the
observation on iNaturalist:

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/3277485

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK
Subject: Re: Three Eagles at NE 63rd St bridge in Oklahoma City
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 07:17:26 -0500
Thanks, Calvin. I'll forward your note to Neil.

On Mon, May 23, 2016 at 6:53 AM, Calvin Rees  wrote:

> I saw two adult eagles and a juvenile at the bridge on NE 63rd St bear
> Douglas in Oklahoma City Sunday morning.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29849550
>
> I posted photos on the checklist as I had been told it is rare for them to
> be there. They are there all year so I find that statement to be odd from
> Cornell.
>
> The head of the OKC Audubon Society said there was someone that watches
> this nest and would like a photo of the juvenile.
>
> Calvin
>
Subject: Three Eagles at NE 63rd St bridge in Oklahoma City
From: Calvin Rees <calvinok AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 06:53:10 -0500
I saw two adult eagles and a juvenile at the bridge on NE 63rd St bear Douglas 
in Oklahoma City Sunday morning. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29849550

I posted photos on the checklist as I had been told it is rare for them to be 
there. They are there all year so I find that statement to be odd from Cornell. 


The head of the OKC Audubon Society said there was someone that watches this 
nest and would like a photo of the juvenile. 


Calvin
Subject: Re: Thoughts on this bird
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 06:11:27 -0500
The greenish back is a fairly common occurrence on Western Kingbirds in
this area. The tail is tented, i.e. pitched like a roof, which is causing
the notched appearance or at least contributing to it in these views. The
edges of the outer tail feathers may not be visible because the outer tail
feathers are drawn in under the other tail feathers. In three out of six of
the images of Western Kingbirds at AllAboutBirds, the outer tail feathers
are drawn under that way.

It is often useful to compare pictures of birds to illustrations in guides.
The bright edges on the tertials and coverts of your bird don't fit with my
guide's illustration. What I see on internet images are light edges but not
as wide as on your bird. It is easy to speculate that the extra-bright
edges and green back reflect introgression from Tropical or Couch's
Kingbird.

It might be helpful to listen to the dawn song of your bird and hear how it
compares to other nearby Western Kingbirds. For male Western Kingbirds and
Scissortails work starts early, before the sky starts to brighten. I made
my annual predawn visit to the Western Kingbird colony at Eldon Lyon
Park early Sunday morning. It was a little late, the horizon
was already lightening up a bit, but six Western Kingbirds were
still singing energetically. There is some individual variation in the
song which one would want to understand when listening for something
different enough to qualify as a different species.

Thanks for sharing your photos. Such cases are a reminder that each bird
is unique and has its own story to tell.

Bill Diffin, OKC

On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 2:09 PM, Mark A. Trainor 
wrote:

> Taken this morning in Nida.
>
>
> 
https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153504569316960&id=666071959&set=gm.1060233037375216&source=48 

>
> Cheers, M>Train
>
Subject: Re: Purple Gallinule in Payne Co. injured wing?
From: Deanne McKinney <trialsz63 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 19:51:26 -0500
To answer your question about whether or not the gallinule held its right
wing like that while at rest, I'd have to say that it held the wing in that
position the entire time I was watching it - about thirty minutes. It was
walking around most of the time that I was observing it so I can't say that
I saw it at rest. It did seem to be foraging just fine though.

I agree that keeping a watchful eye on this bird is the best idea right
now.

Deanne McKinney
OKC

On Sun, May 22, 2016 at 6:26 PM, O Connell, Tim 
wrote:

> Hmm, there was no indication of any problem with the bird during the half
> hour or so that I watched it last night.  Was it consistently holding the
> wing like that while at rest, Deanne?
>
> I’d recommend patience and caution before anyone go try to capture this
> bird.  It’s foraging just fine and, though a bit extralimital, is using
> appropriate habitat.  In addition to my concern that the bird either isn’t
> really injured or, if it is, that capture could cause further injury, this
> pond is on private land.  If we could determine that the bird really did
> need medical attention, I *could not more strongly recommend against
> trying to capture it without full knowledge and permission of the
> landowners*.
>
> Let’s keep an eye on it for a few days, and from a respectful distance.
> ~Tim
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On May 22, 2016, at 6:04 PM, Deanne McKinney  > wrote:
>
> This afternoon I saw the Purple Gallinule that had previously been
> reported in Payne County. This bird appears to have an injured right wing.
> I don't know if this is something that a wildlife rehab person might be
> able to help with but it looks to me like it wouldn't be able to fly the
> way it is now. There are a few photos of it on my flickr page if anyone
> would like to take a look.
>
> https://flic.kr/p/HiMnHR
>
> https://flic.kr/p/GZyJnE
>
> https://flic.kr/p/HpPjtP
>
> Deanne McKinney
> OKC
>
>
>
>
Subject: Re: Purple Gallinule in Payne Co. injured wing?
From: "O Connell, Tim" <tim.oconnell AT OKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 23:26:51 +0000
Hmm, there was no indication of any problem with the bird during the half hour 
or so that I watched it last night. Was it consistently holding the wing like 
that while at rest, Deanne? 


I’d recommend patience and caution before anyone go try to capture this bird. 
It’s foraging just fine and, though a bit extralimital, is using appropriate 
habitat. In addition to my concern that the bird either isn’t really injured 
or, if it is, that capture could cause further injury, this pond is on private 
land. If we could determine that the bird really did need medical attention, I 
could not more strongly recommend against trying to capture it without full 
knowledge and permission of the landowners. 


Let’s keep an eye on it for a few days, and from a respectful distance.
~Tim






On May 22, 2016, at 6:04 PM, Deanne McKinney 
> wrote: 


This afternoon I saw the Purple Gallinule that had previously been reported in 
Payne County. This bird appears to have an injured right wing. I don't know if 
this is something that a wildlife rehab person might be able to help with but 
it looks to me like it wouldn't be able to fly the way it is now. There are a 
few photos of it on my flickr page if anyone would like to take a look. 


https://flic.kr/p/HiMnHR

https://flic.kr/p/GZyJnE

https://flic.kr/p/HpPjtP

Deanne McKinney
OKC



Subject: Re: Purple Gallinule in Payne Co. injured wing?
From: Sylvias Serpentine <sylvias.serpentine AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 18:09:13 -0500
Really? It only stretched is wings once when i saw it and didn't see
anything odd but if that's true we should try to get it to the osu vet
hospital.
They are the closest rehab place and would probably jump at the idea to
study a rarer bird like that.

~Jessica Torres
SylviasSerpentine.com
Education Through Interaction
Wildlife Education and Wild Reptile Removal.
On May 22, 2016 6:05 PM, "Deanne McKinney"  wrote:

> This afternoon I saw the Purple Gallinule that had previously been
> reported in Payne County. This bird appears to have an injured right wing.
> I don't know if this is something that a wildlife rehab person might be
> able to help with but it looks to me like it wouldn't be able to fly the
> way it is now. There are a few photos of it on my flickr page if anyone
> would like to take a look.
>
> https://flic.kr/p/HiMnHR
>
> https://flic.kr/p/GZyJnE
>
> https://flic.kr/p/HpPjtP
>
> Deanne McKinney
> OKC
>
>
>
Subject: Purple Gallinule in Payne Co. injured wing?
From: Deanne McKinney <trialsz63 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 18:04:36 -0500
This afternoon I saw the Purple Gallinule that had previously been reported
in Payne County. This bird appears to have an injured right wing. I don't
know if this is something that a wildlife rehab person might be able to
help with but it looks to me like it wouldn't be able to fly the way it is
now. There are a few photos of it on my flickr page if anyone would like to
take a look.

https://flic.kr/p/HiMnHR

https://flic.kr/p/GZyJnE

https://flic.kr/p/HpPjtP

Deanne McKinney
OKC
Subject: Ibis
From: "Humphrey, Todd" <Todd.Humphrey AT JENKSPS.ORG>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 22:31:09 +0000
Sorry for the confusion. That is 126th street north, not 127th

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: White faced Ibis Tulsa county
From: "Humphrey, Todd" <Todd.Humphrey AT JENKSPS.ORG>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 22:29:12 +0000
There is a white faced ibis at 127th st North just west of 75. It's in a field 
on the south side of 126th. I just received this report from Lewis Pond. 
Unfortunately, I can't jump in the truck to see it since I just had knee 
surgery Friday afternoon. The closest address is 12601 126th street north. 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Lake Hefner: Yellow-billed Loon
From: Bob Funston <bobf AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 15:22:41 -0500
The Yellow-billed Loon was still there at 3:00 pm this afternoon. It was at 
about the mid-point in the second parking area north of Britton Road. It was 
about 150 yards out (a five iron for me). 


Bob Funston
Subject: eBird -- Bartlesville, Pathfinder Trail: High School to Caney River footbridge -- May 22, 2016
From: Dan Reinking <dreinking AT OU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 14:45:10 -0500
Bartlesville, Pathfinder Trail: High School to Caney River footbridge
May 22, 2016


1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Killdeer
3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Mourning Dove
2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
3 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
5 Downy Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
4 Eastern Wood-Pewee
2 Least Flycatcher
1 Empidonax sp.
2 Eastern Phoebe
4 Great Crested Flycatcher
3 Eastern Kingbird
8 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
2 Fish Crow
1 Purple Martin
4 Carolina Chickadee
5 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
11 Carolina Wren
7 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Eastern Bluebird
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush
2 Swainson's Thrush
2 European Starling
12 Cedar Waxwing
1 Louisiana Waterthrush
1 Black-and-white Warbler
1 Prothonotary Warbler
3 Northern Parula
2 Yellow-throated Warbler
4 Summer Tanager
10 Northern Cardinal
9 Indigo Bunting
2 Common Grackle
8 Brown-headed Cowbird
8 House Finch

Number of Taxa: 41
Subject: Lake Hefner: Yellow-billed Loon
From: Patricia Velte <pvelte AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 08:15:05 -0500
Dear OK Birders,

 

I photographed a Yellow-billed Loon Saturday at Lake Hefner. I spotted the
bird around 7:30 pm while driving the east/west leg of the dam that
parallels Hefner Road. It was swimming to the west but I was unable to
relocate it after circling back around to the SW corner of the dam and
making another pass. 

 

A photo is at:  http://www.backyardbirdcam.com/YBLO5-21-16.jpg 

 

Happy birding,

 

Pat Velte

Oklahoma City
Subject: New Red Slough photos online
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 21:54:45 -0500
I've added a number of new photos to the Red Slough online photo gallery
such as King Rails, Black-bellied whistling Ducks, Wood Ducks, a rare
orchid, etc.  Check them out here:

 

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

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR

 
Subject: Hackberry Flat Survey + Cave Swallows in the Wichita's
From: ML2x <ml2x AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 21:43:19 -0500
Hello Everyone!

Yesterday evening, Mary and I went out to the French Lake Dam fish ladder to 
see how many 

Cave Swallows were nesting. We had 3 with active nests along with 2 Barn 
Swallow nests and 

3 Cliff Swallow nests.

This afternoon, we did our May 20-31 survey. The shorebird migration is nearing 
an end with 

Wilson’s Phalaropes, White-rumped Sandpipers and Stilt Sandpipers making up 
99% of the 

bird volume. This season we only missed the Dunlin, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and 
Red-necked 

Phalarope which was awfully good considering it had been 6 years since the 
property had been 

wet during migration.  Here’s the results from today....

Goodest Birding,

Mary and Lou Truex
ml2x AT sbcglobal.net
Lawton

Tillman - Hackberry Flat Survey, Tillman, Oklahoma, US
May 21, 2016 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
17.0 mile(s)
55 species (+3 other taxa)

Gadwall  8
American Wigeon  6
Mallard  14
Blue-winged Teal  88
Northern Shoveler  52
Northern Pintail  7
Green-winged Teal  1
Redhead  2
Ruddy Duck  26
Northern Bobwhite  4
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Eared Grebe 78 Actual count. Gold plumage along sides of heads. Thin bills. No 
nesting observed. 

Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  5
Black-crowned Night-Heron  6
White-faced Ibis  71
Turkey Vulture  1
Swainson's Hawk  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
King Rail  1     heard
American Coot  127
Black-necked Stilt  66     6 of which were sitting nests
American Avocet  64     7 of which were sitting nests
Black-bellied Plover  2
Snowy Plover  1
Killdeer  41
Spotted Sandpiper  13
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Hudsonian Godwit  13
Stilt Sandpiper  262
Baird's Sandpiper  3
Least Sandpiper  5
White-rumped Sandpiper  1276
Semipalmated Sandpiper  3
Western Sandpiper  1
peep sp.  150
Long-billed Dowitcher  1
Wilson's Phalarope  214
Franklin's Gull  57
Black Tern  73
Mourning Dove  4
Common Nighthawk  15
American Kestrel  3
Western Kingbird  1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  5
Loggerhead Shrike  2
Barn Swallow  7
Cliff Swallow  17
swallow sp.  50
Northern Mockingbird  1
Lark Sparrow  6
Dickcissel  28
Red-winged Blackbird  31
Western/Eastern Meadowlark  8
Common Grackle  22
Great-tailed Grackle  6
Subject: Common Ground-dove at Hackberry
From: Joe Grzybowski <j_grzybowski AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 15:01:40 -0500
Along road in agricultural area on way in to visitor' s center. Also 3 red- 
necked phalaropes on lake among Wilson's. From north road. 

CHEERS,   JOE Grzybowski

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Pathfinder Parkway on 5-21-2016
From: Mary Peterson <m_mpeterson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 18:17:48 +0000
Hello All,

 I walked the Pathfinder Parkway in Bartlesville this morning from the high 
school to just beyond the small bridge and back. It was mostly cloudy with 
little wind. I ran into Terry Mitchell and Melinda Droege along the way. 
Highlights included: 



Alder Flycatcher-1

Least Flycatcher-1

Northern Parula-4

Yellow Warbler-5

Chestnut-sided Warbler-1

Magnolia Warbler-1

Blackburnian Warbler-1

Yellow-throated Warbler-1

American Redstart-1

Prothonotary Warbler-2

Mourning Warbler-1


Mark Peterson

Bartlesvile
Subject: Re: Thoughts on this bird
From: "Mark A. Trainor" <mtrain53 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 15:26:25 +0000
Thank you, Doug!

Cheers, M>Train

On May 21, 2016, at 9:37 AM, Doug Wood > 
wrote: 


Hi Mark, sorry for delayed response. I was on road yesterday in NE Oklahoma 
doing some county birding after giving an Antarctica bird talk to Indian 
Nations Audubon on Thursday night. I think this is likely a Western Kingbird. 
There are no records as far as I know of for Tropical Kingbird, but they have 
been documented not too far away in Texas. The bill is small and the tail notch 
disappears in different photo on FB that you posted. Sometimes birds' tail 
feathers can look notched from one angle, then they shift/wind blows, and the 
notch "disappears". Can swing both ways on that one, but the back color is 
interesting. Direct light can sometimes cause grayish to appear greenish. I've 
done a few double takes on WEKIs before from that. Might be worth sending to 
Joe Grzybowski at the Oklahoma Bird Records Committee to see what he thinks. 
Doug. 



From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Mark A. Trainor
Sent: Friday, May 20, 2016 2:09 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Thoughts on this bird

Taken this morning in Nida.


https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153504569316960&id=666071959&set=gm.1060233037375216&source=48 


Cheers, M>Train
Subject: Re: Thoughts on this bird
From: Doug Wood <DWood AT SE.EDU>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 14:37:33 +0000
Hi Mark, sorry for delayed response. I was on road yesterday in NE Oklahoma 
doing some county birding after giving an Antarctica bird talk to Indian 
Nations Audubon on Thursday night. I think this is likely a Western Kingbird. 
There are no records as far as I know of for Tropical Kingbird, but they have 
been documented not too far away in Texas. The bill is small and the tail notch 
disappears in different photo on FB that you posted. Sometimes birds’ tail 
feathers can look notched from one angle, then they shift/wind blows, and the 
notch “disappears”. Can swing both ways on that one, but the back color is 
interesting. Direct light can sometimes cause grayish to appear greenish. 
I’ve done a few double takes on WEKIs before from that. Might be worth 
sending to Joe Grzybowski at the Oklahoma Bird Records Committee to see what he 
thinks. Doug. 



From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Mark A. Trainor
Sent: Friday, May 20, 2016 2:09 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Thoughts on this bird

Taken this morning in Nida.


https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153504569316960&id=666071959&set=gm.1060233037375216&source=48 


Cheers, M>Train
Subject: Friday Continued.
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 08:42:18 -0500
Hello All,

Friday afternoon on Turkey Mountain, saw Canada, Chestnut-Sided, Tennessee
and Blackpoll Warblers.

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK
Subject: A bit off topic, but...
From: "Curtis, Tom" <tom.curtis AT OKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 20:52:45 +0000
Has anyone birded the Dublin, Ireland area? I will be going there the last week 
of July, and would appreciate any tips. You can e-mail me off list. 


Thanks,
Tom Curtis
Subject: Thoughts on this bird
From: "Mark A. Trainor" <mtrain53 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 19:09:11 +0000
Taken this morning in Nida.


https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153504569316960&id=666071959&set=gm.1060233037375216&source=48 


Cheers, M>Train
Subject: Pathfinder Parkway
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 10:05:36 -0500
A few highlights: Golden-Winged Warbler 1, Chestnut-Sided Warbler 2,
Magnolia Warbler 1, American Redstart 1, Philadelphia Vireo 1,
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak 1.

Bill Carrell
Tulsa,OK
Subject: Re: Pathfinder Parkway on 5-19-2016
From: Mary Peterson <m_mpeterson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 22:28:21 +0000
 We saw it by the ponds. Lou played the alder tape and it flew into the bushes. 
When he played the willow tape, it came back out. 



________________________________
From: okbirds  on behalf of Josh Engelbert 
 

Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2016 3:11 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Pathfinder Parkway on 5-19-2016

Where did you hear the Willow?

On May 19, 2016, at 2:45 PM, Mary Peterson 
> wrote: 



Hello All,

 Lou and Mary Truex , Kurt and Sharon Meizenzahl and I walked the Pathfinder 
Parkway in Bartlesville this morning from the high school to almost to Silver 
Lake Road and back. It was cool and cloudy with little wind. The migration 
continues. Highlights included: 



Philadelphia Vireo-1

Willow Flycatcher-1

Wood Thrush-1

Northern Parula-4

Yellow Warbler-6

Chestnut-sided Warbler-2

Magnolia Warbler-2

Yellow-throated Warbler-1

American Redstart-3

Prothonotary Warbler-2

Northern Waterthrush-1

Louisiana Waterthrush-1

Mourning Warbler-4

Common Yellowthroat-2

Wilson's Warbler-4


Mark Peterson

Bartlesville
Subject: Interesting stuff on Jenkins.
From: rgunn1 <rgunn1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 16:14:50 -0500
Yesterday Randy Soto convinced me to go down to the sand operation and 
check the shore birds. Picked up White-rumped and Pectoral Sandpipers 
and a Least Tern. Also, Least and Spotted Sandpipers. Evidently just 
missed an adult eagle--it was seen by two other reputable folks. Then 
this morning got a good look at a Bobolink. It was a half a mile least 
on Potts' road over a flooded hay field. FOE for me down there. Heck, I 
was beginning South Jenkins was the only place in Oklahoma that didn't 
have them.

D.
Subject: Pathfinder Parkway on 5-19-2016
From: Mary Peterson <m_mpeterson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 19:45:11 +0000
Hello All,

 Lou and Mary Truex , Kurt and Sharon Meizenzahl and I walked the Pathfinder 
Parkway in Bartlesville this morning from the high school to almost to Silver 
Lake Road and back. It was cool and cloudy with little wind. The migration 
continues. Highlights included: 



Philadelphia Vireo-1

Willow Flycatcher-1

Wood Thrush-1

Northern Parula-4

Yellow Warbler-6

Chestnut-sided Warbler-2

Magnolia Warbler-2

Yellow-throated Warbler-1

American Redstart-3

Prothonotary Warbler-2

Northern Waterthrush-1

Louisiana Waterthrush-1

Mourning Warbler-4

Common Yellowthroat-2

Wilson's Warbler-4


Mark Peterson

Bartlesville
Subject: 56th Street N Sod Farm Tulsa
From: "Humphrey, Todd" <Todd.Humphrey AT JENKSPS.ORG>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 18:52:28 +0000
Bill Carrell – where do you park when you go to this sod farm? Do you view 
from 56th street or do you venture onto the sod farm property??? 


From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Bill Carrell
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:45 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Tuesday Before Work

Hello All,

Got a late start, but still had time to swing by the 56th St N sod farms for a 
few minutes: 


Black Bellied Plover-3 (one in full alternate plumage)
Ruddy Turnstone-1
Stilt Sandpiper-2
Wilson's Phalarope-20
Peeps and Pectorals- many, didn't have time to count.
Black Tern-25
Yellow-Headed Blackbird-20
Hundreds of Cliff Swallows.

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK
Subject: Thursday Morning
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 11:18:31 -0500
Hello All,

This morning at Oxley, lot's of Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, and a brief
look at a Black-Billed Cuckoo at the marsh. Also saw Bank Swallows at
Yahola.

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK
Subject: Bobolinks
From: Matthew Jung <mpjung5125 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 21:48:39 -0500
This afternoon I saw a flock of about 30 Bobolinks fly across Morgan
Road, just north of NW-50th Street.  Eight stopped and posed on the
barbed wire and sang.

Walked Coffer Dam, there were lots of Yellow Warblers singing, saw
only one.  Had 3 Orchard Orioles, a juvenile included, also 2
Baltimore Orioles, a nice flock of Cedar Waxwings and a Great-crested
Flycatcher was awfully vocal.

Matt Jung, OKC
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - May 18
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 21:23:08 -0500
It was mostly overcast, cool, and windy on the bird survey today.  Ford
Hendershot and I found 87 species.  A few migrants were grounded today and
we did especially good with the flycatchers.  The biggest highlight of the
day was finding a couple King Rails, one of which was very tame and allowed
me to get some good pics of him.  Here is our list for today:  

 

Black-bellied Whistling Duck - 21

Wood Duck - 15

Mallard - 4

Blue-winged Teal - 7

Hooded Merganser - 6

Pied-billed Grebe - 7

Neotropic Cormorant - 4

Double-crested Cormorant - 3

Anhinga - 17 (Several sitting on nests.)

Least Bittern - 5 (1 sitting on nest.)

Great-blue Heron - 10

Great Egret - 20

Snowy Egret - 3

Little-blue Heron - 1

Green Heron - 1

Black Vulture - 11

Turkey Vulture - 19

Mississippi Kite - 1

King Rail - 2  

Purple Gallinule - 5

Common Gallinule - 10

American Coot - 14

Killdeer - 4

Spotted Sandpiper - 7

Lesser Yellowlegs - 7

Semipalmated Sandpiper - 13

Dunlin - 1

Least Tern - 2

Black Tern - 1

Rock Pigeon - 2

Eurasian Collared-Dove - 2

Mourning Dove - 12

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 6

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1

Downy Woodpecker - 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee - 1

Acadian Flycatcher - 1

Alder Flycatcher - 4

Willow Flycatcher - 1

Least Flycatcher - 2

Eastern Phoebe - 1

Great-crested Flycatcher - 1

Eastern Kingbird - 29

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 1

White-eyed Vireo - 13

Bell's Vireo - 5

Warbling Vireo - 1

Philadelphia Vireo - 1

Red-eyed Vireo - 3

Blue Jay - 2

American Crow - 4

Fish Crow - 3

Tree Swallow - 13

Bank Swallow - 2

Cliff Swallow - 3

Barn Swallow - 6

Carolina Chickadee - 2

Tufted Titmouse - 1

Carolina Wren - 7

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 3

Eastern Bluebird - 1

Northern Mockingbird - 4

Cedar Waxwing - 41

Nashville Warbler - 1

Yellow Warbler - 6

Chestnut-sided Warbler - 1

Prothonotary Warbler - 5

Mourning Warbler - 1

Common Yellowthroat - 16

Wilson's Warbler - 1

Yellow-breasted Chat - 8

Summer Tanager - 1

Eastern Towhee - 1

Chipping Sparrow - 1

Lincoln's Sparrow - 1

Northern Cardinal - 13

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 1

Blue Grosbeak - 2

Indigo Bunting - 13

Painted Bunting - 10

Dickcissel - 34

Bobolink - 1

Red-winged Blackbird - 19

Eastern Meadowlark - 1

Common Grackle - 21

Brown-headed Cowbird - 13

Orchard Oriole - 4

 

Odonates:

 

Orange Bluet

Eastern Pondhawk

Great-blue Skimmer

Blue Dasher

Black Saddlebags

 

 

 

Good birding!

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR

 

 

 

 
Subject: Re: Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman
From: Foundation Subscriber <drhal2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 22:02:49 -0400
Hi,
 Many went, I would say 30-35 of us. I was there 1:30 to 3:15 and it was a " no 
show". Perhaps other who stayed longer got to se it. His (Roy Neher) photos and 
video are amazing . done right there in his yard under feeders. 

Hal Yocum
---- Patricia Seibert  wrote: 
> Did anyone go to look for and or see the Golden-crowned Sparrow today? 
> 
> Patricia Seibert
> Tulsa
> 
> > On May 17, 2016, at 10:49 AM, Doug Wood  wrote:
> > 
> > Thanks Hal. 
> >  
> >  
> > From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Foundation 
Subscriber 

> > Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 10:44 AM
> > To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> > Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman
> >  
> > The property owner has suggested interested parties come Wed. afternoon 
about 2-3. 

> > I have not seen any report today .
> > Hal Yocum
> > 
> > Sent from my iPhone
> > 
> > On May 17, 2016, at 9:20 AM, Doug Wood  wrote:
> > 
> > Has anyone gone by to see if the Golden-crowned Sparrow is still hanging 
around today? Doug. 

> >  
> >  
> > From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of John Kennington
> > Sent: Monday, May 16, 2016 3:16 PM
> > To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> > Subject: [OKBIRDS] Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman
> >  
> > Roy Neher photographed a Golden-crowned Sparrow in Norman on May 14, 2016. 
He has also obtained video if it. You can view the photo here: 

> >  
> > http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/membersgallery/golden-crowned-sparrow.htm
> >  
> > I do not see any records of this species on the OOS Checklist of Oklahoma 
Birds. 

> >  
> > He is located south of Lake Thunderbird, and the bird is still being seen 
as of today, May 16. I just talked with Roy and he is willing to let birders 
come to his property to look for it, but you have to watch from inside the 
house. You may contact Roy at royneherwildlife AT earthlink.net or 405-329-0183 to 
make arrangements. 

> >  
> > Thanks to Roy for sharing this sighting!!!     
> >  
> > John Kennington
Subject: Pathfinder Parkway on 5-17-2016
From: Mary Peterson <m_mpeterson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 19:17:10 +0000
Hello All,

 I walked the Pathfinder Parkway this morning from the high school to almost to 
Silver Lake Road and back. It was breezy, but it was not raining, unlike 
yesterday. At times I almost forgot that I was not in Wisconsin with the number 
of warblers that were present. Highlights included: 



Northern Parula-4

Yellow Warbler-10

Chestnut-sided Warbler-1

Magnolia Warbler-2

Yellow-throated Warbler-1

Blackpoll Warbler-1

American Redstart-5

Prothonotary Warbler-2

Canada Warbler-1

Ovenbird-2

Louisiana Waterthrush-1

Mourning Warbler-4

Common Yellowthroat-5

Wilson's Warbler-5

Rose-breasted Grosbeak-1


Mark Peterson

Bartlesville
Subject: Adams Ranch on 5-17-2016
From: Mary Peterson <m_mpeterson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 19:08:09 +0000
Hello All,

 I went up to Adams Ranch about 1 mile north of downtown Bartlesville this 
morning before and after I walked the Pathfinder Parkway. The recently planted 
fields were flooded from yesterday's and last night's heavy rains. Highlights 
included: 



Peregrine Falcon-1

Black-bellied Plover-10

American Golden Plover-6

Killdeer-2

Greater Yellowlegs-1

Lesser Yellowlegs-10

Spotted Sandpiper-6

Least Sandpiper-20

White-rumped Sandpiper-20

Stilt Sandpiper-4

Buff-breasted Sandpiper-4

Wilson's Phalarope-10

Bobolink-1


Mark Peterson

Bartlesville
Subject: Re: Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman
From: Doug Wood <DWood AT SE.EDU>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 15:49:05 +0000
Thanks Hal.


From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Foundation Subscriber
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 10:44 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman

The property owner has suggested interested parties come Wed. afternoon about 
2-3. 

I have not seen any report today .
Hal Yocum

Sent from my iPhone

On May 17, 2016, at 9:20 AM, Doug Wood > 
wrote: 

Has anyone gone by to see if the Golden-crowned Sparrow is still hanging around 
today? Doug. 



From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of John Kennington
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2016 3:16 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman

Roy Neher photographed a Golden-crowned Sparrow in Norman on May 14, 2016. He 
has also obtained video if it. You can view the photo here: 


http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/membersgallery/golden-crowned-sparrow.htm

I do not see any records of this species on the OOS Checklist of Oklahoma 
Birds. 


He is located south of Lake Thunderbird, and the bird is still being seen as of 
today, May 16. I just talked with Roy and he is willing to let birders come to 
his property to look for it, but you have to watch from inside the house. You 
may contact Roy at 
royneherwildlife AT earthlink.net or 
405-329-0183 to make arrangements. 


Thanks to Roy for sharing this sighting!!!

John Kennington
Subject: Re: Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman
From: Foundation Subscriber <drhal2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 10:44:12 -0500
The property owner has suggested interested parties come Wed. afternoon about 
2-3. 

I have not seen any report today .
Hal Yocum

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 17, 2016, at 9:20 AM, Doug Wood  wrote:
> 
> Has anyone gone by to see if the Golden-crowned Sparrow is still hanging 
around today? Doug. 

>  
>  
> From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of John Kennington
> Sent: Monday, May 16, 2016 3:16 PM
> To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> Subject: [OKBIRDS] Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman
>  
> Roy Neher photographed a Golden-crowned Sparrow in Norman on May 14, 2016. He 
has also obtained video if it. You can view the photo here: 

>  
> http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/membersgallery/golden-crowned-sparrow.htm
>  
> I do not see any records of this species on the OOS Checklist of Oklahoma 
Birds. 

>  
> He is located south of Lake Thunderbird, and the bird is still being seen as 
of today, May 16. I just talked with Roy and he is willing to let birders come 
to his property to look for it, but you have to watch from inside the house. 
You may contact Roy at royneherwildlife AT earthlink.net or 405-329-0183 to make 
arrangements. 

>  
> Thanks to Roy for sharing this sighting!!!     
>  
> John Kennington
Subject: Tulsa Audubon - "Secret Lives of Scissortails", Eagles Under Threat, Habitat Garden Tour
From: John Kennington <johnkennington AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 10:34:31 -0500
*Monthly Meeting - Tues May 17*
Our May Society Meeting is “The Secret Lives of Scissor-Tails" with Dr.
Michael Husak, Associate Professor of biology at Cameron University. The
meeting is at the Tulsa Garden Center, meet for snacks at 7:00, and the
program begins at 7:30.

Everyone is also 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.)

------------------------------
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*Sat. May 21, 2016   9-5 & Sun. May 22, 2016 Noon-5*

2016 Annual Garden Tour, held rain or shine
Admission Donation $6, Children under 13 Free

*Begin the tour at any garden (with who is featured at that garden):*
5532 S. Peoria Ave.    (Duck Creek Farms, Tulsa Audubon Soociety)
1618 S. Rockford Ave.    (Wild Things Nursery, Oxley Nature Center)
2224 E. 5th Pl.   (Utopia Gardens, Bird Houses by Mark)
2548 E. 18th St.    (Pine Ridge Gardens, WING IT (Wildlife in Need Group in
Tulsa)
2653 S. Toledo Ave.    (Missouri Wildflowers Nursery)

For a Garden Tour Map & Info visit
www.tulsaaudubon.org/wildlifehabitatgardentour.htm

, 

or call 918-521-8894

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Subject: Tuesday Before Work
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 09:44:45 -0500
Hello All,

Got a late start, but still had time to swing by the 56th St N sod farms
for a few minutes:

Black Bellied Plover-3 (one in full alternate plumage)
Ruddy Turnstone-1
Stilt Sandpiper-2
Wilson's Phalarope-20
Peeps and Pectorals- many, didn't have time to count.
Black Tern-25
Yellow-Headed Blackbird-20
Hundreds of Cliff Swallows.

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK
Subject: Re: Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman
From: Doug Wood <DWood AT SE.EDU>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 14:20:09 +0000
Has anyone gone by to see if the Golden-crowned Sparrow is still hanging around 
today? Doug. 



From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of John Kennington
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2016 3:16 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman

Roy Neher photographed a Golden-crowned Sparrow in Norman on May 14, 2016. He 
has also obtained video if it. You can view the photo here: 


http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/membersgallery/golden-crowned-sparrow.htm

I do not see any records of this species on the OOS Checklist of Oklahoma 
Birds. 


He is located south of Lake Thunderbird, and the bird is still being seen as of 
today, May 16. I just talked with Roy and he is willing to let birders come to 
his property to look for it, but you have to watch from inside the house. You 
may contact Roy at 
royneherwildlife AT earthlink.net or 
405-329-0183 to make arrangements. 


Thanks to Roy for sharing this sighting!!!

John Kennington
Subject: Bobolinks near Stinchcomb West
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 07:13:54 -0500
Monday about 2 PM, 31 Bobolinks on the barbed wire fence running north from
50th St between County Line Rd and Morgan Rd. Location is about 100 yards
west of the west entrance to Stinchcomb WR. Go west on 50th from County
Line to where the trees end on the north side. The Bobolinks are in the
weedy wheat field north of the road. I also saw them there Sunday and
earlier Monday but didn't realize there were so many. When I stopped for a
final check on the way home, small groups were slowly leapfrogging
east  through the field until they hit the fence whereupon they collected
on the wires. Almost an equal number of presumably first summer Red-winged
Blackbirds in the flock.

There was a mixed flock of shorebirds in the flooded sand pit just east of
the 63rd St bridge over the Kilpatrick Tpk -- Stilt SP (3), Pectoral SP
(3), White-rumped SP (18), Semipalmated SP (20), Least SP (3), Killdeer (1).

Found three Blackpoll Warblers at the Overholser Cofferdam, a m/f pair in
the clearing north of the gate and one male a little before the halfway
point where the retaining wall overlooks the rollover dam. Males recognized
by black cap from eye to crown contrasting with bright white
cheek/auriculars, two bright white wing bars, and black streaks on sides of
underparts. The female is a duller version with two white wing bars, a
white cheek stripe between gray auriculars and lateral throat stripe, and
bright orange-yellow legs (also on the male).

Bill Diffin, OKC
Subject: Bobolinks near Waurika Lake
From: Bill Adams <ba1980 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 04:24:17 +0000
Had a flock of 10 Bobolinks near Waurika Lake this evening.  They were 1/2 a 
mile North of Hwy 53 on County Rd 2690.  A few pictures can be seen on the 
OKBirds Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/18864377410/ 

Northern Bobwhite  3
Wild Turkey  X
Great Blue Heron  X
Great Egret  X
Snowy Egret  X
Cattle Egret  X
Black Vulture  X
Turkey Vulture  X
Killdeer  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Mourning Dove  X
Great Horned Owl  1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  X
Northern Mockingbird  X
Blue Grosbeak  2     Male and female observed.
Dickcissel  X
Bobolink  10     Black birds with white back and buffy nape.
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Eastern Meadowlark  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X

Bill AdamsDuncan, OK
Subject: Golden-crowned Sparrow photographed in Norman
From: John Kennington <johnkennington AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 15:15:31 -0500
Roy Neher photographed a Golden-crowned Sparrow in Norman on May 14, 2016.
He has also obtained video if it. You can view the photo here:

http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/membersgallery/golden-crowned-sparrow.htm

I do not see any records of this species on the OOS Checklist of Oklahoma
Birds.

He is located south of Lake Thunderbird, and the bird is still being seen
as of today, May 16. I just talked with Roy and he is willing to let
birders come to his property to look for it, but you have to watch from
inside the house. You may contact Roy at royneherwildlife AT earthlink.net or
405-329-0183 to make arrangements.

Thanks to Roy for sharing this sighting!!!

John Kennington
Subject: Sunday Morning Migrants
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 09:24:30 -0500
Hello All,

A little bit of migrant activity (finally), Alder Flycatchers, Tennessee
and Mourning Warblers at Oxley, and two Least Terns at Yahola.

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK
Subject: Good yard birds
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 07:54:02 -0500
Greetings,

I walked out of my front door this morning to the serenade of a Philadelphia 
Vireo. A couple of Clay-colored Sparrows were drying off in the trees and a 
Swainson's Thrush was signing. It might be a good morning to get out and look 
for migrants. 


Cameron Carver
OKC

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: N Yukon Pkwy and Overholser Cofferdam
From: Susan Prescott <Susan-Prescott AT OMRF.ORG>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 18:39:39 +0000
Thanks, Bill.  I wondered about the sign -that's why I asked.  Good news.

Sent from my iPhone

On May 15, 2016, at 10:47 AM, William Diffin 
> wrote: 


The cofferdam is south of the intersection of County Line Rd and Rt 66 (39th 
St) on the north side of L Overholser. Turning south off of Rt 66 onto 
Overholser Dr and bearing right, there is a metal swing gate on the left side. 
Park in front and off to the side of the gate. There is a no trespassing sign 
that does not apply to birders -- several of us have verified this with the OKC 
Water Utilities Trust which has authority over the lake lands. Walking east 
from the gate you will encounter a low spot and then a further stretch of the 
berm (cofferdam) you have been walking on. At the east terminus a parallel pair 
of berms branch to the north toward the old iron bridge. I walked from the gate 
to the bridge and back with a repeat section where I joined up with Zach and 
Nathan on the way out. 


Bill

On Sun, May 15, 2016 at 9:12 AM, Susan Prescott 
> wrote: 

Bill,

Can you tell me where exactly the coffer dam is at Overholser and where you 
were walking? 

thanks
Susan Prescott
________________________________
From: okbirds [OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] on behalf of 
William Diffin [okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM] 

Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2016 11:23 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] N Yukon Pkwy and Overholser Cofferdam

There were Bobolinks this morning at the N Yukon Pkwy playa. The Boblinks were 
in the wheat around the east playa. Every so often they would come out to sit 
on the electric wire on the boundary between the wheat and the mowed area. I 
saw as many as 10 at once, but it's likely they weren't the same 10 all the 
time. Shorebirds at the playa, Hudsonian Godwits (2m, 2f), Lesser Yellowlegs 
(10), White-rumped SP (10), Least SP (3), Killdeer (3). 


Had a good day at the cofferdam, 56 species. Best birds were male and female 
Blackpoll Warblers, an Alder Flycatcher and Bank Swallows. The Bank Swallows, 
also Willets and Black Terns, were courtesy of Nathan Kuhnert and Zach Poland 
who I joined up with on the return leg. Three flocks of Orchard Orioles were 
almost an interference, albeit a welcome one, with finding other birds. 


Bill Diffin, OKC
Subject: Re: N Yukon Pkwy and Overholser Cofferdam
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 10:47:03 -0500
The cofferdam is south of the intersection of County Line Rd and Rt 66
(39th St) on the north side of L Overholser. Turning south off of Rt 66
onto Overholser Dr and bearing right, there is a metal swing gate on the
left side. Park in front and off to the side of the gate. There is a no
trespassing sign that does not apply to birders -- several of us have
verified this with the OKC Water Utilities Trust which has authority over
the lake lands. Walking east from the gate you will encounter a low spot
and then a further stretch of the berm (cofferdam) you have been walking
on. At the east terminus a parallel pair of berms branch to the north
toward the old iron bridge. I walked from the gate to the bridge and back
with a repeat section where I joined up with Zach and Nathan on the way out.

Bill

On Sun, May 15, 2016 at 9:12 AM, Susan Prescott 
wrote:

> Bill,
>
> Can you tell me where exactly the coffer dam is at Overholser and where
> you were walking?
> thanks
> Susan Prescott
> ------------------------------
> *From:* okbirds [OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] on behalf of William Diffin [
> okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM]
> *Sent:* Saturday, May 14, 2016 11:23 PM
> *To:* OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> *Subject:* [OKBIRDS] N Yukon Pkwy and Overholser Cofferdam
>
> There were Bobolinks this morning at the N Yukon Pkwy playa. The Boblinks
> were in the wheat around the east playa. Every so often they would come out
> to sit on the electric wire on the boundary between the wheat and the mowed
> area. I saw as many as 10 at once, but it's likely they weren't the same 10
> all the time. Shorebirds at the playa, Hudsonian Godwits (2m, 2f), Lesser
> Yellowlegs (10), White-rumped SP (10), Least SP (3), Killdeer (3).
>
> Had a good day at the cofferdam, 56 species. Best birds were male and
> female Blackpoll Warblers, an Alder Flycatcher and Bank Swallows. The Bank
> Swallows, also Willets and Black Terns, were courtesy of Nathan Kuhnert and
> Zach Poland who I joined up with on the return leg. Three flocks of Orchard
> Orioles were almost an interference, albeit a welcome one, with finding
> other birds.
>
> Bill Diffin, OKC
>
Subject: New Photos added to PBase Website
From: Jim Arterburn <jimarterburn AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 09:52:28 -0500
OKBirds,

 

I have finally gotten around to adding some new photos to my PBase site. For
those interested some of the species added include Peregrine Falcon, Blue
Grosbeak, Bobolink, Dickcissel, Eastern and western Kingbird, Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher, Fish Crow, Franklin's Gull, and a Glossy Ibis x White-faced Ibis
hybrid among others. See the link below.

 

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

 

Enjoy,

 

Jim Arterburn

 

Jim Arterburn

Tulsa, Oklahoma

www.PBase.com/oklahomabirder

 
Subject: Re: N Yukon Pkwy and Overholser Cofferdam
From: Susan Prescott <Susan-Prescott AT OMRF.ORG>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 14:12:27 +0000
Bill,

Can you tell me where exactly the coffer dam is at Overholser and where you 
were walking? 

thanks
Susan Prescott
________________________________
From: okbirds [OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] on behalf of William Diffin 
[okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM] 

Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2016 11:23 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] N Yukon Pkwy and Overholser Cofferdam

There were Bobolinks this morning at the N Yukon Pkwy playa. The Boblinks were 
in the wheat around the east playa. Every so often they would come out to sit 
on the electric wire on the boundary between the wheat and the mowed area. I 
saw as many as 10 at once, but it's likely they weren't the same 10 all the 
time. Shorebirds at the playa, Hudsonian Godwits (2m, 2f), Lesser Yellowlegs 
(10), White-rumped SP (10), Least SP (3), Killdeer (3). 


Had a good day at the cofferdam, 56 species. Best birds were male and female 
Blackpoll Warblers, an Alder Flycatcher and Bank Swallows. The Bank Swallows, 
also Willets and Black Terns, were courtesy of Nathan Kuhnert and Zach Poland 
who I joined up with on the return leg. Three flocks of Orchard Orioles were 
almost an interference, albeit a welcome one, with finding other birds. 


Bill Diffin, OKC
Subject: Re: Saturday Morning
From: Foundation Subscriber <drhal2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 09:48:14 -0400
I have seen 1 little blue heron in a community pond in Edmond last week. Hal 
Yocum 

---- Bill Carrell  wrote: 
> Hello All,
> 
> Passerine migration is still mostly undetectable, but did see something
> that's been rare recently in Tulsa county: a Little Blue Heron at Oxley.
> Also saw 56 (counted 'em) Buff-Breasted Sandpipers near 151st and S Garnett.
> 
> Good Birding,
> 
> Bill Carrell
> Tulsa, OK
Subject: Copan Lake, Tallgrass WMA -Nelson's Sparrow!
From: Josh Engelbert <birdingokie AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 08:36:01 -0500
Yesterday afternoon, Melinda Droege and I were hiking around the Tallgrass WMA 
which is on the northwest side of Copan Lake. Along the west side of the large 
pond, we found a beautiful Nelson's Sparrow (a lifer for us both). It was 
unlike most rare birds because it stayed still at close range and allowed 
several photographs. So watch your marsh areas. Maybe it's not the only one 
coming through. 


We also found 17 Hudsonian and 3 Marbled Godwits, several Dunlin, 2 Black 
Bellied Plovers, as well as most of the usual shorebirds. 



Josh Engelbert
Copan, OK
Subject: N Yukon Pkwy and Overholser Cofferdam
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 23:23:09 -0500
There were Bobolinks this morning at the N Yukon Pkwy playa. The Boblinks
were in the wheat around the east playa. Every so often they would come out
to sit on the electric wire on the boundary between the wheat and the mowed
area. I saw as many as 10 at once, but it's likely they weren't the same 10
all the time. Shorebirds at the playa, Hudsonian Godwits (2m, 2f), Lesser
Yellowlegs (10), White-rumped SP (10), Least SP (3), Killdeer (3).

Had a good day at the cofferdam, 56 species. Best birds were male and
female Blackpoll Warblers, an Alder Flycatcher and Bank Swallows. The Bank
Swallows, also Willets and Black Terns, were courtesy of Nathan Kuhnert and
Zach Poland who I joined up with on the return leg. Three flocks of Orchard
Orioles were almost an interference, albeit a welcome one, with finding
other birds.

Bill Diffin, OKC
Subject: Saturday Morning
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 22:24:56 -0500
Hello All,

Passerine migration is still mostly undetectable, but did see something
that's been rare recently in Tulsa county: a Little Blue Heron at Oxley.
Also saw 56 (counted 'em) Buff-Breasted Sandpipers near 151st and S Garnett.

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK
Subject: Southeast Oklahoma - McCurtain and Le Flore Counties
From: Scott Loss <scottrloss AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 12:16:40 -0500
Sara and I visited SE Oklahoma over the last couple of days for a
combination of research and exploring. Very little migration was detectable
throughout the trip, but we did get a great taste of the region's breeding
birds.

On Thursday, we spent the day in the McCurtain County Wilderness Area and
saw most of the regular breeders, including Red-cockaded Woodpeckers (we
were accompanied to the cavity clusters), Brown-headed Nuthatches, Scarlet
Tanager, etc. We also flushed a male Bobolink from the side of the road in
an agricultural area on the road to the WMA headquarters.

On Friday, we explored a remote high elevation logging road in the Ouachita
NF in hopes of finding Cerulean Warblers. Specifically, we hiked >2 miles
up FR 6025 from the intersection of FR 295, which is near the Beech Creek
Scenic Area trailhead. Although this area appears to have traditionally had
Ceruleans, we did not find any. However, we didn't get up to the
appropriate habitat until 10 AM, so we may have just missed them or they
could have been further west along the road.

The diversity/number of other breeding warblers in this area was really
good, especially after experiencing a pretty quiet migration warbler-wise
in central Oklahoma. In a 2-mile stretch of road, we saw/heard 10 breeding
species (plus migrant Wilson's Warbler), with highlights including
Black-throated Green Warbler (1.5 miles up 6025), Worm-eating Warbler (at
the intersection of 295/6025), and high numbers of some of the common
breeders (e.g., at least 10 Ovenbirds and 8-10 Hooded Warblers in the 2 mi
stretch).
Scott Loss
Stillwater
Subject: A Resource for improving your yard for Birds and Butterflies
From: Jerry Davis <jwdavis AT CABLELYNX.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 10:49:47 -0500
Type in your zip code for relevant information and sources for your yard.

Jerry W. Davis
Hot Springs, AR


http://content.yardmap.org/explore/local-resources/?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=9338018069-Cornell_Lab_eNews_2016_05_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-9338018069-277846765 

Subject: Hackberry Flat yesterday
From: Matthew Jung <mpjung5125 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 22:03:40 -0500
Birded Hackberry Flat and there was lots of water; even the reservoir
is lip-full!  On the way in from Hollister side, Lonnie and I saw and
photographed Bobolinks.  The birds were on the north side of the
county road leading into the area, frequenting the oats growing
road-side.  The area is to the east of Hackberry proper about 1/2
mile.

Here is what we found:

1.	Canada Goose
2.	Mallard
3.	Northern Pintail – just 1
4.	Gadwall
5.	Northern Shoveler
6.	Blue-winged Teal
7. American Avocet – one bird mimicking injury. behavior I’ve not seen 
before 

8.	Black-necked Stilt
9.	White-faced Ibis
10.	Great Blue Heron
11.	Little Blue Heron – FOS for me
12.	Snowy Egret
13.	Cattle Egret
14.	Eared Grebe
15.	Pied-billed Grebe
16.	American Coot
17.	Least Sandpiper
18.	Pectoral Sandpiper
19.	Greater Yellowlegs
20.	Spotted Sandpiper
21.	Solitary Sandpiper
22.	Long-billed Dowitcher – lots!
23.	Wilson’s Phalaropes – lots!
24.	Snowy Plover
25.	American Golden Plover
26.	Killdeer – some mimicking injury
27.	Mourning Dove
28.	Barn Owl – 3
29.	Great Horned Owl – 1
30.	Red-tailed Hawk – 1
31.	Swainson’s Hawk – 3
32.	Turkey Vulture
33.	American Crow
34.	Common Nighthawk
35.	Barn Swallow
36.	Cliff Swallow
37.	Northern Bobwhite
38.	Grasshopper Sparrow
39.	Lark Sparrow
40.	Horned Lark
41.	Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
42.	Dickcissel
43.	Eastern Meadowlark
44.	Western Meadowlark
45.	Bobolink – saw 3 birds
46.	Great-tailed Grackle
47.	Common Grackle
48.	Brown-headed Cowbird
49.	Red-winged Blackbird
50.	Yellow-headed Blackbird – 1 female

Matt Jung, OKC
Subject: OCAS meeting Monday
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 16:12:50 -0500
This coming Monday night, May 16, Dr. Craig Davis will present on: "The
Plight of the Platte: Cranes, Water and People." The presentation focuses
on historical changes within the Platte River drainage, the impacts on
cranes and other wildlife and how wildlife managers are taking steps to try
and conserve the ecosystem. Dr. Davis holds the Bollenback Chair in
Wildlife at OSU. Before that he was the avian ecologist for the Platte
River Whooping Crane Trust in central Nebraska. He has earned degrees in
wildlife biology and management from Ohio State, Iowa State and Texas Tech.
All interested parties are encouraged to attend his presentation. The
meeting will be from 7 to 9 PM in the Will Rogers Park Garden Exhibition
Center at NW 36th St and I-44. For more on the presentation go to
www.okc-audubon.org.

Bill Diffin
OKC Audubon President
Subject: Black Terns
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 09:17:38 -0500
....15, at Lake Yahola this morning.

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK
Subject: Hackberry Flat
From: Kurt Meisenzahl <meisenzk AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 04:38:15 +0000
 Visited Hackberry Flat today and ran into Matt Jung.  He reported Bobolinks 
on the way in near the Northeast corner of the Redhead Unit.  I was 
fortunate to find 2Bobolinks in that area.  Several years ago I saw my first 
Bobolink for Hackberry Flatin the same area.  Caught up with Kelvin Schoonover 
on the north side of the reservoir.  We watched 8 to 10 Black Terns and Kelvin 
pointed out a hybrid Cinnamon/Blue-winged Teal.   Birds seen today include: 

Pied-billed Grebes, Eared Grebes, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Cattle 
EgretsBlack-crowned Night Herons, White-faced Ibis 

Canada Geese, Wigeons, Gadwalls, Mallards, Northern Pintails, Blue-winged 
Teal,Shovelers, Cinnamon/Blue-winged Teal, Ruddy Ducks 

Turkey Vulture, Swainson's Hawks, Red-tailed Hawk, Kestrel
Coots, Black-necked Stilts, Avocets, Killdeer, Long-billed Dowitchers, 2 
HudsonianGodwits, 1 Marbled Godwit, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 
Sanderling,Least Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpipers, Wilson's 
Phalaropes 

Black Terns, Mourning Doves, Common Nighthawks, Western Kingbirds, 
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Horned Larks, Cliff Swallows, Barn Swallows, 

Lark Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows, Dickcissels
2 Bobolinks, Red-winged Blackbirds, Meadowlarks, Yellow-headed 
Blackbirds,Great-tailed Grackles, 

Kurt MeisenzahlLawton, OK



Subject: Fulvous Whistling Ducks at Red Slough
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 22:54:56 -0500
Two fulvous Whistling Ducks were on the Pintail Lake levee at Red Slough
WMA, McCurtain County, today with a flock of 20 Black-bellied Whistling
Ducks.

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR
Subject: Re: Hackberry Flat 5/10/2016 Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
From: Foundation Subscriber <drhal2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 21:33:58 -0400
On my way back from SE AZ at the end of April,I passed through Socorro, NM and 
visited Bosque del Apache. I have been there many times over the years at 
various times of the year. This time April 30 I saw the largest amount of ibis 
that I have ever seen there, perhaps 200--300, as they were on many ponds and 
mud flat areas, that occur as a result of the planned pond drainage. To my 
surprise there were Glossy and White faced ibis mixed. My estimate of the mix 
was 20% glossy, 80% white faced. 

Hal Yocum


---- Bill Carrell  wrote: 
> Ran into Lou and Mary Tuesday afternoon, they allowed me to tag along on
> that portion of their survey. Did see one Glossy Ibis that they missed,
> unfortunately couldn't relocate the Whistling Ducks.
> 
> Bill Carrell
> Tulsa, OK
> 
> On Tue, May 10, 2016 at 7:24 PM, ML2x  wrote:
> 
> > Hello Everyone,
> > Mary and I did a Hackberry Flat survey today.  We had 23 shorebird species
> > for the day adding the Whimbrel and Short-billed Dowitcher as new ones for
> > the year.  We also had 2 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and 4 Fulvous
> > Whistling Ducks flying over the Big Unit.  Nice to see them back again this
> > year after a successful breeding run last summer.  The shorebird volume was
> > down as were species numbers......still can’t find a Dunlin....
> >
> > Goodest Birding,
> >
> > Mary and Lou Truex
> > Lawton
> > ML2x AT sbcglobal.net
> >
> > Tillman - Hackberry Flat Survey, Tillman, Oklahoma, US
> > May 10, 2016 8:15 AM - 3:30 PM
> > Protocol: Traveling
> > 20.0 mile(s)
> > 71 species (+4 other taxa)
> >
> > Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  2     Orange-red bill, gray face, large
> > white wing lateral stripe.  Wing black on underside.
> > Fulvous Whistling-Duck  4     White ring around tail, tawny coloration, no
> > white on wings in flight.  Legs dangled on landing.
> > Gadwall  31
> > American Wigeon  11
> > Mallard  28
> > Blue-winged Teal  148
> > Cinnamon Teal  4
> > Northern Shoveler  120
> > Northern Pintail  38
> > Redhead  12
> > Ruddy Duck  42
> > Northern Bobwhite  6
> > Eared Grebe  52
> > Double-crested Cormorant  6
> > American Bittern  2
> > Great Egret  8
> > Snowy Egret  6
> > Little Blue Heron  2
> > Cattle Egret  1
> > Black-crowned Night-Heron  14
> > White-faced Ibis  450
> > Glossy/White-faced Ibis  1
> > Swainson's Hawk  2
> > American Coot  700     Undercounted
> > Black-necked Stilt  89     6 sitting nests
> > American Avocet  126     6 sitting nests
> > Black-bellied Plover  2
> > American Golden-Plover  48
> > Snowy Plover  12
> > Semipalmated Plover  3
> > Killdeer  52
> > Spotted Sandpiper  8
> > Solitary Sandpiper  3
> > Greater Yellowlegs  17
> > Lesser Yellowlegs  6
> > Hudsonian Godwit  23
> > Stilt Sandpiper  388
> > Baird's Sandpiper  7
> > Least Sandpiper  36
> > White-rumped Sandpiper  540
> > Pectoral Sandpiper  26
> > Semipalmated Sandpiper  52
> > Western Sandpiper  1
> > Semipalmated/Western Sandpiper  3
> > peep sp.  250
> > Short-billed Dowitcher  5     4 birds with clean, orange necks with no
> > barring or gray.  Orange breasted with only limited dotting.  Heard the 5th
> > bird call as it flew.
> > Long-billed Dowitcher  244
> > Wilson's Phalarope  975
> > Mourning Dove  16
> > Greater Roadrunner  1
> > Common Nighthawk  9
> > Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
> > American Kestrel  1
> > Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  6
> > Loggerhead Shrike  2
> > Horned Lark  3
> > Barn Swallow  18
> > Northern Mockingbird  1
> > Yellow Warbler  2
> > Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
> > Grasshopper Sparrow  1
> > Lark Sparrow  22
> > White-crowned Sparrow  6
> > Vesper Sparrow  1
> > Savannah Sparrow  4
> > Dickcissel  200
> > Red-winged Blackbird  125
> > Western Meadowlark  3
> > Eastern Meadowlark  4
> > Western/Eastern Meadowlark  21
> > Yellow-headed Blackbird  450     2 flocks containing females and 1st year
> > males.  5% of the group were adult males with the full yellow heads and
> > white wing patches.  Counted by blocking groups of 25 as they fed on the
> > ground.
> > Brown-headed Cowbird  12
> > Orchard Oriole  3
> > Bullock's Oriole  1
> > House Sparrow  2
> >
Subject: Re: Hackberry Flat 5/10/2016 Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 19:15:41 -0500
Ran into Lou and Mary Tuesday afternoon, they allowed me to tag along on
that portion of their survey. Did see one Glossy Ibis that they missed,
unfortunately couldn't relocate the Whistling Ducks.

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK

On Tue, May 10, 2016 at 7:24 PM, ML2x  wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
> Mary and I did a Hackberry Flat survey today.  We had 23 shorebird species
> for the day adding the Whimbrel and Short-billed Dowitcher as new ones for
> the year.  We also had 2 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and 4 Fulvous
> Whistling Ducks flying over the Big Unit.  Nice to see them back again this
> year after a successful breeding run last summer.  The shorebird volume was
> down as were species numbers......still can’t find a Dunlin....
>
> Goodest Birding,
>
> Mary and Lou Truex
> Lawton
> ML2x AT sbcglobal.net
>
> Tillman - Hackberry Flat Survey, Tillman, Oklahoma, US
> May 10, 2016 8:15 AM - 3:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 20.0 mile(s)
> 71 species (+4 other taxa)
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  2     Orange-red bill, gray face, large
> white wing lateral stripe.  Wing black on underside.
> Fulvous Whistling-Duck  4     White ring around tail, tawny coloration, no
> white on wings in flight.  Legs dangled on landing.
> Gadwall  31
> American Wigeon  11
> Mallard  28
> Blue-winged Teal  148
> Cinnamon Teal  4
> Northern Shoveler  120
> Northern Pintail  38
> Redhead  12
> Ruddy Duck  42
> Northern Bobwhite  6
> Eared Grebe  52
> Double-crested Cormorant  6
> American Bittern  2
> Great Egret  8
> Snowy Egret  6
> Little Blue Heron  2
> Cattle Egret  1
> Black-crowned Night-Heron  14
> White-faced Ibis  450
> Glossy/White-faced Ibis  1
> Swainson's Hawk  2
> American Coot  700     Undercounted
> Black-necked Stilt  89     6 sitting nests
> American Avocet  126     6 sitting nests
> Black-bellied Plover  2
> American Golden-Plover  48
> Snowy Plover  12
> Semipalmated Plover  3
> Killdeer  52
> Spotted Sandpiper  8
> Solitary Sandpiper  3
> Greater Yellowlegs  17
> Lesser Yellowlegs  6
> Hudsonian Godwit  23
> Stilt Sandpiper  388
> Baird's Sandpiper  7
> Least Sandpiper  36
> White-rumped Sandpiper  540
> Pectoral Sandpiper  26
> Semipalmated Sandpiper  52
> Western Sandpiper  1
> Semipalmated/Western Sandpiper  3
> peep sp.  250
> Short-billed Dowitcher  5     4 birds with clean, orange necks with no
> barring or gray.  Orange breasted with only limited dotting.  Heard the 5th
> bird call as it flew.
> Long-billed Dowitcher  244
> Wilson's Phalarope  975
> Mourning Dove  16
> Greater Roadrunner  1
> Common Nighthawk  9
> Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
> American Kestrel  1
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  6
> Loggerhead Shrike  2
> Horned Lark  3
> Barn Swallow  18
> Northern Mockingbird  1
> Yellow Warbler  2
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
> Grasshopper Sparrow  1
> Lark Sparrow  22
> White-crowned Sparrow  6
> Vesper Sparrow  1
> Savannah Sparrow  4
> Dickcissel  200
> Red-winged Blackbird  125
> Western Meadowlark  3
> Eastern Meadowlark  4
> Western/Eastern Meadowlark  21
> Yellow-headed Blackbird  450     2 flocks containing females and 1st year
> males.  5% of the group were adult males with the full yellow heads and
> white wing patches.  Counted by blocking groups of 25 as they fed on the
> ground.
> Brown-headed Cowbird  12
> Orchard Oriole  3
> Bullock's Oriole  1
> House Sparrow  2
>
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - May 11
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 21:53:09 -0500
It was partly cloudy, very warm, and a bit windy on the bird survey today.
79 species were found.  The clearing off of the weather after 3 days of
overcast and rainy conditions put the migrants on the move and so there were
very few found today.  Here is my list for today:

 

Black-bellied Whistling Duck - 14

Canada Goose - 2

Wood Duck - 13

Blue-winged Teal - 10

Hooded Merganser - 2

Pied-billed Grebe - 7

Neotropic Cormorant - 3

Double-crested Cormorant - 2

Anhinga - 27 (Several sitting on nests.)

Least Bittern - 9 (1 sitting on nest.)

Great-blue Heron - 12

Great Egret - 16

Snowy Egret - 1

Little-blue Heron - 1

Cattle Egret - 17

Green Heron - 5

White Ibis - 90

Black Vulture - 3

Turkey Vulture - 8

Mississippi Kite - 8

King Rail - 1  

Purple Gallinule - 10

Common Gallinule - 17

American Coot - 38

Wilson's Phalarope - 3

Mourning Dove - 22

Eurasian Collared-Dove - 1

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 9

Chimney Swift - 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 4

Downy Woodpecker - 1

Hairy Woodpecker - 2

Pileated Woodpecker - 4

Alder Flycatcher - 1

Least Flycatcher - 1

Great-crested Flycatcher - 2

Eastern Kingbird - 29

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 6

White-eyed Vireo - 9

Bell's Vireo - 2

Yellow-throated Vireo - 1

Red-eyed Vireo - 1

American Crow - 5

Fish Crow - 2

Purple Martin - 4

Tree Swallow - 28

Bank Swallow - 1

Barn Swallow - 8

Carolina Chickadee - 6

Tufted Titmouse - 5

Carolina Wren - 13

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 7

Eastern Bluebird - 2

Gray Catbird - 2

Northern Mockingbird - 4

Cedar Waxwing - 25

Yellow Warbler - 6

Yellow-throated Warbler - 1

Pine Warbler - 3

Prairie Warbler - 1

Black-and-White Warbler - 1

Prothonotary Warbler - 6

Kentucky Warbler - 2

Common Yellowthroat - 16

Yellow-breasted Chat - 16

Summer Tanager - 4

Eastern Towhee - 2

Field Sparrow - 1

Lincoln's Sparrow - 1

Northern Cardinal - 27

Blue Grosbeak - 2

Indigo Bunting - 23

Painted Bunting - 6

Dickcissel - 18

Red-winged Blackbird - 30

Eastern Meadowlark - 1

Common Grackle - 28

Brown-headed Cowbird - 9

Orchard Oriole - 5

 

Odonates:

 

Fragile Forktail

Lilypad Forktail

Blue-fronted Dancer

Common Green Darner

Stillwater Clubtail

Eastern Pondhawk

Common Whitetail

Eastern Amberwing

Blue Dasher

Spot-winged Glider

Red Saddlebags

Black Saddlebags

 

 

Herps:

 

American Alligator

Red-eared Slider

Broad-headed Skink

Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad

Green Treefrog

Blanchard's Cricket Frog

Southern Leopard Frog

Bronze Frog

Bullfrog

 

 

Good birding!

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR