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Philadelphia Vireo,©Julie Zickefoose

29 Jul Tulsa Screening of "A Birder's Guide to Everything" [John Kennington ]
29 Jul Call for submissions to The Scissortail ["M.S. Harris" ]
27 Jul FW: eBird Report - Pottawatomie County, OK, US, Jul 27, 2014 [Jimmy Woodard ]
27 Jul Re: Fwd: Quivira Ruff confirmed 27 July 2014 [Larry Mays ]
27 Jul Black terns at Prairie Dog Point? [Henthorn1 ]
27 Jul Fwd: Quivira Ruff confirmed 27 July 2014 [Chad Ellis ]
27 Jul Re: A couple of FOS bobbers [Lindell Dillon ]
27 Jul Re: A couple of FOS bobbers [rgunn1 ]
27 Jul Re: A couple of FOS bobbers [Kimberly Wiar ]
26 Jul Re: A couple of FOS bobbers [Foundation Subscriber ]
26 Jul Osprey [Diane Trisdale ]
26 Jul Wood Storks [Chad Ellis ]
26 Jul A couple of FOS bobbers [rgunn1 ]
26 Jul Re: Greater Roadrunner/An eagle not forgotten [Jan Dolph ]
26 Jul Re: Greater Roadrunner ["David F. Evans" ]
24 Jul Re: McAlester Birding information request [john bates ]
24 Jul Re: McAlester Birding information request [john bates ]
24 Jul Re: Recent Oklahoma Birding at Arcadia Lake [john bates ]
23 Jul Re: Recent Oklahoma Birding at Arcadia Lake [Foundation Subscriber ]
23 Jul Re: Recent Oklahoma Birding at Arcadia Lake [David McNeely ]
23 Jul McAlester Birding information request [John Kennington ]
23 Jul Recent Oklahoma Birding at Arcadia Lake [Nick Worth ]
23 Jul Off Topic -Pictures added to web site [Ken or Carol Williams ]
23 Jul Around my 'patch' [Matthew Jung ]
23 Jul Re: Greater Roadrunner [Jan Dolph ]
23 Jul Re: Greater Roadrunner [David McNeely ]
23 Jul Re: Greater Roadrunner [Jan Dolph ]
23 Jul Re: Greater Roadrunner [Amy Buthod ]
22 Jul Re: Greater Roadrunner [Jan Dolph ]
22 Jul Re: Greater Roadrunner [Foundation Subscriber ]
22 Jul Red Slough Bird Survey - July 22 [David Arbour ]
22 Jul Greater Roadrunner [Jan Dolph ]
21 Jul Red Slough today [David Arbour ]
21 Jul Lake Overholser and Eldon Lyon Park this morning [Matthew Jung ]
20 Jul Re: FW: eBird Report - Sludge Lagoon, Jul 15, 2014 [David Arbour ]
20 Jul Chickasha Hummingbird Nest Pictures [Bill Adams ]
20 Jul Eldon Lyona Park Yellow-crowned Night-Heron [Matthew Jung ]
20 Jul Hackberry Flat [Matthew Jung ]
20 Jul Bunting Hunting continues through today! [Timothy O'Connell ]
20 Jul Result of nest watch ["Bostian, Kelly" ]
19 Jul FW: eBird Report - Seminole, Jul 19, 2014 [Jimmy Woodard ]
19 Jul FW: eBird Report - Leslie Moses Park , Jul 19, 2014 [Jimmy Woodard ]
19 Jul Re: Help with Tern ID possible Caspian Tern, Lake Hefner [henthorn1 ]
18 Jul Re: Help with Tern ID possible Caspian Tern, Lake Hefner [Diane Pedicord ]
17 Jul Red Slough today [David Arbour ]
17 Jul Lake Overholser Waders [Matthew Jung ]
17 Jul Re: Mississippi Kites [gloria ketcher ]
16 Jul FW: Great-blue heron video from WA [Doug McGee ]
16 Jul Re: Bunting Hunting - a new citizen science opportunity [Cheryl Kilpatrick ]
16 Jul FW: eBird Report - Sludge Lagoon, Jul 15, 2014 [henthorn1 ]
15 Jul Red Slough Bird Survey - July 15 [David Arbour ]
15 Jul Bunting Hunting - a new citizen science opportunity [Timothy O'Connell ]
15 Jul Re: Mississippi Kites [Patricia Seibert ]
15 Jul Bunting Hunting! A new citizen science venture begins [Timothy O'Connell ]
15 Jul Re: Mississippi Kites [Sandy Berger ]
15 Jul Mississippi Kites [Evelyn Houck ]
14 Jul Re: New Red Slough Photos - Wood Storks, etc. [Dala Grissom ]
13 Jul New Red Slough Photos - Wood Storks, etc. [David Arbour ]
13 Jul Chickasha Hummingbirds Pictures 07-12-14 [Bill Adams ]
13 Jul FW: eBird Report - MWC house, Jul 13, 2014 [Jimmy Woodard ]
13 Jul Photo op!! OKC [henthorn1 ]
12 Jul Caspian Terns - Boomer Lake, Stillwater [Scott Loss ]
10 Jul Re: kids shooting birds [David McNeely ]
10 Jul Red Slough Update [David Arbour ]
10 Jul Re: kids shooting birds [Linda Adams ]
10 Jul Re: kids shooting birds [James Jorgensen ]
10 Jul Re: kids shooting birds [Kristi Hendricks ]
10 Jul Canvasbacks in OKC [Henthorn1 ]
10 Jul Re: kids shooting birds [Lee Hoy ]
10 Jul Re: kids shooting birds [David McNeely ]
10 Jul Re: kids shooting birds [Steve Schafer ]
10 Jul Re: kids shooting birds [Sandy Berger ]
10 Jul Re: kids shooting birds [Sandy Berger ]
10 Jul Re: kids shooting birds [David McNeely ]
10 Jul Re: kids shooting birds [Doug McGee ]
9 Jul Re: kids shooting birds [Janet Curth ]

Subject: Tulsa Screening of "A Birder's Guide to Everything"
From: John Kennington <johnkennington AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:05:37 -0500
*Tickets Now On Sale for "A Birder's Guide to Everything"*

On Tuesday, Aug. 26 Tulsa Audubon is hosting an exclusive Tulsa screening
of the movie "A Birder's Guide to Everything" at the AMC Southroads 20
Theater (near 41st & Yale) at 7:30 p.m. You can learn more about the movie,
starring Ben Kingsley (Kenn Kaufman was the birding consultant for the
movie), view the trailer, and purchase your tickets, at:

http://www.tugg.com/go/zo9ohu

This will be a fund-raiser for TAS, and the way it works is you order your
tickets on-line in advance, but your card will not be charged immediately.
There is a minimum number of tickets we need to sell (64 in our case, and
we are already more than half way there!), and once that is met the movie
is confirmed and you are charged. Other Audubon groups, nature centers,
etc.  around the country have also been presenting this film over the last
few months, and many have had sold out theaters!

If you are able to go please be sure to reserve your tickets ASAP, so we
can get the showing confirmed.

Here are some reviews:

"This amiable teen laffer, remarkably free of snark, could score with
general auds. … The camera circles as kids excitedly aim their binoculars
at the warbling, hopping, perched and flying beauties around them, the
young birders’ faces alight with shared discovery" - VARIETY

 


"A charming and surprisingly moving coming-of-age tale, A Birder’s Guide To
Everything gives the noble art of birding its due." - NPR

 


"At the heart of the film is a sweetness and naiveté about life, love, and
loss. Simply put, this film’s got a little something for everyone, birder
or not. Who knew the hunt for an extinct bird could be so satisfying?" -
AUDUBON MAGAZINE


"A Birder’s Guide to Everything offers many poignant insights on the
therapeutic value of community.  The script is very funny and thankfully
treats its somber moments with a light touch.  Moreover, the nature
photography is always stunning and lends a Thoreauvian spirituality to the
proceedings." - Sound on Sight

 


"A Birder’s Guide to Everything is refreshingly unencumbered by cynicism" -
Huffington Post

 


"This refreshing, funny film has a gigantic heart, which makes it easy to
love and respect." - Next Magazine

 
Subject: Call for submissions to The Scissortail
From: "M.S. Harris" <mbhsuzy AT CABLEONE.NET>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:25:33 -0500
Hello All,

 

This is a call for submissions to the Oklahoma Ornithological Society's
quarterly newsletter, The Scissortail.  Submissions should be pertaining to
birds and/or birding in Oklahoma.  I typically have space for 1 to 2
articles that would take up one letter-sized page when single spaced and
using a 10 or 11 size font, but shorter articles are welcome.

 

I know a lot of you out there have seen interesting birds or bird behavior,
have been to interesting birding sites in Oklahoma, or have had an
especially good experience on one of your many outings.  Please consider
taking a few minutes to put your experiences and sightings into words and
send them to me for consideration (I haven't turned anything down yet).

 

Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2014, for the Fall Issue which will
go out in September.  You need not be a member of OOS to contribute, and if
you're not a member I will see that you get a copy of the newsletter if I
use your submission.  I prefer Word documents, but can work with text
documents as well.  Photos are also welcome and should be in a PDF format.

 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

Thank you,

 

Suzy Harris, Editor

The Scissortail, newsletter of OOS

mbhsuzy AT cableone.net
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Pottawatomie County, OK, US, Jul 27, 2014
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:53:34 -0500
 I spent a few hours this morning birding around in Pott County. I forgot to 
note in ebird I also saw a Great Blue 

 Heron eating what looked like a gopher/mole in a field just west of Tecumseh 
Lake. it spent most of the time with 

 it's head down so I didn't get a great look at the prey. It was definitely 
either a gopher or perhaps a large rat. 


	Jimmy Woodard
	Midwest City, OK

Pottawatomie County, OK, US, Pottawatomie, US-OK Jul 27, 2014 6:45 AM - 11:15 
AM 

Protocol: Traveling
52.0 mile(s)
Comments: most of these sightings were at Wes Watkins Lake. other locations 
were Twin Lakes and Lake Tecumseh. 

62 species

Canada Goose  15
Wood Duck  6     four at Twin Lakes and two at Tecumseh.
Northern Bobwhite  12     8 at Wes Watkins and two each in other locations.
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  7
Little Blue Heron  1
Cattle Egret  3
Turkey Vulture  20
Mississippi Kite  8
Red-shouldered Hawk  4
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Killdeer  5
Spotted Sandpiper  2     Wes Watkins.
Least Tern  2     at Wes Watkins.
Eurasian Collared-Dove  10
Mourning Dove  15
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Greater Roadrunner  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Red-headed Woodpecker  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1     Wes Watkins in the campground.
Least Flycatcher  3     seen and heard.
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  6
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  12
White-eyed Vireo  9
Bell's Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  16
Purple Martin 80 a large group at Wes Watkins and other groups at Twin Lakes 
and Tecumseh. 

Barn Swallow  50
Cliff Swallow 60 most at the north end of Twin Lakes and west end of Wes 
Watkins. 

Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  4
Bewick's Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Eastern Bluebird  20
American Robin  10
Northern Mockingbird  14
European Starling  35
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Field Sparrow  15
Lark Sparrow  14
Summer Tanager  8
Northern Cardinal  30
Blue Grosbeak  4
Indigo Bunting  16
Painted Bunting  14
Dickcissel  30
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Eastern Meadowlark  10
Great-tailed Grackle  20
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  40

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19237401 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Re: Fwd: Quivira Ruff confirmed 27 July 2014
From: Larry Mays <larrymays1949 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:40:43 -0500
I wonder if Jimmy Woodard is headed up there.


On Sun, Jul 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM, Chad Ellis  wrote:

> Just a heads up about a good bird to the north.
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> *From: *Barry Jones 
> *Subject: **Quivira Ruff confirmed 27 July 2014*
> *Date: *July 27, 2014 at 8:39:04 AM CDT
> *To: *KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
> *Reply-To: *Barry Jones 
>
> Ruff on Marsh Rd/NE 170th flats just now 8:15 am.  Will try to get photos.
>  Whimbrel also
> same area.
>
> Barry Jones
> Quivira NWR
>
> For KSBIRD-L archives or to change your subscription options, go to
> http://listserv.ksu.edu/archives/ksbird-l.html
> For KSBIRD-L guidelines go to
> http://www.ksbirds.org/KSBIRD-LGuidelines.htm
> To contact a listowner, send a message to
> mailto:ksbird-l-request AT listserv.ksu.edu
>
>
>
Subject: Black terns at Prairie Dog Point?
From: Henthorn1 <henthorn1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:37:27 -0500
At the recently re-emerged tip of the point are several large terns that have 
blue-black heads with dark bodies. Also seen several Wilson's snipe. Sharon 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Fwd: Quivira Ruff confirmed 27 July 2014
From: Chad Ellis <chad AT ELLISFAMILYOKC.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:05:34 -0500
Just a heads up about a good bird to the north.

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Barry Jones 
> Subject: Quivira Ruff confirmed 27 July 2014
> Date: July 27, 2014 at 8:39:04 AM CDT
> To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
> Reply-To: Barry Jones 
> 
> Ruff on Marsh Rd/NE 170th flats just now 8:15 am. Will try to get photos. 
Whimbrel also 

> same area. 
> 
> Barry Jones
> Quivira NWR 
> 
> For KSBIRD-L archives or to change your subscription options, go to
> http://listserv.ksu.edu/archives/ksbird-l.html
> For KSBIRD-L guidelines go to
> http://www.ksbirds.org/KSBIRD-LGuidelines.htm
> To contact a listowner, send a message to
> mailto:ksbird-l-request AT listserv.ksu.edu
> 
Subject: Re: A couple of FOS bobbers
From: Lindell Dillon <reddirtbird AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:43:43 -0500
We saw 3 Spotted Sandpipers along the shoreline at Thunderbird this week.
Need to get down to Jenkins.

LD
Norman


On Sun, Jul 27, 2014 at 5:44 AM, rgunn1  wrote:

> Kim--
>
> I am sorry to hear of your health problems. I'd imagine that birding while
> fighting for your balance would be challenging. It must be hard to miss out
> on so much.
> We have a pair of Barred Owls on Jenkins and usually hear them in the
> afternoon. In truth I don't go down there much after dark, but I think they
> are probably not as nocturnal as most owls.
> Enjoy your day...
>
> Dick
>
>
> On 7/27/2014 12:50 AM, Kimberly Wiar wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> I enjoy reading your posts.  It is difficult for me to get to South
>> Jenkins because
>> I have to walk with a cane now, and standing and holding on to a cane for
>> balance while trying to look through binoculars seems impossible.  Cause is
>> peripheral neuropathy, which unfortunately is progressive.  But I can
>> certainly watch those in my backyard--and hear the barred owl, about the
>> only song I can recognize.
>>
>> Kim Wiar
>> Norman
>>
>> On Jul 26, 2014, at 4:10 PM, rgunn1  wrote:
>>
>> This morning on So. Jenkins I saw a Spotted Sandpiper out in the river
>> and a La. Waterthrush where the creek crosses the road coming from the Half
>> Mile Woods. Both were  doing their characteristic bobbing up and down. I
>> haven't seen/heard a waterthrush since early spring so technically it may
>> be last of season instead of a first.
>>
>> D.
>>
>>
Subject: Re: A couple of FOS bobbers
From: rgunn1 <rgunn1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:44:16 -0500
Kim--

I am sorry to hear of your health problems. I'd imagine that birding 
while fighting for your balance would be challenging. It must be hard to 
miss out on so much.
We have a pair of Barred Owls on Jenkins and usually hear them in the 
afternoon. In truth I don't go down there much after dark, but I think 
they are probably not as nocturnal as most owls.
Enjoy your day...

Dick

On 7/27/2014 12:50 AM, Kimberly Wiar wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I enjoy reading your posts. It is difficult for me to get to South Jenkins 
because 

> I have to walk with a cane now, and standing and holding on to a cane for 
balance while trying to look through binoculars seems impossible. Cause is 
peripheral neuropathy, which unfortunately is progressive. But I can certainly 
watch those in my backyard--and hear the barred owl, about the only song I can 
recognize. 

>
> Kim Wiar
> Norman
>
> On Jul 26, 2014, at 4:10 PM, rgunn1  wrote:
>
> This morning on So. Jenkins I saw a Spotted Sandpiper out in the river and a 
La. Waterthrush where the creek crosses the road coming from the Half Mile 
Woods. Both were doing their characteristic bobbing up and down. I haven't 
seen/heard a waterthrush since early spring so technically it may be last of 
season instead of a first. 

>
> D.
>
Subject: Re: A couple of FOS bobbers
From: Kimberly Wiar <kimwiar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:50:59 -0500
Hi,

I enjoy reading your posts. It is difficult for me to get to South Jenkins 
because 

I have to walk with a cane now, and standing and holding on to a cane for 
balance while trying to look through binoculars seems impossible. Cause is 
peripheral neuropathy, which unfortunately is progressive. But I can certainly 
watch those in my backyard--and hear the barred owl, about the only song I can 
recognize. 


Kim Wiar
Norman

On Jul 26, 2014, at 4:10 PM, rgunn1  wrote:

This morning on So. Jenkins I saw a Spotted Sandpiper out in the river and a 
La. Waterthrush where the creek crosses the road coming from the Half Mile 
Woods. Both were doing their characteristic bobbing up and down. I haven't 
seen/heard a waterthrush since early spring so technically it may be last of 
season instead of a first. 


D.
Subject: Re: A couple of FOS bobbers
From: Foundation Subscriber <drhal2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:31:46 -0400
Several of the Mitch Park birders( Edmond, Covell between Santa Fe & Kelly) 
were treated to a La. Water Thrush walking in the small creek near the bridge 
on the north side. Sighted singing male painted bunting near there as well. Our 
Park summer resident Black chinned Hummingbird appears to have headed south. 
Not seen in 5 days ( vs. daily all summer long). Hal Yocum 

---- rgunn1  wrote: 
> This morning on So. Jenkins I saw a Spotted Sandpiper out in the river 
> and a La. Waterthrush where the creek crosses the road coming from the 
> Half Mile Woods. Both were  doing their characteristic bobbing up and 
> down. I haven't seen/heard a waterthrush since early spring so 
> technically it may be last of season instead of a first.
> 
> D.
Subject: Osprey
From: Diane Trisdale <dianetrisdale AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:54:13 -0700
This afternoon while birding at Aylesworth Flats near Little City, OK, we saw 
an Osprey fly by. According to the Date Guide to the Occurrences of Birds in 
Oklahoma, we are not supposed to see one until August 20. What a treat! Also 
saw hundreds, if not thousands, of Cattle Egrets heading south toward the 
Roosevelt Bridge area. Must have been headed to roost as it was about that 
time of day. 
Subject: Wood Storks
From: Chad Ellis <chad AT ELLISFAMILYOKC.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:37:31 -0500
My dad had three Wood Storks at Randolph lake in Johnston County this morning. 
This is the same place he observed up to around 50 at a time last summer. 


Chad Ellis
OKC
Subject: A couple of FOS bobbers
From: rgunn1 <rgunn1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:10:17 -0500
This morning on So. Jenkins I saw a Spotted Sandpiper out in the river 
and a La. Waterthrush where the creek crosses the road coming from the 
Half Mile Woods. Both were  doing their characteristic bobbing up and 
down. I haven't seen/heard a waterthrush since early spring so 
technically it may be last of season instead of a first.

D.
Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner/An eagle not forgotten
From: Jan Dolph <russetdm AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:10:16 -0500
Being a retired English teacher I appreciate you sharing the experience of a 
Greater roadrunner with your class. One time I took my students to the front of 
my school, at Western Heights High School on S.W.44th and Council Road, to see 
an eagle that was across the street in a large oak tree. I had students for 
years that came back to tell me their bird stories and share their lives. They 
would always bring up some bird that I had shown them in the flesh or from the 
Internet. That eagle certainly started a lot of new birders . It was just by 
chance that I looked in that tree coming back from lunch that day. I never saw 
that eagle again. I have to admit I always looked at that tree when I left 
school each day. 


 

Happy birding,

 

Jan Dolph

Oklahoma City, OK

 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of David F. Evans
Sent: Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:09 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner

 

About years ago I was teaching an Algebra class at Westminster school near NW 
44th and Shartel in Oklahoma City. A roadrunner came walking down the sidewalk 
on the south side of the building. I stopped the class and had the students go 
to the window. The bird strolled up the sidewalk going north and turned onto 
44th headed east. Several years earlier the school was housed at the First 
Christian Church grounds at NW 36th and Walker while our new building was being 
constructed and we had seen 2 roadrunners there several times. 


I now live just east of the dam at Lake Tenkiller in eastern Oklahoma and we 
see roadrunners in our neighborhood fairly 


often. Last year there was a family of at least two adults and two young that 
were seen several times near a neighbor's house about a half mile away. 


 

Dave Evans

 

 

On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:

The one I saw yesterday caught my eye because the crest was raised, colors 
bright, almost quivering too. I thought maybe it was looking for water. It was 
in my yard maybe five minutes and was gone. I appreciate you sharing your 
experience with a roadrunner too. 



Happy birding,
Jan Dolph
Oklahoma City, OK

-----Original Message-----
From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of David McNeely
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:17 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner

I'll relate the most interesting encounter with one I've ever had. For those 
who've heard this before, I apologize, and you can of course skip it. 


About 12 years ago, on a brutally hot day in July, a roadrunner appeared on the 
roof of the house next door (this is central Edmond). It was quite excited, 
crest raised, colors bright, almost quivering. Then it went into the top of my 
eastern red cedar tree. An adult squirrel immediately ran from another tree 
into that one. Lots of squirrel noise, and a baby squirrel dropped to the 
ground, a distance of about 20 feet from the nest. The roadrunner descended, 
ran around excitedly, but seemingly never found the baby. Then it flew low over 
the fence and toward the creek. The adult squirrel came down and took the baby 
back to the nest. 


Not ten minutes later exactly the same scenario ran through again, down to 
every detail. 


That was the last roadrunner I've seen in my yard, but I have occasionally seen 
them in the neighborhood. I'd say that one died a Darwinian death, if it was 
unable to find a baby squirrel on the ground twice in fifteen minutes. 


Dave McNeely

---- Jan Dolph  wrote:
> Greater roadrunner’s must be around more than we realize. They must travel 
around looking for food any place they can find it. 

>
>
>
> Happy birding,
>
>
>
> Jan Dolph
>
> Oklahoma City, OK
>
> From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Amy Buthod
> Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:01 AM
> To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
>
>
>
> A reliable source told me that there was one on Campus Corner in Norman in 
front of the Starbucks just this Monday. He was headed down Asp towards the 
Student Union. 

>
>
>
> On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:
>
> I saw roadrunners on the Rio Grande area a lot when I would go birding in the 
80’s and 90’s. The one that came to my house in the 80’s would get on top 
of my feeders and eat with the birds. Then he would grab one and beat it to 
death. He would come by in the morning and every day for some time. Then he was 
gone. I hope this guy does not stay. I would like to see him again. I have a 
lot of different birds that will land on my brick walkway and walk around. I 
have plenty of cover for them to hide in the trees and flowers beds. I am not 
sure why the birds love the brick walkways in my yard. 

>
>
>
> Happy birding,
>
>
>
> Jan Dolph
>
> Oklahoma City, OK
>
> From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Foundation 
Subscriber 

> Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:08 PM
> To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
>
>
>
> Jan,
>
> I live in Trails North and bird a lot on Mitch Park. We see roadrunners 
rather frequently in Mitch Park- from Santa Fe to Kelly. I have not seen one in 
my housing area only 1.5 miles to the dough in Trails North. 

>
> Hal Yocum
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
> On Jul 22, 2014, at 3:29 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:
>
> July 22, 2014, Tuesday at 3:05 PM
>
>
>
> As I was walking back from my mailbox. I noticed a male roadrunner walking up 
my brick walkway. He flew up to my Mary Jane Magnolia tree and stayed a few 
minutes. I assume because of the shade. He jumped down and started walking up 
91 Street. It has been since the early 80’s since I saw one in my yard. The 
old one at one time had a nest over by TLC’s on Northwest Expressway. I will 
try to find my old bird records from long ago. 

>
>
>
> I am surprised he did not stay and take a drink from the birdbath or the two 
fountains that are going in the front yard. 

>
>
>
> Happy birding,
>
>
>
> Jan Dolph
>
> Oklahoma City, OK
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> --
> Amy Buthod
>

--
David McNeely

 
Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
From: "David F. Evans" <davefbirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:09:26 -0500
About years ago I was teaching an Algebra class at Westminster school near
NW 44th and Shartel in Oklahoma City.  A roadrunner came walking down the
sidewalk on the south side of the building.  I stopped the class and had
the students go to the window.  The bird strolled up the sidewalk going
north and turned onto 44th headed east. Several years earlier the school
was housed at the First Christian Church grounds at NW 36th and Walker
while our new building was being constructed and we had seen 2 roadrunners
there several times.
I now live just east of the dam at Lake Tenkiller in eastern Oklahoma and
we see roadrunners in our neighborhood fairly
often.  Last year there was a family of at least two adults and two young
that were seen several times near a neighbor's house about a half mile
away.

Dave Evans



On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:

> The one I saw yesterday caught my eye because the crest was raised, colors
> bright, almost quivering too.  I thought maybe it was looking for water.
>  It was in my yard maybe five minutes and was gone.  I appreciate you
> sharing your experience with a roadrunner too.
>
> Happy birding,
> Jan Dolph
> Oklahoma City, OK
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of David McNeely
> Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:17 AM
> To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
>
> I'll relate the most interesting encounter with one I've ever had.  For
> those who've heard this before, I apologize, and you can of course skip it.
>
> About 12 years ago, on a brutally hot day in July, a roadrunner appeared
> on the roof of the house next door (this is central Edmond).  It was quite
> excited, crest raised, colors bright, almost quivering.  Then it went into
> the top of my eastern red cedar tree. An adult squirrel immediately ran
> from another tree into that one. Lots of squirrel noise, and a baby
> squirrel dropped to the ground, a distance of about 20 feet from the nest.
>  The roadrunner descended, ran around excitedly, but seemingly never found
> the baby.  Then it flew low over the fence and toward the creek.  The adult
> squirrel came down and took the baby back to the nest.
>
> Not ten minutes later exactly the same scenario ran through again, down to
> every detail.
>
> That was the last roadrunner I've seen in my yard, but I have occasionally
> seen them in the neighborhood.  I'd say that one died a Darwinian death, if
> it was unable to find a baby squirrel on the ground twice in fifteen
> minutes.
>
> Dave McNeely
>
> ---- Jan Dolph  wrote:
> > Greater roadrunner’s must be around more than we realize.  They must
> travel around looking for food any place they can find it.
> >
> >
> >
> > Happy birding,
> >
> >
> >
> > Jan Dolph
> >
> > Oklahoma City, OK
> >
> > From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Amy Buthod
> > Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:01 AM
> > To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> > Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
> >
> >
> >
> > A reliable source told me that there was one on Campus Corner in Norman
> in front of the Starbucks just this Monday.  He was headed down Asp towards
> the Student Union.
> >
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:
> >
> > I saw roadrunners on the Rio Grande area a lot when I would go birding
> in the 80’s and 90’s. The one that came to my house in the 80’s would 
get 

> on top of my feeders and eat with the birds. Then he would grab one and
> beat it to death.   He would come by in the morning and every day for some
> time.  Then he was gone.  I hope this guy does not stay.  I would like to
> see him again.   I have  a lot of different birds that will land on my
> brick walkway and walk around.  I have plenty of cover for them to hide in
> the trees and flowers beds.  I am not sure why the birds love the brick
> walkways in my yard.
> >
> >
> >
> > Happy birding,
> >
> >
> >
> > Jan Dolph
> >
> > Oklahoma City, OK
> >
> > From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Foundation
> Subscriber
> > Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:08 PM
> > To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> > Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
> >
> >
> >
> > Jan,
> >
> > I live in Trails North and bird a lot on Mitch Park. We see roadrunners
> rather frequently in Mitch Park- from Santa Fe to Kelly. I have not seen
> one in my housing area only 1.5 miles to the dough in Trails North.
> >
> > Hal Yocum
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >
> > On Jul 22, 2014, at 3:29 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:
> >
> > July 22, 2014, Tuesday at 3:05 PM
> >
> >
> >
> > As I was walking back from my mailbox. I noticed a male roadrunner
> walking up my brick walkway.  He flew up to my Mary Jane Magnolia tree and
> stayed a few minutes. I assume because of the shade.  He jumped down and
> started walking up 91 Street.  It has been since the early 80’s since I saw
> one in my yard. The old one at one time had a nest over by TLC’s on
> Northwest Expressway. I will try to find my old bird records from long ago.
> >
> >
> >
> > I am surprised he did not stay and take a drink from the birdbath or the
> two fountains that are going in the front yard.
> >
> >
> >
> > Happy birding,
> >
> >
> >
> > Jan Dolph
> >
> > Oklahoma City, OK
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Amy Buthod
> >
>
> --
> David McNeely
>
Subject: Re: McAlester Birding information request
From: john bates <johnc.bates AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:44:42 -0700
In addendum, I have seen one in Okla. city in October.


On Thursday, July 24, 2014 8:31 AM, john bates  
wrote: 

 


How do you do? I can not provide information on LeConte’s sparrow in that 
city. I am however able to tell one where to find the Red-cockaded woodpecker. 
Locate it about fifteen minutes North of Idabel, Okla. at Mt. Holly. Personally 
I find LeConte’s sparrows in fields near ponds or creeks. The best way to 
find one is to flush the sparrow by walking near it and hoping to have it land 
in a small tree or bush. If it lands in the grass it is hard to find, because 
it runs along the ground. This is only in the winter. 



On Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:04 PM, John Kennington  
wrote: 

 


Passing along this birding request....


Subject: Birding information request 


I will be in McAlester for the next 2 weeks.  Do 
you know of any birders in that area, who might be able to help me 
locate different birds?  The one species I am hoping to locate is 
LeConte’s Sparrow.  I don’t know when they start migrating south, but 
eastern Oklahoma looks promising.  Any contacts you can give me will be 
appreciated. 

 
Clifford A. Miles
PHSS
USDA, APHIS, PPQ
1500 Lower Road
Linden, NJ 07036
908-986-9215clifford.a.miles AT aphis.usda.gov
Subject: Re: McAlester Birding information request
From: john bates <johnc.bates AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:31:23 -0700
How do you do? I can not provide information on LeConte’s sparrow in that 
city. I am however able to tell one where to find the Red-cockaded woodpecker. 
Locate it about fifteen minutes North of Idabel, Okla. at Mt. Holly. Personally 
I find LeConte’s sparrows in fields near ponds or creeks. The best way to 
find one is to flush the sparrow by walking near it and hoping to have it land 
in a small tree or bush. If it lands in the grass it is hard to find, because 
it runs along the ground. This is only in the winter. 



On Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:04 PM, John Kennington  
wrote: 

 


Passing along this birding request....


Subject: Birding information request 


I will be in McAlester for the next 2 weeks.  Do 
you know of any birders in that area, who might be able to help me 
locate different birds?  The one species I am hoping to locate is 
LeConte’s Sparrow.  I don’t know when they start migrating south, but 
eastern Oklahoma looks promising.  Any contacts you can give me will be 
appreciated. 

 
Clifford A. Miles
PHSS
USDA, APHIS, PPQ
1500 Lower Road
Linden, NJ 07036
908-986-9215clifford.a.miles AT aphis.usda.gov
Subject: Re: Recent Oklahoma Birding at Arcadia Lake
From: john bates <johnc.bates AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:18:46 -0700
Bravo!


On Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:25 PM, Foundation Subscriber  
wrote: 

 


My first scissor tail flycatcher was at about 30 mph as we exited DFW  air 
port one afternoon in October 88. At the time I lived in Denver, CO and had 
quarterly meetings in Dallas , TX. 

Never saw another one until I moved here to Edmond , OK in summer of 98.
One of the great fun things about birding is that when you hi elsewhere to bird 
everybody there us eager and willing to help you find their COMMON BIRDS! 
Amazingly they are easy to find where they live and nest! 

I just completed a 3700 mile trip from OK to NM, CO , WY,MT, ND & SD  then 
returning through WY, CO, NM, to OK. Saw 173 species and 4 life birds : Baird 
's sparrow , sharp tailed grouse, red-throated grebe, and sedge wren. All were 
seen in ND. 

Great trip and with my daughter , also a birder. 
Hal Yocum 

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 23, 2014, at 6:44 PM, David McNeely  wrote:

> Nick, very glad you had a successful outing.  Sorry about the scissor tails 
not turning up.  Baltimore Oriole and Yellow-billed Cuckoo are never boring, 
in fact, they are great birds, I think.  Fact is, there are no boring birds. 

> 
> This has been a Yellow-billed Cuckoo year here in central Oklahoma.  They 
have been reported more than I ever remember, and I've had them for the first 
time ever (I've lived here 14 years) in my yard this summer.  Some have 
suggested more web worms than usual.  That might account for more successful 
nesting for sure.  But I haven't seen that many web worms. 

> 
> Hope you can make it back here some time, and pick up more of the birds you 
missed. 

> 
> Dave McNeely
> 
> ---- Nick Worth  wrote: 
>> Hello Oklahoma Birders,
>> 
>> I wanted to thank all who replied to my request for suggestions of places to 
bird near Oklahoma City, which I made at the end of last month. As it turned 
out, the demands of travel really cut down on our available birding time when 
we reached Oklahoma City. We ended up spending a couple of hours at Arcadia 
Lake on July 1, where we were able to find a year bird YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, 
and add four life birds to our list, with sightings of BALTIMORE ORIOLE, COMMON 
GRACKLE, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and MISSISSIPPI KITE. 

>> 
>> Our species list for Arcadia Lake was:
>> Great Blue Heron (2)
>> Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1)
>> Northern Cardinal (3)
>> Great Egret (1)
>> Turkey Vulture (20)
>> Baltimore Oriole (1)
>> Eastern Bluebird (2) (feeding unseen nestlings in a nest box)
>> Mississippi Kite (2)
>> Canada Goose (x)
>> Common Grackle (6)
>> Belted Kingfisher (1)
>> European Starling (15)
>> Northern Mockingbird (2)
>> 
>> We did not see any sign of our main target bird, the SCISSOR-TAILED 
FLYCATCHER at Arcadia Lake, but we were able to locate some on the drive to 
Oklahoma City. Adding a bird to my life list while driving 70 mph down the 
freeway is not my favorite way to do it, so hopefully I’ll be able to examine 
them in a more leisurely fashion on my next rip through your state. 

>> 
>> On our way back through to Arizona on July 16, the weather was extremely 
rainy, which delayed our arrival in Ok City until late in the evening, so we 
weren’t able to do any birding. 

>> 
>> We’re thrilled to have added the four lifers we found at Arcadia Lake – 
even though they’re probably pretty boring finds to all of you. Thanks again 
for all your helpful advice and hopefully, I can make better use of it all in 
the future. 

>> 
>> 
>> Best regards and Good Birding,
>> 
>> Nick and Connie Worth
> 
> --
> David McNeely
Subject: Re: Recent Oklahoma Birding at Arcadia Lake
From: Foundation Subscriber <drhal2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:25:12 -0500
My first scissor tail flycatcher was at about 30 mph as we exited DFW air port 
one afternoon in October 88. At the time I lived in Denver, CO and had 
quarterly meetings in Dallas , TX. 

Never saw another one until I moved here to Edmond , OK in summer of 98.
One of the great fun things about birding is that when you hi elsewhere to bird 
everybody there us eager and willing to help you find their COMMON BIRDS! 
Amazingly they are easy to find where they live and nest! 

I just completed a 3700 mile trip from OK to NM, CO , WY,MT, ND & SD then 
returning through WY, CO, NM, to OK. Saw 173 species and 4 life birds : Baird 
's sparrow , sharp tailed grouse, red-throated grebe, and sedge wren. All were 
seen in ND. 

Great trip and with my daughter , also a birder. 
Hal Yocum 

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 23, 2014, at 6:44 PM, David McNeely  wrote:

> Nick, very glad you had a successful outing. Sorry about the scissor tails 
not turning up. Baltimore Oriole and Yellow-billed Cuckoo are never boring, in 
fact, they are great birds, I think. Fact is, there are no boring birds. 

> 
> This has been a Yellow-billed Cuckoo year here in central Oklahoma. They have 
been reported more than I ever remember, and I've had them for the first time 
ever (I've lived here 14 years) in my yard this summer. Some have suggested 
more web worms than usual. That might account for more successful nesting for 
sure. But I haven't seen that many web worms. 

> 
> Hope you can make it back here some time, and pick up more of the birds you 
missed. 

> 
> Dave McNeely
> 
> ---- Nick Worth  wrote: 
>> Hello Oklahoma Birders,
>> 
>> I wanted to thank all who replied to my request for suggestions of places to 
bird near Oklahoma City, which I made at the end of last month. As it turned 
out, the demands of travel really cut down on our available birding time when 
we reached Oklahoma City. We ended up spending a couple of hours at Arcadia 
Lake on July 1, where we were able to find a year bird YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, 
and add four life birds to our list, with sightings of BALTIMORE ORIOLE, COMMON 
GRACKLE, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and MISSISSIPPI KITE. 

>> 
>> Our species list for Arcadia Lake was:
>> Great Blue Heron (2)
>> Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1)
>> Northern Cardinal (3)
>> Great Egret (1)
>> Turkey Vulture (20)
>> Baltimore Oriole (1)
>> Eastern Bluebird (2) (feeding unseen nestlings in a nest box)
>> Mississippi Kite (2)
>> Canada Goose (x)
>> Common Grackle (6)
>> Belted Kingfisher (1)
>> European Starling (15)
>> Northern Mockingbird (2)
>> 
>> We did not see any sign of our main target bird, the SCISSOR-TAILED 
FLYCATCHER at Arcadia Lake, but we were able to locate some on the drive to 
Oklahoma City. Adding a bird to my life list while driving 70 mph down the 
freeway is not my favorite way to do it, so hopefully I’ll be able to examine 
them in a more leisurely fashion on my next rip through your state. 

>> 
>> On our way back through to Arizona on July 16, the weather was extremely 
rainy, which delayed our arrival in Ok City until late in the evening, so we 
weren’t able to do any birding. 

>> 
>> We’re thrilled to have added the four lifers we found at Arcadia Lake – 
even though they’re probably pretty boring finds to all of you. Thanks again 
for all your helpful advice and hopefully, I can make better use of it all in 
the future. 

>> 
>> 
>> Best regards and Good Birding,
>> 
>> Nick and Connie Worth
> 
> --
> David McNeely
Subject: Re: Recent Oklahoma Birding at Arcadia Lake
From: David McNeely <mcneely4 AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:44:57 -0500
Nick, very glad you had a successful outing. Sorry about the scissor tails not 
turning up. Baltimore Oriole and Yellow-billed Cuckoo are never boring, in 
fact, they are great birds, I think. Fact is, there are no boring birds. 


This has been a Yellow-billed Cuckoo year here in central Oklahoma. They have 
been reported more than I ever remember, and I've had them for the first time 
ever (I've lived here 14 years) in my yard this summer. Some have suggested 
more web worms than usual. That might account for more successful nesting for 
sure. But I haven't seen that many web worms. 


Hope you can make it back here some time, and pick up more of the birds you 
missed. 


Dave McNeely

---- Nick Worth  wrote: 
> Hello Oklahoma Birders,
> 
> I wanted to thank all who replied to my request for suggestions of places to 
bird near Oklahoma City, which I made at the end of last month. As it turned 
out, the demands of travel really cut down on our available birding time when 
we reached Oklahoma City. We ended up spending a couple of hours at Arcadia 
Lake on July 1, where we were able to find a year bird YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, 
and add four life birds to our list, with sightings of BALTIMORE ORIOLE, COMMON 
GRACKLE, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and MISSISSIPPI KITE. 

> 
> Our species list for Arcadia Lake was:
> Great Blue Heron (2)
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1)
> Northern Cardinal (3)
> Great Egret (1)
> Turkey Vulture (20)
> Baltimore Oriole (1)
> Eastern Bluebird (2) (feeding unseen nestlings in a nest box)
> Mississippi Kite (2)
> Canada Goose (x)
> Common Grackle (6)
> Belted Kingfisher (1)
> European Starling (15)
> Northern Mockingbird (2)
> 
> We did not see any sign of our main target bird, the SCISSOR-TAILED 
FLYCATCHER at Arcadia Lake, but we were able to locate some on the drive to 
Oklahoma City. Adding a bird to my life list while driving 70 mph down the 
freeway is not my favorite way to do it, so hopefully I’ll be able to examine 
them in a more leisurely fashion on my next rip through your state. 

> 
> On our way back through to Arizona on July 16, the weather was extremely 
rainy, which delayed our arrival in Ok City until late in the evening, so we 
weren’t able to do any birding. 

> 
> We’re thrilled to have added the four lifers we found at Arcadia Lake – 
even though they’re probably pretty boring finds to all of you. Thanks again 
for all your helpful advice and hopefully, I can make better use of it all in 
the future. 

> 
> 
> Best regards and Good Birding,
> 
> Nick and Connie Worth

--
David McNeely
Subject: McAlester Birding information request
From: John Kennington <johnkennington AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:03:33 -0500
Passing along this birding request....

Subject: Birding information request

I will be in McAlester for the next 2 weeks.  Do you know of any birders in
that area, who might be able to help me locate different birds?  The one
species I am hoping to locate is LeConte’s Sparrow.  I don’t know when they
start migrating south, but eastern Oklahoma looks promising.  Any contacts
you can give me will be appreciated.



Clifford A. Miles

PHSS

USDA, APHIS, PPQ

1500 Lower Road

Linden, NJ 07036

908-986-9215
clifford.a.miles AT aphis.usda.gov
Subject: Recent Oklahoma Birding at Arcadia Lake
From: Nick Worth <worthnik AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:48:53 -0700
Hello Oklahoma Birders,

I wanted to thank all who replied to my request for suggestions of places to 
bird near Oklahoma City, which I made at the end of last month. As it turned 
out, the demands of travel really cut down on our available birding time when 
we reached Oklahoma City. We ended up spending a couple of hours at Arcadia 
Lake on July 1, where we were able to find a year bird YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, 
and add four life birds to our list, with sightings of BALTIMORE ORIOLE, COMMON 
GRACKLE, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and MISSISSIPPI KITE. 


Our species list for Arcadia Lake was:
Great Blue Heron (2)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1)
Northern Cardinal (3)
Great Egret (1)
Turkey Vulture (20)
Baltimore Oriole (1)
Eastern Bluebird (2) (feeding unseen nestlings in a nest box)
Mississippi Kite (2)
Canada Goose (x)
Common Grackle (6)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
European Starling (15)
Northern Mockingbird (2)

We did not see any sign of our main target bird, the SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER 
at Arcadia Lake, but we were able to locate some on the drive to Oklahoma City. 
Adding a bird to my life list while driving 70 mph down the freeway is not my 
favorite way to do it, so hopefully I’ll be able to examine them in a more 
leisurely fashion on my next rip through your state. 


On our way back through to Arizona on July 16, the weather was extremely rainy, 
which delayed our arrival in Ok City until late in the evening, so we weren’t 
able to do any birding. 


We’re thrilled to have added the four lifers we found at Arcadia Lake – 
even though they’re probably pretty boring finds to all of you. Thanks again 
for all your helpful advice and hopefully, I can make better use of it all in 
the future. 



Best regards and Good Birding,

Nick and Connie Worth
Subject: Off Topic -Pictures added to web site
From: Ken or Carol Williams <kcwilliams AT TULSACONNECT.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:33:31 -0500
Fellow Birders,

As usual I am running behind on posting my pictures, but since I have 
finally been staying home a few days, I have been able to catch up and 
added some Oklahoma pictures to my Recent Folder 
http://www.pbase.com/kcswildshots/recent_pictures, and pictures from our 
April trip to the Texas coast as well as pictures from recent trip to 
Glacier & Yellowstone National Parks.

The Texas trip included species as Red Knot, Piping, Wilson's, Snowy, 
Semipalmated and Black Plovers, Sandwich, Royal, Least & Gull-billed 
Terns, Seaside Sparrow, Glaucous Gull, American Black Duck, Gray-cheeked 
Thrush, Purple Gallinule, Reddish Egret (both light and dark phases) and 
also on the way home a stop that added Golden-cheeked Warbler. Pictures 
are at - http://www.pbase.com/kcswildshots/texas_trip_april_2014

The West trip included a trip by North Dakota which added Sharp-tailed 
Grouse and Baird's Sparrow (lifer). Other great species included a Great 
Gray Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, Harlequin Ducks, Northern Hawk Owl, 
Varied Thrush, American Bittern, both Chestnut-collared Longspur & 
McCown's Longspur in breeding plumage, a side by side comparison of 
Clarke's and Western Grebes. Pictures are at - 
http://www.pbase.com/kcswildshots/west_trip_june_2014

Happy Birding,

Ken Williams
Owasso, OK
http://www.pbase.com/kcswildshots
Subject: Around my 'patch'
From: Matthew Jung <mpjung5125 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:22:04 -0500
Saw two YC Night-Herons at Eldon Lyon Park and then five more on the
east playa on Yukon Parkway north of NW-50th.  A local resident told
me he saw BN Stilts there lately plus a female Wood Duck with 3
ducklings.

Rose Lake held around 200 egrets, mix of snowy and great.  A DC
Cormorant was drying its feathers and a GB Heron kept a LB Heron
company.

Lake Overholser was pretty empty.

Matt Jung, OKC
Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
From: Jan Dolph <russetdm AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:13:32 -0500
The one I saw yesterday caught my eye because the crest was raised, colors 
bright, almost quivering too. I thought maybe it was looking for water. It was 
in my yard maybe five minutes and was gone. I appreciate you sharing your 
experience with a roadrunner too. 


Happy birding,
Jan Dolph
Oklahoma City, OK 

-----Original Message-----
From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of David McNeely
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:17 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner

I'll relate the most interesting encounter with one I've ever had. For those 
who've heard this before, I apologize, and you can of course skip it. 


About 12 years ago, on a brutally hot day in July, a roadrunner appeared on the 
roof of the house next door (this is central Edmond). It was quite excited, 
crest raised, colors bright, almost quivering. Then it went into the top of my 
eastern red cedar tree. An adult squirrel immediately ran from another tree 
into that one. Lots of squirrel noise, and a baby squirrel dropped to the 
ground, a distance of about 20 feet from the nest. The roadrunner descended, 
ran around excitedly, but seemingly never found the baby. Then it flew low over 
the fence and toward the creek. The adult squirrel came down and took the baby 
back to the nest. 


Not ten minutes later exactly the same scenario ran through again, down to 
every detail. 


That was the last roadrunner I've seen in my yard, but I have occasionally seen 
them in the neighborhood. I'd say that one died a Darwinian death, if it was 
unable to find a baby squirrel on the ground twice in fifteen minutes. 


Dave McNeely

---- Jan Dolph  wrote: 
> Greater roadrunner’s must be around more than we realize. They must travel 
around looking for food any place they can find it. 

> 
>  
> 
> Happy birding,
> 
>  
> 
> Jan Dolph
> 
> Oklahoma City, OK
> 
> From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Amy Buthod
> Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:01 AM
> To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
> 
>  
> 
> A reliable source told me that there was one on Campus Corner in Norman in 
front of the Starbucks just this Monday. He was headed down Asp towards the 
Student Union. 

> 
>  
> 
> On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:
> 
> I saw roadrunners on the Rio Grande area a lot when I would go birding in the 
80’s and 90’s. The one that came to my house in the 80’s would get on top 
of my feeders and eat with the birds. Then he would grab one and beat it to 
death. He would come by in the morning and every day for some time. Then he was 
gone. I hope this guy does not stay. I would like to see him again. I have a 
lot of different birds that will land on my brick walkway and walk around. I 
have plenty of cover for them to hide in the trees and flowers beds. I am not 
sure why the birds love the brick walkways in my yard. 

> 
>  
> 
> Happy birding,
> 
>  
> 
> Jan Dolph
> 
> Oklahoma City, OK
> 
> From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Foundation 
Subscriber 

> Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:08 PM
> To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
> 
>  
> 
> Jan, 
> 
> I live in Trails North and bird a lot on Mitch Park. We see roadrunners 
rather frequently in Mitch Park- from Santa Fe to Kelly. I have not seen one in 
my housing area only 1.5 miles to the dough in Trails North. 

> 
> Hal Yocum 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> 
> On Jul 22, 2014, at 3:29 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:
> 
> July 22, 2014, Tuesday at 3:05 PM
> 
>  
> 
> As I was walking back from my mailbox. I noticed a male roadrunner walking up 
my brick walkway. He flew up to my Mary Jane Magnolia tree and stayed a few 
minutes. I assume because of the shade. He jumped down and started walking up 
91 Street. It has been since the early 80’s since I saw one in my yard. The 
old one at one time had a nest over by TLC’s on Northwest Expressway. I will 
try to find my old bird records from long ago. 

> 
>  
> 
> I am surprised he did not stay and take a drink from the birdbath or the two 
fountains that are going in the front yard. 

> 
>  
> 
> Happy birding,
> 
>  
> 
> Jan Dolph
> 
> Oklahoma City, OK
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
>  
> 
> -- 
> Amy Buthod
> 

--
David McNeely
Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
From: David McNeely <mcneely4 AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:17:19 -0500
I'll relate the most interesting encounter with one I've ever had. For those 
who've heard this before, I apologize, and you can of course skip it. 


About 12 years ago, on a brutally hot day in July, a roadrunner appeared on the 
roof of the house next door (this is central Edmond). It was quite excited, 
crest raised, colors bright, almost quivering. Then it went into the top of my 
eastern red cedar tree. An adult squirrel immediately ran from another tree 
into that one. Lots of squirrel noise, and a baby squirrel dropped to the 
ground, a distance of about 20 feet from the nest. The roadrunner descended, 
ran around excitedly, but seemingly never found the baby. Then it flew low over 
the fence and toward the creek. The adult squirrel came down and took the baby 
back to the nest. 


Not ten minutes later exactly the same scenario ran through again, down to 
every detail. 


That was the last roadrunner I've seen in my yard, but I have occasionally seen 
them in the neighborhood. I'd say that one died a Darwinian death, if it was 
unable to find a baby squirrel on the ground twice in fifteen minutes. 


Dave McNeely

---- Jan Dolph  wrote: 
> Greater roadrunner’s must be around more than we realize. They must travel 
around looking for food any place they can find it. 

> 
>  
> 
> Happy birding,
> 
>  
> 
> Jan Dolph
> 
> Oklahoma City, OK
> 
> From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Amy Buthod
> Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:01 AM
> To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
> 
>  
> 
> A reliable source told me that there was one on Campus Corner in Norman in 
front of the Starbucks just this Monday. He was headed down Asp towards the 
Student Union. 

> 
>  
> 
> On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:
> 
> I saw roadrunners on the Rio Grande area a lot when I would go birding in the 
80’s and 90’s. The one that came to my house in the 80’s would get on top 
of my feeders and eat with the birds. Then he would grab one and beat it to 
death. He would come by in the morning and every day for some time. Then he was 
gone. I hope this guy does not stay. I would like to see him again. I have a 
lot of different birds that will land on my brick walkway and walk around. I 
have plenty of cover for them to hide in the trees and flowers beds. I am not 
sure why the birds love the brick walkways in my yard. 

> 
>  
> 
> Happy birding,
> 
>  
> 
> Jan Dolph
> 
> Oklahoma City, OK
> 
> From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Foundation 
Subscriber 

> Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:08 PM
> To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
> 
>  
> 
> Jan, 
> 
> I live in Trails North and bird a lot on Mitch Park. We see roadrunners 
rather frequently in Mitch Park- from Santa Fe to Kelly. I have not seen one in 
my housing area only 1.5 miles to the dough in Trails North. 

> 
> Hal Yocum 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> 
> On Jul 22, 2014, at 3:29 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:
> 
> July 22, 2014, Tuesday at 3:05 PM
> 
>  
> 
> As I was walking back from my mailbox. I noticed a male roadrunner walking up 
my brick walkway. He flew up to my Mary Jane Magnolia tree and stayed a few 
minutes. I assume because of the shade. He jumped down and started walking up 
91 Street. It has been since the early 80’s since I saw one in my yard. The 
old one at one time had a nest over by TLC’s on Northwest Expressway. I will 
try to find my old bird records from long ago. 

> 
>  
> 
> I am surprised he did not stay and take a drink from the birdbath or the two 
fountains that are going in the front yard. 

> 
>  
> 
> Happy birding,
> 
>  
> 
> Jan Dolph
> 
> Oklahoma City, OK
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
>  
> 
> -- 
> Amy Buthod
> 

--
David McNeely
Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
From: Jan Dolph <russetdm AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:06:58 -0500
Greater roadrunner’s must be around more than we realize. They must travel 
around looking for food any place they can find it. 


 

Happy birding,

 

Jan Dolph

Oklahoma City, OK

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Amy Buthod
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:01 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner

 

A reliable source told me that there was one on Campus Corner in Norman in 
front of the Starbucks just this Monday. He was headed down Asp towards the 
Student Union. 


 

On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:

I saw roadrunners on the Rio Grande area a lot when I would go birding in the 
80’s and 90’s. The one that came to my house in the 80’s would get on top 
of my feeders and eat with the birds. Then he would grab one and beat it to 
death. He would come by in the morning and every day for some time. Then he was 
gone. I hope this guy does not stay. I would like to see him again. I have a 
lot of different birds that will land on my brick walkway and walk around. I 
have plenty of cover for them to hide in the trees and flowers beds. I am not 
sure why the birds love the brick walkways in my yard. 


 

Happy birding,

 

Jan Dolph

Oklahoma City, OK

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Foundation Subscriber
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:08 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner

 

Jan, 

I live in Trails North and bird a lot on Mitch Park. We see roadrunners rather 
frequently in Mitch Park- from Santa Fe to Kelly. I have not seen one in my 
housing area only 1.5 miles to the dough in Trails North. 


Hal Yocum 

Sent from my iPhone


On Jul 22, 2014, at 3:29 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:

July 22, 2014, Tuesday at 3:05 PM

 

As I was walking back from my mailbox. I noticed a male roadrunner walking up 
my brick walkway. He flew up to my Mary Jane Magnolia tree and stayed a few 
minutes. I assume because of the shade. He jumped down and started walking up 
91 Street. It has been since the early 80’s since I saw one in my yard. The 
old one at one time had a nest over by TLC’s on Northwest Expressway. I will 
try to find my old bird records from long ago. 


 

I am surprised he did not stay and take a drink from the birdbath or the two 
fountains that are going in the front yard. 


 

Happy birding,

 

Jan Dolph

Oklahoma City, OK





 

-- 
Amy Buthod
Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
From: Amy Buthod <amybuthod AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:01:12 -0500
A reliable source told me that there was one on Campus Corner in Norman in
front of the Starbucks just this Monday.  He was headed down Asp towards
the Student Union.


On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:

> I saw roadrunners on the Rio Grande area a lot when I would go birding in
> the 80’s and 90’s. The one that came to my house in the 80’s would get 
on 

> top of my feeders and eat with the birds. Then he would grab one and beat
> it to death.   He would come by in the morning and every day for some
> time.  Then he was gone.  I hope this guy does not stay.  I would like to
> see him again.   I have  a lot of different birds that will land on my
> brick walkway and walk around.  I have plenty of cover for them to hide in
> the trees and flowers beds.  I am not sure why the birds love the brick
> walkways in my yard.
>
>
>
> Happy birding,
>
>
>
> Jan Dolph
>
> Oklahoma City, OK
>
> *From:* okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] *On Behalf Of *Foundation
> Subscriber
> *Sent:* Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:08 PM
> *To:* OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> *Subject:* Re: Greater Roadrunner
>
>
>
> Jan,
>
> I live in Trails North and bird a lot on Mitch Park. We see roadrunners
> rather frequently in Mitch Park- from Santa Fe to Kelly. I have not seen
> one in my housing area only 1.5 miles to the dough in Trails North.
>
> Hal Yocum
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
> On Jul 22, 2014, at 3:29 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:
>
> July 22, 2014, Tuesday at 3:05 PM
>
>
>
> As I was walking back from my mailbox. I noticed a male roadrunner walking
> up my brick walkway.  He flew up to my Mary Jane Magnolia tree and stayed a
> few minutes. I assume because of the shade.  He jumped down and started
> walking up 91 Street.  It has been since the early 80’s since I saw one in
> my yard. The old one at one time had a nest over by TLC’s on Northwest
> Expressway. I will try to find my old bird records from long ago.
>
>
>
> I am surprised he did not stay and take a drink from the birdbath or the
> two fountains that are going in the front yard.
>
>
>
> Happy birding,
>
>
>
> Jan Dolph
>
> Oklahoma City, OK
>
>


-- 
Amy Buthod
Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
From: Jan Dolph <russetdm AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:54:34 -0500
I saw roadrunners on the Rio Grande area a lot when I would go birding in the 
80’s and 90’s. The one that came to my house in the 80’s would get on top 
of my feeders and eat with the birds. Then he would grab one and beat it to 
death. He would come by in the morning and every day for some time. Then he was 
gone. I hope this guy does not stay. I would like to see him again. I have a 
lot of different birds that will land on my brick walkway and walk around. I 
have plenty of cover for them to hide in the trees and flowers beds. I am not 
sure why the birds love the brick walkways in my yard. 


 

Happy birding,

 

Jan Dolph

Oklahoma City, OK

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Foundation Subscriber
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:08 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner

 

Jan, 

I live in Trails North and bird a lot on Mitch Park. We see roadrunners rather 
frequently in Mitch Park- from Santa Fe to Kelly. I have not seen one in my 
housing area only 1.5 miles to the dough in Trails North. 


Hal Yocum 

Sent from my iPhone


On Jul 22, 2014, at 3:29 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:

July 22, 2014, Tuesday at 3:05 PM

 

As I was walking back from my mailbox. I noticed a male roadrunner walking up 
my brick walkway. He flew up to my Mary Jane Magnolia tree and stayed a few 
minutes. I assume because of the shade. He jumped down and started walking up 
91 Street. It has been since the early 80’s since I saw one in my yard. The 
old one at one time had a nest over by TLC’s on Northwest Expressway. I will 
try to find my old bird records from long ago. 


 

I am surprised he did not stay and take a drink from the birdbath or the two 
fountains that are going in the front yard. 


 

Happy birding,

 

Jan Dolph

Oklahoma City, OK
Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner
From: Foundation Subscriber <drhal2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:07:50 -0500
Jan, 
I live in Trails North and bird a lot on Mitch Park. We see roadrunners rather 
frequently in Mitch Park- from Santa Fe to Kelly. I have not seen one in my 
housing area only 1.5 miles to the dough in Trails North. 

Hal Yocum 

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 22, 2014, at 3:29 PM, Jan Dolph  wrote:

> July 22, 2014, Tuesday at 3:05 PM
>  
> As I was walking back from my mailbox. I noticed a male roadrunner walking up 
my brick walkway. He flew up to my Mary Jane Magnolia tree and stayed a few 
minutes. I assume because of the shade. He jumped down and started walking up 
91 Street. It has been since the early 80’s since I saw one in my yard. The 
old one at one time had a nest over by TLC’s on Northwest Expressway. I will 
try to find my old bird records from long ago. 

>  
> I am surprised he did not stay and take a drink from the birdbath or the two 
fountains that are going in the front yard. 

>  
> Happy birding,
>  
> Jan Dolph
> Oklahoma City, OK
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - July 22
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:15:00 -0500
It was partly cloudy and hot on the bird survey today. 63 species were found. 
Anyone wishing to see the Wood Storks can view them from the east levee of 
Lotus Lake looking east into unit 27B. There is a dead tree they like to roost 
in during the day there. There are often Neotropic Cormorants in the tree with 
them. They also like to feed and rest in the water below this tree too. For the 
best view of this tree, walk east on the south levee of unit 27B about 100 
yards from the SE corner of Lotus Lake. The best way to get to this area on 
foot would be to walk west from the middle parking area into Bittern Lake then 
cross the foot bridge near the NW corner of Bittern Lake. Also, the best place 
to find the Cave Swallows is at the first bridge on Mudline Road north of Push 
Creek. They like to roost with the Barn Swallows in a dead tree on the west 
side of the bridge. Here is my list for today: 


Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - 1
Wood Duck - 5
Pied-billed Grebe - 24
Neotropic Cormorant - 5
Anhinga - 16
Least Bittern - 2
Great Blue Heron - 26
Great Egret - 114
Snowy Egret - 67
Little Blue Heron - 29
Green Heron - 20
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 36
White Ibis - 187
Wood Stork - 26
Black Vulture - 11
Turkey Vulture - 11
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Purple Gallinule - 2 adults (also brood of at least 3 black downy chicks.)
Common Gallinule - 5
American Coot - 1
Killdeer - 25
Spotted Sandpiper - 3
Solitary Sandpiper - 9
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 2
Least Sandpiper - 4
Pectoral Sandpiper - 3
Mourning Dove - 33
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 2
Belted Kingfisher - 3
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Willow Flycatcher - 1 (with cowbird chick in tow; new breeding location.)
Eastern Phoebe - 6
Great Crested Flycatcher - 1
Eastern Kingbird - 7
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 2
White-eyed Vireo - 2
Bell's Vireo - 2
American Crow - 7
Fish Crow - 5
Purple Martin - 8
Tree Swallow - 78
Cave Swallow - 5 juveniles
Barn Swallow - 50
Carolina Chickadee - 1
Tufted Titmouse - 1
Carolina Wren - 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2
Eastern Bluebird - 2
Gray Catbird - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 1
Prothonotary Warbler - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 12
Yellow-breasted Chat - 3
Northern Cardinal - 13
Blue Grosbeak - 2
Indigo Bunting - 12
Painted Bunting - 4
Dickcissel - 26
Red-winged Blackbird - 41
Common Grackle - 6
Brown-headed Cowbird - 3


Odonates:

Fragile Forktail
Lilypad Forktail
Regal Darner
Prince Baskettail
Halloween Pennant
Eastern Pondhawk
Slaty Skimmer
Widow Skimmer
Common Whitetail
Eastern Amberwing
Blue Dasher
Wandering Glider
Spot-winged Glider
Black Saddlebags


Good birding!


David Arbour
De Queen, AR

Visit the Red Slough Photo Gallery:  www.pbase.com/red_slough_wma
Subject: Greater Roadrunner
From: Jan Dolph <russetdm AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:29:52 -0500
July 22, 2014, Tuesday at 3:05 PM

 

As I was walking back from my mailbox. I noticed a male roadrunner walking
up my brick walkway.  He flew up to my Mary Jane Magnolia tree and stayed a
few minutes. I assume because of the shade.  He jumped down and started
walking up 91 Street.  It has been since the early 80's since I saw one in
my yard. The old one at one time had a nest over by TLC's on Northwest
Expressway. I will try to find my old bird records from long ago. 

 

I am surprised he did not stay and take a drink from the birdbath or the two
fountains that are going in the front yard.

 

Happy birding,

 

Jan Dolph

Oklahoma City, OK
Subject: Red Slough today
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:59:05 -0500
A few interesting birds noticed today while working at Red Slough:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - 1
Neotropic Cormorant - 5
Anhinga - 1
White Ibis - lots
Wood Stork - 47
Least Tern - 2
Cave Swallow - 1

David Arbour
De Queen, AR

Visit the Red Slough Photo Gallery:  www.pbase.com/red_slough_wma
Subject: Lake Overholser and Eldon Lyon Park this morning
From: Matthew Jung <mpjung5125 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:27:16 -0500
There were an unusually large flock of egrets at the lake, I stopped
counting at 130; the ratio was for every three Snowy Egrets there were
two Great Egrets.  Amazing!

The best bird was a lone adult American Bald Eagle sitting on a small
log in the center of the north dam and this time I got photos.
Further south, also sitting on a small log I photographed two
cormoroants next to one-another, one Neotropic and one Double-crested.
A single Forster's Tern was getting a lot of attention from Mallards,
they were chasing it around until it flew off.

The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was at Eldon Lyon Park again and
eagerly feeding on night crawlers.

Photos will be uploaded to:  www.flickr.com/photos/mpjinokc/

Matt Jung, OKC
Subject: Re: FW: eBird Report - Sludge Lagoon, Jul 15, 2014
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:21:09 -0500
Sharon:

These are not Canvasbacks.  I believe they are Gadwalls.

David Arbour
De Queen, AR


      Subject: FW: eBird Report - Sludge Lagoon, Jul 15, 2014
      Date: Wed Jul 16 2014 0:02 am
      From: henthorn1 AT cox.net 
        
I finally located the canvasbacks tonight that I had first seen near sunset on 
July 10th. The sludge lagoon is best seen from the back parking lot of John 
Marshall HS on Portland between NW 122nd and Hefner Rd. If the soccer fields 
south of the lagoon are open, that may also be a vantage-point for this hidden 
birding hotspot. Enjoy! Sharon 

      -----Original Message-----
      From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org [mailto:do-not-reply AT ebird.org] 
      Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:56 PM
      To: henthorn1 AT cox.net
      Subject: eBird Report - Sludge Lagoon, Jul 15, 2014
      
      Sludge Lagoon, Oklahoma, US-OK
      Jul 15, 2014 6:33 PM - 6:48 PM
      Protocol: Stationary
      Comments:     temp 82, overcast; many mallards and canada geese nearby
      1 species
      
 Canvasback 5 family of diving ducks, female adult and four juveniles; first 
noticed on July 10th 

 
[URL=http://s42.photobucket.com/user/henthorn1/media/IMG_0769_zpse1f6f01d.jpg.html][IMG]http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e347/henthorn1/IMG_0769_zpse1f6f01d.jpg[/IMG][/URL] 

 
[URL=http://s42.photobucket.com/user/henthorn1/media/IMG_0767_zpsf086f41a.jpg.html][IMG]http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e347/henthorn1/IMG_0767_zpsf086f41a.jpg[/IMG][/URL] 

      
 View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19114582 

      
      This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
     
Subject: Chickasha Hummingbird Nest Pictures
From: Bill Adams <ba1980 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:54:57 -0700
My mom and I went back to Dick Ledbetter's house in Chickasha yesterday to see 
how much the Hummingbird babies (in nest #5) had grown. He thinks they will 
leave the nest late this week. 


One of the female hummers did not like the Red-bellied Woodpeckers that close 
(we're assuming another nest on the other side of the creek) and kept chasing 
them. 


We also saw/heard:
Warbling Vireo
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Mourning Dove
Carolina Chickadee
Louisiana Waterthrush
Painted Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
Eastern Phoebe

Pictures can be seen here:
http://www.southernokphotography.com/p137981164


https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154371837975065.1073741886.349185650064&type=3 



Video of chicks in the nest:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10154371869250065&set=vb.349185650064&type=3&video_source=pages_video_set 




Bill Adams
Duncan, OK
Subject: Eldon Lyona Park Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
From: Matthew Jung <mpjung5125 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:25:08 -0500
Went walking early morning, before sun-rise, and found a single
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron among the several crows at the east
pavillion.  It was hunting and eating the nightcrowler coming to the
surface.  It remained at least one hour because it was still after the
worms when I quit my three miles; tooke photos bfore and after the
walk.  It did not tolerate the crows well, chased them off in a hurry.

This is my first record of the YCNH at this park and I been walking
there since 1976.

Matt Jung, OKC
Subject: Hackberry Flat
From: Matthew Jung <mpjung5125 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:17:05 -0500
After the recent rains I was hoping to find "some" water there but the
remains a place of thurst!  One can find a few places where water
pooled miserly but it will be gone very soon!

The Mourning Doves were thick and I saw many Common Nighthawks and a
few Scissortails.  There was a Great Horned Owl perched in the
favorite location (the central tree grove).

Heard at least 6 calling bobwhites and saw a seventh.

Matt Jung, OKC
Subject: Bunting Hunting continues through today!
From: Timothy O'Connell <tim.oconnell AT OKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:18:40 -0500
Dear OKbirders, 

You've still got today to take part in the first annual "Bunting Hunting" 
weekend - just go find some Painted Buntings and report them to eBird. It's 
*that* simple. 


I'm up to 15 males so far, with 11 at Lake Carl Blackwell alone. . . 
~Tim
Subject: Result of nest watch
From: "Bostian, Kelly" <Kelly.Bostian AT TULSAWORLD.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:48:01 +0000
Since I brought folks in on the cops getting called I thought I'd share the end 
result of the effort. 

My first post I was off on days since the hatch, June 23-July 7.
(23rd doesn't count, June has 30 days)


http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/outdoors/bostiancolumn/kelly-bostian-nest-watching-a-rewarding-activity-that-requires-care/article_9b07a36e-09fa-55b6-bcc8-5e2a7de1f784.html 



Kelly Bostian
Outdoors Writer
Tulsa World Media Company
www.tulsaworld.com
office | 918 581 8357
mobile | 918 231 1385
fax | 918 581 8353
315 S. Boulder Ave., Tulsa, OK 74103
twitter |  AT kellybostian
blog |tulsaworld.com/KellyBostian
email | kelly.bostian AT tulsaworld.com
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Seminole, Jul 19, 2014
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:43:24 -0500
 Nothing unusual or unexpected in Seminole County. The Maud wetlands along 
highway 9A are worth checking if 

	you are in the area.


	Jimmy Woodard
	Midwest City, OK


Seminole, Seminole, US-OK
Jul 19, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
40.0 mile(s)
Comments: i reentered the county west of Spaulding. i drove county roads west 
and crisscrossed the Little River several times. i went thru Vamoosa and birded 
the east side of Lake Konawa. i drove north on Hwy 9A and stopped at the Maud 
Wetlands then exited the county at Maud. 

59 species

Canada Goose  20
Cattle Egret  2     at the Maud wetlands.
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  16
Mississippi Kite  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer 4 all young birds at Lake Konawa but no parents seen in attendance. 

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Eurasian Collared-Dove  3
Mourning Dove  15
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Greater Roadrunner  1
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  2
Belted Kingfisher  1     at the Maud wetlands.
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher 3 heard in the Little River bottomlands north of Sasakwa. 

Eastern Phoebe  2
Eastern Kingbird  4
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  10
White-eyed Vireo  2
Bell's Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  16
Fish Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  4
Purple Martin  2
Barn Swallow  10
Cliff Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  3
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  4
Bewick's Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Eastern Bluebird  8
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  7
Northern Parula  1
Field Sparrow  2
Lark Sparrow  5
Summer Tanager  4
Northern Cardinal  10
Blue Grosbeak  5
Indigo Bunting  15
Painted Bunting  7
Dickcissel  18
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Eastern Meadowlark  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
House Sparrow  12

View this checklist online at 
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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Leslie Moses Park , Jul 19, 2014
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:41:20 -0500
 I did some birding in Hughes, Seminole and Pottawatomie Counties this morning. 



	Jimmy Woodard
	Midwest City, OK

Leslie Moses Park , Hughes, US-OK
Jul 19, 2014 6:45 AM - 8:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
20.0 mile(s)
Comments: i drove into Hughes County on highway 9 & 27 before arriving at 
Wetumka Lake. 

47 species

Canada Goose  8
Northern Bobwhite  2
Great Egret  2
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  10
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  6
White-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  12
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  3
Barn Swallow  8
Cliff Swallow  20
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  3
Bewick's Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Eastern Bluebird  6
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  10
Louisiana Waterthrush  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Field Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  10
Blue Grosbeak  4
Indigo Bunting  10
Painted Bunting  5
Dickcissel  20
Eastern Meadowlark  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  9
House Sparrow  15

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19152929 


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Subject: Re: Help with Tern ID possible Caspian Tern, Lake Hefner
From: henthorn1 <henthorn1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:03:27 -0500
Diane and Calvin, I saw three of the Caspian terns at the far end of Prairie 
Dog Point’s submerged end about five days ago. I have seen Forster’s terns 
at both the sludge lagoon and Hefner. I haven’t really been watching for the 
least terns. I wish the canvasbacks (or whatever those diving ducks were) would 
make another appearance at the sludge lagoon. I’ve been hearing dickcissels 
several places still, especially near Rose Lake. I’m glad the kingfishers are 
coming around again. Sharon 


 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Diane Pedicord
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 11:35 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: Help with Tern ID possible Caspian Tern, Lake Hefner

 

Today (July 18) at the OKC sludge lagoon at 2:00 p.m. my friend and I saw at 
least 5 terns that appeared to be Caspian Terns. Standing just in front of them 
were several very small terns that best fit the description of Least Terns both 
because of their diminutive size but also the white forehead and yellow beak. 
Later at 6:00 at Lake Hefner, we again saw the Caspian Terns. We also saw a 
little blue heron adult and an immature along with a snowy egret. 


 

Earlier at the playa lake on Yukon Parkway, we saw a yellow crowned night 
heron, a little blue heron and an immature little blue heron. We looked without 
success for the female wood duck and 3 babies we had observed over the 4th of 
July weekend . At the now submerged mudflats at Lake Overholser, we saw a 
dicksissel and a belted kingfisher along with a large number of great white 
egrets and great blue herons. We also saw an immature little blue heron. 


 

On Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 5:51 PM, Calvin Rees  wrote:

I do not know my Terns that well but I saw these Terns today at Lake Hefner 

 

https://flic.kr/p/ofT9pt

 

https://flic.kr/p/nYpT26

 

https://flic.kr/p/nYoCRC

 

Thanks for your help

 

Calvin

 
Subject: Re: Help with Tern ID possible Caspian Tern, Lake Hefner
From: Diane Pedicord <pedicord AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:34:33 -0500
Today (July 18) at the OKC sludge lagoon at 2:00 p.m. my friend and I saw
at least 5 terns that appeared to be Caspian Terns.  Standing just in front
of them were several very small terns that best fit the description of
Least Terns both because of their diminutive size but also the white
forehead and yellow beak.  Later at 6:00 at Lake Hefner, we again saw the
Caspian Terns. We also saw a little blue heron adult and an immature along
with a snowy egret.

Earlier at the playa lake on Yukon Parkway, we saw a yellow crowned night
heron, a little blue heron and an immature little blue heron.  We looked
without success for the female wood duck and 3 babies we had observed over
the 4th of July weekend . At the now submerged mudflats at Lake Overholser,
we saw a dicksissel and a belted kingfisher along with a large number of
great white egrets and great blue herons.  We also saw an immature little
blue heron.


On Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 5:51 PM, Calvin Rees  wrote:

> I do not know my Terns that well but I saw these Terns today at Lake
> Hefner
>
>
>
> https://flic.kr/p/ofT9pt
>
>
>
> https://flic.kr/p/nYpT26
>
>
>
> https://flic.kr/p/nYoCRC
>
>
>
> Thanks for your help
>
>
>
> Calvin
>
Subject: Red Slough today
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:52:29 -0500
I visited Red Slough for a couple hours today in the rain to check on things. 
Here are a few good birds seen on my brief visit: 


Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - 3
Neotropic Cormorant - 6
Anhinga - 1
Least Bittern - 1
White Ibis - lots
Wood Stork - 2

David Arbour
De Queen, AR

Visit the Red Slough Photo Gallery:  www.pbase.com/red_slough_wma
Subject: Lake Overholser Waders
From: Matthew Jung <mpjung5125 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:20:03 -0700
Yesterday afternoon I walked from the police station to the dam along
the berm road and found all the 'usual' Oklahoma waders:
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Many Eastern and Western Kingbirds were feeding fledglings, also
Mockingbirds and Scissor-tails.  Saw one Belted Kingfisher and the AW
Pelican was still below the dam.

Matt Jung, OKC
Subject: Re: Mississippi Kites
From: gloria ketcher <oprakitas AT BRIGHTOK.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:47:38 -0500
I saw my only one here, ever, in a tree by our creek SE of Jay, OK several 
years back. I had no idea what it was until I looked it up. Beautiful. 


 

Gloria Ketcher

         918-253-8949 

Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; 
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and 
they shall walk, and not feel faint.” 


 

 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Evelyn Houck
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 3:22 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Mississippi Kites

 

Today at noon, a pair of Mississippi Kites flew over our home on the Carey Bay 
arm of Grand Lake. They disappeared into the distance escorted by several 
smaller birds! 


 

According to the date guide, they are rare in this part of NE Oklahoma. We were 
excited, especially after frequent sightings while we lived in the 
Guthrie/Edmond area of the state. 


 

Maybe the storms to the southwest last evening sent them our way!

 

Evelyn Houck

Grove, OK

Delaware County
Subject: FW: Great-blue heron video from WA
From: Doug McGee <wildlifer59 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:13:22 -0400
Pretty awesome shot,

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10204262495191468
Subject: Re: Bunting Hunting - a new citizen science opportunity
From: Cheryl Kilpatrick <dr.k_psych AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:47:29 -0700
Dr. O'Connell:

I apologize for using a response to your bunting e-mail to communicate with 
you. However, I am doing so nevertheless. 

I am in the process of scheduling speakers for Tulsa Audubon Society's programs 
for 2015. Last year I noticed on the Payne County Audubon website that you had 
presented a program for that group on bird vocalizations. Would you be able and 
willing to do that presentation for Tulsa Audubon Society this coming year? We 
will buy you dinner and provide an honorarium to help with travel expense to 
Tulsa. I am working to schedule speakers for any of the following months: 
January, March, April, May. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. 
We meet for dinner between 5:30 and 6:00 and then head over to the meeting 
place. 

Thanks for considering our request.
Cheryl Kilpatrick
Program Chair, TAS



On Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:52 PM, Timothy O'Connell  
wrote: 

 


Dear Friends and Supporters of the Payne County Audubon Society,

Our blast of cool air this week is a welcome respite from the typical midsummer 
heat, and it's downright pleasant to be outside.  But what to do? 


I’d like to invite you to participate this weekend in the
first annual “Bunting Hunting” event to provide a snapshot of Painted 
Bunting 

distribution and abundance.  
North America’s most colorful songbird occupies transitional
landscapes in the Great Plains influenced by agricultural development and
abandonment, fire suppression, and urbanization.  During winter in the 
Neotropics, it is aggressively sought 

for the pet bird trade.  Like
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and a few other species, Painted Bunting occupies a
limited distribution and is a species for which we in the Plains have special
stewardship responsibility.  It is
up to us to keep a watchful eye on these species, or at the very least, take
some time out when they are with us to celebrate them.
Here we are in mid-summer, sandwiched between the tail-end
of the breeding season and the migrants that will soon give us something to
chase again.  What better time of
year to go find some Painted Buntings and report their whereabouts to
eBird?  As other birds
(Dickcissels, I’m looking at you) quiet down for the season, Painted Buntings
keep right on singing, so mid-July is an excellent time to go and find some.
How to take part?  It’s simple – just make an effort to go and find as 
many Painted 

Buntings as you can this weekend (Friday 7/18–Sunday 7/20) and report your
results to eBird (ebird.org).  For
now, that’s it.  There are no
special methods to employ; I just want to see a flood of Painted Bunting
reports coming in this weekend.  If
it’s a success in this inaugural year then the methods can be refined in the
future.
Obviously, the more information you can provide, the
better.  For example, male Painted
Buntings can be aged by plumage from a distance: olive-green birds that are
singing are immatures (“second-year” males in bird-banding parlance), so a
quick look at singing males can provide some neat information on age
structure.  There are places to
enter age and sex information for each species in eBird.  You are also 
encouraged to report 

entire checklists of all the birds you find; you needn’t limit yourself to 
just 

looking at Painted Buntings.
Here's a link to Painted Bunting song, in case you're not familiar with their 
squeaky warble: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/painted_bunting/id 

Be careful, have fun, and thanks for your efforts to help
provide information on distribution and abundance of North America’s most
colorful songbird! If this thing catches on, it'll also be great to have been 
in on the ground floor, right here in Payne County. 

~Tim O'Connell
PCAS Vice President
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Sludge Lagoon, Jul 15, 2014
From: henthorn1 <henthorn1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:03:32 -0500
I finally located the canvasbacks tonight that I had first seen near sunset on 
July 10th. The sludge lagoon is best seen from the back parking lot of John 
Marshall HS on Portland between NW 122nd and Hefner Rd. If the soccer fields 
south of the lagoon are open, that may also be a vantage-point for this hidden 
birding hotspot. Enjoy! Sharon 


-----Original Message-----
From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org [mailto:do-not-reply AT ebird.org] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:56 PM
To: henthorn1 AT cox.net
Subject: eBird Report - Sludge Lagoon, Jul 15, 2014

Sludge Lagoon, Oklahoma, US-OK
Jul 15, 2014 6:33 PM - 6:48 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     temp 82, overcast; many mallards and canada geese nearby
1 species

Canvasback 5 family of diving ducks, female adult and four juveniles; first 
noticed on July 10th 


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View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19114582 


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Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - July 15
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:01:08 -0500
It was partly cloudy and warm on the bird survey today. 71 species were found. 
Shorebirds are starting to come back through. Looking through the large flocks 
of juvenile swallows that were perching in trees and bushes around the wetlands 
produced 3 juvenile Cave Swallows. Also finding a pair of Green-winged Teal 
seemed really odd. Here is my list for today: 


Canada Goose - 1
Wood Duck - 34
Gadwall - 1
Mallard - 4
Blue-winged Teal - 1
Green-winged Teal - 2 (pair)
Pied-billed Grebe - 10
Neotropic Cormorant - 6
Anhinga - 12
Least Bittern - 3
Great Blue Heron - 22
Great Egret - 39
Snowy Egret - 55
Little Blue Heron - 52
Tricolored Heron - 1 adult
Cattle Egret - 10
Green Heron - 10
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 9
White Ibis - 48
Wood Stork - 5
Turkey Vulture - 14
Mississippi Kite - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Purple Gallinule - 4 adults (also 4 downy chicks)
Common Gallinule - 19 (also 3 downy chicks)
American Coot - 1
Killdeer - 10
Solitary Sandpiper - 4
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1
Least Sandpiper - 4
Pectoral Sandpiper - 2
Least Tern - 2
Mourning Dove - 18
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 10
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Willow Flycatcher - 1
Eastern Kingbird - 7
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 1
White-eyed Vireo - 9
Bell's Vireo - 3
Red-eyed Vireo - 1
American Crow - 7
Fish Crow - 4
Purple Martin - 6
Tree Swallow - 115
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 3
Cliff Swallow - 3
Cave Swallow - 3
Barn Swallow - 45
Carolina Chickadee - 3
Tufted Titmouse - 2
Carolina Wren - 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 3
Eastern Bluebird - 4
Northern Mockingbird - 3
Prothonotary Warbler - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 7
Yellow-breasted Chat - 6
Summer Tanager - 1
Northern Cardinal - 20
Blue Grosbeak - 2
Indigo Bunting - 17
Painted Bunting - 7
Dickcissel - 42
Red-winged Blackbird - 63
Common Grackle - 14
Brown-headed Cowbird - 1
Orchard Oriole - 4


Odonates:

Fragile Forktail
Citrine Forktail
Lilypad Forktail
Common Green Darner
Cyrano Darner
Swamp Darner
Prince Baskettail
Mocha Emerald
Jade Clubtail
Halloween Pennant
Four-spotted Pennant
Eastern Pondhawk
Widow Skimmer
Common Whitetail
Slaty Skimmer
Eastern Amberwing
Blue Dasher
Wandering Glider
Spot-winged Glider
Black Saddlebags
"red" Saddlebags species


Herps:

American Alligator
Red-eared Slider
Blanchard's Cricket Frog
Green Treefrog
Bronze Frog
Bullfrog


Good birding!



David Arbour
De Queen, AR

Visit the Red Slough Photo Gallery:  www.pbase.com/red_slough_wma
Subject: Bunting Hunting - a new citizen science opportunity
From: Timothy O'Connell <tim.oconnell AT OKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:52:19 -0500
Dear Friends and Supporters of the Payne County Audubon Society,

Our blast of cool air this week is a welcome respite from the typical midsummer 
heat, and it's downright pleasant to be outside. But what to do? 


Id like to invite you to participate this weekend in the first annual Bunting 
Hunting event to provide a snapshot of Painted Bunting distribution and 
abundance. 


North Americas most colorful songbird occupies transitional landscapes in the 
Great Plains influenced by agricultural development and abandonment, fire 
suppression, and urbanization. During winter in the Neotropics, it is 
aggressively sought for the pet bird trade. Like Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and 
a few other species, Painted Bunting occupies a limited distribution and is a 
species for which we in the Plains have special stewardship responsibility. It 
is up to us to keep a watchful eye on these species, or at the very least, take 
some time out when they are with us to celebrate them. 


Here we are in mid-summer, sandwiched between the tail-end of the breeding 
season and the migrants that will soon give us something to chase again. What 
better time of year to go find some Painted Buntings and report their 
whereabouts to eBird? As other birds (Dickcissels, Im looking at you) quiet 
down for the season, Painted Buntings keep right on singing, so mid-July is an 
excellent time to go and find some. 


How to take part? Its simple  just make an effort to go and find as many 
Painted Buntings as you can this weekend (Friday 7/18Sunday 7/20) and report 
your results to eBird (ebird.org). For now, thats it. There are no special 
methods to employ; I just want to see a flood of Painted Bunting reports coming 
in this weekend. If its a success in this inaugural year then the methods can 
be refined in the future. 


Obviously, the more information you can provide, the better. For example, male 
Painted Buntings can be aged by plumage from a distance: olive-green birds that 
are singing are immatures (second-year males in bird-banding parlance), so a 
quick look at singing males can provide some neat information on age structure. 
There are places to enter age and sex information for each species in eBird. 
You are also encouraged to report entire checklists of all the birds you find; 
you neednt limit yourself to just looking at Painted Buntings. 


Here's a link to Painted Bunting song, in case you're not familiar with their 
squeaky warble: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/painted_bunting/id 

Be careful, have fun, and thanks for your efforts to help provide information 
on distribution and abundance of North Americas most colorful songbird! If 
this thing catches on, it'll also be great to have been in on the ground floor, 
right here in Payne County. 


~Tim O'Connell
PCAS Vice President
Subject: Re: Mississippi Kites
From: Patricia Seibert <plseibert AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:57:16 -0500
I, too have seen Mississippi Kites in Delaware Co., on the southeast side of 
Grand Lake over our house......for the first time ever, twice this summer. 


Patricia Seibert


> On Jul 15, 2014, at 4:23 PM, Sandy Berger  wrote:
> 
> MIKIs have been expanding their territory. They showed up in Fort Smith, 
Arkansas just a few years ago. And now they were in NW AR. I expect they've 
moved into your area too. 

> 
> Sandy B.
> FS, AR
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Jul 15, 2014, at 3:21 PM, Evelyn Houck  wrote:
>> 
>> Today at noon, a pair of Mississippi Kites flew over our home on the Carey 
Bay arm of Grand Lake. They disappeared into the distance escorted by several 
smaller birds! 

>> 
>> According to the date guide, they are rare in this part of NE Oklahoma. We 
were excited, especially after frequent sightings while we lived in the 
Guthrie/Edmond area of the state. 

>> 
>> Maybe the storms to the southwest last evening sent them our way!
>> 
>> Evelyn Houck
>> Grove, OK
>> Delaware County
Subject: Bunting Hunting! A new citizen science venture begins
From: Timothy O'Connell <tim.oconnell AT OKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:03:31 -0500
Dear OKbirders (and our friends in Texas, Kansas, and other states lucky enough 
to take part), 


Id like to invite you to participate this weekend in the first annual Bunting 
Hunting event to provide a snapshot of Painted Bunting distribution and 
abundance. 


North Americas most colorful songbird occupies transitional landscapes in the 
Great Plains influenced by agricultural development and abandonment, fire 
suppression, and urbanization. During winter in the Neotropics, it is 
aggressively sought for the pet bird trade. Like Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and 
a few other species, Painted Bunting occupies a limited distribution and is a 
species for which we in the Plains have special stewardship responsibility. It 
is up to us to keep a watchful eye on these species, or at the very least, take 
some time out when they are with us to celebrate them. 


Here we are in mid-summer, sandwiched between the tail-end of the breeding 
season and the migrants that will soon give us something to chase again. What 
better time of year to go find some Painted Buntings and report their 
whereabouts to eBird? As other birds (Dickcissels, Im looking at you) quiet 
down for the season, Painted Buntings keep right on singing, so mid-July is an 
excellent time to go and find some. 


How to take part? Its simple  just make an effort to go and find as many 
Painted Buntings as you can this weekend (Friday 7/18Sunday 7/20) and report 
your results to eBird (ebird.org). For now, thats it. There are no special 
methods to employ; I just want to see a flood of Painted Bunting reports coming 
in this weekend. If its a success in this inaugural year then the methods can 
be refined in the future. 


Obviously, the more information you can provide, the better. For example, male 
Painted Buntings can be aged by plumage from a distance: olive-green birds that 
are singing are immatures (second-year males in bird-banding parlance), so a 
quick look at singing males can provide some neat information on age structure. 
There are places to enter age and sex information for each species in eBird. 
You are also encouraged to report entire checklists of all the birds you find; 
you neednt limit yourself to just looking at Painted Buntings. 


 Be careful, have fun, and thanks for your efforts to help provide information 
on distribution and abundance of North Americas most colorful songbird! 


~Tim O'Connell

PS: For those unfamiliar with its squeaky, warbly song: 
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/painted_bunting/id 
Subject: Re: Mississippi Kites
From: Sandy Berger <sndbrgr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:23:44 -0500
MIKIs have been expanding their territory. They showed up in Fort Smith, 
Arkansas just a few years ago. And now they were in NW AR. I expect they've 
moved into your area too. 


Sandy B.
FS, AR

Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 15, 2014, at 3:21 PM, Evelyn Houck  wrote:
> 
> Today at noon, a pair of Mississippi Kites flew over our home on the Carey 
Bay arm of Grand Lake. They disappeared into the distance escorted by several 
smaller birds! 

> 
> According to the date guide, they are rare in this part of NE Oklahoma. We 
were excited, especially after frequent sightings while we lived in the 
Guthrie/Edmond area of the state. 

> 
> Maybe the storms to the southwest last evening sent them our way!
> 
> Evelyn Houck
> Grove, OK
> Delaware County
Subject: Mississippi Kites
From: Evelyn Houck <efhouck727 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:21:37 -0500
Today at noon, a pair of Mississippi Kites flew over our home on the Carey
Bay arm of Grand Lake.  They disappeared into the distance escorted by
several smaller birds!

According to the date guide, they are rare in this part of NE Oklahoma.  We
were excited, especially after frequent sightings while we lived in the
Guthrie/Edmond area of the state.

Maybe the storms to the southwest last evening sent them our way!

Evelyn Houck
Grove, OK
Delaware County
Subject: Re: New Red Slough Photos - Wood Storks, etc.
From: Dala Grissom <naejalad AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:18:43 -0500
David, loved the pics. Makes me want to come to the Slough even in this heat. 
Thanks for pics. 


Dala 

Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 13, 2014, at 11:10 PM, David Arbour  wrote:
> 
> I've added more photos to the Red Slough "Recent Photos" gallery. Included 
are shots of Wood Storks and Neotropic Cormoarants, etc. You can access the 
site here: http://www.pbase.com/red_slough_wma/recent_photos 

>  
> David Arbour
> De Queen, AR
>  
> Visit the Red Slough Photo Gallery:  www.pbase.com/red_slough_wma
Subject: New Red Slough Photos - Wood Storks, etc.
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:10:58 -0500
I've added more photos to the Red Slough "Recent Photos" gallery. Included are 
shots of Wood Storks and Neotropic Cormoarants, etc. You can access the site 
here: http://www.pbase.com/red_slough_wma/recent_photos 


David Arbour
De Queen, AR

Visit the Red Slough Photo Gallery:  www.pbase.com/red_slough_wma
Subject: Chickasha Hummingbirds Pictures 07-12-14
From: Bill Adams <ba1980 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:46:28 -0700
My mom and I visited Dick Ledbetter and his hummingbird nests yesterday 
afternoon. Had a great time seeing all the nests, new and old.  


Pictures can be seen here:
http://www.southernokphotography.com/p849511649


https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154348784800065.1073741885.349185650064&type=1 



We also saw/heard:
Warbling Vireo (at least 1 adult and 1 young)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo


Bill Adams
Duncan, OK
Subject: FW: eBird Report - MWC house, Jul 13, 2014
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:05:14 -0500
 I've noticed a big uptick in the number of species of birds visiting our yard 
in the last few days. In the 

 last few weeks we've averaged about 14-17 species each day. Today, we had 29 
species. Nothing rare or unusual but 

	A definite spike nonetheless.


	Jimmy Woodard
	Midwest City, OK

MWC house, Oklahoma, US-OK
Jul 13, 2014 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
29 species

Mississippi Kite  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove  4
White-winged Dove  6
Mourning Dove  10
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Western Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  3
Carolina Chickadee  2
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  3
Bewick's Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  8
Northern Cardinal  10
Painted Bunting  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
House Finch  16
House Sparrow  25

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19092003 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Photo op!! OKC
From: henthorn1 <henthorn1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:44:37 -0500
You who are photographers should help document the birds I described a few
days ago at the Sludge Lagoon behind John Marshall High School between
Hefner Rd. and NW 122nd St, just west of the Hefner Parkway.  


Earlier this week before sundown, I saw an adult canvasback duck and its
four children swimming and diving in the lagoon just south of the cattails
in shallow water.  They weren't feeding, just getting in some fun/practice.
I have tried to find them again to photograph them, but never seem to be
there at the right time.  David McNeely informed me that this is likely a
record late-breeding date for canvasbacks in Oklahoma, and evidence should
be submitted to e-bird and the state records committee.

 

Please combine forces and let's get this done!  If questions, contact me at
henthorn1 AT cox.net or my cellphone 778-9662. Sharon

 
Subject: Caspian Terns - Boomer Lake, Stillwater
From: Scott Loss <scottrloss AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:16:06 -0500
3 Caspian Terns arrived at Boomer Lake right before dusk tonight and did
several lengths of the lake foraging and calling to each other. They were
still there as it got dark. Boomer has now had Caspian and Least Terns
(twice) in the last two weeks.

Scott Loss
Stillwater
Subject: Re: kids shooting birds
From: David McNeely <mcneely4 AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:12:12 -0500
Are we talking about sources of mortality, or causes of population declines? 
The latter can be mostly attributed to habitat loss and environmental 
degradation brought about by the activities of people. David 


---- James Jorgensen  wrote: 
> This is an involved complex issue. 
> If I look at birds, hawks, cats and owls in our little corner as well as read 
some 'studies' regarding these issues I see one species only responsible for 
all of the issues.....it's none of the species on the fore mentioned list 
above. 

> If anyone would be willing to discuss issues regarding the above I can 
arrange a public meeting place in MWC at any time. 

> James R Jorgensen DVM
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> > On Jul 10, 2014, at 7:54 PM, Kristi Hendricks  
wrote: 

> > 
> > I agree with David that feral cats cause much more harm to bird 
populations. I was amazed to hear of some friends who have a neighbor that 
welcomes and feeds some of the feral cats in her neighborhood. Victims, like 
young woodpeckers, have fallen prey to the feline's instincts. Cats are a 
human-induced pest, particularly when let outdoors. Florida panthers, besides 
birds, have gotten feline leukemia thanks to feral cat populations. 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2600209/ 

> > 
> > 
> >> On Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 4:14 PM, Lee Hoy  wrote:
> >> I shot them as a kid with bb gun, I shot sparrows that would come around
> >> our pond.  No idea what species they were.  I stopped shooting about age
> >> 13 and never shot again.  I have been a birder since I was 19.  It is what
> >> you did growing up in the country.  It was just the norm.
> >> 
> >> Lee Hoy
> >> Georgetown, TX
> >> 
> >> On 7/10/14, 3:38 PM, "Steve Schafer"  wrote:
> >> 
> >> >On Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:28:08 -0500, you wrote:
> >> >
> >> >>Some of the best birders I know are males in their 60's and 70's. And
> >> >>they all used to shoot birds when they were kids.
> >> >
> >> >Survivorship bias. Out of all of the males in their 60's and 70's that
> >> >used to shoot birds as kids, what fraction are now birders? What
> >> >fraction of the rest of them still shoot birds?
> >> >
> >> >-Steve
> > 

--
David McNeely
Subject: Red Slough Update
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:43:27 -0500
Had the following interesting birds while working at Red Slough today:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - 1
Neotropic Cormorant - 4
Anhinga - several
White Ibis - lots
Wood Stork - 9
King Rail - 1
Common Moorhen - several

Yesterday I had a Black Tern flying over Lotus Lake and 4 Inca Doves at the 
north end of Mudline Road at Pleasant Hill Community. 



David Arbour
De Queen, AR

Visit the Red Slough Photo Gallery:  www.pbase.com/red_slough_wma
Subject: Re: kids shooting birds
From: Linda Adams <lindafay AT CABLEONE.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:37:23 -0500
I got a BB gun when I was about 8 to 10 years old, but I was instructed not
to shoot or even point it at any living thing or it would be taken away.  I
knew that was not an idle threat, so I made sure to follow the rule. 

Linda Adams


-----Original Message-----
From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Lee Hoy
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2014 4:14 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] kids shooting birds

I shot them as a kid with bb gun, I shot sparrows that would come around our
pond.  No idea what species they were.  I stopped shooting about age
13 and never shot again.  I have been a birder since I was 19.  It is what
you did growing up in the country.  It was just the norm.

Lee Hoy
Georgetown, TX

On 7/10/14, 3:38 PM, "Steve Schafer"  wrote:

>On Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:28:08 -0500, you wrote:
>
>>Some of the best birders I know are males in their 60's and 70's. And 
>>they all used to shoot birds when they were kids.
>
>Survivorship bias. Out of all of the males in their 60's and 70's that 
>used to shoot birds as kids, what fraction are now birders? What 
>fraction of the rest of them still shoot birds?
>
>-Steve
Subject: Re: kids shooting birds
From: James Jorgensen <hpah AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:45:37 -0500
This is an involved complex issue. 
If I look at birds, hawks, cats and owls in our little corner as well as read 
some 'studies' regarding these issues I see one species only responsible for 
all of the issues.....it's none of the species on the fore mentioned list 
above. 

If anyone would be willing to discuss issues regarding the above I can arrange 
a public meeting place in MWC at any time. 

James R Jorgensen DVM


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 10, 2014, at 7:54 PM, Kristi Hendricks  
wrote: 

> 
> I agree with David that feral cats cause much more harm to bird populations. 
I was amazed to hear of some friends who have a neighbor that welcomes and 
feeds some of the feral cats in her neighborhood. Victims, like young 
woodpeckers, have fallen prey to the feline's instincts. Cats are a 
human-induced pest, particularly when let outdoors. Florida panthers, besides 
birds, have gotten feline leukemia thanks to feral cat populations. 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2600209/ 

> 
> 
>> On Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 4:14 PM, Lee Hoy  wrote:
>> I shot them as a kid with bb gun, I shot sparrows that would come around
>> our pond.  No idea what species they were.  I stopped shooting about age
>> 13 and never shot again.  I have been a birder since I was 19.  It is what
>> you did growing up in the country.  It was just the norm.
>> 
>> Lee Hoy
>> Georgetown, TX
>> 
>> On 7/10/14, 3:38 PM, "Steve Schafer"  wrote:
>> 
>> >On Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:28:08 -0500, you wrote:
>> >
>> >>Some of the best birders I know are males in their 60's and 70's. And
>> >>they all used to shoot birds when they were kids.
>> >
>> >Survivorship bias. Out of all of the males in their 60's and 70's that
>> >used to shoot birds as kids, what fraction are now birders? What
>> >fraction of the rest of them still shoot birds?
>> >
>> >-Steve
> 
Subject: Re: kids shooting birds
From: Kristi Hendricks <hendricks.kristi AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:54:16 -0500
I agree with David that feral cats cause much more harm to bird
populations. I was amazed to hear of some friends who have a neighbor that
welcomes and feeds some of the feral cats in her neighborhood. Victims,
like young woodpeckers, have fallen prey to the feline's instincts. Cats
are a human-induced pest, particularly when let outdoors. Florida panthers,
besides birds, have gotten feline leukemia thanks to feral cat populations.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2600209/


On Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 4:14 PM, Lee Hoy  wrote:

> I shot them as a kid with bb gun, I shot sparrows that would come around
> our pond.  No idea what species they were.  I stopped shooting about age
> 13 and never shot again.  I have been a birder since I was 19.  It is what
> you did growing up in the country.  It was just the norm.
>
> Lee Hoy
> Georgetown, TX
>
> On 7/10/14, 3:38 PM, "Steve Schafer"  wrote:
>
> >On Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:28:08 -0500, you wrote:
> >
> >>Some of the best birders I know are males in their 60's and 70's. And
> >>they all used to shoot birds when they were kids.
> >
> >Survivorship bias. Out of all of the males in their 60's and 70's that
> >used to shoot birds as kids, what fraction are now birders? What
> >fraction of the rest of them still shoot birds?
> >
> >-Steve
>
Subject: Canvasbacks in OKC
From: Henthorn1 <henthorn1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:24:08 -0500
I just visited the sludge pond behind John Marshall school. The glare was 
bright and poor visibility. But it was easy to recognize the four juvenile 
canvasbacks diving over and over for fun/practice while the proud parent 
trailed behind. Sharon 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: kids shooting birds
From: Lee Hoy <leehoy AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:14:03 -0500
I shot them as a kid with bb gun, I shot sparrows that would come around
our pond.  No idea what species they were.  I stopped shooting about age
13 and never shot again.  I have been a birder since I was 19.  It is what
you did growing up in the country.  It was just the norm.

Lee Hoy
Georgetown, TX

On 7/10/14, 3:38 PM, "Steve Schafer"  wrote:

>On Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:28:08 -0500, you wrote:
>
>>Some of the best birders I know are males in their 60's and 70's. And
>>they all used to shoot birds when they were kids.
>
>Survivorship bias. Out of all of the males in their 60's and 70's that
>used to shoot birds as kids, what fraction are now birders? What
>fraction of the rest of them still shoot birds?
>
>-Steve
Subject: Re: kids shooting birds
From: David McNeely <mcneely4 AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:06:47 -0500
I lived in small towns in western Texas when I was a kid. Every adult male was 
a hunter, and children were given BB guns at around six years of age. I was 
shown house sparrows and told that I could shoot those, but no other birds. 
Most of my companions did not have the same restriction, and I probably did not 
abide fully by the rule. 


I've learned a few things since then.  I hope most people have.  David

---- Sandy Berger  wrote: 
> Some of the best birders I know are males in their 60's and 70's. And they 
all used to shoot birds when they were kids. I wonder much alcohol played into 
this destruction. 

> 
> Sandy B.
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> > On Jul 10, 2014, at 12:29 PM, Doug McGee  wrote:
> > 
> > And then the "kids" grow up: 
http://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ID=1C1B2802-9C8C-72BD-BEC2BB827B5B658D 

> > 
> > 
> >> On Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 10:22 PM, Janet Curth  wrote:
> >> The unthinking boys and their family may re-think letting them shoot birds 
if they know how many insects the birds can eat, including ticks, mosquitoes, 
wasps - things that I'm sure they' like to see less often. 

> >> Reading about these kids being allowed to be so thoughtless is very sad 
and discouraging. 

> >> 
> >> 
> >> On Jul 9, 2014, at 11:08 AM, Polly O'Malley  wrote:
> >> 
> >> > Hello Birdfolk......
> >> >
> >> > I could use some advice.
> >> >
> >> > The kids next door have been shooting songbirds and now a wading bird 
(green heron) in their own yard. I've asked them before (last summer) to cut it 
out and even gave them some paper targets. We spoke with the parents last 
summer as well and it seemed like it was several weeks before we heard the gun 
again, but now we're into a new summer and dead birds are once again appearing. 

> >> >
> >> > The only way I know they're continuing to kill song birds is that one of 
my dogs goes over there, finds the rotting carcasses and brings them home. What 
I'd like to do is send my husband over with one of their dead birds and a sharp 
knife and have him say something like, "okay, now you've killed it, you've got 
to learn to clean and cook and eat it". Unfortunately, it's usually a few days 
dead by the time the dogs find it and bring it home. We've discovered the 
heron, cardinals, robins, mourning doves and a yellow-billed cuckoo. It just 
makes me sick, but I do not want to involve the law if I can help it. However, 
as a last resort I will. 

> >> >
> >> > Suggestions?
> >> >
> >> > Thanks in advance.  Feel free to contact off-list.
> >> >
> >> > Polly O'Malley
> >> > Agra
> > 

--
David McNeely
Subject: Re: kids shooting birds
From: Steve Schafer <steve AT FENESTRA.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:38:11 -0400
On Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:28:08 -0500, you wrote:

>Some of the best birders I know are males in their 60's and 70's. And
>they all used to shoot birds when they were kids.

Survivorship bias. Out of all of the males in their 60's and 70's that
used to shoot birds as kids, what fraction are now birders? What
fraction of the rest of them still shoot birds?

-Steve
Subject: Re: kids shooting birds
From: Sandy Berger <sndbrgr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:28:08 -0500
Some of the best birders I know are males in their 60's and 70's. And they all 
used to shoot birds when they were kids. I wonder much alcohol played into this 
destruction. 


Sandy B.

Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 10, 2014, at 12:29 PM, Doug McGee  wrote:
> 
> And then the "kids" grow up: 
http://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ID=1C1B2802-9C8C-72BD-BEC2BB827B5B658D 

> 
> 
>> On Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 10:22 PM, Janet Curth  wrote:
>> The unthinking boys and their family may re-think letting them shoot birds 
if they know how many insects the birds can eat, including ticks, mosquitoes, 
wasps - things that I'm sure they' like to see less often. 

>> Reading about these kids being allowed to be so thoughtless is very sad and 
discouraging. 

>> 
>> 
>> On Jul 9, 2014, at 11:08 AM, Polly O'Malley  wrote:
>> 
>> > Hello Birdfolk......
>> >
>> > I could use some advice.
>> >
>> > The kids next door have been shooting songbirds and now a wading bird 
(green heron) in their own yard. I've asked them before (last summer) to cut it 
out and even gave them some paper targets. We spoke with the parents last 
summer as well and it seemed like it was several weeks before we heard the gun 
again, but now we're into a new summer and dead birds are once again appearing. 

>> >
>> > The only way I know they're continuing to kill song birds is that one of 
my dogs goes over there, finds the rotting carcasses and brings them home. What 
I'd like to do is send my husband over with one of their dead birds and a sharp 
knife and have him say something like, "okay, now you've killed it, you've got 
to learn to clean and cook and eat it". Unfortunately, it's usually a few days 
dead by the time the dogs find it and bring it home. We've discovered the 
heron, cardinals, robins, mourning doves and a yellow-billed cuckoo. It just 
makes me sick, but I do not want to involve the law if I can help it. However, 
as a last resort I will. 

>> >
>> > Suggestions?
>> >
>> > Thanks in advance.  Feel free to contact off-list.
>> >
>> > Polly O'Malley
>> > Agra
> 
Subject: Re: kids shooting birds
From: Sandy Berger <sndbrgr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:22:26 -0500
Here in Arkansas an Arkansas River island was recently invaded by someone who 
shot nesting Least Terns and trampled their eggs. The Arkansas Game and Fish 
Commission had just put up signs on all river boat ramps to inform people about 
the birds. Sometime I wonder if more knowledge is a good thing. I guess it 
depends on the situation. Talking with kids usually can help, if the kids are 
approached the right way. Telling them to "cut it out" might just make them 
want to rebel and do it more. Got any old field guides, or binocs, you can 
trade them for their guns. :) 


Sandy B.
FS, AR

Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 10, 2014, at 1:59 PM, David McNeely  wrote:
> 
> Several of the whooping cranes that are part of the reintroduction program in 
Louisiana have been murdered this year. Those were probably killed by persons 
nominally called adults. Rural youth don't kill nearly as many birds annually 
as do feral cats, but they are a significant source of mortality. For most 
species, they probably have little or no effect on population density, given 
malthusian reality, but they certainly should not be doing it. David 

> 
> ---- Doug McGee  wrote: 
>> And then the "kids" grow up:
>> http://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ID=1C1B2802-9C8C-72BD-BEC2BB827B5B658D
>> 
>> 
>>> On Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 10:22 PM, Janet Curth  wrote:
>>> 
>>> The unthinking boys and their family may re-think letting them shoot birds
>>> if they know how many insects the birds can eat, including ticks,
>>> mosquitoes, wasps - things that I'm sure they' like to see less often.
>>> Reading about these kids being allowed to be so thoughtless is very sad
>>> and discouraging.
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> On Jul 9, 2014, at 11:08 AM, Polly O'Malley  wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Hello Birdfolk......
>>>> 
>>>> I could use some advice.
>>>> 
>>>> The kids next door have been shooting songbirds and now a wading bird
>>> (green heron) in their own yard.  I've asked them before (last summer) to
>>> cut it out and even gave them some paper targets.  We spoke with the
>>> parents last summer as well and it seemed like it was several weeks before
>>> we heard the gun again, but now we're into a new summer and dead birds are
>>> once again appearing.
>>>> 
>>>> The only way I know they're continuing to kill song birds is that one of
>>> my dogs goes over there, finds the rotting carcasses and brings them home.
>>> What I'd like to do is send my husband  over with one of their dead birds
>>> and a sharp knife and have him say something like, "okay, now you've killed
>>> it, you've got to learn to clean and cook and eat it".  Unfortunately, it's
>>> usually a few days dead by the time the dogs find it and bring it home.
>>> We've discovered the heron, cardinals, robins, mourning doves and a
>>> yellow-billed cuckoo.  It just makes me sick, but I do not want to involve
>>> the law if I can help it.  However, as a last resort I will.
>>>> 
>>>> Suggestions?
>>>> 
>>>> Thanks in advance.  Feel free to contact off-list.
>>>> 
>>>> Polly O'Malley
>>>> Agra
> 
> --
> David McNeely
Subject: Re: kids shooting birds
From: David McNeely <mcneely4 AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:59:15 -0500
Several of the whooping cranes that are part of the reintroduction program in 
Louisiana have been murdered this year. Those were probably killed by persons 
nominally called adults. Rural youth don't kill nearly as many birds annually 
as do feral cats, but they are a significant source of mortality. For most 
species, they probably have little or no effect on population density, given 
malthusian reality, but they certainly should not be doing it. David 


---- Doug McGee  wrote: 
> And then the "kids" grow up:
> http://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ID=1C1B2802-9C8C-72BD-BEC2BB827B5B658D
> 
> 
> On Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 10:22 PM, Janet Curth  wrote:
> 
> > The unthinking boys and their family may re-think letting them shoot birds
> > if they know how many insects the birds can eat, including ticks,
> > mosquitoes, wasps - things that I'm sure they' like to see less often.
> > Reading about these kids being allowed to be so thoughtless is very sad
> > and discouraging.
> >
> >
> > On Jul 9, 2014, at 11:08 AM, Polly O'Malley  wrote:
> >
> > > Hello Birdfolk......
> > >
> > > I could use some advice.
> > >
> > > The kids next door have been shooting songbirds and now a wading bird
> > (green heron) in their own yard.  I've asked them before (last summer) to
> > cut it out and even gave them some paper targets.  We spoke with the
> > parents last summer as well and it seemed like it was several weeks before
> > we heard the gun again, but now we're into a new summer and dead birds are
> > once again appearing.
> > >
> > > The only way I know they're continuing to kill song birds is that one of
> > my dogs goes over there, finds the rotting carcasses and brings them home.
> >  What I'd like to do is send my husband  over with one of their dead birds
> > and a sharp knife and have him say something like, "okay, now you've killed
> > it, you've got to learn to clean and cook and eat it".  Unfortunately, it's
> > usually a few days dead by the time the dogs find it and bring it home.
> >  We've discovered the heron, cardinals, robins, mourning doves and a
> > yellow-billed cuckoo.  It just makes me sick, but I do not want to involve
> > the law if I can help it.  However, as a last resort I will.
> > >
> > > Suggestions?
> > >
> > > Thanks in advance.  Feel free to contact off-list.
> > >
> > > Polly O'Malley
> > > Agra
> >

--
David McNeely
Subject: Re: kids shooting birds
From: Doug McGee <wildlifer59 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:29:29 -0400
And then the "kids" grow up:
http://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ID=1C1B2802-9C8C-72BD-BEC2BB827B5B658D


On Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 10:22 PM, Janet Curth  wrote:

> The unthinking boys and their family may re-think letting them shoot birds
> if they know how many insects the birds can eat, including ticks,
> mosquitoes, wasps - things that I'm sure they' like to see less often.
> Reading about these kids being allowed to be so thoughtless is very sad
> and discouraging.
>
>
> On Jul 9, 2014, at 11:08 AM, Polly O'Malley  wrote:
>
> > Hello Birdfolk......
> >
> > I could use some advice.
> >
> > The kids next door have been shooting songbirds and now a wading bird
> (green heron) in their own yard.  I've asked them before (last summer) to
> cut it out and even gave them some paper targets.  We spoke with the
> parents last summer as well and it seemed like it was several weeks before
> we heard the gun again, but now we're into a new summer and dead birds are
> once again appearing.
> >
> > The only way I know they're continuing to kill song birds is that one of
> my dogs goes over there, finds the rotting carcasses and brings them home.
>  What I'd like to do is send my husband  over with one of their dead birds
> and a sharp knife and have him say something like, "okay, now you've killed
> it, you've got to learn to clean and cook and eat it".  Unfortunately, it's
> usually a few days dead by the time the dogs find it and bring it home.
>  We've discovered the heron, cardinals, robins, mourning doves and a
> yellow-billed cuckoo.  It just makes me sick, but I do not want to involve
> the law if I can help it.  However, as a last resort I will.
> >
> > Suggestions?
> >
> > Thanks in advance.  Feel free to contact off-list.
> >
> > Polly O'Malley
> > Agra
>
Subject: Re: kids shooting birds
From: Janet Curth <jgcurth AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 21:22:59 -0500
The unthinking boys and their family may re-think letting them shoot birds if 
they know how many insects the birds can eat, including ticks, mosquitoes, 
wasps - things that I'm sure they' like to see less often. 

Reading about these kids being allowed to be so thoughtless is very sad and 
discouraging. 



On Jul 9, 2014, at 11:08 AM, Polly O'Malley  wrote:

> Hello Birdfolk......
> 
> I could use some advice.
> 
> The kids next door have been shooting songbirds and now a wading bird (green 
heron) in their own yard. I've asked them before (last summer) to cut it out 
and even gave them some paper targets. We spoke with the parents last summer as 
well and it seemed like it was several weeks before we heard the gun again, but 
now we're into a new summer and dead birds are once again appearing. 

> 
> The only way I know they're continuing to kill song birds is that one of my 
dogs goes over there, finds the rotting carcasses and brings them home. What 
I'd like to do is send my husband over with one of their dead birds and a sharp 
knife and have him say something like, "okay, now you've killed it, you've got 
to learn to clean and cook and eat it". Unfortunately, it's usually a few days 
dead by the time the dogs find it and bring it home. We've discovered the 
heron, cardinals, robins, mourning doves and a yellow-billed cuckoo. It just 
makes me sick, but I do not want to involve the law if I can help it. However, 
as a last resort I will. 

> 
> Suggestions?
> 
> Thanks in advance.  Feel free to contact off-list.
> 
> Polly O'Malley
> Agra