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White-winged Crossbill,©Julie Zickefoose

7 Mar Weasel vs. gull video [William Diffin ]
7 Mar OKC lakes 7Mar2015 [JOS GRZYBOWSKI ]
6 Mar Re: Red Slough today [Foundation Subscriber ]
6 Mar Re: Red Slough today [Brian Sheehan ]
6 Mar Re: Red Slough today [ROBERT LAVAL ]
6 Mar Re: Red Slough today [Jerry Davis ]
5 Mar Red Slough today [David Arbour ]
5 Mar Re: Kumlien's Gull ["Feldt, Andrew N." ]
5 Mar Re: Kumlien's Gull [Mike ]
5 Mar Kumlien's Gull [Bill Carrell ]
3 Mar Lake Draper woodcock watch [Jimmy Woodard ]
3 Mar Lake Yahola [Paul Ribitzki ]
3 Mar gifts from crows [Mark Cromwell ]
3 Mar Re: Recent photos [Paul Ribitzki ]
3 Mar Re: Not Oklahoma - Green woodpecker/weasel ["Sanchez, Isaac C" ]
3 Mar Not Oklahoma - Green woodpecker/weasel [Doug McGee ]
3 Mar Re: Recent photos [Terry Mitchell ]
3 Mar Re: Recent photos [Jim Arterburn ]
3 Mar Recent photos [Terry Mitchell ]
2 Mar Late Report: Red-naped Sapsucker [Kurt Meisenzahl ]
2 Mar Iceland Gull [Bill Carrell ]
2 Mar Re: Robins [Jim Jorgensen ]
2 Mar Re: Robins [William Diffin ]
2 Mar Re: Robins [Stephen Parker ]
1 Mar Re: Robins [William Diffin ]
1 Mar March Migration Report [Patricia Velte ]
1 Mar Birds everywhere [Dala Grissom ]
1 Mar Thayer's and Lesser Black-backed Gulls - Boomer Lake, Stillwater [Scott Loss ]
1 Mar RUSTY BLACKBIRD Excitement [Melinda Droege ]
1 Mar Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz: Opening Day [Josh Engelbert ]
28 Feb PCAS - three great events next week [Timothy O'Connell ]
28 Feb Re: Cardinals [Cheryl Kilpatrick ]
27 Feb Cardinals [Hollis Price ]
27 Feb Re: Fox Sparrow ["Bostian, Kelly" ]
27 Feb ROBINS AND CEDAR WAXWINGS [Dora Webb ]
27 Feb Re: Robins [John Shackford ]
27 Feb Re: Robins [Dala Grissom ]
27 Feb Robins [Stephen Parker ]
26 Feb Re: Pine Warbler [Paul Ribitzki ]
26 Feb Re: Fox Sparrow, Lake Yahola gulls [Brian Sheehan ]
26 Feb Re: Pine Warbler [Janet Curth ]
26 Feb Fox Sparrow [Janet Curth ]
26 Feb Re: Pine Warbler [John Shackford ]
26 Feb Pine Warbler [Paul Ribitzki ]
26 Feb Re: L Hefner [William Diffin ]
25 Feb Re: Great Black-backed Gull Photos [Lewis Pond ]
25 Feb Re: Great Black-backed Gull Photos [Jim Arterburn ]
25 Feb Blitzing for Blackbirds: Year 2 of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz [Josh Engelbert ]
25 Feb Great Black-backed Gull Photos [Jim Arterburn ]
25 Feb Swan [Sue Selman ]
25 Feb Great Black-backed Gull at L. Yahola [JOS GRZYBOWSKI ]
25 Feb Re: L Hefner [Foundation Subscriber ]
24 Feb Re: L Hefner [John Shackford ]
24 Feb Red Slough Bird Survey - Feb. 24 [David Arbour ]
24 Feb Re: Backyard [Renanne Baker ]
24 Feb L Hefner [William Diffin ]
24 Feb Tulsa Audubon Meeting Canceled AGAIN [John Kennington ]
24 Feb Re: Backyard Birds [Larry Mays ]
24 Feb Backyard [BOB NANCY LAVAL ]
24 Feb Backyard Birds [Hollis Price ]
23 Feb New Photos added to Recent Birds Gallery [Jim Arterburn ]
23 Feb Re: Flicker Picture [Hollis Price ]
23 Feb Re: Flicker Picture [Janet Curth ]
23 Feb Re: Flicker Picture [Sue Selman ]
23 Feb Re: Flicker Picture [Jim Arterburn ]
23 Feb Flicker Picture [Warren Williams ]
23 Feb Evening Grosbeaks [Hollis Price ]
22 Feb Re: Townsend's Solitaire in the Windy Wichitas [John Sterling ]
22 Feb Re: tough ol' mockingbird [David John ]
23 Feb tough ol' mockingbird ["Bostian, Kelly" ]
22 Feb huge flock of geese roosting in NW OKC [Terri Underhill ]
22 Feb Townsend's Solitaire in the Windy Wichitas [Melinda Droege ]
22 Feb Quick run of Hefner and other notes [Cameron Carver ]
22 Feb Possible hybrid goose [JOS GRZYBOWSKI ]
22 Feb 7th annual Red Slough Birding Convention [David Arbour ]
22 Feb Evening Grosbeaks [Hollis Price ]

Subject: Weasel vs. gull video
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:14:55 -0600
As followup up to the recent photos of the Green Woodpecker, I offer this
video which is a little closer to home,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k319DbHU80.

Bill Diffin, OKC
Subject: OKC lakes 7Mar2015
From: JOS GRZYBOWSKI <j_grzybowski AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:32:41 -0800
Howdy,
 Went up to the OKC lakes this morning, beginning at Hefner. Was blocked from 
going on the dam by a run, so slid over to Overholser. 

 Not that much around, although Common Mergansers seemed a little more common 
than Red-breasted Mergansers. At Hefner, did have 2 Baird's Sandpipers, 22 
Least, 1 Greater Yellowlegs and about 6 Killdeer. Baird's are early arrivals. 
Were in sw corner with most of the Least. 

 At Overholser, counted up about 50 Herring Gulls. Out in the middle among the 
mergansers was a white early-cycle Glaucous Gull--it was a big Glaucous. 


CHEERS,                               JOE Grzybowski
Subject: Re: Red Slough today
From: Foundation Subscriber <drhal2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:03:10 -0600
Hormones work for woodcocks too. I visited the area near Oxley nature Center 
this evening from 6-7 PM. It is just to the right side of the main entrance 
gate in a mowed strip between 2 of the large concrete encase menus. Myself and 
a visitor from. NY were treated to quite a display . At lest 4 males visited , 
peented , danced with wings spread and did aerial displays from 6:30 to 6:55 . 
It appeared that 2-3 other birds came in and watched the show. The displaying 
males shuffled toward them as they kinds of moved away just in front of them. I 
guess these were females? One bird , male , flew in and landlines 15 feet from 
me as I sat quietly on a log at the edge of the mowed area. It peented 2-3 
times and flew off.In flight they mostly flew in a large irregular circular 
path and came back to land near where they had been before. Quite a show for 
sure. Hal Yocum 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 6, 2015, at 9:53 AM, ROBERT LAVAL  wrote:
> 
> Speaking of hormones. Did anyone else see the clip on Fox News this morning 
of the Eagle sitting on the nest completely covered with snow. Nothing but a 
hump with the white head sticking out of the snow. From an eagle cam somewhere 
in the NE. 

> 
> BOB & NANCY LAVAL
> 20367 PINE MTN. LP.
> HEAVENER, OK 74937
> 918 653 7921 
Subject: Re: Red Slough today
From: Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:47:48 -0600
I didn't see the Fox News bit on it, but I did happen to check in on the
eagle cam to see it.  For anyone interested, it was on the Pennsylvania Game
Commission's website, accessible here:
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1592549&mode=2


-----Original Message-----
From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of ROBERT LAVAL
Sent: Friday, March 6, 2015 9:54 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: [OKBIRDS] Red Slough today

Speaking of hormones.  Did anyone else see the clip on Fox News this morning
of the Eagle sitting on the nest completely covered with snow.  Nothing but
a hump with the white head sticking out of the snow.  From an eagle cam
somewhere in the NE.

BOB & NANCY LAVAL
20367 PINE MTN. LP.
HEAVENER, OK 74937
918 653 7921 
Subject: Re: Red Slough today
From: ROBERT LAVAL <blaval AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 09:53:35 -0600
Speaking of hormones.  Did anyone else see the clip on Fox News this morning 
of the Eagle sitting on the nest completely covered with snow.  Nothing but 
a hump with the white head sticking out of the snow.  From an eagle cam 
somewhere in the NE.

BOB & NANCY LAVAL
20367 PINE MTN. LP.
HEAVENER, OK 74937
918 653 7921 
Subject: Re: Red Slough today
From: Jerry Davis <jwdavis AT CABLELYNX.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 09:35:22 -0500
Thanks for the update. Hormones are in control regardless of the weather.

jerry


 Despite the cold fronts and bad weather the past couple weeks and 3 inches
> of snow last night, I was surprised to find a Tree Swallow sitting at a
> nest
> box singing his heart out on Lotus Lake at Red Slough today.  Also saw a
> couple Bald Eagles, of which one, an immature, was harassing and flushing
> about 800 geese (light geese and White-fronted Geese mixed) in unit 27B.
>
>
>
> David Arbour
>
> De Queen, AR
>
>
Subject: Red Slough today
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:18:32 -0600
Despite the cold fronts and bad weather the past couple weeks and 3 inches
of snow last night, I was surprised to find a Tree Swallow sitting at a nest
box singing his heart out on Lotus Lake at Red Slough today.  Also saw a
couple Bald Eagles, of which one, an immature, was harassing and flushing
about 800 geese (light geese and White-fronted Geese mixed) in unit 27B.

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR
Subject: Re: Kumlien's Gull
From: "Feldt, Andrew N." <afeldt AT OU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:43:41 +0000
Mike,

This is not the first sighting. Noting that Kumlien’s Gull is currently 
considered a sub-species of Iceland Gull, see: 


http://www.suttoncenter.org/pages/birds_listserv?cat=Gull,%20Iceland
http://www.pbase.com/stevemetz/image/121046198
http://www.pbase.com/joe_grzybowski/image/153826299

as samples of previous observations.

Andy Feldt
Norman, OK

On Mar 5, 2015, at 4:20 PM, Mike 
> wrote: 


Bill,

I had never heard of this bird until I looked it up on the internet. 
Considering what I learned about its range, is this a first sighting in 
Oklahoma? If so, graduations! 


Mike Ludewig

From: Bill Carrell
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 11:28 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Kumlien's Gull

Hello All,

 Saw the first-cycle Kumlien's Gull at Lake Yahola this morning, no sign of the 
GBBG. 


Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK


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Subject: Re: Kumlien's Gull
From: Mike <m.b.ludewig AT NETZERO.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:20:01 -0600
Bill,

I had never heard of this bird until I looked it up on the internet. 
Considering what I learned about its range, is this a first sighting in 
Oklahoma? If so, graduations! 


Mike Ludewig

From: Bill Carrell 
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 11:28 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU 
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Kumlien's Gull

Hello All, 

 Saw the first-cycle Kumlien's Gull at Lake Yahola this morning, no sign of the 
GBBG. 


Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK


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Subject: Kumlien's Gull
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:28:03 -0600
Hello All,

           Saw the first-cycle Kumlien's Gull at Lake Yahola this morning,
no sign of the GBBG.

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK
Subject: Lake Draper woodcock watch
From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 20:12:34 -0600
                                Five birders spent about 40 minutes out at
Lake Draper looking for woodcocks this evening. Nadine Varner, Valerie
Bradshaw and 

                                Patti High were stationed at the equestrian
field, our normal field trip watch spot. Zac Poland and myself were at the
field on Point 6

                                Road approximately a half mile south of the
other group as the woodcock flies.

 

                                At 6:31, Zac and I heard the first
twittering to our southwest. It was followed by lots of peenting just south
of us. For the next 30 minutes

                                we heard at least 3 birds peenting and
displaying. The closest bird did 7 flight displays and would land in almost
the same spot each time.

                                He took almost the same flight route each
time. 

 

                                Around 6:45, we heard the close bird make
some aggressive growling or chuckling sounds at another bird that was
peenting.

                                The final peent calls were heard at 7:02.

 

                                Nadine's group saw two birds flyover and
heard some display twittering overhead. She said they had two birds for sure
and perhaps more

                                than that but couldn't tell for sure.

 

                                We also had a Roadrunner, Mockers, Mourning
Doves, duck species, Juncos and some Spotted Towhees in the general area.

 

 

                Jimmy Woodard

                Midwest City, OK

                
Subject: Lake Yahola
From: Paul Ribitzki <lribitzki AT CIMTEL.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:36:36 -0600
I traveled over to Lake Yahola in Tulsa this afternoon in search of the Great 
Black-backed Gull, but once again was unsuccessful. I did get a great look at 
one of the adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a distant look at a breeding 
plumage Franklin’s Gull. 


Paul Ribitzki
Subject: gifts from crows
From: Mark Cromwell <mark.cromwell01 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:00:50 -0600
Little girl has a following of crows, and they reward her with "gifts". see
link

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31604026

We had a pair of crows coming in every day to eat the Bluebird's mealworms
& may be the ones who still feed and sit in backyard. Crows are so clever.

Mark
Enid, OK
Subject: Re: Recent photos
From: Paul Ribitzki <lribitzki AT CIMTEL.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:08:32 -0600
Great photos, as always. I looked 3 times for the Great Black-backed including 
once when Bill was there and once when Jim arrived. Never spotted anything 
close to yours and Jim’s photos. Maybe next time. 


 

Paul 

 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Terry Mitchell
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 9:20 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Recent photos

 

Here’s a link to some recent photos if you care to look including Bald 
Eagles, adult and sub adult, Greater Black-backed gull, Lesser Black-backed 
gull and pie-billed Grebes. 


 

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

 

Terry Mitchell

Plastic Engineering 

918-622-9660

 
Subject: Re: Not Oklahoma - Green woodpecker/weasel
From: "Sanchez, Isaac C" <sanchez AT CHE.UTEXAS.EDU>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:49:28 +0000
Looks legit. European Green Woodpecker: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_green_woodpecker 


Isaac Sanchez
Austin, TX

From: Doug McGee >
Reply-To: okbirds >
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 11:38 AM
To: okbirds >
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Not Oklahoma - Green woodpecker/weasel

Wow! Real or hoax?


http://io9.com/yes-this-is-a-photo-of-a-weasel-riding-a-woodpecker-in-1689046593?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow 
Subject: Not Oklahoma - Green woodpecker/weasel
From: Doug McGee <wildlifer59 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 12:38:05 -0500
Wow! Real or hoax?


http://io9.com/yes-this-is-a-photo-of-a-weasel-riding-a-woodpecker-in-1689046593?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow 
Subject: Re: Recent photos
From: Terry Mitchell <terry AT PECOT.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:17:17 -0600
Maybe someday we’ll be able to take a picture in sunlight again. Did you
get any photos of the Iceland Gull. Terry.



Terry Mitchell

Plastic Engineering

918-622-9660



*From:* okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] *On Behalf Of *Jim Arterburn
*Sent:* Tuesday, March 03, 2015 10:09 AM
*To:* OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
*Subject:* Re: Recent photos



Terry,



Nice photos.



Jim



*From:* okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU ] *On
Behalf Of *Terry Mitchell
*Sent:* Tuesday, March 03, 2015 9:20 AM
*To:* OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
*Subject:* Recent photos



Here’s a link to some recent photos if you care to look including Bald
Eagles, adult and sub adult, Greater Black-backed gull, Lesser Black-backed
gull and pie-billed Grebes.



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



Terry Mitchell

Plastic Engineering

918-622-9660
Subject: Re: Recent photos
From: Jim Arterburn <jimarterburn AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:08:48 -0600
Terry,

 

Nice photos.

 

Jim

 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Terry Mitchell
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 9:20 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Recent photos

 

Here’s a link to some recent photos if you care to look including Bald 
Eagles, adult and sub adult, Greater Black-backed gull, Lesser Black-backed 
gull and pie-billed Grebes. 


 

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

 

Terry Mitchell

Plastic Engineering 

918-622-9660

 
Subject: Recent photos
From: Terry Mitchell <terry AT PECOT.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:19:59 -0600
Here’s a link to some recent photos if you care to look including Bald
Eagles, adult and sub adult, Greater Black-backed gull, Lesser Black-backed
gull and pie-billed Grebes.



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



Terry Mitchell

Plastic Engineering

918-622-9660
Subject: Late Report: Red-naped Sapsucker
From: Kurt Meisenzahl <meisenzk AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 19:19:29 -0800
Ken Dorrell relocated the Red-naped Sapsucker Wednesday morning, February 25th.

The sapsucker was found in the same area, on the left side of the road at the 
pull-over, 

about a  mile before the left turn to French Lake in the Wichita Mountains 
Wildlife 

Refuge.

Kurt Meisenzahl
Lawton, OK 
Subject: Iceland Gull
From: Bill Carrell <cyanocitta.tachopteryx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:42:06 -0600
Hello All,

            Sunday afternoon, saw a possible Kumlein's Iceland Gull at Lake
Yahola. Paul Ribitski also saw the bird, and we both got long distance
photos. Paul informs me that he and Jim Arterburn relocated the gull today,
hopefully getting better documentation. I did not see the Great
Black-Backed gull on Sunday or during a brief stop this morning.

Good Birding,

Bill Carrell
Tulsa, OK
Subject: Re: Robins
From: Jim Jorgensen <hpah AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:22:11 -0600
Several years ago there was a massive robin flick over wintering in the Norman 
area. I don't know if there is such a population anymore. I witnessed the 
flick's arrival and departure to and from the area on several occasions but I 
paid no attention to the gender of individuals or the flocks. Last Spring and 
early summer there appeared to me an abundance of mixed flicks and I see them 
already this year. In addition the robins and cedar wax wings are mixing in 
small flocks I have observed. I will make an effort to differentiate genders 
but I'm not competent in that regard. 

Best wishes on your efforts. I'll go back through some pictures....
Jim Jorgensen
hpah AT cox.net

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 2, 2015, at 12:43 PM, William Diffin  wrote:
> 
> There was a hole in my reasoning on the winter resident vs. permanent 
resident question. If winter resident flocks are mixed-sex, a mixed flock could 
be a winter resident flock with the males still present. We can't assume a 
mixed flock is permanently resident at this time of year unless we know when 
the male winter residents leave their mixed flocks if mixed they be, 
information I don't think we have. One statement that is sometimes made is that 
all or almost all Robins migrate a short distance, so every element of the 
population shifts southward in the fall by approximately the same amount. The 
statement is made in Bent that the fall migration is facultative, indicating 
that its timing and extent are at least partly influenced by weather and access 
to food. 

>  
> Bill
> 
>> On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 12:43 AM, Stephen Parker  wrote:
>> Thank you Dale, John and Bill. Great replies.
>> Steve Parker
> 
Subject: Re: Robins
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:43:10 -0600
There was a hole in my reasoning on the winter resident vs. permanent
resident question. If winter resident flocks are mixed-sex, a mixed flock
could be a winter resident flock with the males still present. We can't
assume a mixed flock is permanently resident at this time of year unless we
know when the male winter residents leave their mixed flocks if mixed they
be, information I don't think we have. One statement that is sometimes made
is that all or almost all Robins migrate a short distance, so every element
of the population shifts southward in the fall by approximately the same
amount. The statement is made in Bent that the fall migration is
facultative, indicating that its timing and extent are at least
partly influenced by weather and access to food.

Bill

On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 12:43 AM, Stephen Parker  wrote:

> Thank you Dale, John and Bill. Great replies.
> Steve Parker
>
Subject: Re: Robins
From: Stephen Parker <shparker AT MAC.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:43:01 -0600
Thank you Dale, John and Bill. Great replies.
Steve Parker
Subject: Re: Robins
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:37:30 -0600
According to A. C. Bent's "Life Histories of Familiar North American
Birds" a migrating flock was seen 100 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida
in mid-February, 1897, and migrants arrived in eastern Massachusetts after
March 10. According to National Geographic Complete Birds of North America,
migrant Robins start to arrive around the northern Great Lakes around March
20 and have completely departed their winter resident areas by around April
10. So we could be in the northward migration window here in Oklahoma. Also
according to the Bent article, the male Robins make their northward
migration earlier than the females. So the early arrival dates just stated
probably apply to males. The way I would use this info to interpret the
winter resident vs. migrant status of a flock at this time of year is that
if it is a mixed-sex flock, then it is probably a local bunch of birds. If
it is a same-sex flock, I think I would call it ambiguous as to whether it
is a local group or a migrant flock. That is because I didn't find a
statement in my two sources of whether the winter resident flocks are
same-sex or mixed or whether they segregate prior to moving north.

Red-winged Blackbirds are one example where the winter flocks are same-sex.
Yellow-headed Blackbirds are an example of birds that migrate north through
Oklahoma in same-sex flocks separated in time, the first males coming
through several weeks ahead of the first females. I have never seen a
statement of whether Yellow-headed Blackbirds associate in same-sex
or mixed flocks in their wintering areas.

As far as I know the male migrant Robin window and female migrant Robin
window are not determined for Oklahoma. I saw a flock of 100 or so for
several days last week at Bluff Creek Park. It definitely contained a lot
of males, but I wasn't that careful about trying to determine the sex of
every bird. I originally didn't know there were so many birds in the flock,
but while watching them in the woods the birds flushed, and then there was
a quarter minute of Robins flying by all going in the same direction. At
the tail end a Sharp-shinned Hawk flew over going the same direction as the
Robins. The flock was not present on my last visit on Friday, at least not
in the areas where I had been seeing it. Its absence made the park seem
deathly quiet. I wouldn't expect a large flock like that to spend an
extended period in one small residential area. They would quickly
deplete the food supplies. In the case of Bluff Creek Park, there are still
plenty of soapberries, but that one dietary element may not be enough to
hold the birds even if they are winter residents.

Looks like there is plenty of room to fill in the knowledge of the natural
history of the local Robins during the migration and winter seasons.

The source for the above info from Bent's Life Histories is here,
http://birdsbybent.com/.

Bill Diffin, OKC

On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 9:25 AM, Stephen Parker  wrote:

> Yesterday(Thursday the 26th) I noticed a dramatic increase in the number
> of Robins around my house(area of NW 60 St. & Villa in OKC) and they remain
> this morning. I'm puzzled by this. Am I seeing a pause in northward
> movement or a retreat from the north, all caused by the recent cold fronts?
> Or might it be simply a local foraging flock? Somewhat new to birding, I
> would enjoy hearing if others have noticed something similar and comments
> from the more knowing.
> Thanks,
> Steve Parker
Subject: March Migration Report
From: Patricia Velte <pvelte AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:00:32 -0600
Dear OKBirders,

 

Here is the list of March Arrivals:

 

Mottled Duck                                    March 14 - Rare in S.
McCurtain Co. only

Blue-winged Teal                             March 14 - PAN

Cinnamon Teal                               March 1 - PAN

Anhinga                                               March 24 - S.
McCurtain Co. only

American Bittern                              March 26 - ALL

Great Egret                                         March 12 - PAN, NW

Snowy Egret                                       March 27 - ALL

Little Blue Heron                              March 27 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE
and March 12 - SE

Cattle Egret                                        March 20 - NW, SW, C,
SC, NE, SE and Texas and Beaver Cos. Only in PAN

Black-crowned Night-Heron        March 15 - NW, SW, C, NE

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron     March 23 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE

White Ibis                                            March 20 - SE

Eared Grebe                                      March 26 - PAN, NW, C, SC,
NE, SE

Neotropic Cormorant                     March 24 - S. McCurtain Co only

Swainson's Hawk                             March 25 - ALL

King Rail                                               March 10 - NW, SW,
C, SC, NE, SE

Sora                                                       March 26 - PAN,
NW, SW, C, SC, NE

Osprey                                                 March 27 - ALL

Solitary Sandpiper                           March 24 - ALL

Greater Yellowlegs                          March 30 - PAN

Lesser Yellowlegs                             March 30 - PAN and March 20 -
NW, C, SC, NE

Upland Sandpiper                            March 26 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE

Long-billed Curlew                          March 22 - PAN Cimarron and
Texas Cos. Only, NW, SW, C, SC

Stilt Sandpiper                                   March 25 - ALL

Common Moorhen                         March 24 - SE Rare in Bryan, Choctaw,
S. McCurtain Co

Black-necked Stilt                            March 19 - NW, SW, C
Kingfisher Co only

American Avocet                             March 16 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE
east to Nowata, Rogers, Wagoner and Muskogee Cos. Only, SE east to
Pittsburg, Atoka and McCurtain Cos. Only

American Golden-Plover              March 5 - NW,SW,C, SC, NE, SE

Snowy Plover                                    March 14 - PAN, NW, SW and
March 16 - C, SC, NE

Mountain Plover                              March 26 - PAN rare in Cimarron
Co. only

Franklin's Gull                                    March 1 - ALL

Forster's Tern                                    March 25 - PAN, NW, SW

Baird's Sandpiper                             March 1 - ALL

Least Sandpiper                                March 26 - PAN

Pectoral Sandpiper                          March 1 - ALL

Semipalmated Sandpiper             March 24 - ALL

Western Sandpiper                         March 29 - ALL

Long-billed Dowitcher                    March 14 - PAN, NW, C, NE

Wilson's Phalarope                          March 25 - ALL

Chimney Swift                                   March 28 - ALL

Ruby-throated Hummingbird     March 28 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE

Black-chinned Hummingbird       March 29 - NW north to Blaine, Dewey and
Roger Mills cos, SW, C east to Logan, Oklahoma and Cleveland Cos, SC rare in
Stephens and Jefferson cos only

Peregrine Falcon                              March 24 - ALL

Eastern Phoebe                                March 18 - PAN and March 7 -
NW

Say's Phoebe                                     March 26 - PAN and March 20
- NW, SW

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher                March 22 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE

White-eyed Vireo                            March 18 - NW west to Alfalfa,
Major and Blaine cos only, SW Caddo, Comanche and Cotton cos only, C, SC,
NE, SE

Yellow-throated Vireo                   March 25 - C west to Payne, Oklahoma
and Cleveland cos only, SC Pontotoc and Johnston cos only, NE, SE

Tree Swallow                                     March 20 - SW, C

Northern Rough-winged Swallow             March 10 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE

Cliff Swallow                                      March 14 - NW, SW, C, SC,
NE, SE

Barn Swallow                                     March 27  - PAN and March 9
- NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                   March 19 - ALL

Louisiana Waterthrush                  March 15 - NW Major, Dewey and Blain
cos only, SW Caddo and Comanche cos only, C, SC, NE, SE

Black-and-white Warbler              March 12 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE

Northern Parula                               March 18 - NW rare west to
Alfalfa and Blaine cos only, SW rare in Comanche co only, C west to Logan,
Oklahoma and Cleveland cos only, SC, NE, SE

Yellow-throated Warbler              March 20 - C west to Payne, Lincoln and
Cleveland Cos only, SC west to Pontotoc, Murray, Johnston and Love cos only,
NE, SE

Chipping Sparrow                            March 28 - PAN, NW

Vesper Sparrow                               March 22 - PAN and March 14 -
NW, C, NE

Lark Sparrow                                      March 18 - NW, SW, C, SC,
NE, SE

Grasshopper Sparrow                    March 27 - NW, C, NE

Yellow-headed Blackbird              March 1 - PAN, NW, SW, C, SC, NE

Great-tailed Grackle                       March 15 - PAN

 

Here are the March departures:

 

White-winged Scoter                     March 28 - C, NE

Black Scoter                                        March 21 - NE

Long-tailed Duck                              March 27 - PAN, NW, SW, C, SC,
NE

Trumpeter Swan                              March 10 - NW, SW, C, NE

Tundra Swan                                      March 13 - ALL

Ferruginous Hawk                           March 25 - NW, SW, C, SC, NE, SE
- Rare east to Washington, Tulsa and Okmulgee Cos. Only

Rough-legged Hawk                       March 20 - SW, C

Golden Eagle                                     March 20 - PAN, NW, SW, SC,
NE, SE - Rare in Kay and Noble Cos. East to Washington Co; rare in Sequoyah
Co. 

Yellow Rail                                           March 1 - Rare in S.
McCurtain Co. only

Little Gull                                             March 27 - C, SC, NE

Thayer's Gull                                      March 24 - NW, C, NE, SE
rare in Le Flore Co. only

Lesser Black-backed Gull              March 16 - C rare in Canadian and
Oklahoma Cos. Only, NE rare in Tulsa Co. only

Glaucous Gull                                    March 9 - NW, C, NE

American Woodcock                      March 1 - NW, SW, C, SC

Prairie Falcon                                     March 28 - ALL

Northern Shrike                               March 3 - PAN

Steller's Jay                                         March 15 - PAN rare in
northwest Cimarron Co only

White-breasted Nuthatch            March 1 - PAN rare in Cimarron Co only

Sage Thrasher                                   March 3 - SW rare in Harmon,
Greer, Jackson, Kiowa and Comanche cos only

Lapland Longspur                             March 10 - ALL

Smith's Longspur                              March 20 - SW rare in Comanche
Co only, C, NE

American Tree Sparrow                March 20 - PAN, NW and March 14 - C, NE
and March 1 - SW

Rusty Blackbird                                 March 28 - NW, SW, C, SC,
NE, SE

Cassin's Finch                                     March 3 - PAN rare in
Cimarron Co only

 

The information presented here comes from The Oklahoma Bird Records
Committee of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society, which publishes a Date
Guide to the Occurrences of Birds in Oklahoma. This booklet divides Oklahoma
into 7 geographic regions, and lists the normal dates of occurrence for each
Oklahoma bird species within each region. Observers are urged to report
unusual species, or birds out of date or out of normal range in Oklahoma,
based on the information given in this publication.

 

The Oklahoma Ornithological Society and Oklahoma Bird Records Committee web
site, http://www.okbirds.org/, includes ordering information for the Date
Guide to the Occurrences of Birds in Oklahoma, information on documenting
significant records, documentation forms, instructions, and a searchable
database for Oklahoma bird migration information. Birders are cordially
invited to join the Oklahoma Ornithological Society.

 

Happy birding!

Pat Velte

pvelte AT cox.net

Oklahoma City, OK

 

 
Subject: Birds everywhere
From: Dala Grissom <naejalad AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:28:17 -0600
This has been a smorgasbord of birds at the feeders the last couple of days. 

We have at least one Spotted Towhee that keeps coming up and eating off the 
ground. Lots of Red-winged Blackbirds, along with a few Brown-headed Cowbirds. 
We've seen 30 Cardinals at one time. But we saw our first Dark-eyed Junco 
(Oregon) at the feeder this morning. Now we have lots of Slate Juncos come, but 
that I know of, never an Oregon. Another first this morning was a Fox Sparrow 
at the feeder. The feeders are surrounded by Cardinal, Goldfinch, House Finch, 
Fox Sparrow, Harris Sparrow, House Sparrow, Titmouse, Junco, Red-Winged 
Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Pine Siskin, Chickadee, Bluejay, Red-bellied 
Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Robin (nearby), and even saw a White-Crowned 
Sparrow. 


It has been a fun to watch and see how each one feeds. What a beautiful 
combination of colors. 


Hope all of you are enjoying God's creation. 

Dala Grissom
Bethel Acres 

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Thayer's and Lesser Black-backed Gulls - Boomer Lake, Stillwater
From: Scott Loss <scottrloss AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:07:03 -0600
Boomer Lake in Stillwater has been holding its own with rare gulls over the
last week.

On Tuesday morning, I found a 2nd cycle Thayer's Gull (ID confirmed much
later after looking at pictures). Two pictures here:


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10104749860992310&set=a.10101460535437090.3173236.1942542&type=3&theater 



https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10104749862973340&set=a.10101460535437090.3173236.1942542&type=3&theater 


Saturday afternoon, there was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull among a
large group of Herring Gulls. Picture here:


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10104751898454220&set=a.10101460535437090.3173236.1942542&type=3&theater 


Boomer Lake is really interesting as the waterfowl and gulls seem to
"turnover" greatly throughout the day. On cold days, early morning (before
8 am) seems best as the gulls, geese, and ducks have not yet left for their
(presumably frozen) feeding areas. However, over the last 2 years, I've
also noticed that mid-afternoon can also be very good for gulls. For
example, yesterday morning there were very few gulls on the lake, but in
the afternoon, a large group pf Herring Gulls (including the LBB Gull) had
arrived. Cloudy, drizzly afternoons seem to be the best. I saw a Thayer's
Gull in such conditions in January, and last year, a Glaucous Gull and LBB
Gull were present in conditions that were identical to yesterday.

Scott Loss
Stillwater
Subject: RUSTY BLACKBIRD Excitement
From: Melinda Droege <oklagranny26 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:29:37 -0600
I read Josh's post about the Rusty blitz, looked out my window and saw two
of them.  and best of all:  it is easy to report to eBird!

I urge everyone who hasn't signed up to eBird to do so even if it is only
to report Rusties.  Here is a link to some very helpful videos:


1.  Beginner video: targeted at birders who are new to eBird and want to be
walked through the entire data submission process.  7.5 minutes long.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjqOLXyJLro&feature=youtu.be
2.  Advanced video: targeted at birders who are comfortable with eBird but
who want more information about how, when, and what to submit to the Blitz.
~4 minutes long. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETRXujTSsZQ


So let's get Oklahoma on the map...we have a very small window as they
leave in late March, early April.

Melinda Droege
Bartlesville
Subject: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz: Opening Day
From: Josh Engelbert <birdingokie AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:57:50 -0600
Good morning!!!

Welcome to International Opening Day of the Rusty Blackbird Spring
Migration Blitz!  The Blitz challenges birders to seek Rusty Blackbirds
throughout this species’ entire migratory range, from the southeastern U.S.
through the Northeast, Midwest, Canada, and Alaska. It’s easy to
participate- bird as you normally do and search especially carefully for
Rusty Blackbirds- then report your results to eBird under the “Rusty
Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz” survey type, even if you don’t find a
Rusty.  Or, visit one of our Rusty Blackbird Areas of Interest (visit our
interactive map at
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/)
to help us assess consistency of migratory timing and habitat use during
spring migration.



Many Rusty Blackbirds spend the winter in Oklahoma, so our job is largely
to document when Rusties get ready for migration and subsequently leave our
region to head north to their breeding grounds.  To give you a sense of
when peak migratory activity is likely to occur in our area, we’ve posted a
list of suggested target dates for each region:
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/states-and-dates/ .
However,
migratory timing can vary annually based on weather and climate, and some
Southern states were reporting Rusty sightings into April last year, so any
Rusty reports during the Blitz period of 1 March through 15 June will help
our effort.



For more information on Blitz objectives, along with Rusty Blackbird
identification tips, data collection instructions, and data reporting
information, you can find additional resources at
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/.



We hope you’ll “get Rusty” with us to help conserve this elusive and
vulnerable songbird! Also, follow us on Facebook to hear about Rusty
sightings, see Rusty pictures, and get the latest Blitz news:
https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz
Subject: PCAS - three great events next week
From: Timothy O'Connell <tim.oconnell AT OKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:34:01 -0600
Dear Friends and Supporters of the Payne County Audubon Society,

First, TODAY (Feb. 28) is the last day to submit your observations for the 2015 
Great Backyard Bird Count. We're closing in on an amazing 150,000 checklists! 
If you haven't already, submit yours today at gbbc.birdcount.org. 


Next, we've got three great events coming up next week, with presentations on 
Monday and Thursday, and a field trip next Saturday: 



Monday, March 2nd - Award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will be in 
town to deliver his annual presentation of photos from the past year. Tom will 
be hosted by the OSU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society who will have 
baked goods, T-shirts, and other items for sale. His presentation will begin at 
7:00 pm in the large auditorium of the Wes Watkins Center, corner of Hall of 
Fame and Washington in Stillwater. 


Thursday, March 5 - 7:00 pm in room 119 of the Stillwater Public Library: Our 
own Dr. John Thornton will deliver a presentation of extraordinary photos and 
video from Three Great Destinations. 


Saturday, March 7 - 8:00 am in the parking lot on 12th St.: Field trip to Couch 
Park. Tim O'Connell and Jim Shaw will lead a late winter/early spring bird walk 
to Couch and Hoyt Grove parks. 



As always, information on these and other events is available at 
paynecountyaudubonsociety.com. 



Wishing you good birding,

~Tim O'Connell
PCAS President
Subject: Re: Cardinals
From: Cheryl Kilpatrick <dr.k_psych AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:13:56 -0800
Bet that is incredibly beautiful with the snow.



On Friday, February 27, 2015 6:40 PM, Hollis Price  
wrote: 

 


I currently have about 60 cardinals in my backyard.

Hollis Price
NE of Jones

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Cardinals
From: Hollis Price <hollis AT PRICESRUS.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:03:35 -0600
I currently have about 60 cardinals in my backyard.

Hollis Price
NE of Jones

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Re: Fox Sparrow
From: "Bostian, Kelly" <Kelly.Bostian AT TULSAWORLD.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:51:21 +0000
No fox sparrows in Bixby on a quick swing 'round the fence lines this morn -- 
spotted a lot of 'the usuals' -- but where I've had 3 Harris's sparrows under 
my feeder all winter today there has been 13. 

... and still one extremely annoying mockingbird that continues to chase away 
everything else ... he may prove to be an argument against putting out feed 
with fruit in it at this time of the year. 


Kelly Bostian
Outdoors Writer
Tulsa World Media Company
www.tulsaworld.com
office | 918 581 8357
mobile | 918 231 1385
fax | 918 581 8353
315 S. Boulder Ave., Tulsa, OK 74103
twitter |  AT kellybostian
blog |tulsaworld.com/KellyBostian
email | kelly.bostian AT tulsaworld.com

________________________________________
From: okbirds [OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] on behalf of Janet Curth 
[jgcurth AT GMAIL.COM] 

Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 4:36 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Fox Sparrow

Two of them west of Sand Springs, near the Ancient Tree Preserve, today at 
10:30 a.m. First I've seen this season. 

Subject: ROBINS AND CEDAR WAXWINGS
From: Dora Webb <owl112 AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:50:16 -0600
Hello OK birders,
We usually have large flocks of Robins and Cedar Waxwings move through the 
green belt together, feasting on the Possum Haw and Holly berries. We’ve only 
had about 5 or 6 Cedar Waxwings for a very few minutes and occasionally Robins. 
But nothing like in past years. They seem to show up when other sources of food 
are depleted. But as John said the cedar trees are so abundant they could feed 
on them forever or at least until they wanted a change in diet! 


We still have Juncos, House Finch, House Sparrow, Ca Chickadee, Tufted 
Titmouse, the two WP, and Ca Wrens. 

Apparently one of the three Ca Wrens has been taken by the neighbor cat, and 
she was here again this morning. 

Sigh.
Dora Webb
Edmond, OK
Subject: Re: Robins
From: John Shackford <johnshackford AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:39:57 -0600
Steve,

A couple of things may be happening.  You may have a large flock of robins
move in from somewhere else in your general area.  This has happened to us
here in Edmond a couple times in the last month, although such flocks could
already be moving northward.

If the birds are migrating at all this time of year they are probably
headed north.  Robins are getting more and more common in winter and I
speculate that it is primarily due to the tremendous number of cedars that
are increasing drastically, more each year; half of these cedars are
females and have blue, edible berries for the robins throughout the winter.

John Shackford
Edmond

On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 11:28 AM, Dala Grissom  wrote:

> I too had Robins over the last week and yesterday. Some even were on the
> bird feeders yesterday. That's a first to see for me. The last couple of
> cold fronts seem to have brought them in the yard more. We've noticed too
> that they have been on the sumac in our neighbor's pasture.
>
> We've even had a Spotted Towhee come to the feeder area several times in
> the last couple of weeks. Another first. We never saw it eat off the
> feeders. It stayed on the ground and in the little brush area we have near
> the feeders. It was beautiful.
>
> Dala Grissom
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Feb 27, 2015, at 9:25 AM, Stephen Parker  wrote:
> >
> > Yesterday(Thursday the 26th) I noticed a dramatic increase in the number
> of Robins around my house(area of NW 60 St. & Villa in OKC) and they remain
> this morning. I'm puzzled by this. Am I seeing a pause in northward
> movement or a retreat from the north, all caused by the recent cold fronts?
> Or might it be simply a local foraging flock? Somewhat new to birding, I
> would enjoy hearing if others have noticed something similar and comments
> from the more knowing.
> > Thanks,
> > Steve Parker
>
Subject: Re: Robins
From: Dala Grissom <naejalad AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:28:00 -0600
I too had Robins over the last week and yesterday. Some even were on the bird 
feeders yesterday. That's a first to see for me. The last couple of cold fronts 
seem to have brought them in the yard more. We've noticed too that they have 
been on the sumac in our neighbor's pasture. 


We've even had a Spotted Towhee come to the feeder area several times in the 
last couple of weeks. Another first. We never saw it eat off the feeders. It 
stayed on the ground and in the little brush area we have near the feeders. It 
was beautiful. 


Dala Grissom 

Sent from my iPad

> On Feb 27, 2015, at 9:25 AM, Stephen Parker  wrote:
> 
> Yesterday(Thursday the 26th) I noticed a dramatic increase in the number of 
Robins around my house(area of NW 60 St. & Villa in OKC) and they remain this 
morning. I'm puzzled by this. Am I seeing a pause in northward movement or a 
retreat from the north, all caused by the recent cold fronts? Or might it be 
simply a local foraging flock? Somewhat new to birding, I would enjoy hearing 
if others have noticed something similar and comments from the more knowing. 

> Thanks,
> Steve Parker
Subject: Robins
From: Stephen Parker <shparker AT MAC.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:25:19 -0600
Yesterday(Thursday the 26th) I noticed a dramatic increase in the number of 
Robins around my house(area of NW 60 St. & Villa in OKC) and they remain this 
morning. I'm puzzled by this. Am I seeing a pause in northward movement or a 
retreat from the north, all caused by the recent cold fronts? Or might it be 
simply a local foraging flock? Somewhat new to birding, I would enjoy hearing 
if others have noticed something similar and comments from the more knowing. 

Thanks,
Steve Parker
Subject: Re: Pine Warbler
From: Paul Ribitzki <lribitzki AT CIMTEL.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:41:52 -0600
We live in far eastern Pawnee County on Lake Keystone. He was only out there 
about 15 minutes around 9:45 AM. We have open water available in our feeder 
area all winter. Last year I received Pine Warbler reports for Tulsa Audubon 
for one individual on Feb 7th and two on Feb 25th below Lake Keystone dam. I 
spotted the first at our house in 2014 on March 1st. 


Paul

 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of John Shackford
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 3:59 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Re: Pine Warbler

 

Interesting, where do you live Paul?

 

John Shackford

Edmond

 

On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 10:13 AM, Paul Ribitzki  wrote:

It must be spring, but for some reason it doesn't feel like it. We had a male 
Pine Warbler picking through the seed litter under our feeders this morning. 


Paul Ribitzki
Lake Keystone area

 
Subject: Re: Fox Sparrow, Lake Yahola gulls
From: Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:25:13 -0600
Okbirders,

I also had a small flock of Fox Sparrows at Oxley Nature Center in Tulsa
yesterday.  Multiple birds were singing too, which surprised me.  I had
never actually heard them sing before yesterday, so it was nice to be able
to put a name to the unrecognized voice I was hearing.

Today at Lake Yahola, I was lucky enough to find three out of four of the
unusual gulls reported there recently.  Got great looks at the Great
Black-backed Gull up fairly close on the rocks after the resident eagles
chased the large group up from much farther out.  Just after spotting him,
local birder Josh Engelbert showed up and helped me out by confirming the
bird's ID.  Also got several good enough looks to feel confident about the
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (lifer!), both in-flight, and sitting on the
rocks.  And after multiple attempts over the past few days, the Thayer's
Gull  also came around close enough that I felt confident that it couldn't
be anything else.  I never did locate the Glaucous Gull reported yesterday,
but may try my luck tomorrow if I can summon up enough strength to face
those bitter cold north winds again.

Brian Sheehan  AT  Bixby

-----Original Message-----
From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Janet Curth
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 4:36 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Fox Sparrow

Two of them west of Sand Springs, near the Ancient Tree Preserve, today at
10:30 a.m. First I've seen this season. 
Subject: Re: Pine Warbler
From: Janet Curth <jgcurth AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:00:13 -0600
Two beautiful fox sparrows here this morning doing their 2-step digging dance 
for half-buried seeds. 

10:30 a.m. on Feb. 26, 2015

Janet Curth
Lake Keystone area.

On Feb 26, 2015, at 3:58 PM, John Shackford  wrote:

> Interesting, where do you live Paul?
> 
> John Shackford
> Edmond
> 
> On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 10:13 AM, Paul Ribitzki  wrote:
> It must be spring, but for some reason it doesn't feel like it. We had a male 
Pine Warbler picking through the seed litter under our feeders this morning. 

> 
> Paul Ribitzki
> Lake Keystone area
> 
Subject: Fox Sparrow
From: Janet Curth <jgcurth AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:36:12 -0600
Two of them west of Sand Springs, near the Ancient Tree Preserve, today at 
10:30 a.m. First I've seen this season. 
Subject: Re: Pine Warbler
From: John Shackford <johnshackford AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:58:59 -0600
Interesting, where do you live Paul?

John Shackford
Edmond

On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 10:13 AM, Paul Ribitzki 
wrote:

> It must be spring, but for some reason it doesn't feel like it.  We had a
> male Pine Warbler picking through the seed litter under our feeders this
> morning.
>
> Paul Ribitzki
> Lake Keystone area
>
Subject: Pine Warbler
From: Paul Ribitzki <lribitzki AT CIMTEL.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:13:06 -0600
It must be spring, but for some reason it doesn't feel like it. We had a male 
Pine Warbler picking through the seed litter under our feeders this morning. 


Paul Ribitzki
Lake Keystone area
Subject: Re: L Hefner
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:27:23 -0600
I have seen once a Red-bellied Woodpecker eating soapberries. On several
occasions I have seen one tear off a twig loaded with soapberries and fly
off with it. And on one occasion I went to a snag where I had seen a
Red-bellied Woodpecker hammering and saw a little pile of chipped soapberry
rinds under the snag. At the following link, the second image shows a
Red-bellied Woodpecker with a soapberry in its beak.

http://audubondallas.org/forum/showthread.php?t=3958

Steve Davis on a trip to Tucson managed to photograph a Gila Woodpecker
with a soapberry,
http://www.pbase.com/spd881/image/158954639

And I read tonight that Golden-fronted Woodpeckers eat them. The three
woodpeckers just named and a couple of others are considered to comprise a
superspecies.

This evening at Bluff Creek Park I watched a couple of squirrels eating
soapberries. They were eating the rind and throwing away the seeds. This
explained the many seeds on the paved path under the trees where the
squirrels were feeding which I had noticed the previous day.

Many wild fruits contain chemicals that are toxic to humans. At the same
time it is generally assumed that the main purpose of a fruit is to be
eaten by an animal for dispersal of the seeds. It is possible that the
chemicals which are toxic to humans may be designed to manipulate the
consumers which are adapted to eat the fruit. Among these manipulations may
be: (1) speeding up the digestive tract so that the seeds are not digested,
(2) slowing down the digestive tract so that scarification is completed,
(3) stimulating the animal to move around so that the seeds are dispersed
more widely, (4) stimulating the appetite of the animal so that it eats
more of the fruit, (5) initially discouraging consumption of the fruit when
the season is not ideal for scarification and germination, then later
changing chemistry to encourage consumption during the ideal season for
germination.

Bill Diffin, OKC


On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 7:50 AM, Foundation Subscriber 
wrote:

> I have noted that Sumac berries are the "food of last resort" for
> chickadees, mockingbirds, some sparrows, titmice, robins, etc..
> Hal Yocum
> ---- John Shackford  wrote:
> > Hey Bill,
> >
> > Glad to hear about the Soapberry snacking!  It has always seemed to me
> that
> > as something of a last resort, robins will eat Soapberries, but I have
> not
> > actually watched them to see if the berries were actually going down the
> > gullet!
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > John
> >
> > On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 6:54 PM, William Diffin 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Near sunset there was a 2nd winter Lesser Black-backed Gull in the
> canal
> > > inlet. Three 1st winter Herring Gulls and one adult HG were in the same
> > > area. It is not usually a great spot for anything but Ring-billed
> Gulls --
> > > there were many of those too. Earlier in the afternoon before a walk at
> > > Bluff Creek Park, I took a drive along the dam. There were several
> rafts of
> > > birds on the lake. The two in best position for viewing were mainly
> > > composed of Common Mergansers in the first case and DC Cormorants in
> the
> > > second. The raft of cormorants was very large both in  population and
> area.
> > > There were three Common Loons together along the dam. The raft of
> > > Pied-billed Grebes which has been consistent around the overflow
> column was
> > > farther out in the lake today. Horned Grebes were scattered around
> with the
> > > rafts of other birds. A large raft of American Coots was to the
> southeast
> > > of the overflow as it has been for at least a week. Duck species seen
> on
> > > the lake were Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler,
> > > Green-winged Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser and
> Bufflehead.
> > > The treatment ponds had Redhead, Ring-necked, Bufflehead, Shoveler,
> > > Gadwall, Mallard and Coot.
> > >
> > > Nothing too unusual at Bluff Creek Park. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a
> > > Red-shouldered Hawk very close by were the highlights. There were many
> > > robins. I finally saw some behavior that I have been wondering about
> but
> > > lax about taking the time to observe. In the past I have seen robins
> > > picking at soapberries but had not actually confirmed they ate them.
> Today
> > > I watched a half a dozen robins and a starling eating soapberries. A
> > > bird would tear one off the tree and chuck it down whole. The starling
> was
> > > very particular about which berries it actually ate. It dropped four
> out of
> > > five or so.
> > >
> > > Bill Diffin, OKC
> > >
> > >
> > >
>
Subject: Re: Great Black-backed Gull Photos
From: Lewis Pond <breaker57 AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:26:44 -0800
Yes, we found the Glaucous Gull this afternoon. But the Greater Black-backed 
was giving us fits - we all thought it was going to be larger than the bird you 
posted. 



---- Jim Arterburn  wrote: 
> OKBirds,
> 
> I thought that I had an adult Glaucous Gull on the causeway when I first got
> to Yahola this morning but could never get looks at the primaries. The bird
> was larger than the herrings with a clean head and paler mantle. I tried to
> get closer but the gulls flushed and I saw the great black-backed so I
> forgot about the glaucous. I just now looked at my photos and on a couple of
> photos you can see the pale primaries on the Glaucous Gull.
> 
>  
> 
> Jim
> 
>  
> 
> From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Jim Arterburn
> Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:14 PM
> To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> Subject: Great Black-backed Gull Photos
> 
>  
> 
> OKBirds,
> 
>  
> 
> I have added a few photos of the first-cycle Gull I found at Lake Yahola
> this morning. I will add more photos in a couple of days. Also there were 2
> first-cycle and 1 second-cycle Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a petite
> first-cycle Thayer's Gull as well as 20-25 Herring Gulls and many
> Ring-billed Gulls. Also had Cackling, Canada, Snow, Ross's and Greater
> White-fronted Geese and no ducks.
> 
>  
> 
> http://www.pbase.com/oklahomabirder/recentbirds
> 
>  
> 
> Cheers,
> 
>  
> 
> Jim Arterburn
> 
> Tulsa, Oklahoma
> 
> www.PBase.com/oklahomabirder  
> 
>  
> 
Subject: Re: Great Black-backed Gull Photos
From: Jim Arterburn <jimarterburn AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:53:50 -0600
OKBirds,

I thought that I had an adult Glaucous Gull on the causeway when I first got
to Yahola this morning but could never get looks at the primaries. The bird
was larger than the herrings with a clean head and paler mantle. I tried to
get closer but the gulls flushed and I saw the great black-backed so I
forgot about the glaucous. I just now looked at my photos and on a couple of
photos you can see the pale primaries on the Glaucous Gull.

 

Jim

 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Jim Arterburn
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:14 PM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Great Black-backed Gull Photos

 

OKBirds,

 

I have added a few photos of the first-cycle Gull I found at Lake Yahola
this morning. I will add more photos in a couple of days. Also there were 2
first-cycle and 1 second-cycle Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a petite
first-cycle Thayer's Gull as well as 20-25 Herring Gulls and many
Ring-billed Gulls. Also had Cackling, Canada, Snow, Ross's and Greater
White-fronted Geese and no ducks.

 

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

 

Cheers,

 

Jim Arterburn

Tulsa, Oklahoma

www.PBase.com/oklahomabirder  

 
Subject: Blitzing for Blackbirds: Year 2 of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
From: Josh Engelbert <birdingokie AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:39:06 -0600
Have you heard a squeaky-hinge song lately, or seen a flash of rust-tipped
feathers under a bright yellow eye? Although occasionally overlooked as
“just another blackbird,” Rusty Blackbirds face an unfortunate and
remarkable notoriety: this species has endured a decline more severe than
that of any other once-common landbird. In 2014, the International Rusty
Blackbird Working Group, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, eBird, and many other state,
federal, and local partners, launched a three-year Rusty Blackbird Spring
Migration Blitz that challenged birders to scour the landscape for Rusty
Blackbirds during this species’ northward migration.  Between 1 March and
15 June, 4750 birders submitted 13,400 checklists containing Rusty
Blackbird observations to eBird, a hugely successful first season that has
allowed us to start looking at potential Rusty Blackbird migratory
hotspots, habitat use, and potential migratory pathways.

We hope you’ll consider participating in Year 2 of the Blitz this spring! 
It’s 

easy- bird as you normally do during the Blitz window (1 March through 15
June) and submit your data to eBird using the “Rusty Blackbird Spring
Migration Blitz” observation type.  To help you figure out when Rusties
might be passing through your area, each region is assigned a set of target
dates found here:
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/states-and-dates/  We’re
collecting Blitz data from anywhere within our target states and provinces,
but this year, we’d also like birders to revisit Areas of Interest
identified from 2014 data to assess the consistency of Rusty Blackbird
habitat use and migratory timing.  Check out our map of Areas of Interest
for 2015 at
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/

To learn more about Rusty Blackbirds and the Blitz effort, please visit our
Migration Blitz website (http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/),
or check out our Blitz Facebook page (
https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz).

We hope you’ll join us to Blitz for Blackbirds this spring!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

Josh Engelbert
BirdingOkie AT gmail.com 
Copan, OK
Subject: Great Black-backed Gull Photos
From: Jim Arterburn <jimarterburn AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:14:05 -0600
OKBirds,

 

I have added a few photos of the first-cycle Gull I found at Lake Yahola
this morning. I will add more photos in a couple of days. Also there were 2
first-cycle and 1 second-cycle Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a petite
first-cycle Thayer's Gull as well as 20-25 Herring Gulls and many
Ring-billed Gulls. Also had Cackling, Canada, Snow, Ross's and Greater
White-fronted Geese and no ducks.

 

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

 

Cheers,

 

Jim Arterburn

Tulsa, Oklahoma

www.PBase.com/oklahomabirder

 
Subject: Swan
From: Sue Selman <selmanranch AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:02:06 -0600
My friend Candyce found a first year Trumpeter Swan not far from my place here 
in NW Oklahoma. 

Sue Selman
Selman OK
Subject: Great Black-backed Gull at L. Yahola
From: JOS GRZYBOWSKI <j_grzybowski AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:03:53 -0800
Jim Arterburn called and asked me to post his finding this morning of a 1st 
cycle Great Black-backed Gull at Lake Yahola. He was also finding several 
Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Thayer's Gull. 

CHEERS,                    JOE Grzybowski
Subject: Re: L Hefner
From: Foundation Subscriber <drhal2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:50:18 -0500
I have noted that Sumac berries are the "food of last resort" for chickadees, 
mockingbirds, some sparrows, titmice, robins, etc.. 

Hal Yocum
---- John Shackford  wrote: 
> Hey Bill,
> 
> Glad to hear about the Soapberry snacking!  It has always seemed to me that
> as something of a last resort, robins will eat Soapberries, but I have not
> actually watched them to see if the berries were actually going down the
> gullet!
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> John
> 
> On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 6:54 PM, William Diffin 
> wrote:
> 
> > Near sunset there was a 2nd winter Lesser Black-backed Gull in the canal
> > inlet. Three 1st winter Herring Gulls and one adult HG were in the same
> > area. It is not usually a great spot for anything but Ring-billed Gulls --
> > there were many of those too. Earlier in the afternoon before a walk at
> > Bluff Creek Park, I took a drive along the dam. There were several rafts of
> > birds on the lake. The two in best position for viewing were mainly
> > composed of Common Mergansers in the first case and DC Cormorants in the
> > second. The raft of cormorants was very large both in  population and area.
> > There were three Common Loons together along the dam. The raft of
> > Pied-billed Grebes which has been consistent around the overflow column was
> > farther out in the lake today. Horned Grebes were scattered around with the
> > rafts of other birds. A large raft of American Coots was to the southeast
> > of the overflow as it has been for at least a week. Duck species seen on
> > the lake were Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler,
> > Green-winged Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser and Bufflehead.
> > The treatment ponds had Redhead, Ring-necked, Bufflehead, Shoveler,
> > Gadwall, Mallard and Coot.
> >
> > Nothing too unusual at Bluff Creek Park. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a
> > Red-shouldered Hawk very close by were the highlights. There were many
> > robins. I finally saw some behavior that I have been wondering about but
> > lax about taking the time to observe. In the past I have seen robins
> > picking at soapberries but had not actually confirmed they ate them. Today
> > I watched a half a dozen robins and a starling eating soapberries. A
> > bird would tear one off the tree and chuck it down whole. The starling was
> > very particular about which berries it actually ate. It dropped four out of
> > five or so.
> >
> > Bill Diffin, OKC
> >
> >
> >
Subject: Re: L Hefner
From: John Shackford <johnshackford AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:21:54 -0600
Hey Bill,

Glad to hear about the Soapberry snacking!  It has always seemed to me that
as something of a last resort, robins will eat Soapberries, but I have not
actually watched them to see if the berries were actually going down the
gullet!

Thanks!

John

On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 6:54 PM, William Diffin 
wrote:

> Near sunset there was a 2nd winter Lesser Black-backed Gull in the canal
> inlet. Three 1st winter Herring Gulls and one adult HG were in the same
> area. It is not usually a great spot for anything but Ring-billed Gulls --
> there were many of those too. Earlier in the afternoon before a walk at
> Bluff Creek Park, I took a drive along the dam. There were several rafts of
> birds on the lake. The two in best position for viewing were mainly
> composed of Common Mergansers in the first case and DC Cormorants in the
> second. The raft of cormorants was very large both in  population and area.
> There were three Common Loons together along the dam. The raft of
> Pied-billed Grebes which has been consistent around the overflow column was
> farther out in the lake today. Horned Grebes were scattered around with the
> rafts of other birds. A large raft of American Coots was to the southeast
> of the overflow as it has been for at least a week. Duck species seen on
> the lake were Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler,
> Green-winged Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser and Bufflehead.
> The treatment ponds had Redhead, Ring-necked, Bufflehead, Shoveler,
> Gadwall, Mallard and Coot.
>
> Nothing too unusual at Bluff Creek Park. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a
> Red-shouldered Hawk very close by were the highlights. There were many
> robins. I finally saw some behavior that I have been wondering about but
> lax about taking the time to observe. In the past I have seen robins
> picking at soapberries but had not actually confirmed they ate them. Today
> I watched a half a dozen robins and a starling eating soapberries. A
> bird would tear one off the tree and chuck it down whole. The starling was
> very particular about which berries it actually ate. It dropped four out of
> five or so.
>
> Bill Diffin, OKC
>
>
>
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - Feb. 24
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:40:09 -0600
It was calm, overcast, and cold (low 40's), with a light coating of snow on
the ground, on the bird survey today.  In spite of the poor weather, 81
species were found.  I ran into Berlin Heck and his wife Pat near the end of
my survey and they joined me for a while.  Here is my list for today:

 

Greater White-fronted Geese - 150

Snow Geese - 163

Ross' Geese - 21

Canada Goose - 1

Wood Duck - 4

Gadwall - 452

American Wigeon - 1

Mallard - 58

Blue-winged Teal - 2

Northern Shoveler - 28

Northern Pintail - 65

Green-winged Teal - 27

Ring-necked Duck - 28

Hooded Merganser - 15

Ruddy Duck - 13

Pied-billed Grebe - 12

American White Pelican - 43

Double-crested Cormorant - 1

Great Blue Heron - 8

Black Vulture - 3

Turkey Vulture - 14

Bald Eagle - 1 adult

Northern Harrier - 3

Cooper's Hawk - 1

Red-shouldered Hawk - 2

Red-tailed Hawk - 5

Golden Eagle - 1 adult

American Kestrel - 2

Merlin - 1 adult

Virginia Rail - 4

American Coot - 335

Killdeer - 8

Greater Yellowlegs - 1

Pectoral Sandpiper - 1

Wilson's Snipe - 2

Mourning Dove - 68

Barred Owl - 2

Belted Kingfisher - 1

Red-headed Woodpecker - 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 4

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2

Downy Woodpecker - 3

Hairy Woodpecker - 2

Northern Flicker - 7

Eastern Phoebe - 2

Loggerhead Shrike - 1

Blue-headed Vireo - 1

Blue Jay - 8

American Crow - 65

Carolina Chickadee - 8

Tufted Titmouse - 7

Brown Creeper - 1

Carolina Wren - 8

Winter Wren - 1

Sedge Wren - 2

Marsh Wren - 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 3

Eastern Bluebird - 4

Hermit Thrush - 1

American Robin - 15

Gray Catbird - 1 

Northern Mockingbird - 1

Brown Thrasher - 6

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 4

Pine Warbler - 1

Common Yellowthroat - 1

Savannah Sparrow - 4

Fox Sparrow - 5

Song Sparrow - 5

Lincoln's Sparrow - 1

Swamp Sparrow - 2

White-throated Sparrow - 4

White-crowned Sparrow - 31

Dark-eyed Junco - 2

Northern Cardinal - 14

Red-winged Blackbird - 255

Eastern Meadowlark - 51

Rusty Blackbird - 19

Common Grackle - 4

American Goldfinch - 9

 

 

Good birding!

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR

 

 
Subject: Re: Backyard
From: Renanne Baker <renanneb AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:35:42 -0600
I had 3 FOX SPARROWS AND A POSSIBLE 4th, being a female but it flushed just as 
I saw it. I have had 1 MALE FS for a month now, so I was happy to see more. The 
cardinals keep multiplying as well. I love discerning each individual by its 
plumage. 

NAN BAKER
MARSHALL COUNTY,
SOUTH CENTRAL, OK.

Sent from my iPad

> On Feb 24, 2015, at 9:50 AM, BOB NANCY LAVAL  wrote:
> 
> This is our first snow that really covered the ground here in Eastern OK. 
This condition always brings in lots of extra birds. About 5:15 last evening I 
counted 29 Cardinals around the feeder. Usually have about 15. 

> BOB LAVAL
> 20367 PINE MTN. LP.
> HEAVENER, OK 74937
> 918 653 7921
Subject: L Hefner
From: William Diffin <okiebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:54:27 -0600
Near sunset there was a 2nd winter Lesser Black-backed Gull in the canal
inlet. Three 1st winter Herring Gulls and one adult HG were in the same
area. It is not usually a great spot for anything but Ring-billed Gulls --
there were many of those too. Earlier in the afternoon before a walk at
Bluff Creek Park, I took a drive along the dam. There were several rafts of
birds on the lake. The two in best position for viewing were mainly
composed of Common Mergansers in the first case and DC Cormorants in the
second. The raft of cormorants was very large both in  population and area.
There were three Common Loons together along the dam. The raft of
Pied-billed Grebes which has been consistent around the overflow column was
farther out in the lake today. Horned Grebes were scattered around with the
rafts of other birds. A large raft of American Coots was to the southeast
of the overflow as it has been for at least a week. Duck species seen on
the lake were Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler,
Green-winged Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser and Bufflehead.
The treatment ponds had Redhead, Ring-necked, Bufflehead, Shoveler,
Gadwall, Mallard and Coot.

Nothing too unusual at Bluff Creek Park. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a
Red-shouldered Hawk very close by were the highlights. There were many
robins. I finally saw some behavior that I have been wondering about but
lax about taking the time to observe. In the past I have seen robins
picking at soapberries but had not actually confirmed they ate them. Today
I watched a half a dozen robins and a starling eating soapberries. A
bird would tear one off the tree and chuck it down whole. The starling was
very particular about which berries it actually ate. It dropped four out of
five or so.

Bill Diffin, OKC
Subject: Tulsa Audubon Meeting Canceled AGAIN
From: John Kennington <johnkennington AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:15:15 -0600
What are the odds? Tulsa Public Schools is closed again today, so the Tulsa
Garden Center is closed all day. So we need to AGAIN cancel tonight's
meeting.

This time we are not rescheduling the Feb. meeting, but we will definitely
reschedule Alyne Eiland's backyard habitat program some other month.
Subject: Re: Backyard Birds
From: Larry Mays <larrymays1949 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:46:34 -0600
If I were a Sharp-shinned Hawk,  I would sure come to your yard.  Must look
like a bird Golden Corral.  The Cooper's Hawk at my place appears to feel
that way as well.

On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 8:07 AM, Hollis Price  wrote:

> I have seen the male and one of the female evening grosbeaks this
> morning.  Will be watching for both females. I have been descended on
> by about 35 red winged blackbirds.  Still hosting:
>
> Purple finches
> House finches
> Goldfinches
> Harris sparrows
> White throated sparrows
> Fox sparrows
> Downy woodpecker
> Red-bellied woodpecker
> Yellow-bellied sapsucker
> Mourning doves
> Blu-jays
> Cardinals
> Carolina wren
> Cedar waxwing
> Carolina chickadee
> Tufted titmouse
> Dark eyed juncos
>
> I am hoping the sharpie does not show up again today.  He has been
> making regular appearances.
>
> Hollis  Price
> NE of Jones
>
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
Subject: Backyard
From: BOB NANCY LAVAL <blaval AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:50:25 -0600
This is our first snow that really covered the ground here in Eastern OK. This 
condition always brings in lots of extra birds. About 5:15 last evening I 
counted 29 Cardinals around the feeder. Usually have about 15. 

BOB LAVAL
20367 PINE MTN. LP.
HEAVENER, OK 74937
918 653 7921
Subject: Backyard Birds
From: Hollis Price <hollis AT PRICESRUS.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:07:38 -0600
I have seen the male and one of the female evening grosbeaks this
morning.  Will be watching for both females. I have been descended on
by about 35 red winged blackbirds.  Still hosting:

Purple finches
House finches
Goldfinches
Harris sparrows
White throated sparrows
Fox sparrows
Downy woodpecker
Red-bellied woodpecker
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
Mourning doves
Blu-jays
Cardinals
Carolina wren
Cedar waxwing
Carolina chickadee
Tufted titmouse
Dark eyed juncos

I am hoping the sharpie does not show up again today.  He has been
making regular appearances.

Hollis  Price
NE of Jones


Sent from my iPad
Subject: New Photos added to Recent Birds Gallery
From: Jim Arterburn <jimarterburn AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:20:49 -0600
OKBirds,

 

I have added a few more photos to the top of my Recent Birds Gallery. Some
of the species added include Cackling Goose, Tundra and Trumpeter Swans,
Redhead, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Bald Eagle (including two different eagles
chasing a Ring-billed Gull for its food) and Red-tailed and Rough-legged
Hawks. Also included are photos of Ring-billed, Lesser Black-backed and
Herring Gulls, Greater Roadrunners, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco
and Brewer's Blackbird. I also included is a photo of a domestic White
Chinese Goose that I though looked nice.

 

One of the Herring Gull photos show the bird "walking on air". He flew by
with his legs tucked in as usual, he then lowered his legs and appeared to
take several steps while flying and then pulled his feet forward to his
chest flew off.

See the link below.

 

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

 

Cheers,

 

Jim Arterburn

Tulsa, Oklahoma

www.PBase.com/oklahomabirder  

 
Subject: Re: Flicker Picture
From: Hollis Price <hollis AT PRICESRUS.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:57:01 -0600
Very nice photo.

Sent from my iPad

On Feb 23, 2015, at 10:23 AM, Warren Williams  wrote:

Got my best ever Yellow-Shafted Flicker  photo this morning.



http://www.pbase.com/wwphoto/image/159242719



Warren Williams

Sand Springs



Photography Home Page 

Amazon Author Page 
Subject: Re: Flicker Picture
From: Janet Curth <jgcurth AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:55:22 -0600
Gorgeous! thanks for showing us. Textures & colors are wonderful.


On Feb 23, 2015, at 10:23 AM, Warren Williams  wrote:

> Got my best ever Yellow-Shafted Flicker  photo this morning.
>  
> http://www.pbase.com/wwphoto/image/159242719
>  
> Warren Williams
> Sand Springs
>  
> Photography Home Page
> Amazon Author Page
>  
>  
Subject: Re: Flicker Picture
From: Sue Selman <selmanranch AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:00:36 -0600
Great picture. It sure is fluffed for the cold.
Sue Selman
Selman OK

On Feb 23, 2015, at 10:23, Warren Williams  wrote:

> Got my best ever Yellow-Shafted Flicker  photo this morning.
>  
> http://www.pbase.com/wwphoto/image/159242719
>  
> Warren Williams
> Sand Springs
>  
> Photography Home Page
> Amazon Author Page
Subject: Re: Flicker Picture
From: Jim Arterburn <jimarterburn AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:39:57 -0600
Warren,

 

Very nice.

 

Jim

 

From: okbirds [mailto:OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU] On Behalf Of Warren Williams
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015 10:24 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: Flicker Picture

 

Got my best ever Yellow-Shafted Flicker  photo this morning. 

 

http://www.pbase.com/wwphoto/image/159242719

 

Warren Williams

Sand Springs

 

Photography Home Page  

Amazon Author Page  

 

 

 
Subject: Flicker Picture
From: Warren Williams <wwphoto3 AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:23:56 -0600
Got my best ever Yellow-Shafted Flicker  photo this morning. 

 

http://www.pbase.com/wwphoto/image/159242719

 

Warren Williams

Sand Springs

 

  Photography Home Page

  Amazon Author Page

 

 

 
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks
From: Hollis Price <hollis AT PRICESRUS.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:38:35 -0600
The grosbeaks are at the feeders now.

Hollis

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Re: Townsend's Solitaire in the Windy Wichitas
From: John Sterling <prairie AT ITLNET.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:17:15 -0600
It's in the grandparents contract.

Got a little snow here in Pauls Valley, very windy and cold. Nothing unusual at 
the feeder, but lots of numbers. 


Have a pair of roadrunners hanging around. They nested nearby last year. Prefer 
they not do that as they clean out all the other nestlings. There seems to be a 
good number of them this year. 


Sent from my iPad

> On Feb 22, 2015, at 5:39 PM, Melinda Droege  wrote:
> 
> I almost wan't going to post this as I dipped on both the Red-naped and 
Lewis' at French Lake in the Wichitas (Thanks to all for providing great 
directions). But I did see a Townsend's Solitaire right at the Red-naped spot 
in case one needs it for Comanche County. It was windy and very cold and the 
only other highlight were some Sandhill Cranes passing over. 

> 
> I am also probably the only person who did NOT get the Evening Grosbeaks! I 
had to leave before the Sharp-shinned left. Still and all it was a great 
weekend, I got to meet Hollis and Mark and see their wonderful birdy place. And 
we had to leave to go to the State Swim meet in Edmond where the Bartlesville 
High School girls won First with a team of only 8, including two of my 
granddaughters. And the boys placed second (my grandson on this team) 

> Sorry for bragging but that's what I do when not birding.....
> 
> Melinda D
> Bartlesville
> 
Subject: Re: tough ol' mockingbird
From: David John <dtjohn07 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:11:51 -0600
Maybe he's got a couple raptor genes. 



David T. John, dtjohn07 AT msn.com, 15020 N. Lewis Ave., Skiatook, OK 74070, 
918-396-4277. 

 
> Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:06:44 +0000
> From: Kelly.Bostian AT TULSAWORLD.COM
> Subject: [OKBIRDS] tough ol' mockingbird
> To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
> 
> We've had territorial mockingbirds around before but the one in our backyard 
this past week is a serious bully day after day after day. I assume this will 
pass if he ever picks up a mate and finds a nest site. He even chases the 
juncos and doves off the ground. 

> 
> I was surprised today with the cold how the other birds tried hard to move in 
but he spent an incredible amount of energy patrolling the entire backyard one 
end to the other. I didn't see a single scuffle, others see him coming and just 
scatter. I haven't had to put out food since last Saturday and if this keeps up 
it will be more than another week. He's just about the only one getting food 
(except for the bluebirds and wrens sneaking in to get dehydrated meal worms). 
Even then he sits on top of the feeder and complains at them. Even the thistle 
feeder is still 3/4 full and it's usually empty if I let it go five days. 

> 
> Either he's really tough or the rest of the birds around here are real wimps. 
Half wishing he would meet up with the neighborhood Coopers ... 

> 
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Subject: tough ol' mockingbird
From: "Bostian, Kelly" <Kelly.Bostian AT TULSAWORLD.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:06:44 +0000
We've had territorial mockingbirds around before but the one in our backyard 
this past week is a serious bully day after day after day. I assume this will 
pass if he ever picks up a mate and finds a nest site. He even chases the 
juncos and doves off the ground. 


I was surprised today with the cold how the other birds tried hard to move in 
but he spent an incredible amount of energy patrolling the entire backyard one 
end to the other. I didn't see a single scuffle, others see him coming and just 
scatter. I haven't had to put out food since last Saturday and if this keeps up 
it will be more than another week. He's just about the only one getting food 
(except for the bluebirds and wrens sneaking in to get dehydrated meal worms). 
Even then he sits on top of the feeder and complains at them. Even the thistle 
feeder is still 3/4 full and it's usually empty if I let it go five days. 


Either he's really tough or the rest of the birds around here are real wimps. 
Half wishing he would meet up with the neighborhood Coopers ... 


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: huge flock of geese roosting in NW OKC
From: Terri Underhill <tunderhill AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:03:09 -0600
Hello OKBirds,
I received a message through the OKC Audubon Society mail that there is a
huge flock of over 1000 geese coming in to roost each evening to a pasture
on 178th & Meridian in north OKC. She said there was a mix of Snow &
White-fronted along with Canada. I could see Snow Geese in the video she
sent me. 
Anyway, I thought if anyone was out that direction they might check it out.
It's mainly pasture land out that way but I'm sure you couldn't help but
hear them when they come in to roost to know which way to look :-)
Good birding,
Terri Underhill
Edmond, OK
  www.okiebirdcam.com
 
"Poor indeed is the garden
in which birds find no homes."
Abram L. Urban
 
Subject: Townsend's Solitaire in the Windy Wichitas
From: Melinda Droege <oklagranny26 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:39:05 -0600
I almost wan't going to post this as I dipped on both the Red-naped and
Lewis' at French Lake in the Wichitas (Thanks to all for providing great
directions).  But I did see a Townsend's Solitaire right at the Red-naped
spot in case one needs it for Comanche County.  It was windy and very cold
and the only other highlight were some Sandhill Cranes passing over.

I am also probably the only person who did NOT get the Evening Grosbeaks!
I had to leave before the Sharp-shinned left.  Still and all it was a great
weekend, I got to meet Hollis and Mark and see their wonderful birdy
place.  And we had to leave to go to the State Swim meet in Edmond where
the Bartlesville High School girls won First with a team of only 8,
including two of my granddaughters.  And the boys placed second  (my
grandson on this team)
Sorry for bragging but that's what I do when not birding.....

Melinda D
Bartlesville
Subject: Quick run of Hefner and other notes
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:32:54 -0600
Greetings,

Heather Shaffery and I ran around the Hefner Dam this afternoon. We
encountered a good number of gulls swarming the cormorants close in.

I quickly found an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, but lost it as I scared
the birds as I got out of the car to get a scope on it for Heather.
After scanning the birds for a while, I noticed an adult Thayer's/Kumlien's
Gull in the mix. I was able to get terrible digiscoped photos of the bird.
They are good enough to show that the primaries are indeed grayish and not
black. The gray coloration was only slightly darker in shade than the
mantle. The head was almost completely free of streaking and the bill
appeared slight with bright yellow coloration and red spot. I would be
happy to forward my photo(s) to any interested parties.

Yesterday, there was a Dunlin off Prairie Dog Point running with some Least
Sandpipers. There has been at least one, maybe two, since last weekend. As
I did not check the point today, I do not know if it remains.

Also of note, a small flock of Snow Geese heading north woke me from my
sleep early this morning. Spring is in the air :P

Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX (Currently in OKC)
Subject: Possible hybrid goose
From: JOS GRZYBOWSKI <j_grzybowski AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:37:04 -0800
Was checking out some geese (about 600--later 1,000) collecting at the corner 
of Western and Indian Hills Rd southwest of Moore. Among them was what I at 
first thought could be a blue morph Ross's Goose (was very small) that I now 
suspect is a CacklingXRoss's hybrid. Passing some photos around to check the 
response. 


Most of the geese here were Cackling, with most of the rest Canadas, a subset 
was I considering to be Lesser Canada Geese (although I really don't like 
calling goose subspecies). 

Among them were also 14 Greater White-fronted (high count going through the 
group) and 2 Snow, one a blue morph). One more mile west of this group had a 
group of about 120 Snow Geese with ~10 Ross's among them. Maybe 40 American 
Wigeon in the field with the geese. 


FYEntertainment if anyone is interested.

CHEERS,                       JOE Grzybowski
Subject: 7th annual Red Slough Birding Convention
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:29:07 -0600
I am happy to announce the 7th annual Red Slough Birding Convention to be
held in Idabel, McCurtain County, Oklahoma on May 9-12, 2015.  This year our
keynote speaker will be Dr. Jay Huner who is a bird and agricultural
wetlands researcher and active birder from southern Louisiana.   Our other
speaker will be Dr. Jeff Kelly, director of the Oklahoma Biological Survey.
The convention's daily tours include morning birding trips to the Red Slough
WMA, Little River NWR, and the McCurtain County Wilderness Area.  There are
afternoon tours to see dragonflies and butterflies, prairie wildflowers, and
state champion trees.  Our expert guides will show you rare birds to
Oklahoma such as Purple Gallinules, King Rails, Swainson's Warblers, and
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers.  We usually average around 150 species of birds
seen during the convention.  For more information visit our website at :

http://www.redsloughconvention.com/  .  

 

David Arbour
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks
From: Hollis Price <hollis AT PRICESRUS.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 07:48:40 -0600
The three evening grosbeaks just came to the trees near my feeders.
For those who have not been following the thread, I am NE of Jones.
The birds have been coming for three weeks.

Hollis

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