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Winter migrants return

November 2010 By Patti Muzny

It’s finally fall and the lure of the garden has disappeared with the first frost.  What does one do with a couple of gallons of green peppers?  In a few weeks when they become unrecognizable because furry stuff is thriving on them, I’ll make the decision to recycle them to the compost barrel?

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November 2010

Greetings in gold

Even though only two new species were added to the 2010 list this month, it was great to greet the returning winter birds while the golden leaves of fall waved farewell to the last of the summer birds.  Finally a killing frost arrived to turn the summer plants into mulch while the cool season plants began

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Pine Warbler

© Eivind Vamraak, Pine Warbler. All Rights Reserved

For a change of pace, this month I would like to talk about a nemesis bird—one that keeps getting away.  Scattered records in central Oklahoma suggest that the Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus) should show up one of these years on the Oklahoma City Christmas Bird Count (CBC), but it always

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Autumn in Byars

Chirpings, November 2010

by Patti Muzny

It’s finally fall and the lure of the garden has disappeared with the first frost.  What does one do with a couple of gallons of green peppers?  In a few weeks when they become unrecognizable because furry stuff is thriving on them, I’ll make the decision to recycle them to the compost barrel?

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October 2010

Beginning the Fall Invasion

Beginning October, flies, crickets and spiders were abundantly hanging out in the fields providing a good food supply for the hungry insect eating birds.  October was a warm dry month causing a lower amount of the forest fall color; however, the effect on the seed production of the prairie grasses and wildflowers is unknown.  The

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

A few weeks ago my wife Melissa had an immature Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) hit her office window (NW 63rd & Classen).  The bird jumped to a nearby tree branch, stunned but apparently none the worst for wear—many birds are not so

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker © Patricia Velte

lucky.  Although “yellow-bellied sapsucker” is sometimes tossed around as a joke

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September 2010

Recorders Report –  September 2010 Fall migration from shorebirds to sparrows

After the long, hot, dry summer, welcome rain arrived at various times and locations throughout the month.  As the grasses greened up, the sunflowers and goldenrods brought a bright yellow glow to the landscape.  Flocks of birds gathered to begin the migration south as shorebirds, gulls, and

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Blue-headed Vireo

By John Shackford

Blue-headed Vireo

The Solitary Vireo (Vireo solitarius) used to be considered to have several subspecies, including 3 that could be found in Oklahoma.  Recently the Solitary Vireo was split into 3 “new” species, the Blue-headed (V. solitarius), Plumbeous (V. plumbeous), and  Cassin’s (V. cassinii) vireos.  All 3 species can be found in Oklahoma, the latter

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Western Pygmy Rattler!

Our summer was hot and dry after the spring floods, but the birds in our yard managed to carry on and raise a brood or two, as if to defy Ma Nature’s wrath and heat.  The pair of Eastern Bluebirds that appeared in our very urban yard fledged one young after being attacked by what I suspect was English

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Summer 2010

From a 500 year flood to moderate drought conditions the birds experienced a great change in the weather this summer while nurturing the next generation of youngsters.  On June 2nd Matt Jung found a Pileated Woodpecker at Rose Lake.   On the 5th Matt and a birder from South Carolina found a Hooded Merganser hen with 6-8 ducklings in the

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