A New Adventure Plan
A new year and new adventures await and what is your birding goal for the year? Goals can vary from backyard bird watchers to Noah Strycker who is traveling the world this year to find 5,000 bird species. Then there are the county explorers such as Mary and Lou Truex who have so far
Continue reading January 2015
The International Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) occurred this month starting on the 13th and ending the 16th. Will all of the central Oklahoma counties report? And what a surprise the weather has been for the month with snow storm after snow storm. Will this bring surprise birds to our backyards?
North of Jones, Hollis Price was surprised to
Continue reading February 2015
At last the snow is gone and spring has arrived along with many migrants and a few rain showers, but the drought continues. With the low lake levels, shorebirds are stopping, along with swallows, Eastern Phoebe and maybe a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Which counties will report these birds and which ones are missing reports? Furthermore what adventures are our Oklahoma
Continue reading March 2015
So many birds; so many reports; and not enough room to record it all. Bird visitors are arriving daily. Some to stop in their travels to rest and refuel, while others are setting up housekeeping for the summer. Lively reports have been pouring in from all central Oklahoma counties except one.
On the 1st Larry Mays and others birded
Continue reading April 2015
Record breaking rain brought an interesting group of birds to Ten Mile Flats and birders in the various counties saw a possible record breaking number of warblers and flycatchers as well as a super rare bird and another surprise feeder visitor. Meanwhile, when and where does Noah reach his half way count of 2,500 bird species seen this year?
Continue reading May 2015
Summer birds need lots of protein to raise a nest full of hungry young birds. So where do birds get protein? Spiders, bugs, and caterpillars are excellent sources. Researcher Douglas W. Tallamy took photographs of chickadees as they arrived on a nest with tasty morsels to feed their young. From hatching to fledging he realized they fed the chicks
Continue reading Summer 2015
On day 267 Noah commented: “If I hit 5,000 this year that means I’ll still miss half the birds in the world. And if we saw everything all the time, it wouldn’t be fun anymore!” But even if we can’t travel, migration can bring international bird travelers to us. Check out the link about fall migration Jerry W. Davis
Continue reading October 2015
As the beautiful fall weather turns into the first ice storm of the season, birders may be wondering why they should be concerned about the decline of monarch butterflies. After all the monarchs eat milkweed and are so nasty tasting that birds won’t eat them. However, this fall there were lots of sunflowers blooming in patches along the wayside,
Continue reading November 2015
As birds are busy snacking on seeds in our winter feeders, it is time to plan our yards and gardens to create a natural environment for the next food crop for birds both in our yards and beyond. A day-long symposium about Monarch Butterflies, pollinators, and native plants is being hosted by the Oklahoma Native Plant Society on Saturday,
Continue reading December 2015
A new year, a new beginning; and another adventurer, Arjan Dwarshuis, will attempt to break the world record by observing more than 6,000 bird species in a single year. Follow along at http://.arjandwarshuis.com/
Meanwhile at home, the challenge could be: how many species will be seen in all counties this year? in 2015 out of 287 species reported, only
Continue reading January 2016