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Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner. I’ll bet you are already smiling—remembering Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons. The Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus), is actually a member of the cuckoo family and prefers running to flight. According to ­­Oklahoma Birds, by G. M. Sutton (1967), the roadrunner is found across the entire state, being more common west than east, and

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Eastern Screech-Owl

by John Shackford

Eastern Screech-Owl

Dr. George M. Sutton stated in his book Birds Worth Watching (1986) that the Eastern Screech-Owl (Otus asio) “is so common in towns that it is almost a dooryard bird.” Speculation is that this little owl receives some protection in smaller and more urban timber because the Great Horned Owl is not common there:

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October 2009

Recorders Report – October 2009

Shorebirds to Sparrows

At the beginning of October previous low rainfall left sufficient mud flats for the shorebird migration while sunflowers graced the prairies with their golden radiance followed by the formation of seeds to feed migrating and winter sparrows. Midmonth rainfall began filling lakes to the delight of arriving

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September 2009

From Summer to Fall

September is the time to begin saying goodbye to the birds of summer and hello to the birds of winter. Many other species will migrate though Oklahoma from their northern breeding grounds to their southern wintering grounds while the sunflowers put on a fantastic golden show as they provide nectar for butterflies and later seeds

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April 2009

Fire, Wind, Water, and Feathers

What a month to spend time outside!! Fire, wind, water and feathers brought multiple changes to the Central Oklahoma landscape during the month of April. While many think tornadoes are Oklahoma’s worst weather nightmare, unfortunately in April, long term weather patterns created the conditions for another basic natural force that is necessary to create

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March 2009

Spring Surprises

March is such an interesting month with changes in the weather, the beginning of bird migration and the awakening of cool season plants from their winter dormancy. March announced the arrival of members of the Swallow; Egret and Heron; shorebird; and warbler families and ended with the fanfare arrival of our favorite state bird. Nature greeted these arrivals

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January 2009

Beginning a New Year of Birding Adventures

It is time to start the 2009 New Year list and see what exciting bird adventures await central Oklahoma. In mid-January a winter storm roared through central Oklahoma leaving a dangerous layer of ice and snow. Birds flocked to feeders to the enjoyment of many backyard birdwatchers, as well as, the cold and

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Purple Martin

By John Shackford

Most of us who have grown up in the eastern U.S. learned that the arrival of the American Robin and the Eastern Bluebird were signs of spring. Problem is that for most people in the eastern U. S.—and certainly us Okies—both of these birds are here year round. The Purple Martins (Progne subis), on the other hand,

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Pileated Woodpecker

By John Shackford

The Pileated Woodpecker has a name to stumble over—is it pie-lee-ated or pill-ee-ated? A trip to the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary shows that both pronunciations are correct. So nobody has anything to grumble about, right? But I still prefer pie-lee-ated—the language of my youth!

This non-migratory woodpecker is big, about 17 inches long—just 2 inches shorter than the

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Hermit Thrush

By John Shackford

Maybe not for you, but Hermit Thrushes in central Oklahoma in winter just don’t compute right for me—and I like it. Growing up in North Carolina until my middle teens, I never expected to see our usual thrush—the Wood Thush—in wintertime: they should have been well south of the U.S. border at that time of year. Many

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