December 17, 2022
OKC Audubon CBC Summary
Decent weather as temps ranged from 27F at sunrise to 44F by sunset with south wind gusts into the mid-teens. It was really the calm before the storm as we were just five days out ahead of a significant Arctic air blast out of Siberia that produced life-threating conditions and for sure impacted bird movements. The climate in general had been relatively dry as the area lakes were down and the surrounding wetlands were dry.
With a few outstanding lists yet to be counted, we outdid last year’s very cold and windy count and logged 22,337 birds comprised of 113 species! Equally impressive were 26 count parties and 46 participants and we had 25 participants show up at Johnny’s for a nice count tally/dinner!
There was no outstanding bird this year for a change but we still had good quality birds to report (bolded in the list — see page 9) and were able to infer some trends. Perhaps the best bird was a Pacific Loon that was found at Lake Hefner.
Almost fair to say now that Great Egrets (2) Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4) and even Franklin’s Gulls (15) are becoming perennial count birds. Still amazed at how the distribution of Red-breasted Mergansers (751) to Common Mergansers (5) has seemingly flipped over the past few decades.
American White Pelicans (171) were lower this year and definitely lower than what we had been getting before the North American cold wave back in February of 2021.
It seemed that robins, waxwings and Yellow-rumped Warblers were down which is consistent with regional observations and could be attributed to a paucity of juniper berries that were put on this season. Acorn production is way down too which may be correlated with our lower number of jays and crows.
Paticipants stating first with new members: Trina Arnold; Guyla Mayo, Franny Pasternik; Dan Cimbaro; Cole Penning; Dave Woodson, Sue Woodson; Carla Brueggen; John Cleal, Marion Homier; Steve Davis, Mary Lane, Terri Underhill; Bill Diffin; Neil Garrison; Mark Howery, Sharon Henthorn; Patti Muzny, Brian Munzy; Hal Yocum; Cheryl Allen; Brian Marra, Grace Huffman, Steve Stone; John Sterling; Larry Mays, Aaron Mechem Calvin Rees; Morton Payne, Matthew Payne, Johnson Hightower, Steve Parker; Warren Harden, Nancy Vicars; Jimmy Woodard, Emily Muns; Nathan Kuhnert, Susan Prescott, Allison Jones, Nathan Jones, Kaye Jones, Deanne McKinney; Kathleen Tucker; and Jerry and Marilyn Taylor.
We missed the services of Ted Golden who was attending to important family matters in addition to other important members that were either out of town or now living out of state (e.g. Betz Hacker).
Nathan Kuhnert, Compiler
|Number of birds||Species|
|127||Cackling Goose||590||American Coot||29||Eastern Bluebird|
|1614||Canada Goose||36||Killdeer||3||Hermit Thrush|
|8||Wood Duck||20||Least Sandpiper||807||American Robins|
|220||Gadwall||1385||Bonaparte’s Gull||51||Northern Mockingbird|
|47||American Wigeon||15||Franklin’s Gull||5||Brown Thrasher|
|887||Mallard||4351||Ring-billed Gull||2005||European Starling|
|146||Northern Shoveler||62||Herring Gull||1||American Pipit|
|17||Northern Pintail||4||Lesser Black-backed Gull||58||Cedar Waxwing|
|105||American Green-winged Teal||14||Forster’s Ten||2||Orange-crowned Warbler|
|161||Canvasback||1209||Rock Pigeon||13||Yellow-rumped Warbler|
|57||Redhead||67||Eurasian Collared-Dove||10||Spotted Towhee|
|36||Ring-necked Duck||35||White-winged Dove||1||Eastern Towhee|
|36||Greater Scaup||69||Mourning Dove||3||American Tree Sparrow|
|292||Lesser Scaup||1||Eastern Screech-Owl||5||Field Sparrow|
|244||Bufflehead||6||Great Horned Owl||9||Savannah Sparrow|
|405||Common Goldeneye||1||Barred Owl||39||Fox Sparrow|
|97||Hooded Merganser||11||Belted Kingfisher||67||Song Sparrow|
|5||Common Merganser||4||Red-headed Woodpecker||4||Lincoln Sparrow|
|751||Red-breasted Merganser||35||Red-bellied Woodpecker||4||Swamp Sparrow|
|125||Ruddy Duck||7||Yellow-bellied Sapsucker||30||White-throated Sparrow|
|1||Pacific Loon||55||Downy Woodpecker||269||Harris’s Sparrow|
|29||Common Loon||5||Hairy Woodpecker||3||White-crowned Sparrow|
|292||Pied-billed Grebe||47||Northern Flicker||384||Dark-eyed Junco|
|57||Horned Grebe||3||Pileated Woodpecker||5||Lapland Longspur|
|409||American White Pelican||2||Eastern Phoebe||2||Smith’s Longspur|
|1741||Double-crested Cormorant||79||Blue Jay||232||Northern Cardinal|
|89||Great Blue Heron||249||American Crow||748||Red-winged Blackbird|
|2||Great Egret||6||Horned Lark||21||Eastern Meadowlark|
|13||Black-crowned Night-Heron||169||Carolina Chickadee||14||Western Meadowlark|
|1||Black Vulture||56||Tufted Titmouse||16||Common Grackle|
|3||Turkey Vulture||5||Red-breasted Nuthatch||26||Great-tailed Grackle|
|2||Bald Eagle||4||White-breasted Nuthatch||1||Brown-headed Cowbird|
|2||Northern Harrier||13||Brown Creeper||10||Purple Finch|
|8||Cooper’s Hawk||55||Carolina Wren||117||House Finch|
|5||Red-shouldered Hawk||2||Bewick’s Wren||239||American Goldfinch|
|43||Red-tailed Hawk||13||Winter Wren||283||House Sparrow|
|13||American Kestrel||3||Marsh Wren|