April 2019

A Major Migration Month

On March 10th Caitlin Rottler came across Burrowing Owl in Canadian County.  On March 28th Rachel Wrenn detected Louisiana Waterthrush in Cleveland County and Steve Davis tallied Osprey in Oklahoma County.  On March 29th Larry Mays spotted American Golden-Plover in Cleveland County and Rachel Wrenn located White-eyed Vireo in Cleveland County.  On March 30th Chase Moxley recognized Swainson’s Hawk in Canadian County; and Baird’s Sandpiper were found by Scott Loss in Payne County and Bill Diffin in Oklahoma County.  On March 31st Joe Grzybowski documented Yellow-throated Warbler and Sprague’s Pipit in Cleveland County.

On the 1st Jack Olson confirmed Snowy Egret in Oklahoma County.  On the 2nd Laura Stanfill got Yellow-headed Blackbird in Oklahoma County.  On the 4th John Tharp had Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Cleveland County; and Broad-winged Hawks were seen by Steve Davis in Cleveland County; Corey Riding in Payne County; and Brian Marra in Oklahoma County.  On the 5th Larry Mays reported White-eyed Vireo in McClain County; and Tim O’Connell noticed Louisiana Waterthrush in Payne County. 

On the 6th Samuel Petrie encountered Green Heron in Cleveland County; and Yellow-throated Warbler were seen by Scott Loss in Payne County and Larry Mays in Oklahoma County.  On the 7th Zach Poland discovered Upland Sandpiper in Logan County; Joe Grzybowski added Baird’s Sandpiper in McClain County; Jimmy Woodward observed Little Blue Heron in Canadian County; Mike Yough identified Prothonotary Warbler in Payne County and in Cleveland County Rachel Wrenn recorded Black-chinned Hummingbird; and Zach DuFran counted Northern Parula.

On the 8th Austin Jones saw Chimney Swift in Oklahoma County.  On the 9th Scott Loss viewed Chimney Swift and Nashville Warbler in Payne County.  On the 10th Michelle Townsley came across Osprey in Lincoln County and Deb Hirt detected Warbling Vireo in Payne County.  On the 11th Calvin Rees spotted Semipalmated Sandpiper in Cleveland County; and Scott Loss documented Bank Swallow in Payne County.  On the 12th John P. Hogan located Tree Swallow and Lark Sparrow in Seminole; Deanne McKinney recognized Cattle Egret and White-faced Ibis in Canadian County; Zach Poland had Broad-winged Hawk in Lincoln County and Black-chinned Hummingbird in Logan County; while Eastern Kingbird were found by Deb Hirt in Payne County and Jimmy Woodard in Oklahoma County.

On the 13th Corey Riding confirmed Willet in Payne County; Dick Gunn got Yellow-throated Vireo in Cleveland County; and Brian Marra notice Clay-colored Sparrow in Oklahoma County.  On the 14th Chris Butler had White-eyed Vireo in Pottawatomie County; Joe Grzybowski reported Solitary Sandpiper in Cleveland County; and William Radke encountered Swainson’s Thrush in Oklahoma County.  On the 15th Todd Katz added Swainson’s Hawk in Garvin County; Deb Hirt recorded Green Heron in Payne County; in Canadian County Steve Davis counted Eastern Kingbird and Joe Grzybowski identified Bank Swallow. On the 16th Zach DuFran observed Chuck-will’s-widow in Cleveland County; and in Logan County Zachary Hemans saw Swainson’s Hawk; and Lindi Lagman viewed Cattle Egret.    

On the 18th Bridger Arrington came across Yellow-headed Blackbird in Logan County; in Canadian County Roy McGraw detected Black-necked Stilt; Steve Davis spotted Marbled Godwit, and in Payne County Scott Loss recognized Baltimore Oriole and Grasshopper Sparrow while Corey Riding confirmed Western Kingbird. On the 19th Chris Butler tallied Northern Parula and Indigo Bunting in Pottawatomie County; Logan Dickinson discovered Great Crested Flycatcher in Grady County; Brian Marra added Marbled Godwit and Stilt Sandpiper in Canadian County; Red-eyed Vireo was seen by John Tharp in Cleveland County and Scott Loss in Payne County plus Scott had Summer Tanager.  On the 20th Van Cordray observed Chimney Swift in Logan County; Scott Loss documented American Bittern, Sedge Wren, and Sprague’s Pipit in Payne County; and Prothonotary Warbler were seen by Caleb Frome in Cleveland County and Brian Marra in Oklahoma County. 

On the 21st Roy McGraw counted Wilson’s Phalarope in Canadian County; Tricia Brown got Summer Tanager in Cleveland County; and Steve Davis noticed Gray Catbird in Oklahoma County.  On the 22nd Caleb McKinney located Grasshopper Sparrow and Nashville Warbler in Grady County; Jack Olson encounter Western Sandpiper in Canadian County; and Scott Loss recorded California Gull, Kentucky Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Orchard Oriole in Payne County.  On the 23rd Lee Western saw American Avocet and Willet in Grady County; and Scott Loss identified Yellow Warbler and Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Payne County. 

On the 24th Bill Diffin reported Peregrine Falcon and Dickcissel in Canadian County; Rachel Wrenn spotted Blue Grosbeak in Cleveland County; in Payne County Zach Roy added Chuck-will’s-widow; Corey Riding discovered Long-billed Dowitcher and Jimmy Lovett observed Bell’s Vireo; in Oklahoma County Bill Diffin found Tennessee Warbler; and Sharon Henthorn came across Summer Tanager.  On the 25th Linda Zempel recognized Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, and Eastern Kingbird in Lincoln County; Rachel Wrenn tallied Yellow Warbler in Cleveland County; in Payne County Jimmy Lovett detected Swainson’s Thrush and Scott Loss confirmed Painted Bunting; in Oklahoma County Clarissa Sharp counted Peregrine Falcon; and Nancy Vicars documented Blackpoll Warbler

On the 26th Deanne McKinney encountered Common Loon and Indigo Bunting at Lake Konawa in Seminole County; Austin Jones got Swainson’s Hawk in Kingfisher County; in Cleveland County Ben Baranowski noticed Mississippi Kite, Anais Starr recorded Gray Catbird, Baltimore Oriole, and Tricia Brown identified Painting Bunting.  On the 27th Zach Poland located Warbling Vireo and Dickcissel in Kingfisher County; and Justin Agan found American Golden-Plover and Gray Catbird in Payne County. On the 28th Zach Poland discovered Western Kingbird in Kingfisher County and Yellow Warbler and Common Yellowthroat in Lincoln County; Peter Osenton reported Stilt Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and Long-billed Dowitcher in McClain County; Caleb McKinney tallied Kentucky Warbler in Payne County; and Least Flycatcher were seen by Brian Marra in Canadian County, and John Hurd in Oklahoma County. 

On the 29th Zach Poland spotted Swainson’s Thrush, Louisiana Waterthrush in Logan County; Ben Sandstrom added Swainson’s Hawk in McClain County; Joe Grzybowski detected Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Dickcissel in Cleveland County; Caleb McKinney counted Eastern Wood-Pewee in Payne County; and Michael Kane documented American Redstart in Oklahoma County.  On the 30th Brent Barnes confirmed Common Nighthawk in Oklahoma County; White-faced Ibis were observed by Zach DuFran in Cleveland County; and Corey Riding in Payne County; while also in Payne County Nic McMillan came across Caspian Tern; and Jared Elmore recognized Blackpoll Warbler. 

During April of 2019 in the Central Oklahoma area 207 species were reported with 66 new species bringing the total for the year to 233.  I appreciate those who help provide the history of central Oklahoma birds. Information is accessed at:  ebird. 2019 eBird: An online database of bird distribution and abundance [web application]. eBird Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Available: http://www.ebird.org/subnational1/US-OK/region. (Accessed: May 1, 2019). And occasionally from Facebook and the OKBIRDS List. I can be contacted by e-mail at emkok@earthlink.net.  Esther M. Key, Editor.




                                                April       Mar        Feb        Jan                                        

                Seminole             059         047         036         000

                Garvin                   063         060         020         019

                Grady                    098         074         058         046

                Pottawatomie   100         076         071         054

                McClain                109         075         064         051

Lincoln                  113         089         068         057

                Kingfisher            116         095         079         073

                Logan                    140         110         089         078        

                Canadian             183         126         110         089

                Cleveland            186         131         115         111        

                Oklahoma           205         147         137         125

                Payne                   206         142         119         103        

Number of bird species reported in 2019 according to eBird. Current year, region.            www.ebird.org