Birding Hot Spots


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Soldier Creek Industrial Park Trails

by Jimmy Woodard

The trail was built in 2016 on 77 acres of floodplain property that is owned by the City of Midwest City. It is located between along Northeast 23rd Street between Air Depot and Midwest Boulevard next to the Soldier Creek Industrial Park (SCIP). The trail includes an ADA compliant trail head with shelter and map. Trail signs denote levels of difficulty. Picnic and bathroom facilities are available as well as a paved parking area. Ideal for mountain biking, running and hiking, the three miles of unpaved trails will engage the experienced and novice alike.  It winds across fields and through a wooded area along Soldier Creek.

The trails are maintained by the Oklahoma Mountain Bike club and not the City of Midwest City. Midwest City has plans to plant milkweed and other native plants on the 9 acre open field directly south of the parking lot. Also, plans are moving along to add several miles of trails along Crutcho Creek north of NE 23rd almost to NE 36th on city owned property.

The map below shows the location and parking facilities. You can park outside the gate if it is closed and walk the trails whenever you want. Be sure to not leave valuables in your car as this is a very visible and high traffic area.  

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The checklist below was created in Ebird for the SCIP trails potential new OKC hotspot. It has 64 species on it from

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Cuckoos
Greater Roadrunner
Chimney Swift
Shorebirds
Killdeer
Wilson’s Snipe
Greater Yellowlegs
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Ring-billed Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Herons, Ibis, and Allies
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Owls
Barred Owl
Woodpeckers
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Vireos
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Treecreepers
Brown Creeper
Wrens
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Kinglets
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Thrushes
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
Starlings and Mynas
European Starling
Waxwings
Cedar Waxwing
American Goldfinch
Field Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Harris’s Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Blackbirds
Eastern Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Wood-Warblers
Louisiana Waterthrush
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow