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Rare for Oklahoma– Great Kiskadee sightings

The Great Kiskadee may be common  in the Rio Grande Valley, but he’s a rare bird in Oklahoma.  David Arbour, ODWC biologist at Red Slough in McCurtain County reports possible sightings of  two birds there.  This would be only the third documented record for the Sooner state.  The first sighting was on 05 May by Richard Stanton at Otter Lake.  It was relocated the following day in Unit 31.  David and Robert Bastarache located a kiskadee on Mudline Road on 21 May, but are unsure if it is the same one.  It is behaving differently, so it could be a second bird.  Photos can be seen on David’s pbase at http://www.pbase.com/red_slough_wma/great_kiskadee .  He has a lot of other neat birds, herps, alligators, bugs and other unusual critters as well.  Browse through his album, you’ll enjoy it.  Red Slough is unique habitat for Oklahoma, one of the few places you can see alligators and tropical wading birds.  Plan a visit to Red Slough if you can, you won’t be disappointed. Carolyn and I accompanied David on a bird survey last fall and were treated to our first view of alligators in Oklahoma.

Cover photo of Great Kiskadee in Rio Grande Valley by L. Dillon.  Click photos to enlarge.

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3 comments on “Rare for Oklahoma– Great Kiskadee sightings

  1. What a beautiful bird, great capture!

  2. David Arbour reports the Great Kiskadee was observed again on 24 May between 6:30 and 7:30 by Ford Hendershot and Matt Jung. It was in its usual spot along the levee between units 31 and 16. It’s a long weekend, plenty of time to visit Red Slough and get an unusual bird on your Oklahoma list.

  3. David Arbour via OKBIRDS– Got word from Ford Hendershot that he and Bill & Linda Adams saw a Great Kiskadee along Mudline Road Saturday evening at 4:40 p.m. about a quarter mile south of the north parking lot. This is the spot I saw one last Monday. Then they were joined by Terry Mitchell and Bill Carrell later on and saw a Great Kiskadee around 7:20 p.m. at the usual spot along the unit 16/31 levee south of the west end of Bittern Lake. These two locations are ~1.25 miles apart as the crow flies. Definitely looks like there is at least 2 if not 3 Kiskadees on Red Slough now considering Ford has seen two birds together at the unit 16/31 site. It just gets more interesting!!!

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