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.