Tag Archive | birds

Set the table for spring

I feed mostly black sunflower seeds in my yard feeders and throw out some chicken scratch for the ground-feeding birds.  But in springtime we have to change the menu a bit to attract spring migrants.  My hummingbird feeder is hung off the patio near some Red Columbine that is just beginning to bloom and adjacent […]

Coming soon to your neighborhood

Yesterday was a beautiful spring day in Oklahoma, but this morning the north wind is howling and I have the fireplace roaring.  The only thing consistent about spring weather on the plains is the wind.  One day it blows 30 mph from the south and the next day it blows 30 mph from the north.  […]

A sign of spring …

I blogged on my Bluebird Diary this morning about a sure sign of spring on the reddirt hill I call home.  Thought Oklahoma nature lovers would enjoy reading about my backyard bluebirds.  http://bluebirddiary.wordpress.com/ See photos of my bluebirds on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/reddirtpics/

Waterfowl numbers down

Ask most any birder or waterfowl hunter how many ducks they have been seeing this winter and the answer is fewer than normal.  I throw my vote in with that lot as well.  The numbers on our ponds have been really low– just like the water level. A male Hooded Merganser.  Photo by L. Dillon […]

Whoopers on Lake Hefner

If you’ve never seen America’s largest endangered bird and live in Oklahoma, today is your chance.  Two migrating Whooping Cranes are on Lake Hefner.  Oklahoma birding boards are alive with chatter about such a rare bird right in metro OKC.  Unfortunately I’m in the Dallas area for Thanksgiving or I’d be out there with my […]

Quail numbers at all-time low

Photo by L. Dillon Each year the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation conducts roadside quail surveys in August and October to measure population indices and make a season forecast. The results of the August survey are now available. Rather than lead you down the road with a lot of numbers and statistics, we’ll just give […]

Clean Line Energy, ODWC enter agreement on lesser prairie chicken habitat

Today’s Oklahoman announces an electricity transmission company interested in taking wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle to other states has signed an agreement with state conservation officials to protect the habitat of the lesser prairie chicken during development of its projects. Photo: Wikipedia Commons. The lesser prairie chicken is a candidate for listing as a […]