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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.  […]

Drought takes a lickin’

Oklahoma has suffered through a two and one-half year drought, but Mother Nature seems to be smiling on us recently.  A series of three Pacific storms has put a lickin’ on this drought.  The previous two have the soil saturated and there is lots of water running into the lakes and ponds this morning.  The […]

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 […]

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 […]

The season is a changing …

We may not have a lot of fall color yet in the Oklahoma Cross Timbers, but the days are shorter and the cool fronts are beginning to visit us every 7-10 days.  The whitetails are noticing the cooler weather, too.  I generally attempt to photo deer this time of year when a cool front hits […]

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 […]