Some prairie ramblings in central Oklahoma


Last week (19 May), Jonathan Harris and I drove a big loop north of Perry, OK east through the Otoe Plains, and then back south to Stillwater.  Our mission on this cool, windy, and cloudy day was to find some of our lesser-known grassland birds with potentially confusing songs, e.g., Orchard Oriole, Painted Bunting, and Bell’s Vireo. With difficulty we found all three of those.  There seemed to be very little singing other than the constant strains of Eastern Meadowlarks and Dickcissels that typify a morning in May on the prairie. We found some shrikes (always appreciated!) and some other neat things:

The wet May we've experienced - apparently the wettest ever - has left us with flooded fields dotting the landscape, and these seem to be appreciated by the Cattle Egrets.

The wet May we’ve experienced – apparently the wettest ever – has left us with flooded fields dotting the landscape, and these seem to be appreciated by the Cattle Egrets.

Somewhere in this Otoe Plains vignette there lurks an Upland Sandpiper.

Somewhere in this Otoe Plains vignette there lurks an Upland Sandpiper.

Jonathan's good deed for the day - turtle rescue.

Jonathan’s good deed for the day – turtle rescue.

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

I love living someplace where it is sights like these that slow traffic.

I love living someplace where it is sights like these that slow traffic.

Some of a group of 18 Eastern Kingbirds staging along the fenceline. It's interesting to see them being both gregarious and quiet, but that must be how they conduct themselves during migration.

Some of a group of 18 Eastern Kingbirds staging along the fenceline. It’s interesting to see them being both gregarious and quiet, but that must be how they conduct themselves during migration.

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