Precipitation in the Oklahoma Masonite over the past seven-day period in Stillwater averaged 1.82 inches.
Rare birds of the same period in Pine County include the Herring Gull, Song Sparrow, Piping Plover, Neotropic Cormorant, Alder Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireo, and Swamp Sparrow.
For this month’s rare migratory arrivals, we welcome Ruddy Turnstone, short-billed Dowitcher, red-necked Phalarope, Lughing Gull, Least and Black Terns, White Ibis, Yellow-bellied, Alder and Willow Flycatchers. , Philadelphia Vireo, Mourning, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, and Canada Warblers.
Departures include a long list that will be broken down with next week’s Life at Boomer Lake report – Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Hooded and Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Western Grebe, Virginia Rail, Common Poorwill, Piping Plover, Goodwit’s Marbled, Wilson Snape, Gull Bonaparte, Common Lawn, Northern Harrier, Shiny Mustache Hawk, Swallow Tree, Red-breasted Hazelnut, Sedge and Marsh Wrens, Ruby-Crown Kinglet, American and Sprague’s Pipits, Harris’s, White -throated, LeConte’s Sparrows, Spotted and Eastern Towhees, Brewer’s Blackbird and Palm Warbler.
The Audubon Explorer tracks migratory birds in the area, as follows: Eastern Whip-poor-willed, Rusty Blackbird, Short-eared Owl, Turkey Vulture, Canada and Great White-fronted Geese, Painted Bunting, Scissor-tailed, Golden Eagle, Whipping Crane, Swenson’s Hawks and Tailed red, American white pelican, great egret, and osprey.
The estimate for birds that crossed Pine County on the night of Tuesday, May 2 at 8:20 p.m. through Wednesday, May 3, 2023 was 1.4 million, which is a high number. The peak migration tracking estimate for the same period is 361,200, another high number. The wind was from the north at 14 mph at 2,300 feet.
The expected immigrants were the Yellow Warbler, Swainson’s Thrush, Indigo Bunting, Baltimore Oriole, Dickcissel, Great Crested and Least Flycatchers, Painted Bunting, Warbling Vieo, Orchard Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow rumped Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and Harris’ Sparrow. Keep the lights on during the spring migration and save the bird. It’s only been two weeks since the billions were saved.
For this month only, Boomer Lake has recorded Canada Goose, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Mallard, Domestic Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, American Coot, Double-Cormorant crested, neotropic cormorants, great blue and green herons, egrets, red-shouldered woodpeckers, red-bellied and downy woodpeckers, northern flickers, great crested flycatcher, western and eastern kingbirds, scissor-tailed flycatcher, verio warbler, jay Blue, American Crows and Fish, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Purple Martin, Bank, Barn, and Cliff Swallows, Carolina Wren, European Starling, Brown Thrasher, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, House, Chipping, White- Throated, Lincoln’s finch, orchard and Baltimore Orioles, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, common grackle, yellow-and-yellow cardinal, and northern cardinal.
Sanborn Lake is the spotted sandpiper, great white heron, little blue heron, turkey vulture, white-eyed verio, ruby-crested kingfisher, blue-grey pixie hunter, northern mockingbird, swenson’s warbler, American goldfinch, mud-colored, field, lark, white –crowned, Vesper Sparrows, Spotted Towhee, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Orange-Crown, Nashville Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, Indigo and Painted Buntings, and Dickcissel.
Today’s menus were banner, some in the fifties and sixties!
Keep your eyes on the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birds!
Deb Hurt is a photographer and wild bird rehabilitator living in Stillwater.