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Old Friday 22nd May 2009, 12:00   #1
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Spring Time Birding

This Spring has been an exceptionally good one here in Oklahoma. I thought Fall/Winter birding had been great but I have been proven wrong..Spring is for sure the better birding time. My back yard is full of a variety of birds that I never thought would come true. The birds listed below I see daily. I have the approximate count beside each of the types of birds.

House Sparrow- 12
Indigo Bunting- 20- males and females
Painted bunting-10- males and females
Blue Grosbeak-6-8
Brown Headed cowbirds-too many
Baltimore Orioles- 6- males and females
Orchard Orioles- 2
Scissortail Flycatchers- 8
Dickcissel-2
Great Flycatcher-1
Common Nighthawk-4
Cardinals-8- males and females
Blue Jay- 4
American Goldfinch-4 males, 4 -5 females
Rose Breasted Grosbeak-1 female
Eastern Phoebe- 4 pairs
Barn Swallow- 3 pair
One very noisey Mockingbird
Hummingbirds-Ruby Throated
Common Grackle-2
Crows-4
Eastern Bluebird-too many to count
Nashville Warbler-1
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Tufted Titmouse-2
Chicadee-6
Nuthatch-several

I'm enjoying the Painted Buntings and Indigoes since I only had one female painted bunting last year and no indigoes. The painted bunting males are showing themselves all day so that is exciting. Not too shy this year. I can sit out on my deck and they will come up to a feeder while I am sitting about 5 feet away. So cool to watch them upclose. The blue indigo is very friendly too. The Orioles will come up to eat also but one has to be very still or they will fly off easily.

Not seeing a lot of warblers yet but they could be staying out in the pastures more then the other birds.

Our back yard has several maple, pine, and pecan trees spread out only a small bit which allows for cover and protection. I also have a pond beside the house along a spring fed creek and a garden pond on my deck with feeders under a Gazebo for added protection from predators. I am guessing that this all is adding to an inviting invitation for the birds that they seem to appreciate since such a large variety here. I hope they stay but only time will tell. So far they have all been here for a little over a month.

Anyone else having an exceptional Spring?
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This Spring has been an exceptionally good one here in Oklahoma. I thought Fall/Winter birding had been great but I have been proven wrong..Spring is for sure the better birding time. My back yard is full of a variety of birds that I never thought would come true. The birds listed below I see daily. I have the approximate count beside each of the types of birds.
You have good birding and with it you have some good looking birds...not just the boring ones but orioles and grosbeaks and buntings etc.... I never would have thought Oklahoma that good!... Lucky you! jim
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