Monday, February 4, 2008

More Birds

Since the weather was so great today, we decided to do a little birding trip today. The plan was to get out of the house at 9:00 AM, swing by Copan, Hulah, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and Osage Hills and get back in time for Sophia's ballet lesson at 5:30. As we were leaving town about 11:15, we realized we wouldn't make everything. As it turned out we made Copan, and the Tallgrass Prairie. We did some walking through the woods at Copan point. It was very birdy area. We decided that every where else around Copan was too muddy. (Note, we must get better shoes for everyone.) Time constraints meant that we couldn't do the little hike we planned at the Prairie Preserve. We picnicked on the veranda at the Preserve headquarters. I did a little birding while while April watched the girls run around the yard. We made it back to Bartlesville about 5:00.

The list of birds seen and heard is as follows. Year birds for the family are in bold.

American Kestrel
Meadowlark (Probably Eastern)
Rock Pigeon
European Starling
Northern Cardinal
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Ring-billed Gull
American Goldfinch
American Robin
American Crow (heard only)
Scissortail Flycatcher
Great Blue Heron
Northern Mockingbird
Eastern Bluebird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird

Only 17 species, but 5 year birds bringing the family year list total to 27. One frustrating note. I saw at least three different species of sparrows, but was not able to ID any of them. I need to work on this.

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