I spent some of my Thanksgiving weekend birding. My weekend started on Tuesday when I went birding locally. Then, I searched the skies of Kansas on our travels to Oklahoma. Plenty of red-tailed hawks to count along the way.
Finally, I also did a bit of bird-watching at our destination in Oklahoma. While I never spotted their state bird, the scissor-tailed fly-catcher, this road runner standing still gave me a thrill! He also reminded me to put a tripod stand on my birthday or Christmas wish list. Oklahoma winds plus zoom…not a good mix!
Let’s return to the Kansas City area and my early weekend (Tuesday was sort of like a Friday for us) search for a turkey on Tuesday. I drove out to Burr Oak Woods as I remembered they often had wild turkeys frequent the bird feeders. No luck and a field trip! Ugh, walked a trail instead and spotted Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, and this Red-bellied woodpecker: Back at the nature center, still no turkeys, just these goldfinches hanging out on the feeder: I’d given up on a turkey feast for my camera and was already in my car when I looked up and there were the turkeys! Right in the grass in front of the employee parking area. So I hopped out with my camera and keys only, ran over and took a few shots: We went ahead and stuck with a Butterball turkey for Thanksgiving!
Birding In Oklahoma
We visited a couple of lakes during our time in northern Oklahoma so I was able to spot many birds not often seen in our residential backyard with the exception of Canada geese, never seems to be a shortage of those birds no matter the location.
Also spotted lots of ducks including this Bufflehead (Hey, I have another bird book now!): I knew this was a Blue Heron: And in flight: However, the book didn’t help me (or my husband) to identify this bird: He was simply standing on the top of the ledge between the disc golf course and the boat launch. I kept inching closer to get better shots until a car scared him away. Is he a young Blue Heron or something else? Also spotted at the lakes, a red hawk, possibly a young eagle in flight: and lots of sea gulls, just one in the photo below along with another Blue Heron! Once we were back in the residential areas, I noticed some Robins and of course, the sparrows outside the restaurant fronts on the way home.
What birds did you spot this weekend?
Joining in with Anni over at the Bird D’pot, go check out all the great photos taken by Anni and other birds in the link up. So much fun.