Birding On Thanksgiving Weekend

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! birding birding 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: birding 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: birding birding 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.

Canada goose

Also spotted lots of ducks including this Bufflehead (Hey, I have another bird book now!): birding I knew this was a Blue Heron: birding And in flight: birding 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:  birding and lots of sea gulls, just one in the photo below along with another Blue Heron! birding 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.

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12 thoughts on “Birding On Thanksgiving Weekend

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I’m behind on visiting, I’ll have to come see your birds. I used to see goldfinches a lot more often around our house but seldom do anymore.

  1. Lea @ Lea's Menagerie

    Wonderful to see a Roadrunner! We have Wild Turkeys here, but I think they are in hiding until after Christmas. I think your mystery bird is a Great Blue Heron, but I am not an expert on bird IDs
    Have a beautiful day!

    1. Jean Post author

      It was exciting and unexpected when we spotted it. It was way out at the edge of the prairie dog preserve (what we actually went to see). You’re probably right, that’s what I figured, just so strange to see it away from the water. Hope you are having a great Monday!

  2. Eileen

    Hello, wonderful variety of birds. The Roadrunner is a favorite of mine. Great collection of photos.

    Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

  3. Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

    Young little blue herons are dappled blue & white. All your herons are great blues…(plumage changes in winter or could be junvenile),, but none here is little blue. Love the hawk in flight.
    Thanks for linking in with us birders at I’d Rather B Birdin’ this weekend!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks for letting me know. I’ve always called them all Majestic Blue herons, is that the same as a great blue? Guess I need to spend some more time around the shores 🙂 Hope you are having a great start to your week!

  4. ken schneider

    Glad you got your turkey! During a whole week in New Mexico (escaping Hurricane Irma) I did not see a single Roadrunner! Your hawk may be a Swainson’s but I am too lazy to go look in my bird book to see if I am even close to being right.

    1. Jean Post author

      I was glad as well! I think I’ve only seen one other Roadrunner and that was also in Oklahoma but we were on the highway and it was actually running! We were in New Mexico this summer (on vacation) and I don’t think we saw many birds outside of quite a few cave swallows around Carlsbad Caverns and quite a few doves for some reason. I know we didn’t see any Roadrunners.


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