Birding enthusiasts flock to Edmond’s J.L. Mitch Park

Birding enthusiasts gather J.L. Mitch Park in Edmond

BY HENRY DOLIVE Modified: December 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm •  Published: December 12, 2012
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EDMOND — A shout went up from the north parking lot at J.L. Mitch Park, even before the birding enthusiasts had begun their walk.

“There’s one — over there!”

A bird — one of the...

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City birds

Joe LaFleur, producer of the DVD “Better Birdwatching in the Southwest,” lists these birds as common to the Oklahoma City metro:

Winter: Dark-eyed junco and white-crowned sparrow, often seen at yard feeders; cedar wax-wings, often seen at birdbaths; green-winged teal, hawks and eagles, found at lakes and rivers.

•Year-round: Yard feeder birds such as northern cardinal, white-breasted nuthatch, American goldfinch, mourning dove, red-winged blackbird, northern mockingbird and also great blue heron, red-tailed hawk, great horned owl.

Spring and fall migrants: Wilson’s warbler, and shorebirds such as greater yellowlegs.

Summer: Indigo bunting, often seen at feeders.

State birds

Wild Birds Unlimited lists these birds as common to Oklahoma: Northern cardinal, black-capped chickadee, red-tailed hawk, osprey, peregrine falcon, American robin, black phoebe, blue jay, mourning dove, northern mockingbird, Baltimore oriole, western scrub-jay, cedar waxwing, American goldfinch, Eastern bluebird, American crow.

Note: Oklahoma’s official state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher, is seen in the summer, and migrates to Mexico and Central America in winter

Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Guide

Learn more

For more information about “Better Birdwatching in the Southwest,” go to www.betterbirdwatching.com.

Wild Birds Unlimited

For more information about birdwatching or related products, go to http://oklahomacity.wbu.com or http://norman.wbu.com.

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