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Oklahoma Bird Watching and Feeding Information

Oklahoma is a great place to watch and feed birds. Birdbaths, misters and drippers are especially effective in attracting birds, including non seed-eating species. Species that might be expected at feeders include: American Goldfinch, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal and Mourning Dove. Each of these species is shown in the Nifty Fifty mini-guide.

The Nifty Fifty

The Nifty Fifty is a mini-guide to the birds of Oklahoma. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of Oklahoma. View the guide by clicking here or on the Nifty Fifty link on the left.

If the guide does not load, try downloading the free Flash player.

 

scissor-tailed flycatcher

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Oklahoma State Bird

Bird feeding

Developing bird-friendly habitat in your yard is the best way to attract a greater variety of species and to support local and migrating species. Native plants provide food and cover, are more insect and disease resistant than non-native species, and may require less water. A list of bird-friendly native plants for Oklahoma is available by following the link on the left.

Bluebirds

The Eastern Bluebird is a permanent resident throughout most of Oklahoma. The Mountain Bluebird can be found in the Oklahoma panhandle during the winter.

The Eastern Bluebird has a pleasant, musical song and a similar easy-to-identify flight call. They are most often found in open woodlands, parks, fields, along golf courses and cemeteries. The can be found in suburban areas with adequate open space.

 

eastern bluebird

Eastern Bluebirds

 

mountain bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

 

Bluebirds can be attracted to peanut butter mixes, suet and fruit. Raisins soaked in hot water to soften them are well received. The bluebird's special favorite is mealworms.

Nesting
The Eastern Bluebird begins nesting in Oklahoma in early spring. One, two and sometimes three broods may be produced.

Visit the bluebird section for detailed information on feeding bluebirds or building your own bluebird house.

Hummingbirds

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the most common hummingbird in Oklahoma. It nests in the state each year, before migrating south. In a remarkable journey for such a tiny bird, it migrates across the Gulf of Mexico twice each year.

The Black-chinned Hummingbird is also present in the western and southern part of the state.

ruby-throated hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

 

Visit the hummingbird section for details on attracting hummingbirds as well as images of all regularly occurring North American hummingbirds.

Purple Martins

Purple Martins arrive in Oklahoma early each year, returning from their wintering grounds in South America. Check the Purple Martin section for information on martins in Oklahoma. Detailed Purple Martin information is available in the Purple Martin section.

 

purple martin

Purple Martin - male

Birding

Oklahoma provides birders with a variety of exciting birding locations.

The birding section of this site has tips on birding locations and bird identification. The state-based birding information section provides additional birding related information.

Oklahoma Resource Information

Audubon Society of Central Oklahoma

Bartlesville Audubon Society
403140 W 2010 Dr
Bartlesville, OK 74006
918-333-2051

Cleveland County Audubon Society
PO Box 6667
Norman, OK 73070

Deep Fork Audubon Society
1765 N Highway Dr
Mcloud, OK 74851

Grand Lake Audubon Society
Grove, OK 74345-1813

Indian Nations Audubon Society
Vian, OK 74477

Payne County Audubon Society
PO Box 82
Stillwater, OK 74075

Tulsa Audubon Society
P.O. Box 2476
Tulsa, OK 74101

Washita Valley Audubon Society
821 N Walnut St
Pauls Valley, OK 73075
405-238-2332

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