This large county park
(150 acres) at 121 St. S and Garnett Rd, is an excellent place to find
many woodland and thicket birds. In the northwestern corner of the park
the thorny undergrowth provides excellent habitat for wintering sparrows
and juncos. Song, White-throated and White-crowned, Fox, and Harris's
sparrows are found here regularly in fall and winter. Wrens also find
this area attractive. In spring the Catbird and Brown Thrasher nest
The many large pecan
trees in the picnic area attract good numbers of Red-headed and
Red-bellied woodpeckers and Northern Flickers. White-breasted Nuthatches
nest and Brown Creepers are found in winter. Birds common in the park in
summer include Eastern Wood-Pewees, Great Crested Flycatchers, Northern
and Orchard orioles, Indigo Buntings, and Carolina Wrens. A small number
of Eastern Bluebirds can be found all year.
The eastern side of
the park is heavily wooded, with a good walking trail. An abundance of
migrating warblers, wrens, and Swainson's Thrushes come to the area in
spring. Barred Owls and Pileated Woodpeckers nest in the park. In winter
Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned kinglets, the Purple Finch, and
occasionally a Rufous-sided Towhee are found along the trail.
South of the park 2 or
3 miles are the Bixby sod farms
which are periodically irrigated or flooded by over-night rains,
bringing down great numbers of shorebirds in spring and fall migration.
Notable species are Blackbellied Plover, Whimbrel, Hudsonian and
Marbled godwits, Sanderlings, Dunlin, phalaropes, peeps, and
occasionally large numbers of Buff-breasted Sandpipers. During
Spring migration Bobolinks are often found in fields at southeast corner of 141st
Street South & Garnett Rd.
have been found in wet winter wheat in March.
Blackbirds are sometimes found at horse farm on northwest corner of
151st Street South & 129th E. Ave. Dickcissels & Western
Kingbirds are common throughout the area.