From the 1986 edition of A Guide to Birding in
Oklahoma published by the Tulsa Audubon Society, supplemented in
2007 with material from the OKC Audubon Society.
Rose "Lake" is not really a lake but an
area prone to flooding if there has been sufficient rain which floods
the adjoining bottomland fields. It is reached by driving west on US 66
past Morgan Road to Sara Road. Turn north on Sara Road and continue to
NW 63 where Sara Road ends. Much of this road is sand and gravel and is
often muddy and soft from rains and heavy truck traffic. In spring and
late July through September, if flooding has occurred, shorebirding is
fantastic and hundreds of herons and egrets may be feeding. Over thirty
species of shorebirds visit Rose Lake every year when conditions are
favorable. During years when water covers it for longer periods cattail
growth has attracted nesting coots, Common Moorhens, Pled-billed Grebes,
and Least Bitterns. During migration hundreds of Yellow-headed
Blackbirds and dozens of Bobolinks may be seen in nearby fields along NW
63rd and NW 50th streets.
The following, by Pat Velte, is excerpted
OKC Audubon Society Rose Lake Page. Please visit their page their
page for a complete account:
Birders frequently report a wide variety of sandpipers at Rose Lake
during spring and fall migration. It's very easy to pull over along the
gravel road and watch White-faced Ibis; Little Blue Heron; Snowy, Great
and Cattle Egrets; Wilson's Snipe; Avocet; Yellow-crowned and
Black-crowned Night-Herons; Mississippi Kite; Red-tailed Hawks, Osprey,
gulls and terns.
Several birders have located Glossy Ibis and Common Moorhen at Rose
Lake. I'm not one of them so they are still on my "wish list." But I
have seen several Yellow-head Blackbirds in the areas around Rose Lake.
In fact, if you travel north on Sara Road to 63rd and turn right, you
can find quite a few grebes, Canada Geese, Killdeer, and Red-winged
Blackbirds along the ponds and ditches.
If you continue east on 63rd Street, you'll find open fields that
attract hawks, harriers and kestrel. 63rd Street ends at Morgan Road and
it's an easy trip to Lake Overholser
if you turn south for two miles and cross 39th Street Expressway (Route
Please see the excellent
OKC Audubon Society Rose Lake Page for complete details on birding
this area and for a bird list.