Our Next Field Trip

Our NEXT FIELD TRIP will be . . .


Birding By Ear 1.0 –  Sunday, 23 Sept.  Meet at 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot across from the Senior Citizens Center on 12th Street in Stillwater.  Participants are encouraged to bring not only binoculars, but birding apps or devices they can use to verify IDs made by ear in Couch Park.  Leader: Les Imboden; quailrancher@yahoo.com

Other Bird Outings Oct 2018 – Feb 2019:

  • 10/27 & 28 – Great Salt Plains Road Trip.  Participants will camp at Great Salt Plains State Park and will bird the park and lake area.  Our target bird will be early Whooping Cranes, but the lake should offer up plenty of other interesting locals and migrants.  Leader: John Couch; jrcouch60@yahoo.com

    11/10 – Cushing Birding Loop.  A whirlwind tour of the leader’s favorite birding spots on the way to and around Cushing OK.  Timing of this trip may be affected by TV coverage of OU game.  Leader: Jim Shaw; jim.shaw@okstate.edu

    11/24 – Sooner Lake CBC Preview.  Mostly a warm-up for the club’s annual Christmas Bird Count in the same area, this outing will hit some of the leader’s favorite hot spots around the lake.  Whether it will include birding on the lake itself will depend on the progress of construction at the OG&E power plant, but there is still plenty of ground to cover outside the plant complex.  Timing of this trip may be affected by TV coverage of the TCU game.  Leader: John Couch; jrcouch60@yahoo.com

    1/6 – Pawnee Lake Excursion.  On this trip we will bird a location we do not often visit, Pawnee Lake and the large city park that surrounds it.  The lake has yielded a good many species on prior trips, but we hope for a repeat of an earlier winter trip when the lake was frozen. We found a number of eagles and raptors on the ice surrounding an unfrozen opening.  Leader: Les Imboden; quailrancher@yahoo.com

    2/17 – Basic Bird Photography.  On this trip we hope for plenty of ducks and hawks, or most any bird that will pose for birders who want to try their hand at wildlife photography.  A camera is not strictly necessary, but participants should know the pace will be more stop than go on this outing.  Participants will be encouraged to submit their best shots of the day for posting on the club website and Facebook page.  Leader: Jim Cowley; cowunit@aol.com


Field Trips – General Information
The Payne County Audubon Society sponsors free, guided field trips to local birding spots approximately monthly, typically on the first Saturday of the month. All field trips are open to the public, non-members and members alike, and are beginner-friendly.

You do not need to be an expert birder to join us for a field trip – the whole point is to have some fun seeing some neat birds and to learn from the other birders on the trip. Although babies and toddlers might not get much from our field trips, we are keenly interested in encouraging young birders which is a point of outreach emphasis for the National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab or Ornithology, and the American Birding Association.

  • Beginning 2014, all field trip participants will be required to sign a liability waiver to join us in the field. This is a new condition of our insurance policy. Field trip leaders will have the forms on hand at the meeting location.
  • Most of our field trips are to local parks with easy walking on groomed trails. Participants should be prepared for more rugged conditions, however, by wearing sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots.
  • The birds are outside in all weather conditions; we will be too. Unless the forecast calls for icy roads, thunderstorms, or lousy viewing conditions (e.g., fog and rain), we will proceed with the field trip. Although our trips seldom extend beyond 2 hours, participants should have everything they need for 4–5 hours in the field, e.g., sunscreen, layered clothing, water, snacks, insect/tick repellent, and any medications you might need.
  • If you have binoculars bring them with you, but don’t let a lack of optics keep you from joining one of our trips! We have plenty to share, and field trip is great opportunity to try some different binocs to help decide what works best for you.
  • Above all, have fun! Whether you’re a hard core professional or someone just starting out, we’re all in this for the same reasons: birds are beautiful and exciting and they enrich our lives.


Trip Reports – 2018

Lake Carl Blackwell – Trout Pond, Payne, Oklahoma, US
Mar 24, 2018 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: w/ Les Imboden, Chris Brown, Kevin Wilson, and Katie Broyles
40 species

Screen Shot 2018-04-04 at 9.46.15 AM.pngView this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43946627

Lake Carl Blackwell – pine plantation, Payne, Oklahoma, US
Mar 24, 2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: with Les Imboden, Kevin Wilson, Katie Broyles, and Chris Brown
30 species

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View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S4394698

Sanborn Lake, Payne, Oklahoma, US
Feb 3, 2018 12:10 PM – 1:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: A bit windy, but 11 folks came out for a lunchtime ramble around Sanborn Lake, and now they all know what a Yellow-rumped Warbler sounds like.
33 species

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View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42470818










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