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Wildlife Species of the Week in Western Oklahoma

Week of February 22, 2021

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Short-eared Owl

The short-eared owl is a widespread grassland species in the family Strigidae. Owls belonging to genus Asio are known as the eared owls, as they have tufts of feathers resembling mammalian ears. These "ear" tufts may or may not be visible.

Short-eared Owl Info

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Short-eared_owl 

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Mexican Free-tailed Bat    

This is the star of the popular Selman Bat Watches hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.  Check out the Bats and Bluffs Loop on the Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma. 

Mexican Free-tailed Bat Info

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Plains Spadefoot

After heavy rains in the western half of the state, the "snoring" call of the Plains Spadefoot can be heard in temporary ponds and ditches. This spadefoot is only  2 1/2" and prefers the sandy soils in western Oklahoma to burrow into for the day.  The best destinations to hear or see this spadefoot are on the Cimarron Loop and Playa Lakes Loop

Plains Spadefoot Info

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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

For most Oklahomans, a true sign that Spring has arrived is the return of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.  Oklahoma's State Bird is a Neotropical Migrant which means it spends the winter in Central and South America and breeds in North America.  "Scissortails" typically perch in the open, where their long, forked tails make an unmistakeable silhouette.  The tail proves useful as they expertly catch insects on the wing with sharp midair twists and turns. This flycatcher can be found all over the Great Plains Trail

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Info

 

Western Meadowlark

A very visible and common prairie bird using the drier areas of the prairie, the Western Meadowlark's song can be heard a long way off on a calm day in the Spring.

 

Western Meadowlark Info
 

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