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Nature & You: Some scissor-tailed flycatchers stay through October

Even in the chill of October, some scissor-tailed flycatchers still hang around. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO] 

Even in the chill of October, some scissor-tailed flycatchers still hang around. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO] 

Scissor-tailed flycatchers defy cold logic

You might want to snip this article out of the newspaper and attach it with a couple of thumbtacks to the cork board that you might, perchance, have in your home. Now you will be able to use the margins of the printed column in which to scribble calendar dates of prominent sightings of wild birds in the month of October.

Your challenge will be to keep an eagle eye peeled for those stragglers that stubbornly resist the temptation to take flight and go south.

The game that I like to play is one that concentrates on watching out for scissor-tailed flycatchers. You would think the bone-chilling temperatures in the month of October would be incentive enough for all of the scissor-tails to vamoose down to the Equatorial regions. A few of the scissor-tails defy all logic and will surprise you with their presence hereabout in mid-October to late-October.

Be sure to actually record the dates of these sightings. Don't entrust all of that information to memory. I've never been able to document a scissortail that was still hanging around in the month of November, but I suppose that just such a thing might be possible.

At the very least, it's a fun game to play. I wish I could offer you an opportunity to win copious quantities of awards and prizes, but it just is not that kind of contest.

The reward, you see, is the mere satisfaction of demonstrating that you are an ace nature detective.

— Neil Garrison, NewsOK Contributor

Neil Garrison was the longtime naturalist at a central Oklahoma nature center.

Neil Garrison

Neil Garrison is an outdoor nature enthusiast. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University/Stillwater; he earned a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology. Prior to his 2009 retirement, he was the Naturalist at a central Oklahoma nature center for 30... Read more ›

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