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The Birds of Oklahoma

Written by MJ Reporter Willow LaMunyon Photograph by MJ Photographer Christy Moyer The Birds get a Medicare Jet-Setters Groovy Review

The first signs of the end of winter are thoughts of budding leaves on trees and the earth's greening. Before the greening arrives, spring is alive in the sky, as the warm weather birds return. Robins return even before the freezing ends. As the skies clear and we switch from coats to sweaters, the large birds catch our eyes.

The musical "Oklahoma" has made our state known for hawks as it should be. There are four different kinds of hawks for us to enjoy soaring the sky. Their wing spread is majestic, and their grace always reminds me of ballroom dancers.

There are several good watch places to observe the Bald Eagles. Salt Springs state park even has cameras set up to watch their nesting site online, which is very cool. I have a memory of Eagles that is more close up from a distant past weekend at Osage State Park. The Park ranger came around, warning everyone of an approaching tornado. We were herded into the restrooms, and being Oklahoma folk, we took advantage of the time by showering. By the time everyone was clean, the rain had calmed to a sprinkle and the twisting clouds gone, but the true all-clear was seven eagles circling above the hills swooping and for all the world looking like they were playing. Someone grabbed another person's hand, and everyone followed until we were in a ring around the Rosie dance with our thumping feet providing the music and the eagles leading the dance.

Our state bird is the Scissortail flycatcher with its distinctive split tail that does look like scissors. It became our very own on May 26th, 1951, after much debate. It would have to take a committee to make an issue of a bird, but the flycatcher won in the end. The scissortail flycatcher is symbolic of the ending of negative things in your life, such as relationships that have been completed or a graduation—an end to bad times and a beginning of better days. If you see a lot of flycatchers, it means that you will meet someone with a lot of integrity who will help you overcome obstacles in your life. Be on the lookout for these lucky birds and enjoy these early days of spring.

Oklahoma Birds are groovy.

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