Oklahoma’s Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Growing up in Oklahoma, learning about the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher is a rite of passage. This beautiful creature is our official state bird and can often be seen in large numbers along fences and power lines.

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Occasionally, you might witness one swooping down upon it’s prey. Anytime I get to watch their aerial maneuvers, I consider myself lucky.

On a recent runabout, we came across several groups of Scissor-Tailed Flycatchers. Riding in the passenger seat, I took advantage and tried to capture images as we drove past. When we turned down a side road, we found a young pair perched on barbed wire. Unlike many birds I have tried to photograph, they didn’t seek skittish. We were able to sit in our vehicle and photograph them for several minutes before they finally tired of us.

Scissor-Tailed FlycatcherWe used to do these “runabouts” on a regular basis. These days, saddled with adult responsibilities, it can be difficult to do these getaways and explore. This particular short road trip was fun, relaxing, and a great way to catch up on things. Oklahoma is rich with wildlife. I need to do this more to remind myself of the diversity right here in my home state.

Whatever it is that helps you escape from the every day, that reminds you what makes life special, do not forget to pursue it from time to time. Avoid allowing your daily life to rob you of the pleasures of what this world has to offer. Find your place on the barbed wife and watch for opportunities. When they come about, dive on it with a flourish like the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher. Spread your wings, swoop down, and capture it.

When was the last time you got away? Where did you go? What did you see? Those can be great memories to revisit. Just don’t forget to get away again. Soon.

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