file:///Y|/Newsletters/Wildside/WildSide%20Sights%20to%20see%20this%20May.htm[5/2/2013 10:36:32 AM]
From: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation [firstname.lastname@example.org] on
behalf of Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation [email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2013 1:16 PM
Subject: WildSide: Sights to see this May
Dear Wildlife Enthusiasts,
It's that time again to watch for scissortails! Scissor-tailed flycatchers are now in Oklahoma
for the summer after migrating north from the tropics. Oklahoma is one of only seven states
in which the birds nest.
Scissortails are neo-tropical migrants, which breed in North America in the summer and
winter in Central and South American or the Caribbean islands.
Scissortails usually start appearing in the spring and inhabit the state until late October.
The birds are easily
identified by their long,
scissor-like tail that extends
out during flight. Scissortails
can often be seen perching
on fences and telephone
wires along open prairie and
roadsides watching for food.
Their diet consists largely of
Landowners can make their
land more attractive to
and certain other bird
species by planting and
maintaining scattered shade
and shrubs to add perching