Hackberry was listed as a "birders paradise" so of course I had to go, and loved it so much I went back twice. According to the literature, 100 years ago it was a wetland that the farmers drained by digging a huge ditch. It never became a good area for farming so eventually the farmers donated the land to the Wildlife Restoration program, who restored it, and almost immediately migrating birds began returning.
I added 11 birds to my life list. Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitchers, Upland Sandpiper, Blue-winged teals, Eastern Meadowlark, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Wilson Phalaropes, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Peeps (Possibly Bairds' but only because at the Center someone listed them as in the area), Merlin (Prairie) and today added the Dickcissel.
But I saw a lot of old friends that I first saw at the Salton Sea and Cibola NWR. - American Avocets, Black-necked Stilts, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Killdeer were thick, American Kestrals, American Bittern and the White-faced Ibis that I had hoped were Glossy and American Pelicans.
Also saw both Blue and Great White Herons, Coots, Mockingbirds, White-crowned Sparrows, RWBB, Northern Shovelors, and there are some that I haven't IDed yet but working on
The nearest town in Frederick OK and there are a couple of decent hotels, old but clean and friendly. The center has open bathrooms and literature out on the back courtyard. The road thru the Flat is gravel and graded, only a couple of bad spots and they were not bad. I also saw one snake, 2 white-tail deer, and a bunch of turtles.
I don't know how it is during the rest of they year but April and May are wonderful.
Hackberry Flats, Oklahoma
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