Red Slough. Favorite Amongst Bird Watchers.

The wetlands, marshes, lakes, streams and forests of the Red Slough Wildlife Management area cover nearly 8,000 acres and are home to more than 315 species of birds and a host of other critters, plants rare to the region.

A favorite of bird-watchers, the Red Slough has been compared to the Gulf Coast habitats of Louisiana and Florida thanks to common sightings of rare species such as the roseate spoonbill, purple gallinule, white ibis, wood stork, yellow rail and black-bellied whistling duck. And you don’t have to be an avid birder to get excited about catching a glimpse of a bald eagle, which are frequently spotted in the area.

Visitors also delight in the chance to see alligators roam the wetlands, especially during the spring. The Red Slough is the only place in Oklahoma where alligators have been known to breed, and many travelers plan their getaways specifically around the prime season for spotting alligators.

The area is also popular with hunters of water fowl, especially during the winter months, when an abundance of ducks — mallards, teal, gadwalls and pintails, among others — converge on the area in droves.

Quail, dove, rabbit, turkey, and deer hunting are popular when in season, and you can send the kids out on snipe hunting expeditions year-round. Fishing for bass, catfish and sunfish is popular in Push Creek and in reservoirs throughout the area.

Rules and regulations regarding hunting as well as safety guidelines and area maps can be found at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Management’s website.

See a photo gallery of the varied wildlife in the Red Slough.

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Bird List

Ducks, Geese, and Swans

  • Fulvous Whistling Duck
  • Black-bellied Whistling Duck
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Ross’ Goose
  • Cackling Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Tundra Swan
  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Wood Duck
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • American Black duck
  • Mottled Duck
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Pintail
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Canvasback
  • Redhead
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Great Scaup
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Ruddy Duck

Turkey and Quail

  • Wild Turkey
  • Northern Bobwhite

Loons

  • Common Loon

Grebes

  • Least Grebe
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Eared Grebe

Shearwaters and Petrals

  • Cory’s Shearwater

Pelicans

  • American White Pelican

Cormorants and Anhingas

  • Neoropic Cormorant
  • Double-Crested Cormorant
  • Anhinga

Frigatebirds

  • Magnificent Frigatebird

Bitterns, Herons, and Egrets

  • American Bittern
  • Least Bittern
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Cattle Egret
  • Green Heron
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Ibises and Spoonbills

  • White Ibis
  • Glossy Ibis
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Roseate Spoonbill

Storks and Vultures

  • Wood Stork
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture

Ospreys, Hawks, and Falcons

  • Osprey
  • White-tailed Kite
  • Swallow-tailed Kite
  • Mississippi Kite
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Cooper’s hawk
  • Harris’ Hawk
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Golden Eagle
  • Crested Caracara
  • American Kestrel
  • Merlin
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Prairie  Falcon

Rails, Gallinules, and Cranes

  • Yellow Rail
  • Black Rail
  • King Rail
  • Virginia Rail
  • Sora
  • Purple Gallinule
  • Common Moorhen
  • American Coot
  • Sandhill Crane

Plovers

  • Black-bellied Plover
  • American Golden Plover
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Piping Plover
  • Killdeer

Sandpipers

  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Avocet
  • Greater Yelloowlegs
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Solitary Sandpiper
  • Willet
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Whimbrel
  • Long-billed Curley
  • Hudsonian Godwit
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Red Know
  • Sanderling
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Least Sandpiper
  • White-rumped Sandpiper
  • Baird’s Sandpiper
  • Pectoral Sandpiper
  • Dunlin
  • Stilt Sandpiper
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  • Short-billed Dowitcher
  • Long-bille Dowitcher
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • American Woodcock
  • Wilson’s Phalarope
  • Red-necked Phalarope

Skuas, Gulls, and Terns

  • Parasitic Jaeger
  • Laughing Gull
  • Franklin’s Gull
  • Bonaparte’s Gull
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Sabine’s Gull
  • Caspian Tern
  • Roayl Tern
  • Common Tern
  • Sooty Tern
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Least Tern
  • Black Tern

Pigeons and Doves

  • Rock Pigeon
  • Band-tailed Pigeon
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • White-winged Dove
  • Mourning Dove
  • Inca Dove
  • Common Ground –Dove

Cuckoos

  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Greater Roadrunner

Owls

  • Barn Owl
  • Eastern Screech Owl
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Barred Owl
  • Short-eared Owl

Nighthawks and Nightjars

  • Common Nighthawk
  • Chuck-Will’s-Widow
  • Whip-poor-will

Swifts and Hummingbirds

  • Chimney Swift
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Kingfishers

  • Belted Kingfisher

Woodpeckers

  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Yellow-belied Sapsucker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Red Cockaded Woodpecker

Flycatchers

  • Olive-Sided Flycatcher
  • Eastern Wood Pewee
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • Alder Flycatcher
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Eatern Phoebe
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher
  • Great Kiskadee
  • Great-crested Flycatcher
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Shrikes

  • Logger head Shrike

Vireos

  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Bell’s Vireo
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Philadelphia Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo

Jays and Crows

  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Fish Crow

Larks

  • Horned Lark

Swallows

  • Purple Martin
  • Tree Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Bank Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Cave Swallow
  • Barn Swallow

Chickadees and Titmice

  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse

Creepers and Nuthatches

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-brested Nuthatch
  • Brown-headed nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper

Wrens

  • Carolina Wren
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • House Wren
  • Winter Wren
  • Sedge Wren
  • Marsh Wren

Kinglets

  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Gnatcatchers & Thrushes

  • Blue-gray Gnatcher
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Gray-checked Thrush
  • Swainson’s Thrush
  • Wood Thrush
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin

Mockingbirds and Thrashers

  • Gray Catbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Sage Thrasher
  • Brown Thrasher

Starlings

  • European Starling

Pipits

  • American Pipit
  • Sprague’s Pipit

Waxwings

  • Cedar Waxing

Warblers

  • Golden-winged Warbler
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Blue-winged Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Chesnut-sided Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-Thr. Green Warbler
  • Blue Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Yellow-throated Warbler
  • Pine Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Bay-breasted Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Cerulean Warbler
  • Black-and-White Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Prothonotar Warbler
  • Swainson’s Warbler
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Louisiana Waterthrush
  • Ovenbird
  • Kentucky Warbler
  • Mounring Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Canada Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat

Tangers

  • Summer Tanager
  • Scarlet Tanager

New World Sparrows

  • Spotted Towhee
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Lark Bunting
  • Bachman’s Sparrow
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Brewer’s Sparrow
  • Field Sparrow
  • Vesper Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Gasshopper Sparrow
  • Henslow’s Sparrow
  • LeConte’s Sparrow
  • Nelson’s Sharptailed Sparrow
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Harris’ Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Chestnutcollared Longspur
  • McCown’s Longspur
  • Lapland Longspur
  • Smith’s Longspur
  • Snow Bunting

Grosbeaks and Buntings

  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Painted Bunting
  • Dickcissel

Blackbirds and Orioles

  • Bobolink
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Rusty Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Baltimore Oriole

Finches

  • Purple Finch
  • House Finch
  • Pine Siskin
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow

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