2021 Summer Bird Census

Thank you to this year’s birders, led by Bert and Jean Stipelcovich, for taking the summer census.


This year’s participants are below and the results along with last year’s are attached.

  • Amy Hardy
  • Bert Stipelcovich
  • Brenda LaVernge
  • Earl Fly
  • Gary LaVergne
  • Glen Osburn
  • Jean Stipelcovich
  • Steve Wiste
  • Vicki Wiste

2021 Bird Census

On Feb 8, 2021, we did the Winter Bird survey. 
34 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

6 Wood Duck
2 Mallard
1 Pied-billed Grebe
4 White-winged Dove
9 Mourning Dove
2 Killdeer
1 Double-crested Cormorant
12 Black Vulture
6 Turkey Vulture
2 Red-shouldered Hawk 
1 Red-tailed Hawk

2 Barred Owl
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
7 American Kestrel

1 Belted Kingfisher
3 Eastern Phoebe
3 Blue Jay
18 American Crow
21 Carolina Chickadee
9 Tufted Titmouse
6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

2 Bewick’s Wren
4 Carolina Wren

7 Northern Mockingbird

7 Hermit Thrush
16 Eastern Bluebird
34 American Robin
105 American Goldfinch
62 Chipping Sparrow

2 Lincoln’s Sparrow

4 Savannah Sparrow
1 sparrow sp. not identified 
14 Eastern Meadowlark
20 blackbird sp. fly over (brewers?) 
1 Orange-crowned Warbler

1 Pine Warbler
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler
16 Northern Cardinal

1 Brown-headed Cowbird

11 Cedar Waxwing

Number of Taxa: 40

Purple Martins Seminar

Purple Martins

Did you ever want to know about Purple Martins? Why do the call them purple when they are not purple? When and where do they migrate? Where do they breed? What are they know for? What do they do when approaching their nesting site?

If you ever wanted to know about Purple Martins, come join us March 14th at 9 am at the Community Center. We will have a guest speaker to answer all your questions. We will also have coffee and donuts along with ORWMA caps and Tee shirts for sale. Hope to see you there.

Bird Census

Attention Oakridge birders: our winter census is scheduled for the weekend of Feb 2-3. If you are new to birding, you can join with one of 3 or 4 groups covering the ranch. Learn birds and meet neighbors. Let Amy Hardy know if you are interested!

Oakridge Winter Bird Census

Eastern Phoebe B.LaVergne, 2013.

Our 2018 Winter Birding Census will be held on Saturday & Sunday, the 3rd & 4th of February, 2018.   Participants can bird either morning they wish.  If you are interested in joining in, please contact Amy Hardy, ORWMA Birding Chairperson, at amyhardytx@gmail.com for additional information.

The Birding Census will conclude with a lunch at the Hardy home on Sunday, Feb 4th.

We hope everyone will consider participating!  Bird counts are generally done at daybreak when the birds are most active.  Simply walk your property and use the attached bird list to write down how many you see of each species.  Turn your completed list(s) in to Amy via email or take them to the lunch on Sunday, the 4th.  Grab a cup of coffee, bottle of water, your binoculars & cameras and hit the fields and woods of Oakridge Ranch.

Have fun!  Live life outdoors!

New bird checklist_Amy

Oakridge’s Fall & Winter Visitors

Fall has come to Oakridge Ranch!  What a beautiful time of year!

But even better is the fact that Fall & Winter brings a beautiful bird to our area, the American Bald Eagle.   Thank you, Maggie Lynch, for this picture!   So neighbors, keep your cameras ready.   You never know what you’ll see  or what is seeking a safe haven here at Oakridge Ranch.   Click on the picture to enlarge it and check out this amazing bird of prey.

Live life outdoors!

American Bald Eagle, Photo by M.Lynch, October 2017