Sequoyah State ParkNovember 8
We decided to put this on our Autumnal Tour only because this summer we were talking around the campfire at Greenleaf, and a couple of folks mentioned that they work in Ft. Gibson, and every day when they cross the dam to go to work, there are Bald Eagles. We really didn't think that we could do much good, but we thought we'd give it a try as it would make a nice break from Great Salt Plains to our next stop.
We picked out Sequoyah State Park as it had full hook-ups and the reviews on RVParkReviews.com was pretty good. I did some research on which sites had the full service. (Great Salt Plains has no sites with full hook-ups so I knew it would be a treat for us to have the full hook-ups). The park is actually located on a peninsula that inserts itself in the middle of Ft. Gibson Lake, with the "Grand River" on one side and the Ft. Gibson Lake on the other. There are about 4 campgrounds, with two of them having hook-ups. When I called it was recommended that we drive around to see which one we liked better, and again the reviews were stellar for Seminole so when we hit there and saw the nice site, we just stopped there. We didn't need reservations, however the weekend (Veteran's Day) was a holiday and the park filled up fast and is well used. The sites are about 30 yards from the lake shore, but easy enough walk and the woods are filled will all sorts of birds. But that's not why we're here.
The first thing we notice crossing the bridge entering into the Sequoyah State Park peninsula is the preponderance of pelicans which are always fun to watch, on the shore of the swimming beach. The beach is closed for the season, but we can get relatively close enough to watch the birds. Part of the fun of watching flocks of birds is their landing in a particularly crowded spot. No one seems to mind just "one more" landing and there always seems to be more room even when there doesn't look like there's any.
The woods surrounding our site is filled with birds floating around, and although some of them were shore birds, some were woodland birds that we really don't get to see that much, like this red-headed woodpecker. (Don't you just love the technical name of some birds?!!!!) With a piece of bark in its chops and banging on all the trees he's up to something like nest building, or we hope it's something productive!
Sure enough the first day at the dam, we spot an immature eagle. They are a dead giveaway, as the first year they are almost all black. The second year, they are a little spotted on the head and breast, and by the time they are mature in their fourth year, they have the bald head. This one is about a year old. And the other thing we could tell was that he does not like wasps, as one was harassing him and in the first shot you can see the wasp, while in the last one it seems to be following along!
Our tip from our friend around the campfire at Greenleaf was pretty good. Bald Eagles are definitely around the dam area. We didn't see any mature eagles - well one, but he was too far to get a good shot, but they are around and migrating through.