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Williams Center Green

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Account written in 2007 with information from Jim Arterburn.

View of William Center Green from Third Street

photo by John Kennington

The Williams Center Green is a small one-block park in the heart of downtown Tulsa that often serves a migrant trap.  During their night migration many birds are attracted to or disoriented by the lights and end up staying the next day in the park, or even a nearby parking lot, parking garage, or the base of a building. Regrettably many bird also strike the tall building and one may find many dead bird on the sidewalks and at the base of the buildings.

The key to finding birds here is to arrive very early in the morning, though some birds will stay for the day and then depart the next night. You can get excellent looks at the birds downtown as they are usually at eye level or lower.

The Green is located in downtown Tulsa between 2nd and 3rd Streets, just north of where Boston Avenue ends. Park on Boston or 3rd St. and enter the Green from the south side, which is at street level.

Williams Center Green

photo by John Kennington

Jim Arterburn and others regularly bird this area and have found a tremendous variety of unusual and rare birds. A partial list, from recent spring and fall migration, includes: American Woodcock, Sora, Virginia & Yellow Rail, Chuck-will's-widow, Whip-poor-will, Common Poorwill, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Mourning Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Ovenbird, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Gray Catbird, House Wren, Eastern Towhee, Catbird, Brown Thrashers and Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Jim has pointed out that American Woodcocks appear to migrate through Tulsa in the last week of August while a larger more prolonged migration appears to take place the last few days of October through the first seven to ten days in November. During his study he collected 12 American Woodcocks and found a larger number alive at the Green and at the base of buildings around downtown.




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