The Best Places to Go Bird-watching in Tulsa

Tulsa is an amazing place for bird-watching, with so many opportunities to see different varieties of birds. One can walk or bike along the river all day and be sure that they will spot various species flying in front of them at some point during their journey. 

Are you looking for an excellent and free outdoor activity? Bird-watching is the perfect idea. If you live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we have a treat for you!

Favorite Birds of Oklahoma

My absolute favorite birds to watch in Tulsa are the American White Pelicans. Coming from Colorado (where we used to live), seeing these beautiful giant white birds will take your breathe away; especially, as they gather by the hundreds to stay warm. 

American White Pelican

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Don’t worry; the split tail doesn’t mean the bird is hurt. That is just what the tail looks like – it splits in two like a fork. In particular, this scissor-like tail makes the birds easy to identify. 

Self-Guided Tours

The best time to see eagles is supposedly sunrise or sunset, but they are relatively active along the Arkansas River during the day. As a matter of fact, there hasn’t been one time we have gone out to the Tulsa River Parks trail and not seen an eagle. 

Bald Eagle

Whooping Crane

Listed as an endangered species, you might be lucky to see a Whooping Crane hanging out around the river wetlands. 

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Find out the best places to go bird-watching in Tulsa!