On January 28 more than 500 million Scissor-tailed Flycatchers went into migration when the U.S. Mint released the first commemorative quarter-dollar coin of 2008 honoring the 46th state -- my home state of Oklahoma and our State Bird - Tyrannus forficatus.
photograph by Bill Horn
I glassed my first one today - found in the random change of a quick grocery purchase. I've been waiting. I held this first find in my palm as if I had just discovered a nugget of gold - marvel, awe, and pride ensued.
Blogger's first Oklahoma quarter
As a "born-again birdwatcher" and lover of both coins and Oklahoma -- I couldn't be more proud of the symbol chosen to represent my state. It now holds rank and honor among the bird-featured coins I've collected from all over the world.