Tuesday, February 12, 2008

500 Million Scissor-tailed Flycatchers Now in Migration

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.

The flycatcher on the coin is soaring over a field of galardia -- more commonly called Indian blanket - the State wildflower. It's a perfect combination that celebrates the vast and ephemeral beauty of our stunning prairie lands. Bravo to the people of Oklahoma for selecting a very worthy tribute for the 46th commemorative quarter-dollar coin.
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