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Stop 9: Flying W Ranch

Directions: Return to downtown Sayre and go north on US 283 to OK 6 East for 5.5 miles. Go left at the sign for the Flying W. On the way out of Sayre, at 1.7 miles check the feedyard on the left for Brewer's Blackbird and Yellow-headed Blackbird.

The Flying W is a guest ranch that offers a number of fun activities in addition to providing good habitat for wildlife watching. Covering approximately 3,000 acres of mixed shortgrass prairie, the wooded pond edges at the end of the main ranch road attract Great Blue Herons, egrets, beaver, and a variety of other wildlife. The ranch keeps a herd of American Bison; these majestic animals can usually be photographed at close range from behind a fence. Halloween Pennant, Eastern Pondhawk, Variegated Meadowhawk, and Familiar Bluet are some of the odonates you may encounter at the pond edges. The prairie should be checked in summer for breeding Green-tailed Towhee, Cassin's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, and Grasshopper Sparrow. Winter visitors can include American Tree Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco. The ranch offers chuck wagon dinners and breakfast, a western town, lodging, and other amenities for visitors.

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