Stop 10: Lynn Hickey Ranch

Directions: Phone or stop by the Chamber of Commerce for directions and permission to enter. From the intersection of US Highway 283 and State Highway 152 (stoplight in Sayre), go east on 152 4.2 miles, then west on county road P for .5 miles, entrance on south.

This ranch crosses Starvation Creek and has frontage along the North Fork of the Red River. A heron rookery, cottonwood and elm thickets provide cover for a variety of wildlife. Bobcat, beaver, muskrat, badger, porcupine, deer, and feral hogs all occur in the vicinity of the river. Eastern and Western Meadowlarks are ubiquitous, and at the water's edge you can find American Rubyspot (damselfly), and dragonflies such as Common Sanddragon and Eastern Pondhawk are easily spotted and, with patience, photographed as well. Carolina Chickadee, Great Crested Flycatcher, and Northern Cardinal are common here. River access in dry years makes for long and pleasant walks. On the return trip to town check roadsides and bridges for bird activity amidst the vegetation. Snags can harbor a variety of woodpeckers such as Red-headed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, and Red-bellied Woodpecker. On Hartman's Creek at the OK 152 bridge it is possible to get out and walk the creek.

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