white-throated sparrow, white-striped morph, prepares to bathe on a sunny day. Note the yellow lore on the white stripe and clearly defined white throat. The similar in appearance white- crowned sparrow lacks the yellow lores and clearly defined white throat.

I mentioned last week that the white-throated sparrow would be the featured creature for this week, and it will be, but first I need to mention another bird. I recently traveled to Lewisville, Texas, to see a great black-backed gull.

 A rather rotund male house finch drinks from a water feature. This was one of the most plump house finches I had ever seen. Normally, they are a little more slender. This one obviously is good at finding food. Look at him, he looks like a Thanksgiving turkey!

Once a bird of the Desert Southwest, the house finch has spread all over the United States. And that escalation was boosted when an eastern population was created 80 years ago.

 A pine siskin perches on a feeder while it eats Nyjer. Note the overall brown, streaky appearance. Also note the tinges of yellow on the wings, along with the sharp, pointed bill. The similar in appearance female house finch is larger overall, and has a large, conical seed-eating bill

The pine siskin is a winter visitor to Oklahoma, and can be quite common, but not always. These little finches may be scarce some years, and then abundant during others.

Topics will include “Human Trafficking 101,”“Apps, Gaming, Sexting and Internet Safety” and “How to Report Internet Crimes and Human Trafficking.”

Crossroads Baptist Church in Elgin is offering a two-day seminar on modern parenting this weekend. The seminar, “Parenting Today in an Oversexualized World,” will run from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday and from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the church, 11423 NE 75th St. in Elgin.

Teach your child empathy

Exception to the rule. Yet now you would be hard-pressed to find a child who is not this way. How have television and video games come to rule our households? Three words. Easy. Way. Out.

Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department and area children will benefit from an all-day fundraising event set to kick off Oct. 3 at DJ’s Bait Shop in Edgewater Park

Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department and area children will benefit from an all-day fundraising event set to kick off Oct. 3 at DJ’s Bait Shop in Edgewater Park. Apache-based Shrine Club, The Rowdy Rascals, are set to host the Hog Day 2020 fundraising event Oct.

 "Come to the Fletcher Free Fair"

The Town of Fletcher invites everyone to "Come to the Fletcher Free Fair." There will be concessions, games, stock show and music each night Sept. 3-5. The Poor Boys Tractor Club will be having their annual Pioneer Days on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 9a.m.

Indian No More

Winner of several awards, Indian No More tells a fictionalized story of the Indian Relocation Act in 1956, although it is based on the true events of author Charlene McManis’s life.

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