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Some crazy bird got lost at Lake Overholser

1:27 PM EDT on August 14, 2013

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According to, a rare bird from Antarctica has been chilling at Lake Overholser. Since we don't know if the bird is male or female, we'll name it Terry.

From the "State's Most Trusted News:"

Bird enthusiasts were treated with a rare sighting of a South Polar skua that hung around Lake Overholser in northwest Oklahoma City for nearly a week.

Sightings of the South Polar skua in North America are extremely rare. The bird has been seen just four times in the interior United States, which would include Oklahoma. It is believed to be the first sighting of a South Polar Skua in Oklahoma.

The South Polar skua drew bird-watchers from Colorado, Arkansas, New Mexico, Nebraska and Missouri, as well as enthusiasts from virtually every corner of the state. It lives primarily in Antarctica. It isn't known how the lone bird found its way to Oklahoma City.

To save you some time, here's a link to the South Polar skua Wikipedia page. Sorry hunters and Jim Inhofe, the bird isn't endangered so there's no good reason for you to shoot it, stuff it and put it in your creepy study.

I lived about three blocks from "Lake Overholster" (that's what my Drivers Ed teacher called it) during middle school and high school, and based on some of the things I found on my car over the years, this can't be the first time this asshole bird has visited Oklahoma. Yeah, I called Terry an asshole. Here's why:

 It spent about six days at Lake Overholser, feeding on other birds, before moving on.

So this punk comes to Oklahoma City, hangs out at our lake for a few days, and eats all of our birds. Basically, he's the slacker friend/relative that you let sleep on your couch. I doubt Terry cleaned up his nest or pitched in on beer either.

Anyway, here are a few videos of Terry that some bird watcher put on YouTube. They kind of look like the belong in Oliver Stoner's JFK:

Okay, the last one isn't of Terry. It's just the Mr. Spriggs BBQ commercial. It's much more entertaining.

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