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Recreation

  • Rarely seen Painted Bunting is a hidden beauty
    The Painted Bunting is certainly one of the most beautiful birds in North America. The adult male is blue, green and red, however lighting and foliage can obscure the bright colors and patterns as it has in my photograph. It also appears that the male carries this beautiful plumage, all year long. The adult female is a bright green, which also sets her apart. This bird is 5-and-a-half inches long and has an 8-and-three-quarters inch wingspan.
  • White-winged Crossbill a rare Kentucky visitor
    The White-Winged Crossbill is a 6-and-a-half inch bird with a 10-and-a-half-inch wingspan and weighs 0.9 ounces. It breeds throughout Canada and the lower two thirds of Alaska on down the northwestern mountains to northern Idaho, northwest Washington, northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and New England. They usually winter in the northern states, but can wander on down to Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Virginia.
  • White-Crowned Sparrow always has plans a quick for a quick exit
    The White-Crowned Sparrow is a common winter resident throughout Kentucky and is often found in fairly large flocks, but it is not real common in the heavily forested eastern portions of the commonwealth. They are frequently seen in semi open habitats where there are lots of weedy fencerows and also they congregate at bird feeders that are on the ground and filled with mixed birdseed. The White-Crowned Sparrow usually feeds on the ground, near cover, so they can make a quick get away.
  • The Wood Stork ranges though much of the U.S.
    The Wood Stork differs from herons and ibises in that it is heavier, has a slightly decurved beak, has a bare head and neck and has a total lack of ornamental plumes. Even though this bird was once known as Wood Ibis, it is the only member of the stork family in America and is actually a very close relative to vultures.
  • Snow Goose frequents western area of state
    The Snow Goose breeds on the Arctic Tundra. It forms medium to large flocks in the winter as it frequents marshes, shores of lakes, and stubble fields. This species appears to be increasing rapidly, probably due to the availability of suitable winter habitat, in agricultural areas. This 28-to 31-inch bird with a 53-to 56-inch wide wingspan weighs between 5.3 to 7.5 pounds and comes in two color phases, as indicated by the accompanying photograph.
  • Vermillion Flycatcher, birds seen in Kentucky, but not nesting thus far.
    The Vermillion Flycatcher is six inches long with a wingspan that is 10 inches wide, and weighs 0.51 ounces and is the most beautiful member of the flycatcher family. The male has a brilliant red breast, neck, and top of the head, with the remainder black that includes a black mask and a black tail that has white borders. Despite its brilliant color, the Vermillion Flycatcher is difficult to detect because it hunts for insects in the highest canopy and generally remains very well concealed and will usually hang out near water.
  • Trumpeter swan
    The Trumpeter Swan, which is 60 inches long and has an 80 inch wide wingspan, is considered to be the largest waterfowl and weighs more than any other native bird in the United States. Settlers slaughtered this bird, wherever they existed in the United States. The last one killed in Kentucky was from a flock of three in December of 1876, 12 miles downstream of Cincinnati, on the Ohio River. No species ever disappeared under the watchful eye of the Native Americans, who were able to always blend in with other life on our planet.
  • Kite in flight
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • The tiny Ruby-Crowned Kinglet is a common visitor
    The Ruby-Crowned Kinglet is a tiny 4-and-a-quarter inch long with a 7-and-one-half inch wide wingspan and weighs in at 0.25 ounces. I had one of these tiny birds seek out my presence one day, apparently for its safety to escape from a Loggerhead Shrike.