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Recreation

  • Ring-necked duck was in Shelby in Dec. 2014
    The Ring-necked Duck is a migrating visitor to Kentucky and sometimes is fairly common in the winter, especially west of the Cumberland Plateau. They are commonly seen from November-March on the Ohio River, Ballard Wildlife Management Area, Swan Lake, Lake Pewee, Lake Barkley and McElroy Lake. As a matter of fact the Ring-necked Duck was seen in Shelby County during the annual Christmas Bird Count that occurred between Dec. 14, 2014 and Jan. 5, 2015.
  • Sanderling is a frequent shoreline visitor
    The Sanderling is more commonly seen in Kentucky during the autumn migration than the spring migration. You see it mostly along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers but they regularly occur at all of the commonwealth’s better shore bird areas again especially in autumn as early as July 12 and as late as Nov. 17.
  • Lesser Yellowlegs is an infrequent visitor
    The Lesser Yellowlegs is fairly common throughout Kentucky but is less numerous on the Cumberland Plateau and in the mountains during migration. They are extremely rare in the summer and are considered accidental in winter. A late winter date that they have been seen is Feb. 20 and a late autumn date was actually in the early winter on Dec. 29.
  • Thayer’s Gull, a rare and uncommon visitor
    The Thayer’s Gull breeds on Queen Elizabeth Islands and northern Nunavut including north Baffin Island west of Greenland in the high Arctic. They winter along the coast from northwest British Columbia on down to southern California and wander to our area.
  • American Golden-Plover is a frequent visitor
    The accompanying photograph is of an American Golden-Plover in juvenile plumage and this bird is a fairly common migrant through Kentucky west of the Cumberland Plateau. The earliest spring date that they have been seen is March 3 and the latest spring date is May 27. The earliest they have been seen in autumn was actually in the summer on June 27 with the latest autumn sighting being November 22.
  • American Wigeon, a migratory visitor
    The American Wigeon is fairly common during migration, however, it is uncommon in winter and very rare in the summer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • Common Loon not always common in Kentucky
    The Common Loon is fairly common in Kentucky during migration, a rare to uncommon winter resident and extremely rare in summer. The accompanying photograph was taken on Trailwood Lake in northeastern Shelby County one November of a non-breeding adult in transitional plumage.
  • Wilson’s Phalarope, a rare shoreline visitor
    The Wilson’s Phalarope is rarely seen in spring and autumn west of the Cumberland Plateau although it has been seen in eastern Kentucky. They are seen along shorelines and mudflats of flooded fields and along lakes and rivers and have been seen as early as March 30 and as late as May 28 in the spring and as early as July 3 and as late as Sept. 28 in autumn.
  • Western Grebe was hunted for its feathers
  • Caspian Tern is a frequent visitor
    The Caspian Tern is a fairly common migratory bird through Kentucky except during the summer when it is rare. However June sightings in the Ohio River and the lake areas of western Kentucky seems to indicate that this species occasionally remains throughout the summer. Early spring sightings are March 30 and late autumn is Nov. 19.