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Recreation

  • Vesper Sparrow, bird of mystery
    The Vesper Sparrow was named by the well-known late naturalist, John Burroughs, who thought that this sparrow sings more beautifully in the late evening amid advancing shadows.
  • Look down, not up for the Worm-Eating Warbler
    The Worm-eating Warbler is a very differently acting bird than many other members of the warbler family. Most of them are rather excitable and nervous birds of the treetops. This bird, however, is rather quiet and spends most of the time on the ground or within a few feet of it, walking, not running, and sometimes creeping along a tree trunk like a Brown Creeper or a Black-and-white Warbler. It also has a distinct habit of searching and poking into clusters of dead leaves to extract spiders and insects and is extremely fond of the larvae of moths.
  • Cerulean Warbler is very un-warblerlike
    If the Cerulean Warbler is sitting in a very tall tree, which is where they are usually seen, and the background is a blue sky, then it will be very difficult to see this bird because its coloration is sky blue above with an even brighter blue on the crown. However, it does have white below and a dark blue narrow breast band and side streaks on a somewhat big belly.
  • Cerulean Warbler is very un-warblerlike
    If the Cerulean Warbler is sitting in a very tall tree, which is where they are usually seen, and the background is a blue sky, then it will be very difficult to see this bird because its coloration is sky blue above with an even brighter blue on the crown. However, it does have white below and a dark blue narrow breast band and side streaks on a somewhat big belly.
  • Canada Warbler finds homes in Kentucky
    Don’t let the name influence you into believing that the Canada Warbler only hangs out in Canada. Even though it was first discovered in Canada, it is certainly not confined there. This warbler has been found breeding here in Kentucky in Harlan County in the higher elevations of Black Mountain as well as Bell and Letcher counties. However, the State Breeding Status is of Special Concern. It has been known to arrive as early as April 19, but the majority arrive in early May and start leaving in mid-September, with the latest date seen being Oct. 12.
  • Funny song keeps Blue-winged Warbler on the move
    The Blue-winged Warbler perches for minutes at a time when uttering its song. The reason could be because the song is so unusual and sounds like a loud insect-like “fuzzzz buzzzzzz” or somewhat like a deep sigh.
  • Blue-headed Vireo protects the forest from insects
    The bold white spectacles are striking on a gray-blue head, which contrasts with an olive back and bold wing-bars, while underparts are a clean white, with pale greenish-yellow flanks. This describes the 5-and-a-half inch long with a 9-and-a-half inch wide wingspan Blue-headed Vireo that was formerly known as the Solitary Vireo.
  • Buzzy ‘I’m so, so layzee’ announces Black-throated Green Warbler
    The Black-throated Green Warbler is one of the easiest warbler songs to remember and learn because it is a buzzy “I’m so so layzee” and it has many variations. This 5-inch long warbler with a 7-and-three-quarter inch wide wingspan is more often heard than seen. It hangs out in tall trees, foraging throughout the day, gleaning insects from the upper surface of leaves and evergreen needles, which they prefer. Their song is frequently heard during spring migration.
  • Look low for the Black-throated Blue Warbler
    The Black-throated Blue Warbler is another one of those beautiful little wood warblers that hang out in southeastern Kentucky in the Cumberland Mountains and especially in the higher elevations, such as Black Mountain. However, we may see this bird all across the Commonwealth during the spring and autumn migrations.
  • A true ‘voice of the wild’
    The first time I ever saw a Louisiana Water-Thrush was when it was standing on a rather large rock out in the middle of a running tributary of Big Beech Creek in Shelby County. He was reared back and singing his heart out for the entire world to hear. What a wonderful introduction it was. Elder ornithologists have described his song as a striking exuberance with a ringing, weird quality, which tends to make this warbling song a true voice of the wild.