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Recreation

  • Lots of ingredients in Ovenbird
    The Ovenbird is a ground-loving warbler, that walks or even struts on the forest floor, moving along with exaggerated steps, with its cocked tail flicked upward, while its head goes backward and forward as though it was tiptoeing, with its pretty pink feet. Its song has been translated to say "Teacher, Teacher, Teacher, TEACHER" with a special loud emphasis on the last teacher. Because of this, well-known song and the constant tail flicking, the Ovenbird is commonly called “Teacher” as well as “Wood Wagtail.”
  • The most handsome of the warblers
    The male Hooded Warbler could very well be the most handsome member of the warbler family. This bird is only 5-and-one-fourth inches long with a 7-and-a-half-inch wingspan, which is a similar size of most warblers except for the Yellow-breasted Chat, which is somewhat larger.
  • These birds are well-grounded
    The Bank Swallow, at 5 1/4 inches long, with a 13-inch wide wingspan, is the smallest member of the swallow family. It has a very slim build from head to tail but has a well-defined, distinct breast band, which is emphasized by a white throat.
  • Coloring our world
    At first glance the male Yellow Warbler is the only bird in America that has an all-yellow appearance. But closer scrutiny reveals a slight greenish tinge to its back wings and tail as well as a red streaked breast. The female is similar, without the red streaks, and they both have black beaks and short tails. After wintering from southern Mexico to Peru and east to Guiana and Brazil, these birds arrive in Kentucky in late April and become common summer residents throughout the commonwealth, except in the higher elevations of the Cumberland Mountains.
  • Lesser Scaup dives deep for its food
    The Lesser Scaup is a diving ducks, which means that it does not feed on or near the surface of the water, as do those species of ducks called dabblers.
  • Downy Woodpecker is the most popular of its kind
    The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest, most numerous, most widespread and tamest of all woodpeckers and is a year-round resident of our commonwealth. Sexes are similar except the male has a red spot on the back of the head, which is lacking in the female.
  • Well-hidden Brown Creeper has song ‘soft as the wind’
    The Brown Creeper is certainly one of the most inconspicuous birds in the bird kingdom. For any of you that have forested habitat, this 5-1/4 inch long bird with a 7-3/4 inch wide wingspan, probably is hanging out with many of your small flocks of chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, and woodpeckers, especially in the winter months. You just are not seeing them because of their coloration and feeding habits.
  • A friend to farmers and gardeners
    When you see a 5-and-a-half-inch long bird with an 8-inch wingspan that is a deep ultra marine blue with a slightly larger head, in all likelihood you have sighted the beautiful male Indigo Bunting. Not to be confused with the slightly larger male Eastern Bluebird or male Blue Grosbeak or the much larger Blue Jay, all of which also display other colors along with their blues.
  • A bird that needs your protection
    A recent 40-year study, by the National Audubon Society, indicates that the Field Sparrow is the No. 9 declining bird species in North America, with its population numbers down by 68 percent. Because of this alarming information, any of you who may have land on which you constantly spend money, time, and effort mowing and maintaining Fescue grass – for no better reason than because you are of the opinion that it looks good – I want to encourage you to think seriously about an alternative.
  • A most worldly bird
    The Barn Swallow has the distinction of being largely responsible for the founding of the first Audubon Society. The late, great George Bird Grinnell, then editor of Forest and Stream, displayed such indignation at the waste of birdlife when Barn Swallows were being killed by the thousands just to make ornaments for women's hats, that he wrote a vigorous editorial in 1886 against such unnecessary slaughter. This almost immediately led to the founding of the Audubon Society.