• 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.
  • Long and slim, the Palm Warbler is common in Kentucky
    The Palm Warbler is a 5-and-a-half-inch long bird with an 8-inch wingspan and weighs all of 0.35 ounces that is a fairly common in Kentucky while crossing statewide on its migration route. At times it may also become a winter resident.
  • Rusty blackbird population is dwindling
    The Rusty Blackbird is somewhat different from other blackbird species. First of all they don’t flock up in the winter with other members of the blackbird family. When you see a huge flock of blackbirds in the winter months, it will be composed of Common Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Brown-headed Cowbirds along with the most numerous birds in America, the alien European Starling.
  • An infrequent visitor, Roseate Spoonbill can wander north
    Records of Roseate Spoonbills seen in Kentucky are on July 29 and Aug. 18, 1989, at Honker’s Lake at the Land-Between-the-Lakes in Trigg County, on Sept. 13-17, 1994, also at LBL, and on Sept. 4 and Sept. 8, 2013 on Guist Creek Lake in Shelby County. They are normally found on both coasts of Florida, the Louisiana and Texas Coasts, Mexico and Central American Coasts and they obviously wander north, occasionally.
  • Ring-billed Gull is a consistent spring visitor
    The Ring-billed Gull is a fairly common visitor during migration throughout Kentucky. I usually see them in Shelby County during the spring migration on Guist Creek Lake, the Kroger parking lot, the Walmart parking lot, and in 2013 saw about 50 of them sitting in a pasture on Gallrein Farms, apparently resting possibly after a long migratory flight.
  • Redhead duck’s population is declining
    Just like humans, each bird species, has its own uniqueness. For instance, the Redhead is considered to be a diver type duck, yet quite frequently feeds in shallow water where it displays feeding techniques of the dabbler ducks by tipping up and feeding in such a way, that only their rear end is visible.