• 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.
  • A bird of many songs
    The song of the 5-inch Chestnut-sided Warbler, which has a 7-and-3/4 inch wingspan, has been described to sound as if it says sweet sweet sweet seesa WEETchew.
  • Blackburnian Warbler sings up a storm
    Because of its coloration, the Blackburnian Warbler has been called the most glorious of the whole family of warblers. A proper name for this beautiful little bird would seem to be the Orange-throated Warbler, but instead it was named after its discoverer, a man named Blackburn. This 5-inch-long bird, with its 8.5-inch wingspan, has a long body that makes the tail look short. Look for a flaming orange throat, a white wing panel, a black cap and orange above the eye.
  • A new dove dives into the bird world
    The Eurasian Collared Dove is a native of Eurasia, but it was released in the Bahamas in 1974. Like some of the other alien species that have been released in the Americas, it has experienced an astonishingly rapid population explosion. For instance, the alien European Starling has become the most numerous bird species in North America, creating havoc to our own native species that also require cavities for nesting.
  • This is one tough bird to find
    The Grasshopper Sparrow's habits, as well as its weak song notes are such that you are not likely to find this species of bird, unless you know how and where to look for them.
  • Shelby’s bird count tallies 61 species
    No one reported seeing a partridge in a pear tree, but birdwatchers that participated in Shelby County’s 40th annual Christmas Bird Count in December tallied thousands of birds and some memorable experiences.
  • The most beautiful of songbirds
    The Wood Thrush has been one of my favorite songbirds since I was able to shinny up a tree with no limbs, and that has been awhile. I remember finding this bird about 15 to 20 feet above the ground, beside Bib Beech Creek, below Salem Baptist Church near Southville in Shelby County. I wondered what might be inside and thought it sort of resembled a smaller version of a robin’s nest.
  • These birds are green, but not with envy
    The family of Vireos only occurs in America, which is highly unusual, and this family haunts the higher portions of forests, where it diligently hunts for insects in bark crevices and under leaves. The Yellow-throated Vireo particularly loves to eat horseflies, mosquitoes, hairy caterpillars off their tents and gypsy and tussock moths. Even though similar-sized wood warblers also inhabit this same type of environment, vireos appearances are somewhat different. They are bigger-headed, thicker-billed and slower moving.