• This bird’s name is well-deserved
    This is one of my favorite birds, and the major reason because it is well known in the bird world as the "King of Song." It is the very best of the mockers and can duplicate the songs of at least 30 different bird species in rapid succession. Each phrase of the songs can be repeated two to six times, but it is usually three times. Add to this a variety of sounds from whistles to barks, and you may even hear the tinkling sound of a piano or the sound of a squeaky hinge.
  • Shelby County Fair 2012 schedule
    Thursday June 14 9 a.m.     District dairy show 5 p.m.     Pedal tractor pull weigh In; Pedal pull will start following weigh in 6 p.m.     Miss Sensational Shelby County Fair; art showcase and reception following pageant 6 p.m.     Carnival rides open
  • This bird is a tenant you will want to keep
    Everyone loves the Purple Martin and rightfully so. By the time the Europeans arrived in this great country, the Native Americans had already recognized the benefits of  having these birds as neighbors. The fact that Purple Martins, because of their aerial feeding habits, helped rid an area of pesky mosquitoes, flies and gnats was well known. The native tribes were already installing the first man-made bird houses by growing gourds, drying them out, cutting the proper entrance holes in each gourd and placing them high in dead trees or on tall poles.
  • This bird is nothing but a snake in the water
    The Anhinga is also known as “Snakebird” or “Water Turkey” because it usually swims with only its small head and slender neck above water, so there is a strong snake resemblance. There is also the habit of spreading its tail feathers, and these feathers somewhat resemble the tail feathers of a turkey. But, by any name this is an elegant water bird, with an S-shaped neck, that is found in South America from Uruguay and Southern Brazil to Ecuador, Colombia and Panama on North through Mexico to the Southeastern United States.
  • A different meadowlark
    The Western Meadowlark is the state bird for more states – six – than any other bird except the Northern Cardinal, which has seven. This bird is so similar to the Eastern Meadowlark that the only sure way to identify the Western Meadowlark is by its song, which is so different and has been described as "wee weetidleoo." The song is often heard on Hollywood soundtracks even when the movie setting is far from the bird's range.
  • Some cool visits in the winter
    The Short-Eared Owl has always been a winter resident of Kentucky, but beginning in the late 1980s, this species was found nesting on a large reclaimed mine site in Ohio and Muhlenberg Counties. This 15-inch long bird, with a 38-inch wingspan, often can be observed in a Central Kentucky on open land at dusk and dawn and is our most aerial owl. You will notice them flying back and forth, hunting over pastures, hayfields and other grassy or weedy areas and have a habit of hovering.
  • This sparrow is getting pretty rare
    One of the elder ornithologists by the name of Ridgeway described the song of the Lark Sparrow in the following manner: "One continued gush of sprightly music, now gay, now melodious and then tender beyond description – the very expression of emotion. At intervals, the singer falters, as if exhausted by exertion and his voice becomes scarcely audible; but suddenly reviving in his joy, it is resumed in all its vigor until he appears to be really overcome by the effort."
  • The Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher: A really rare find in Kentucky
    My current home, which is a small, wooded farm named “Wingspan,” located in the northeast corner of Shelby County, near where Franklin and Henry counties also come together, is a place as near to heaven as one could find. This lovable tract fronts on a road named Catwalk and backs up to an outstanding fishing lake with 6.5 miles of shoreline, named Trailwood.
  • Odd little Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers now carve their lives outside Kentucky
    The federally endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker became extinct in Kentucky in approximately 2001. The accompanying photograph was taken in Pulaski County in Eastern Kentucky, where  a few nesting colonies remained alive. However, because of the severe droughts in the late 1990s, which caused many of the Short-Leaf Pine Trees to die, an infestation of the Southern Pine beetle that further devastated the pine trees, plus probably too much logging in the Daniel Boone National Forest, the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker had lost its habitat.
  • This little bug-lover holes in just about anywhere
    The Great Crested Flycatcher is the only flycatcher in the Eastern United States that builds its nest in cavities. An old woodpecker hole, a natural cavity or a manmade nest box is selected as the home, and it nearly always is decorated with a shed of snakeskin. In fact some call this bird the “Snakeskin Bird.” It builds that nest in a bulky mass of twigs, leaves, hair, feathers, bark fibers, rope and other trash, constructed anywhere from 3 to 75 feet above the ground.