• The wild Muscovy Duck
    When I was about 7 years old, our family was living on a farm on KY 44 in Spencer County that was just south of the Shelby County line.  We, of course, raised the usual farm animals and fowls, and one species we raised were Muscovy Ducks. 
  • Glossy Ibis seen in Kentucky
    The Glossy Ibis has been seen in Kentucky on the following dates from Franklin County to the western Kentucky lake area: March 20, April 21 and 30, May 1, 7 and 12, Aug. 25 and 30, Sept. 17-19, Oct. 23, Nov. 1 and 21 and Dec. 3 and 4. This species breeds along the Atlantic Coast from southern Maine down to southern North Carolina. Their winter range is from southern North Carolina along the Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast and about 3/4 of the way down the Texas Coast and throughout Florida.
  • Greater Yellow-legs
    In Kentucky, the Greater Yellow-legs is recorded chiefly west of the Cumberland Plateau. An early spring date that they have been seen is Feb. 15 and a late autumn date is Dec. 15.
  • Short-billed Dowitcher is normally a fall visitor
    The Short-billed Dowitcher is uncommon during migration in Kentucky, recorded west of the Cumberland Plateau and is usually seen in autumn. Early recorded autumn dates are June 30 and late autumn dates are Sept. 30 while early spring dates are April 5 with a late spring date of June 2.
  • Canvasback is fast, big and delicious
    The Canvasback is uncommon to fairly common during migration, a rare to uncommon winter resident, extremely rare in the summer, recorded chiefly west of the Cumberland Plateau and is usually found on the larger lakes and rivers. A late spring sighting date is June 5 and an early autumn date is Sept. 3. My accompanying photograph depicts a male on the left and a female on the right.
  • Red-breasted Merganser visits during migration season
    The Red-breasted Merganser is fairly common during migration, uncommon in winter and rare in the summer. They are recorded chiefly west of the Cumberland Plateau and I have seen them on Guist Creek in Shelby County in the winter. Late spring dates for a Kentucky sighting is June 22 and an early autumn date is Sept. 12.
  • Swainson’s Hawk struggles with DDT sprays in South American
    The Swainson’s Hawk visits Kentucky occasionally during migration and has been seen in May and December. Their breeding range is from New Mexico north throughout the western states and to southeast Manitoba, mid Saskatchewan, mid Alberta, and southeast British Columbia. Their winter range is southern Florida, southern California and on down the Pacific Mexican coast and Central and South America to Argentina.
  • White-winged dove is expanding its range
    The White-winged Dove has been seen in Kentucky on two occasions in April in the far western portion of the commonwealth.
  • Harlequin Duck found on fast moving waters
    This duck species has been seen one time in Kentucky on a March 8 in a small pond that was adjacent to the Ohio River near Louisville.
  • Tricolored Heron is 1 of the most plentiful
    The Tricolored Heron is a rare spring, summer, and autumn visitor to Kentucky and have been seen in April, May, June, August and September.