• Barrow’s Goldeneye might have visited Kentucky
    The Barrow’s Goldeneye may or may not have been seen in Kentucky. It hasn’t been confirmed because the bird seen was a female, which looks very similar to the female of the Common Goldeneye species.
  • Bufflehead is known to stop in Shelby during migration
    The Bufflehead is a small 13-1/2-inch long diving duck with a 21-inch wingspan, weighing 13 ounces. In Kentucky it is fairly common during migration but fairly uncommon in winter and it is extremely rare in the summer.
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper travels in large flocks
    The Semipalmated Sandpiper is 6 1/4 inches long, has a 14-inch wingspan and weighs 0.88 ounces and is fairly common in migration west of the Cumberland Plateau in Kentucky but is rarely seen in the summer.
  • California Gull is a rare KY visitor
    The California Gull is an extremely rare winter and spring visitor that has been seen from Feb. 11 to April 25 primarily in the lake region of western Kentucky and once at the Falls-of-the-Ohio in Jefferson County.
  • Ring-necked duck was in Shelby in Dec. 2014
    The Ring-necked Duck is a migrating visitor to Kentucky and sometimes is fairly common in the winter, especially west of the Cumberland Plateau. They are commonly seen from November-March on the Ohio River, Ballard Wildlife Management Area, Swan Lake, Lake Pewee, Lake Barkley and McElroy Lake. As a matter of fact the Ring-necked Duck was seen in Shelby County during the annual Christmas Bird Count that occurred between Dec. 14, 2014 and Jan. 5, 2015.
  • Sanderling is a frequent shoreline visitor
    The Sanderling is more commonly seen in Kentucky during the autumn migration than the spring migration. You see it mostly along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers but they regularly occur at all of the commonwealth’s better shore bird areas again especially in autumn as early as July 12 and as late as Nov. 17.
  • Lesser Yellowlegs is an infrequent visitor
    The Lesser Yellowlegs is fairly common throughout Kentucky but is less numerous on the Cumberland Plateau and in the mountains during migration. They are extremely rare in the summer and are considered accidental in winter. A late winter date that they have been seen is Feb. 20 and a late autumn date was actually in the early winter on Dec. 29.
  • Thayer’s Gull, a rare and uncommon visitor
    The Thayer’s Gull breeds on Queen Elizabeth Islands and northern Nunavut including north Baffin Island west of Greenland in the high Arctic. They winter along the coast from northwest British Columbia on down to southern California and wander to our area.
  • American Golden-Plover is a frequent visitor
    The accompanying photograph is of an American Golden-Plover in juvenile plumage and this bird is a fairly common migrant through Kentucky west of the Cumberland Plateau. The earliest spring date that they have been seen is March 3 and the latest spring date is May 27. The earliest they have been seen in autumn was actually in the summer on June 27 with the latest autumn sighting being November 22.
  • American Wigeon, a migratory visitor
    The American Wigeon is fairly common during migration, however, it is uncommon in winter and very rare in the summer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.