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Recreation

  • A dangerous bird: The House Wren may be small, but it can be big trouble
    Photo by Horace Brown The House Wren can get downright murderous as it finds a home. The House Wren is a three-quarter-inch-long bird with a 6-inch wingspan, but it more than makes up for its small size by being very energetic as well as aggressive in its behavior. Being migratory, they may arrive in Kentucky and start searching for cavities where they will nest after some of our local year-around residents already have taken up occupancy in their own cavities. But that doesn’t stop the wrens, it seems.
  • Don’t confuse this oriole with a baseball team’s mascot
    The Orchard Oriole is only 7.25 inches long with a 9.5-inch wingspan and is the smallest member or the Oriole family, so small they often are mistaken for a species of Warbler. The male is not bright orange and black, as is the more well-known Baltimore Oriole, but instead it is a dark red/orange and black, The female is more of a yellowish olive-green bird as show in the accompanying photograph. These orioles winter in the tropics, with the males returning in mid-April to Kentucky and begin setting up their territories.
  • Cliff Swallows build nests of art
    The American Cliff Swallow nests in colonies, and each nest is an absolute work of art. Their nests are vase- or gourd-shaped constructions that typically contain 900 to 1,200 mud pellets. In Kentucky, these colonies can be found commonly on the bridges on U. S. 68 across Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake as well as in a large concrete box culvert on the road leading north from U.S. 68 to Lake Barkley State Park. They also nest on structures up and down the Ohio River, including in and around Louisville.