[birdky] The Kentucky Bird Line

- RBA
* Kentucky
* Statewide
* June 23, 2002
* KYKY02.06.23

- Birds Mentioned

Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Wood Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Harrier
Semipalmated Plover
Black-necked Stilt                        Review Species1
Lesser Yellowlegs
Willet
Pectoral Sandpiper
Willow Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher                        Review Species
Bell's Vireo
Swainson's Warbler
Henslow's Sparrow

- Transcript

Hotline: Kentucky
Sponsor: The Kentucky Ornithological Society,
http://www.biology.eku.edu/kos.htm
Date: June 23, 2002
Number: (502) 326-0878
To Report: (502) 326-0878 or bennetts@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Coverage: Kentucky and Southern Indiana
Compiled: 9:00 PM, EDT, June 23, 2002
Transcriber/Compiler: Mark Bennett
E-mail: bennetts@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

This is the Kentucky Bird Line, sponsored by the Kentucky Ornithological
Society.  This update is current as of June 23, 2002 at 9:00 PM EDT.  The
highlights of this update are:  The continued presence of the Scissor-tailed
Flycatchers in Livingston County, reports of additional Scissor-tailed
Flycatchers, and a Black-necked Stilt nest at Open Pond.

The pair of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers nesting in Livingston County has been
the primary focus of bird reports in Kentucky for the past week.  Up to 5
young were observed on the nest at one time, but it appears that fledging
has begun and as of the afternoon of June 22, only 2 young could be seen on
the nest.  It is unknown how long the adult Scissor-tails will remain
observable after the completion of fledging.  A Bell's Vireo was heard
singing by one birder at the nest location as well.  This is the first
report of Bell's Vireo in that area.

To reach this location, follow Interstate 24 to exit 31.  Take KY 453 south
½ mile and park on the east side of KY 453 at the entrance to the Vulcan
Quarry/Transfer facility.  The nest is located on the utility pole
immediately to the right of the Vulcan entrance.

There have been 2 additional reports of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in
Kentucky this week.  The first was a sighting at Devil's Elbow in the Land
Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (Trigg County) early last week.
The second was of a bird in Shelby County that reportedly has been
photographed.  There are no further details available on either report.

Black-necked Stilts were observed nesting on Open Pond in Fulton County on
June 22.  A total of 5 birds were present on the rapidly drying pond with at
least 2 birds "sitting on the nest" presumably covering incubating eggs.
Also present at Open Pond on June 22, were a Willet, a Pectoral Sandpiper, a
Lesser Yellowlegs, and 2 Semipalmated Plovers.  Other birds on interest in
the general area on June 22 were Blue-winged Teal and Pied-billed Grebe at
Island #8 Slough.

The Beckham Bird Club Field Trip to the Peabody WMA, Sinclair Unit, on June
22, yielded the expected specialties of the area.  Henslow's Sparrows were
located at the end of S-5 Road, Bell's Vireos were located on S-5, S-3, and
S-1 Roads, and 2 Willow Flycatchers were observed on S-2 Road.  Other
observations of interest there included 2 Double-crested Cormorants and
several Northern Harriers.  The Slag Pond at Paradise was checked for early
fall migrants but yielded none.

Chaney Lake in Warren County is nearly dry, but did yield observations of 2
broods of Blue-winged Teal ducklings as well as Mallards, Wood Ducks and a
Pied-billed Grebe on June 21. A Lesser Scaup and accumulating Purple Martins
were observed on Blood River embayment of Kentucky Lake in Calloway County
earlier this week.  Finally, 5 Swainson's Warblers were observed on June 23
in Pulaski County and a Common Loon was observed at Kentucky Dam on June 23.

Thanks for calling the Kentucky Bird Line.  You may leave a report after the
tone.  Please include your name, the date, the location, and the time of
your observation when filing a report.  If your report contains rare or out
of season species, please send appropriate documentation to the

KBRC
Lee McNeely, Secretary
Post Office Box 463
Burlington, KY  41005

More information about the KBRC and KOS may be found at the KOS web site at
http://www.biology.eku.edu/kos.htm.
- End Transcript


Mark Bennett
Russellville, KY
Logan County
bennetts@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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