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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is a tiny gravity-defying wonder of nature

When wildflowers and trees bloom in the Spring, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) returns to Kentucky to nest. Its distant wintering grounds, hundreds of miles south, are mostly open, or dry tropical scrub, rather than rain forests. The winter is spent in South Florida, Mexico and Central America, as far south as Panama. The hummingbirds that winter in Mexico or Central America,...

Gayle Pille: Gotta love those humingbirds — don’t give them sugar-water solutions with red food dye

You gotta love ‘em. Just about every gardener wants them in their backyard. They’re beautiful, they’re fascinating, they’re entertaining. They’re hummingbirds. It’s no wonder that hummingbirds are often referred to as “flying jewels.” They are brilliant in color and captivating in personality. Northern Kentucky is home to a single species of hummingbird, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird....

Bluegrass & Backroads: Heat of the summer brings migration of popular humingbirds

When August rolls around, the heat of the summer brings on the migration of one of the most popular birds in the world. Kentucky, and most importantly, the Land Between the Lakes Woodland Nature Station is a stop for a charm of hummingbirds. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But,...