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Art Lander’s Outdoors: No songbird more visible in greening landscape of spring than Indigo Bunting

In the greening landscape of spring, no bird is more visible than the Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea). The vibrant, cerulean blue plumage of the male seems almost out of place, as if it belongs on some resident of a tropical rain forest. In fact, this diminutive insect and seed-eating bird in the Cardinal family, Cardinalidae, may mingle with exotic, colorful birds during its annual southward migration...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Ky’s Sandhill Crane season marks sixth year as population continues to expand

Sandhill cranes migrate through Kentucky twice a year, from their breeding grounds to wintering grounds, and back. Their migration corridor is bounded roughly by Henderson, in the west, to Lexington, in the east. The sandhill cranes that are being hunted in Kentucky are birds that winter here. Sandhill cranes migrate through Kentucky twice a year along a corridor bounded roughly by Henderson, in the...