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Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Mourning Dove, both a game bird and favorite at backyard bird feeders

(This is the ninth article in an occasional series about Kentucky’s backyard birds.) The Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) is common and widely recognized across Kentucky, known for its speed on the wing, beautiful plumage and unique vocalization, a low mournful coo-ah, coo-ah, coo, coo, coo. Throughout the cold weather months, some local birds may band together with migrants. Small groups move...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Despite early cold, there is still plenty of waterfowl in the state

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   The holiday commercials already swamping our collective brains along with winds straight from the North Pole remind us that short-sleeve weather is now months away. Winter is here.   Waterfowl hunters don’t see these developments as bad news. They are getting their bags of decoys out of storage, cleaning and oiling shotguns and practicing their calling....

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Early waterfowl season offers hunters many opportunities

The September Canada goose season opens Sept. 1 and closes Sept. 15, while the early wood duck and teal season opens Sept. 18 and closes Sept. 22. The populations of these waterfowl species provide excellent hunting opportunities. (Photo from F&W)   By Art Lander Jr. Special to KyForward   Hunters across Kentucky will soon celebrate the beginning of another waterfowl season and all the...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Endangered least terns need a little respect; do not disturb

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   When the Mississippi and lower Ohio rivers drop to their normal summer pool at this time of year, the Endangered least tern shows up to nest on the exposed sand islands. Human disturbance can impact this nesting.   “Least terns are the only endangered species that nests in Kentucky,” said John Brunjes, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky...