Kip’s Comments 4-15-18

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496256 (© Kip Ladage)

 
Looking Small and Saw Big

Since weather conditions were too ugly for paddling today, I thought I might spend some time searching for smaller species, such as warblers passing through the area. While I did not find any warblers, I was at the perfect spot at the exact time when many hermit thrush were flitting about feeding on berries. The small birds posed over and over for me at close range, allowing for many images to be recorded.     

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh:     

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 495900 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 495900 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 495925 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 495925 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 495964 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 495964 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 495999 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 495999 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496047 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 496047 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496306 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 496306 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496051 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 496051 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496089 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 496089 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496106 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 496106 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496125 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 496125 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496141 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 496141 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496154 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 496154 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496180 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 496180 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496231 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 496231 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496256 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 496256 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496265 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 496265 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496274 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 496274 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 495910 (© Kip Ladage)

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh – Image 495910 (© Kip Ladage)

 

With the thrush was a lone Eastern phoebe.   

Eastern Phoebe at Sweet Marsh:   

Eastern Phoebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 495782 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Phoebe at Sweet Marsh – Image 495782 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eastern Phoebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 495793 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Phoebe at Sweet Marsh – Image 495793 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eastern Phoebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 495799 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Phoebe at Sweet Marsh – Image 495799 (© Kip Ladage)

 

While photographing the thrush and phoebe, two pied-billed grebes swam near me.   

Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh:         

Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 496411 (© Kip Ladage)

Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh – Image 496411 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 496434 (© Kip Ladage)

Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh – Image 496434 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 496476 (© Kip Ladage)

Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh – Image 496476 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 496508 (© Kip Ladage)

Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh – Image 496508 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 496519 (© Kip Ladage)

Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh – Image 496519 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Since I was at Sweet Marsh and since the waterfowl were holding tight due to the weather, I photographed a gadwall and northern shovelers.   

Gadwall at Sweet Marsh:     

Gadwall at Sweet Marsh - Image 495816 (© Kip Ladage)

Gadwall at Sweet Marsh – Image 495816 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Northern Shovelers at Sweet Marsh:       

Male Northern Shoveler at Sweet Marsh - Image 496322 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Northern Shoveler at Sweet Marsh – Image 496322 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hen Northern Shoveler at Sweet Marsh - Image 496333 (© Kip Ladage)

Hen Northern Shoveler at Sweet Marsh – Image 496333 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Northern Shovelers at Sweet Marsh - Image 496351 (© Kip Ladage)

Northern Shovelers at Sweet Marsh – Image 496351 (© Kip Ladage)

 

At home the weather pushed many birds to my feeders.   

Fox Sparrow:

Fox Sparrow in Snowstorm - Image 496527 (© Kip Ladage)

Fox Sparrow in Snowstorm – Image 496527 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male and Female Purple Finches (Notice the orange stripe on the one male finch):   

Male Purple Finch in Snowstorm - Image 495730 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Purple Finch in Snowstorm – Image 495730 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male Purple Finch in Snowstorm - Image 495711 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Purple Finch in Snowstorm – Image 495711 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male Purple Finch in Snowstorm - Image 495672 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Purple Finch in Snowstorm – Image 495672 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Female Purple Finch in Snowstorm - Image 495660 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Purple Finch in Snowstorm – Image 495660 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male and Female Northern Cardinals:         

Male Northern Cardinal in Snowstorm - Image 495670 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Northern Cardinal in Snowstorm – Image 495670 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Female Northern Cardinal in Snowstorm - Image 495657 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Northern Cardinal in Snowstorm – Image 495657 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Dark-eyed Junco in Snowstorm: 

Dark-eyed Junco in Snow - Image 495654 (© Kip Ladage)

Dark-eyed Junco in Snow – Image 495654 (© Kip Ladage)

 

White-breasted Nuthatch in Snow:

White-breasted Nuthatch in Snowstorm - Image 496530 (© Kip Ladage)

White-breasted Nuthatch in Snowstorm – Image 496530 (© Kip Ladage)

 

I want to make a comment about the hermit thrush, Eastern phoebe, and pied-billed grebe images. Even though I was hoping to shoot pictures of something, I really can’t take any credit for finding these birds. The Good Lord put me in the right spot to see the first thrush along the water’s edge. That sighting led to me seeing many more, until they suddenly left the area. I was literally put in the right place at the right time!  Thank you Lord!

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