Kip’s Comments 5-12-18

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh - Image 504123 (© Kip Ladage)

 
Is There An Opportunity Here?

As I pulled into Sweet Marsh this morning I met four good folks from Prairie Rapids Audubon Society near the boat ramp. They were waiting for many more carloads of Prairie Rapids Audubon members to arrive at the same place. Their plan for the day was to count bird species at Sweet Marsh for the annual Audubon Birdathon.     

I’ve thought about how nice it was to see so many people at Sweet Marsh, and more so to see so many people out enjoying nature – even though the weather was less than pleasant.     

For years I have wondered if there is some opportunity to make Sweet Marsh and the Wapsipinicon River more than just amenities outside of Tripoli. If the areas were promoted, might there be enough return on the investment to make some money? Are there ways to draw more people to the area for the outstanding birding, wildlife viewing, and outdoor recreation opportunities?   

I don’t have answers. All I know is Sweet Marsh and the Wapsipinicon River seem to be a potential gold mine if someone can figure out how to tap into them.     

As for today’s wildlife observations…I saw a nice variety of wildlife today – mostly birds. I’ll share some of the images with you, beginning with wildlife observed at Sweet Marsh.   

Swallows – Cliff, Tree, and Rough-winged:   

Cliff Swallows at Sweet Marsh - Image 504111 (© Kip Ladage)

Cliff Swallows at Sweet Marsh – Image 504111 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Cliff and Tree Swallows at Sweet Marsh - Image 504122 (© Kip Ladage)

Cliff and Tree Swallows at Sweet Marsh – Image 504122 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh:   

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh - Image 504123 (© Kip Ladage)

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh – Image 504123 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh - Image 504135 (© Kip Ladage)

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh – Image 504135 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh - Image 504137 (© Kip Ladage)

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh – Image 504137 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh - Image 504146 (© Kip Ladage)

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh – Image 504146 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Palm Warbler at Sweet Marsh: 

Palm Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504352 (© Kip Ladage)

Palm Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 504352 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Palm Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504355 (© Kip Ladage)

Palm Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 504355 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Palm Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504356 (© Kip Ladage)

Palm Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 504356 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Least Flycatcher at Sweet Marsh (A “Life” bird for me!):

Least Flycatcher at Sweet Marsh - Image 504157 (© Kip Ladage)

Least Flycatcher at Sweet Marsh – Image 504157 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Marsh Wren:   

Marsh Wren at Sweet Marsh - Image 504166 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Wren at Sweet Marsh – Image 504166 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Marsh Wren at Sweet Marsh - Image 504183 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Wren at Sweet Marsh – Image 504183 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Marsh Wren at Sweet Marsh - Image 504190 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Wren at Sweet Marsh – Image 504190 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Marsh Wren at Sweet Marsh - Image 504340 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Wren at Sweet Marsh – Image 504340 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Marsh Wren at Sweet Marsh - Image 504160 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Wren at Sweet Marsh – Image 504160 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Turkey Vultures on Bridge:   

Turkey Vultures on Bridge - Image 504373 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vultures on Bridge – Image 504373 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Muskrat at Sweet Marsh:   

Muskrat at Sweet Marsh - Image 504232 (© Kip Ladage)

Muskrat at Sweet Marsh – Image 504232 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Muskrat at Sweet Marsh - Image 504261 (© Kip Ladage)

Muskrat at Sweet Marsh – Image 504261 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Muskrat at Sweet Marsh - Image 504316 (© Kip Ladage)

Muskrat at Sweet Marsh – Image 504316 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Geranium:         

Wild Geraniums at Sweet Marsh - Image 504360 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Geraniums at Sweet Marsh – Image 504360 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Our backyard was busy with birds today too. It was nice to see so many species.     

Female Baltimore Orioles:   

Female Baltimore Oriole - Image 504148 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Baltimore Oriole – Image 504148 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Female Baltimore Oriole - Image 504443 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Baltimore Oriole – Image 504443 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male Baltimore Oriole:     

Male Baltimore Oriole - Image 504422 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Baltimore Oriole – Image 504422 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Indigo Buntings:   

Indigo Bunting - Image 504460 (© Kip Ladage)

Indigo Bunting – Image 504460 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Indigo Bunting - Image 504466 (© Kip Ladage)

Indigo Bunting – Image 504466 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Indigo Bunting - Image 504473 (© Kip Ladage)

Indigo Bunting – Image 504473 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Brown Thrasher:   

Brown Thrasher - Image 504382 (© Kip Ladage)

Brown Thrasher – Image 504382 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Gray Catbird:   

Gray Catbird - Image 504475 (© Kip Ladage)

Gray Catbird – Image 504475 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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