Kip’s Comments 5-14-18

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504952 (© Kip Ladage)

 
Just What the Doctor Ordered and A Marsh Migration Bonanza

Have you ever had one of those days that was a “ho hum” type of day? The sky was a cloudy gray, just like the participation portion of the day. Physically the day was not challenging. Emotionally, today was filled with deep thoughts covering a wide gamut of topics. Sometimes emotionally active days are more difficult that physically active days. Such was the case for today.   

Even though I try to get my “nature fix” every day, even if only for a short time, this afternoon was one of those days when I followed the doctor’s orders intentionally. Sandwiched between a morning and an evening of activities was time I made to sit on the dock at Sweet Marsh. I not only enjoyed a dose of the outdoors, but I was blessed to receive a heavy duty, super-sized delivery of the outdoors in several small, bright yellow packages.   

As I relaxed at the dock (not necessarily sitting the entire time), several pretty yellow warblers joined me. Of course I had my camera with me resulting in a good number of images being recorded. I had a great time!   

In all of the busyness of today – from work in the morning and evening, to the haphazard arrangement of brush in the photos – the bright little birds provided focus and the perfect distraction from responsibilities. I sincerely appreciated the brief amount of time spent with the vocal warblers.   

Yellow Warblers at Sweet Marsh:   

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504877 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 504877 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504910 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 504910 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504920 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 504920 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504938 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 504938 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504939 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 504939 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504952 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 504952 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504958 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 504958 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504987 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 504987 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 505008 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 505008 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 505025 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 505025 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 505040 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 505040 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh – Image 505072 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Before I arrived at Sweet Marsh I photographed a gray partridge. People sometimes comment on how often I see things that others overlook. In this case, this bird that was scrunched down in the grass could have been painted bright orange and I would not have seen it any better. For some reason the bird stuck out and drew my attention. I cannot explain it, but do value the ability to often see things, even critters that don’t want to be seen.   

Gray Partridge:     

Gray Partridge - Image 504822 (© Kip Ladage)

Gray Partridge – Image 504822 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Gray Partridge - Image 504840 (© Kip Ladage)

Gray Partridge – Image 504840 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Following are thoughts and images from the second half of yesterday – our double “Mother’s Day Marsh Migrations” paddling adventure at Sweet Marsh. The last twenty minutes of the first session were outstanding, with multiple wildlife observations. Take a look at these images to see what we were doing at Sweet Marsh yesterday afternoon and evening.   

Mother’s Day Marsh Migrations:       

Mother's Day Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh - Image 504642 (© Kip Ladage)

Mother’s Day Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh – Image 504642 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Mother's Day Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh - Image 504646 (© Kip Ladage)

Mother’s Day Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh – Image 504646 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Mother's Day Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh - Image 504663 (© Kip Ladage)

Mother’s Day Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh – Image 504663 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Mother's Day Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh - Image 504674 (© Kip Ladage)

Mother’s Day Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh – Image 504674 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Mother's Day Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh - Image 504684 (© Kip Ladage)

Mother’s Day Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh – Image 504684 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Mother's Day Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh - Image 504688 (© Kip Ladage)

Mother’s Day Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh – Image 504688 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Least Weasel with Rodent:     

Least Weasel with Rodent at Sweet Marsh - Image 504634 (© Kip Ladage)

Least Weasel with Rodent at Sweet Marsh – Image 504634 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Black-crowned Night Herons at Sweet Marsh:   

Black-crowned Night Herons at Sweet Marsh - Image 504620 (© Kip Ladage)

Black-crowned Night Herons at Sweet Marsh – Image 504620 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Black-crowned Night Herons at Sweet Marsh - Image 504607 (© Kip Ladage)

Black-crowned Night Herons at Sweet Marsh – Image 504607 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Black-crowned Night Heron at Sweet Marsh - Image 504611 (© Kip Ladage)

Black-crowned Night Heron at Sweet Marsh – Image 504611 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American White Pelican in Flight:     

American White Pelican at Sweet Marsh - Image 504592 (© Kip Ladage)

American White Pelican at Sweet Marsh – Image 504592 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sora at Sweet Marsh (there were many):

Sora at Sweet Marsh - Image 504713 (© Kip Ladage)

Sora at Sweet Marsh – Image 504713 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sora at Sweet Marsh - Image 504718 (© Kip Ladage)

Sora at Sweet Marsh – Image 504718 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sora at Sweet Marsh - Image 504724 (© Kip Ladage)

Sora at Sweet Marsh – Image 504724 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sora at Sweet Marsh - Image 504743 (© Kip Ladage)

Sora at Sweet Marsh – Image 504743 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sora at Sweet Marsh - Image 504781 (© Kip Ladage)

Sora at Sweet Marsh – Image 504781 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sora at Sweet Marsh - Image 504795 (© Kip Ladage)

Sora at Sweet Marsh – Image 504795 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Common Tern in Flight: 

Common Tern in Flight at Sweet Marsh - Image 504623 (© Kip Ladage)

Common Tern in Flight at Sweet Marsh – Image 504623 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Unknown Birds at Sweet Marsh:

Unknown Birds in Flight at Sweet Marsh - Image 504814 (© Kip Ladage)

Unknown Birds in Flight at Sweet Marsh – Image 504814 (© Kip Ladage)

   

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