Kip’s Comments 3-15-19

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water - Image 549442 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Displaced Wildlife, In-Place Wildlife

Today’s post describes observations made today of two types of wildlife. First we will study two flood-displaced wildlife species I encountered.

Species #1 is a common wildlife species, a mammal, that I have not photographed alive before. I don’t remember ever seeing one alive in the wild, until today. As I drove along a large expanse of flood water, this shrew (possibly a short-tailed shrew) was running back and forth along the edge of the road, sniffing in the cover along the road. I do not know what happened to the shrew. Perhaps it found safety or maybe it fed a hungry bird. Regardless, watching and photographing it was interesting.   

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water: 

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water - Image 549442 (© Kip Ladage)

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water – Image 549442 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water - Image 549490 (© Kip Ladage)

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water – Image 549490 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water - Image 549519 (© Kip Ladage)

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water – Image 549519 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water - Image 549545 (© Kip Ladage)

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water – Image 549545 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water - Image 549569 (© Kip Ladage)

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water – Image 549569 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water - Image 549603 (© Kip Ladage)

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water – Image 549603 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water - Image 549620 (© Kip Ladage)

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water – Image 549620 (© Kip Ladage)

         

Species #2 is much more often seen, even by those not looking for wildlife. Four wild turkeys were pushed to a gravel road by the fast-moving, high river water. All birds took flight as I approached on the road.   

Wild Turkeys Displaced by Flood Water:         

Wild Turkeys Displaced By Flood Water - Image 549788 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkeys Displaced By Flood Water – Image 549788 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkeys Displaced By Flood Water - Image 549817 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkeys Displaced By Flood Water – Image 549817 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkeys Displaced By Flood Water - Image 549826 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkeys Displaced By Flood Water – Image 549826 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkeys Displaced By Flood Water - Image 549849 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkeys Displaced By Flood Water – Image 549849 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey Displaced By Flood Water - Image 549870 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey Displaced By Flood Water – Image 549870 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Species seen today that were where they were expected to be were a fox sparrow (first of the season) and hooded mergansers.   

Fox Sparrow:     

Fox Sparrow - Image 549787 (© Kip Ladage)

Fox Sparrow – Image 549787 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hooded Mergansers: 

Male Hooded Merganser - Image 549697 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Hooded Merganser – Image 549697 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male Hooded Merganser - Image 549741 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Hooded Merganser – Image 549741 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Finally, I may have found the source of much of the water flooding Iowa. Yes, we have melting snow, but take a look at all of the water coming out of this artesian well 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.   

Artesian Well:

Artesian Well - Image DSC_0595 (© Kip Ladage)

Artesian Well – Image DSC_0595 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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