Kip’s Comments 5-18-19

Blackburnian Warbler - Image 568232 (© Kip Ladage)

 

I Found the Greener Grass!

Often I, and I suspect most others, think the grass is greener somewhere else. I will travel hours to see something I probably could have seen at or near home. Many times I overlook the simple things that are in our backyard or at our cabin. I suppose it is a natural tendency to think things are better somewhere else.   

After cutting the grass at the cabin today I took a kayak out on the Wapsipinicon River. I had no agenda other than to spend some time on the water. As I crossed Indian Pond in front of our cabin, I noticed small birds flitting around on the island. It would have been easy to ignore the little birds so I could continue paddling. Instead I paused in the trees along the shore and just watched the feathery activity. Imagine my surprise when I saw not one, not two, but three species of warblers within feet of me – and all just out a short distance from our dock.     

As I watched the warblers, including a species I had never seen before, I thought of how often I have traveled to Hickory Hills Park, or George Wyth, or Black Hawk Park, or Big Woods Park only to see ordinary species. Today I saw the same things and more, right on the green grass only steps from the backdoor of our cabin. It was a fun outing and an awakening!   

Blackburnian Warbler (New Life Bird for me):   

Blackburnian Warbler - Image 568232 (© Kip Ladage)

Blackburnian Warbler – Image 568232 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Blackburnian Warbler - Image 568241 (© Kip Ladage)

Blackburnian Warbler – Image 568241 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Blackburnian Warbler - Image 568243 (© Kip Ladage)

Blackburnian Warbler – Image 568243 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Magnolia Warbler: 

Magnolia Warbler - Image 568256 (© Kip Ladage)

Magnolia Warbler – Image 568256 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Magnolia Warbler - Image 568251 (© Kip Ladage)

Magnolia Warbler – Image 568251 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American Redstart (not the best pose):   

American Redstart - Image 568229 (© Kip Ladage)

American Redstart – Image 568229 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Baltimore Oriole:     

Baltimore Oriole - Image 568231 (© Kip Ladage)

Baltimore Oriole – Image 568231 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Swamp Buttercup: 

Swamp Buttercup - Image 568273 (© Kip Ladage)

Swamp Buttercup – Image 568273 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Virginia Bluebells:

Virginia Bluebells - Image 568278 (© Kip Ladage)

Virginia Bluebells – Image 568278 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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