Kip’s Comments 10-8-19

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 591213 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Short-term Zebra Birds and More

My day was challenging as I was fighting a cold that I did not want to share with anyone. How best to not spread germs than by social isolation in the form of walking alone at Sweet Marsh. The trek was not one for my memory books, but it did feel a little better to get out. 

As I walked along the dikes I was treated to a good number of pied-billed grebes. At least one of them – the bird featured here – was a juvenile. Young pied-billed grebes display with what appears to be zebra stripes as shown here.   

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh: 

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 591175 (© Kip Ladage)

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh – Image 591175 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 591177 (© Kip Ladage)

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh – Image 591177 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 591188 (© Kip Ladage)

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh – Image 591188 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 591195 (© Kip Ladage)

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh – Image 591195 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 591213 (© Kip Ladage)

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe at Sweet Marsh – Image 591213 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Another bird species observed that I don’t often see was the swamp sparrow. There were at least a dozen or more of the elusive sparrows that are working their way to warmer climates.   

Swamp Sparrow at Sweet Marsh:   

Swamp Sparrow at Sweet Marsh - Image 591229 (© Kip Ladage)

Swamp Sparrow at Sweet Marsh – Image 591229 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Swamp Sparrow at Sweet Marsh - Image 591241 (© Kip Ladage)

Swamp Sparrow at Sweet Marsh – Image 591241 (© Kip Ladage)

 

The remainder of the pictures recorded today were either plant-related, grasshoppers, or something scenic.

Grasshoppers on Plant - Image 591353 (© Kip Ladage)

Grasshoppers on Plant – Image 591353 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Dew-covered Asters - Image 591352 (© Kip Ladage)

Dew-covered Asters – Image 591352 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Milkweed Pod in Autumn at Sweet Marsh - Image 591364 (© Kip Ladage)

Milkweed Pod in Autumn at Sweet Marsh – Image 591364 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Thistle in Autumn - Image 591369 (© Kip Ladage)

Thistle in Autumn – Image 591369 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Thistle in Autumn - Image 591375 (© Kip Ladage)

Thistle in Autumn – Image 591375 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Backlit Mature Cattails - Image 591167 (© Kip Ladage)

Backlit Mature Cattails – Image 591167 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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