Kip’s Comments 9-20-20

Cardinal Flower and Asters - Image 653690 (© Kip Ladage)

 

A Bird Friendly Community Because of Habitat

The City of Tripoli is considering a project to earn “Bird Friendly Community” designation. The requirements are not terribly difficult, yet they are challenging enough that every city cannot simply fill in paperwork and earn the recognition. There is work to be done if a community wishes to hold the “Bird Friendly” title.     

A key part of a “Bird Friendly Community” includes maintaining habitat suitable to host nesting avian neighbors and to refresh migrating birds as they come or go. For Tripoli, we are fortunate. The Sweet Water Trail leads along a creek of the same name to the Wapsipinicon River and Sweet Marsh. All areas consist of several types of habitat – habitat that draws some bird species like a magnet.     

This morning I enjoyed watching several “long leg or long neck” species attracted to a small area of very shallow water. Regardless of what time I checked the little puddle, I found interesting species enjoying it. How such a small body of water can sustain so many individual birds is a question I cannot answer. It must have what is needed since so many birds from various species congregate at or around it.

The great blue herons were in the shallow water at the entrance to Sweet Marsh.       

Great Egret - Image 653930 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Egret – Image 653930 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sandhill Cranes in Pasture - Image 653973 (© Kip Ladage)

Sandhill Cranes in Pasture – Image 653973 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Trumpeter Swans in Shallow Water - Image 654004 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans in Shallow Water – Image 654004 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Great Blue Heron at Sweet Marsh - Image 653866 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron at Sweet Marsh – Image 653866 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Great Blue Heron at Sweet Marsh - Image 653920 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron at Sweet Marsh – Image 653920 (© Kip Ladage)

 

On the Sweet Water Trail I enjoyed the effects of habitat in another form. Wildflowers and the insects attracted to the blossoms were plentiful. Like the small body of water described earlier, the edges of the trail create habitat suitable for insects. Insects feed birds, so it is good to host the bugs too!

Following are some of the images from my walk on the Sweet Water Trail:

Cardinal Flower and Asters - Image 653690 (© Kip Ladage)

Cardinal Flower and Asters – Image 653690 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New England Aster - Image 653951 (© Kip Ladage)

New England Asters – Image 653951 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Carrion Flower - Image 653755 (© Kip Ladage)

Carrion Flower Seeds – Image 653755 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Virginia Creeper on Tree - Image 654119 (© Kip Ladage)

Virginia Creeper on Tree – Image 654119 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Grasshopper - Image 653789 (© Kip Ladage)

Grasshopper – Image 653789 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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