Kip’s Comments 9-25-20

Injured Red-tailed Hawk - Image 654300 (© Kip Ladage)

 

We Tried and “Winds, Please Spare Us” 

Late last night, following a productive webinar and about the time those of us in our house settle in for the night, I went to pick up an injured red-tailed hawk. My understanding is the hawk may have been seen last weekend in a disabled condition. Again last night it appeared, moving slow enough that it could be caught. We worked to free it from the net – an easy process since the bird had little “fight” left in it. Still, the plan was to transfer the bird to a rehabber today in hopes it would again fly wild. Unfortunately, when we checked the hawk this morning, we found it had died during the night. How unfortunate to lose a bird like this.   

Injured Red-tailed Hawk:       

Injured Red-tailed Hawk - Image 654300 (© Kip Ladage)

Injured Red-tailed Hawk – Image 654300 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Early today I went paddling during that brief time during morning hours when the sun is not too high and its color is warm and inviting. The scenery on my stretch of the Wapsipinicon was approaching the brilliant stage – one of my favorite few days of each year.

My fear is the predicted strong winds for this weekend will strip the trees of the leaves that are so colorful right now. Yes, there are still plenty of leaves that are green. But to lose the reds of Virginia creeper and some of the yellow leaves would leave a color void in the river’s edge. Let’s hope most of the leaves remain attached, at least for another week or two! 

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River - Image 654303 (© Kip Ladage)

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River – Image 654303 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Autumn Leaf on the Wapsipinicon River - Image 654355 (© Kip Ladage)

Autumn Leaf on the Wapsipinicon River – Image 654355 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Virginia Creeper on Log on Wapsipinicon River - Image 654613 (© Kip Ladage)

Virginia Creeper on Log on Wapsipinicon River – Image 654613 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Virginia Creeper on Log on Wapsipinicon River - Image 654639 (© Kip Ladage)

Virginia Creeper on Log on Wapsipinicon River – Image 654639 (© Kip Ladage)

         

As I paddled I was joined by a lone pied-billed grebe. The grebe paddled upstream on my left as the wind blew me upstream at the same speed. The unexpected convenient positioning of the grebe to my canoe led to a good number of images being recorded.

Pied-billed Grebe on Wapsipinicon River - Image 654551 (© Kip Ladage)

Pied-billed Grebe on Wapsipinicon River – Image 654551 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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