Pine Siskins at Thistle Feeder - Image 541895 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-15-19

  What They Lack in Size They Make Up For In Numbers After not seeing any pine siskins at our feeders for several weeks, today we were inundated by the little members of the finch family. If there was one on the feeder, there was at least a half dozen. Often there was not room …

Poppa's Owl - Image 541893 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-14-19

  Poppa’s Owl Our almost two-year old grandson is fascinated with owls. He and I often look at owl pictures, watch owl videos, and talk about owls. The little guy even carries a stuffed owl around, including to bed.      This past weekend Kristy found an owl with great price markdowns at a local …

Muskrat on Ice - Image 541832 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-13-19

  Random Images Today’s wildlife observations/photography were all over the board. Shortly after the sun lit the landscape, I was out to enjoy it. Near the entrance to Sweet Marsh east of Tripoli I found these pretty settings. All that was missing was wildlife. In a month or two that will change.    Sweet Marsh …

Great Blue Heron in Snow on Shell Rock River - Image 541657 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-12-19

  Checking on the Offspring Way back when, so many years ago that I cannot remember for sure, I had the opportunity to work with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on a wild turkey reintroduction project. One location were we released the birds was Heery Woods State Park, near Clarksville. Today as I returned …

Adult Bald Eagles in Evergreen Tree - Image 541552 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-11-19

  Eggs Coming Soon While out looking for a possible uncommon bird at a feeder, I checked on a nearby bald eagle nest. One adult was sitting in the nest as the mate was in a tree nearby. When I slowed to look at them, both birds took flight and perched in a tall evergreen …

Whitetail Deer Buck with Does - Image 541519 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-10-19

  Watching the Ladies As I drove slowly down a rural road I spotted what I at first thought may have been a decoy. This buck was rock-solid still, almost too perfect, considering the number of does wandering around him. Then he made a slight movement revealing he indeed was alive. The fellow was just …

Bald Eagle on Ice - Image 541380 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-9-19

  Where There Were Swans There Are Now Eagles A week or so ago I shared that in a small area of open water on the Wapsipinicon River in Northern Bremer County there was a family of trumpeter swans – two adults and four cygnets. The swan family appeared fine and seemed to be resting …

Northern Saw-whet Owl at Quarry Hill Nature Center - Image 541296 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-8-19

  A Lesson Learned Today I often assist with wildlife rescues. Over the years I have helped with injured pelicans, owls, eagles, swans, hawks, geese, and probably other species I don’t remember. Unfortunately, the successful recovery rate has been less than I have hoped for. Regulations are in place that dictate which injuries can and …

Red-breasted Nuthatch at Feeder - Image 541189 © Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-7-19

  Just Two Species Today It seems the more mild our winter is getting, the fewer backyard birds I am seeing. Today, during a rather brief observation period, I saw only two species – both acceptable birds (unlike sparrows and starlings that I am sure are present, just not when I was watching). Warm or …

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 541138 © Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-6-19

  Time for a Drive Sometimes a change of scenery is a good thing. It clears the mind, relaxes the body, and usually recharges a person. Today I attempted such a make-over by exploring some trout streams outside of Backbone State Park. As usual, I caught no trout. In fact, I believe the fish were …