Gray Catbird at Casey Lake - Image 507030 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-25-18

  Not Paddling Alone From a distance it may have appeared as if I was paddling alone this morning on Casey Lake. No other people were with me, but I was hardly alone. First I had a raccoon working the edge of the lake near me. Unfortunately, I was not able to shoot any pictures …

Hen Mallard on Nest - Image 506982 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-24-18

  Still Incubating Some time ago – as measured in weeks – I shared a picture of a mallard nest filled with eggs. When I checked on the nest today, Momma Mallard was still sitting on the eggs. I cannot imagine what it must be like to sit and sit and sit on eggs for …

House Wren at Nest Box With Sticks - Image 506967 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-23-18

  Construction Continues Our house wren couple continue to pick up little sticks around our yard to build their nest in the nest box I hung on Sunday. I wish I had a box with a camera in it so I could watch the stacking process. From the outside I know only that the noisy …

Mourning Warbler - Image 506824 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-23-18

  Two More Life Birds and More! What a full day of outdoor activities with a highlight being documenting two “Life” birds in our yard.    During a brief session of watching outside we had a northern waterthrush and mourning warbler in the yard.    Northern Waterthrush:              Mourning Warbler:  …

House Wren at Nest Box - Image 506635 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-21-18

  Occupancy…Maybe! Yesterday i hung an eastern bluebird house in my bird feeder area. A black-capped chickadee and a house wren inspected the structure for possible residency. Today when I watched my feeder area I saw this wren go in and out several times. So far I have not seen it carry any sticks into …

Male Wilson's Warbler - Image 506608 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-20-18

  Fleeting Glimpses and Sometimes a Picture or Two A portion of today was spent tweaking my backyard bird feeding area by adding another squirrel baffle and I hung a bluebird box. Before anyone suggests I am not likely to attract eastern bluebirds to our yard, I realize that. Other birds may use the box …

Male Yellow-heaeded Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 506256 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-19-18

  Not So Lonely After All For several weeks I have enjoyed the distant company of a lone male yellow-headed blackbird at Sweet Marsh. Each time I paddle or ride my bike at the marsh I hear him calling, I wonder what it must be like to be the only bird of a species in …

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 505779 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-18-18

  A Very Special, Very Pretty Spot Following a day of dealing with the “C word” (cancer), out-patient surgery, doctor’s appointments, and waiting on insurance, I needed a super-sized nature fix. With the nearby Sweet Marsh and Wapsipinicon River watershed encompassing thousands of acres, I had plenty of places I could go to clear my …

Central Newt - Image 505353 - (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-17-18

  Cute In Their Own Way For the past many weeks, about the time the ice began to leave, I have been shooting pictures mostly of birds with a few mammals thrown in every now and then. Today my photo subjects were reptiles and amphibians.      I went out in search of snakes – …

Marsh Marigolds - Image 505329 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-16-18

  Wildlife Rendering Its Opinion (Warning – Graphic) Over the years I have learned that if wildlife acknowledges my presence – recognized via eye contact or body language – then it is very likely if I talk to the animals they will not leave. That isn’t always the case, but often it is.    Today …