Red-tailed Hawk on Utility Pole - Image 530506 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-27-18

  From the Road Due to several important commitments today, I did not spend much time wandering the woods or waterways. I did, however, make a trip to Sweet Marsh and the Wapsipinicon River to see if anything unusual was happening. I watched as this great egret caught and ate a nice size bluegill trapped …

Sharp-shinned Hawk Hidden in Tree - Image 524700 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-24-18

  Local Predators on the Prowl Before I even left for work this morning we had serious drama in the trees outside of our house. More often than not there are many sparrows and other small birds chirping and squeaking and moving about. As I loaded things in my truck I watched as a sharp-shinned …

Eastern Kingbird on Fence - Image 508734 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-9-18

  Putting at Ease Recently there have been discussions about ticks on the Sweet Water Trail. I have heard reports of many seen at one time in the same spot. Today I was asked about it, so I went to the specific location to confirm (or not) what was present.  Hopefully to the relief of …

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 …

Greater Yellowlegs - Image 4955621 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-14-18

  Seen Today While On The Water Challenging paddling conditions or not, several of us were on the water today. During a very brief break (no more than a minute or so), I photographed both a greater yellowlegs and a yellow-rumped warbler. Lighting conditions were not ideal, but I made the best of it.    …

Nightcrawler - Image 495369 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-12-18

  Back on Track Since this past Sunday my focus has been on a very serious situation. I will admit that the issue has been challenging for all. I was afforded a few quiet hours today before returning to assist. I made the best of the time by walking around Sweet Marsh with my camera. …

A Picture a Day – April 2018

  April 2018   April 30, 2018 – Brown Thrasher:     April 29, 2018 – Double-crested Cormorant:     April 28, 2018 – Great Egret at Wyth Lake:     April 27, 2018 – Beaver at Big Woods Lake:     April 26, 2018 – Sora at Sweet Marsh:     April 25, 218 …

Golden-crowned Kinglet - Image 493601 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-1-18

  Another Early Arrival and An Owl Update Happy Easter Blessings to all!        After attending an outstanding Easter worship service this morning, I went looking for one or both of the saw-whet owls several of us have been monitoring all winter. Even with extensive searching I was not able to find either …

Ring-necked Ducks in Flight - Image 488600 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-3-18

  In With The Wind and an Owl Update Our recent strong southern winds appear to have pushed a large number of migrating birds into the area. Day and night there are noisy geese flying overhead. A walk around Sweet Marsh provided visual proof of the seasonal invasion. Many species of ducks are concentrating in …

A Picture A Day – March 2018

  March 2018   March 31, 2018 – Snow Geese at Low Flight:     March 30, 2018 – Trumpeter Swan at Sweet Marsh:     March 29, 2018 – Red-shouldered Hawk at Sweet Marsh:     March 28, 2018 – “First of the Year” Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel:     March 27, 2018 – Dead …