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 …

A Picture A Day – February 2018

  February 2018   February 28, 2018 – Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree:     February 27, 2018 – Bufflehead at Sweet Marsh:     February 26, 2018 – River Birch Bark:     February 25, 2018 – Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree (Saw-whet Owl #2):     February 24, 2018 – White-breasted Nuthatch with …

Sucker (Fish Species) - Image 481729 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-19-18 through 1-21-18

  A Winter Weekend Getaway Every year for as long as I can remember I have said to Kristy that it would be nice to get away during the winter to some location where it is warm. I was thinking a mid-winter excursion would be a great way to break up the months of cold …