American Goldfinch in Snow - Image 560777 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-27-19

  Really Mother Nature?? Here we are, near the end of April, and we have measurable snow? Why Mother Nature…why?        Since there was nothing I could do about the weather, I decided to photograph our backyard birds enduring the unusual conditions. I have to say, even though the snow and wind were …

American Kestrel with Dragonfly - Image 557505 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-17-19

  Catching Up Between yesterday and today I shot a good number of pictures. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I would be sharing images from our “Marsh Migrations” event of last night. Tonight I have them edited and ready to go. As you look at the pictures, you may notice how much the warmth …

Pine Siskin at Feeder in Rain - Image 548712 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-9-19

  Birds in the Rain When bad weather comes and birds continue feeding, that is generally a clue that the ugly weather will be sticking around. Today was a perfect example of birds feeding during inclement weather. All day, from morning into evening, through dry and wet conditions, the birds were at the feeders.    …

Male Northern Cardinal in Maple Tree - Image 547233 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-25-19

  Sharing the Birds  Two of our grandkids endured the great blizzard of 2019 at our house. One of the many things we did for entertainment, in addition to forts, sewing, cooking, wrestling, and other things, was to watch our backyard birds, squirrels, and rabbits. The harsh weather pushed many to our yard and provided …

Red Fox with Mange - Image 546858 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-22-19 and 2-23-19

  Sharing What Was Shared With Me  Today I was one of the presenters at the Indian Creek Nature Center Paddle Day. I attempted to explain to some of the participants how I do not have to try to find interesting things or wildlife to photograph. For the past ten years I have had image …

Dead Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant from Hawk Kill - Image 546774 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-20-19

  Life in the Wild Is Not Always Pretty  Sometimes when watching for wildlife clues provide an indication something has happened, but maybe not what occurred. As I drove down a snow-drifted road today, a wind-blown trail of dark objects on the new snow told me something had happened, but what? I slowly backed up …

Opossum in Whitetail Deer RIb Cage - Image 545660 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-11-19

  Before the Storm…Critters Galore! When I drive, not only do I watch the road, but I tend to look around too. A person never really knows what they might see. Those driving fast often miss seeing the little things that make our landscape interesting. We are blessed to have plenty of wildlife out and …

Downy Woodpecker at Suet Feeder - Image 544309 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-4-19

  One Picture Due to a full schedule from before sunrise until nearly bedtime, except for 45-minutes for an early supper, I was busy today. Meetings, trainings, truck maintenance – the day was full and went fast. Other than this downy woodpecker and our other usual backyard birds, I saw no wildlife today. That seems …

Lapland Longspur in Winter- Image 543889 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-1-19

  A Couple of Bird Species We Seldom See Up Close in Iowa  and Pheasants If the blistering cold weather did anything positive, it appeared to have moved horned larks and lapland longspurs into the area. Unless you are a serious birder, I would guess most people seldom, if ever, see either species at close …

Male Northern Cardinal at -31 Degrees - Image 543619 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-30-19

  Part of Breaking A Record   Some people might think being a part of breaking a record is a big deal. And, I suppose, being involved in record-breaking might be something memorable. Last night and today many people were part of the winter weather breaking a low-temperature record. If I had a choice, I would …