Adult Bald Eagles in Tree - Image 537351 - (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-5-18

  Raptor Rut As the whitetail rut is slowing down, the rut for bald eagles (and other raptors) is now beginning. Several times in recent days I have seen adult bald eagles together in trees.      Bald eagles lay eggs and incubate during some of the coldest months of the year. My understanding is …

House Sparrow in Tree - Image 534565 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-19-18

  Taken Out For Dinner  – Went Out For Dinner My backyard bird feeding area is normally busy with activity. From before sunrise to almost dark there are birds flitting about. We have Eurasian collared doves the size of chickens and little red-breasted nuthatches moving around. All of the species in-between are there too. Throw …

Sandhill Cranes in Field - Image 531656 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-30-18

  It’s a Long Walk in the Other Direction Not far from Tripoli are a pasture and picked crop fields that have recently been hosting a slowly growing number of sandhill cranes. My best guess is the birds are building up reserves for their flights to warmer climates. When that will happen will be soon, …

Dead Great Blue Heron - Image 528876 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-20-18

  Not Always Good News Sometimes what I have to share is not good news. Such is the case today.        While driving down an area highway I noticed a sizable carcass along the edge of the road. I quickly recognized it was not a typical roadkill – a deer, ‘possum, or raccoon. Seeing …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Maple Tree in Snow - Image 527998 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-14-18

  At Least One Remains As the number of really warm days for 2018 is dwindling lower and closer to zero, I continue to monitor our hummingbird feeders for activity. Any day now I expect to see no activity at the feeder. When that happens, I will leave the feeders up a few more days …

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Image 525637 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-1-18

  Educational and Artistic As I watched our feeder area in the back yard yesterday I noticed we were hosting two species of nuthatches – the more common white-breasted nuthatch and the not so often seen red-breasted nuthatch. I shared images last night and thought that today, if the red-breasted nuthatch was there when I …

Nashville Warbler at Casey Lake at Hickory Hills Park - Image 525413 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-29-18 and 9-30-18

  Warblers and Water and Then Home Yesterday I invited my young photographer buddy to join me on the water at Casey Lake at Hickory Hills Park to photograph warblers along the wooded shoreline. This happened after he and I had hiked to virtually the same area along the shore with no luck other than …

Cornfield at Sunrise - Image 524835 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-26-18

  Local Pretty Scenes Wow! I do not know what else to say but “Wow!” Today I saw simple beauty in many places. From sunflowers against a dramatic sky to bald eagles to corn nearly ready for harvest. My paths were pretty and I appreciated the split-seconds of time when I could enjoy them.    …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 524788 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-25-18

  Turf Battle Any day now I will not be surprised if I no longer have ruby-throated hummingbirds buzzing around our feeders. The changing seasons will push them southward and I will put my feeders away for many months. For now though, I have at least two of the little birds enjoying my mix of …

Second-year Male American Redstart - Image 524015 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-18-18

  How Long Will It Rain Over the years I have noticed that when it is raining, birds and other wildlife will be active if the rain will last for a while. Short showers usually mean the wildlife won’t be seen. Longer periods of rain, like we had this morning, usually mean the birds and …