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 - 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 …

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 …

American Bittern - Image 503926 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-11-18

  It’s All About Habitat As a wildlife observer/wildlife photographer with a strong passion, I am often humbled by the opportunities that come my way. I may carry my equipment with me so I am ready for interactions, and I may pay close attention watching for wildlife as I am out and about, but that …

Yellow Warbler - Image 503741 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-10-18

  For My Buddy Sean I have a buddy named Sean who I am fairly certain has considerably less interest in birds than I do. In fact, he tends to give me a hard time about shooting pictures of birds, especially red-winged blackbirds. Sean seems to think I do more bird photography than anything else. …

Red-tailed Hawk on Power Pole - Image 502447 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-3-18

  A Variety of Images of Common Species Even though conditions were not ideal for wildlife photography today, I still gave it my best effort and will end the day with some pleasing images. The most notable detail for today was I saw my first house wren of the 2018 season. It seems each day …

Brown Thrasher - Image 501972 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-30-18

  Backyard Divot Makers It seems as though during the overnight hours our yard became the home base for several species of birds that scratch and dig in forest debris. A brown thrasher, hermit thrush and several species of sparrows were visitors today.      Now would be a good time to discuss sparrows. Only …

Hermit Thrush at Sweet Marsh - Image 496256 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-15-18

  Looking Small and Saw Big Since weather conditions were too ugly for paddling today, I thought I might spend some time searching for smaller species, such as warblers passing through the area. While I did not find any warblers, I was at the perfect spot at the exact time when many hermit thrush were …

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.    …