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 Woodcock at Sweet Marsh - Image 555611 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-6-19

  A Sad Day and Some Better Moments  Early this afternoon our Ladage families lost a good one. Zach and Nikki’s dog Cali – a smart yellow lab – crossed the rainbow bridge. An illness afflicted her that caused rapid weight loss and weakness. She was almost 13-years old, so she was vulnerable. As Zach …

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.    …

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 …

Male Northern Cardinal in Snow - Image 543138 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-26-19

  It is Going to Get Worse  Our bird feeders were busy with activity today. From just before first light and continuing on, the birds and squirrels have been here. I am guessing they are loading up before the snowstorm tomorrow and the brutal cold forecast for this coming week. Nature seems to know with …

Bald Eagle on Ice - Image 541380 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-9-19

  Where There Were Swans There Are Now Eagles A week or so ago I shared that in a small area of open water on the Wapsipinicon River in Northern Bremer County there was a family of trumpeter swans – two adults and four cygnets. The swan family appeared fine and seemed to be resting …

Red-breasted Nuthatch at Feeder - Image 541189 © Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-7-19

  Just Two Species Today It seems the more mild our winter is getting, the fewer backyard birds I am seeing. Today, during a rather brief observation period, I saw only two species – both acceptable birds (unlike sparrows and starlings that I am sure are present, just not when I was watching). Warm or …

Trumpeter Swans on Wapsipinicon River in Frederika - Image 541099 © Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-5-19

  The Little Places Are Special Too I am a lucky man. Over my lifetime I have had the opportunity to travel to many locales I consider gems in our country. I’ve backpacked, hiked, paddled, and biked in beautiful places and returned with countless memories. Each adventure has had its high points that I remember …

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Image 540147 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-28-18

  After the Ice and Snow – Plenty of Visitors Based on previous experience, I was fairly certain I would have a steady supply of avian visitors to the backyard feeders today. That tends to happen when the birds get a little hungry when much of their food supply is covered by ice and/or snow.  …

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 539732 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-25-18

  A Beautiful Christmas Day With temperatures in the 40’s, virtually no wind, and no snow, we enjoyed a nearly perfect Christmas Day. Hopefully you did too.       After our visiting family headed out for their next stop, Kristy and I took care of a few things around the house and then I paddled …