Pine Siskins at Thistle Feeder - Image 541895 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-15-19

  What They Lack in Size They Make Up For In Numbers After not seeing any pine siskins at our feeders for several weeks, today we were inundated by the little members of the finch family. If there was one on the feeder, there was at least a half dozen. Often there was not room …

Muskrat on Ice - Image 541832 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-13-19

  Random Images Today’s wildlife observations/photography were all over the board. Shortly after the sun lit the landscape, I was out to enjoy it. Near the entrance to Sweet Marsh east of Tripoli I found these pretty settings. All that was missing was wildlife. In a month or two that will change.    Sweet Marsh …

Adult Bald Eagles in Evergreen Tree - Image 541552 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-11-19

  Eggs Coming Soon While out looking for a possible uncommon bird at a feeder, I checked on a nearby bald eagle nest. One adult was sitting in the nest as the mate was in a tree nearby. When I slowed to look at them, both birds took flight and perched in a tall evergreen …

Whitetail Deer Buck with Does - Image 541519 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-10-19

  Watching the Ladies As I drove slowly down a rural road I spotted what I at first thought may have been a decoy. This buck was rock-solid still, almost too perfect, considering the number of does wandering around him. Then he made a slight movement revealing he indeed was alive. The fellow was just …

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 …

Sunset Through Trees - Image 540963 © Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-3-19

  What Was That in the Western Sky? Weren’t conditions pleasant this afternoon? This January thaw beats a mid-winter deep freeze any day. It was so nice that I went out for a drive to look for wildlife, as if the spring migration had begun. Of course it was too early, but I did see …

Cottontail Rabbits at Night - Image 540951 © Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-2-19

  Noise and Visitors The other day I mentioned to Kristy that from here on out, until we get an extended period of warm weather, my hikes along the river will be noisy. Shelf ice covers the ground along many places I enjoy walking. I suspected there would be a layer or two that will …

River Otters at George Wyth State Park - Image 540737 © Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-31-18

  The Effects of the Federal Government Shut-down (The following is satire targeted to the political machine that cannot seem to work together.) Now that the Federal government shutdown will extend from one year to the next, the effects are being seen across the nation. Obviously the “government communities” to the east show more visible …

Ingawanis Woodland Winter Scenic - Image 540336 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-30-18

  A Winter Morning at Ingawanis Woodland What a beautiful morning to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Ingawanis Woodlands. It may have been a little brisk, but the rewards were many. I hope you enjoy….          Video: A Winter Morning at Ingawanis Woodland          Still photos recorded …