Ring-necked Pheasant Along Road - Image 512459 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-17-18

  Effects of Dew Moist mornings due to heavy dew tend to move upland game birds to dry areas, such as along our country roads. Today I spotted several families of ring-necked pheasants – minus Dad pheasants – working and resting along the edges of gravel roads. Most of the birds did not sit for …

Turkey Vulture - Image 511091 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-1-18

  Often Seen Here, Not Sure Why Unlike any other year that I remember, a rustic outbuilding along a county highway has been hosting at least one turkey vulture and sometimes many. I am not sure why the birds are there, but if there is a nest in the area, I would certainly like to …

Fragrant Water Lily at Sweet Marsh - Image 509901 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-25-18

  Too Early Yesterday I paddled Sweet Marsh to photograph water lilies and pickerelweed. I did not venture further out due to a lack of time. As I reviewed my images for the day, I wondered if maybe the American lotus were blooming yet. I suppose I could have just checked my database to see …

Whitetail Deer in Rain - Image 509499 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-20-18

  Almost Ended For more than nine years I have shot at least a picture each day and posted one on the Internet. I have not yet missed a day, even though many days have been very challenging. With a day filled with work and rainy conditions, I sensed today might be the day when …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Feeder - Image 509056 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-14-18

  With a Little One Around With a little one around, a fellow has only a few minutes a day to shoot pictures. Today my shooting occurred before the sun moved up behind the rain clouds. In other words, it was very early that I was watching feeders. Fortunately I have several hummingbirds making regular …

Eastern Meadowlark on Power Line - Image 508253 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-4-18

  A Little of Everything Once again life is posing challenges… medical treatments, medical decisions, time management, do this, don’t do that. When so much is happening at the same time, even the act of getting out into nature is not easy. Today my outings were very short, but productive. Interestingly, there were no common …

Red-bellied Woodpecker on Metal Duck Box - Image 507925 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-1-18

  That Will Cause a Headache! During a few minutes when I slipped away from a shingling project to enjoy nature, I watched as a red-bellied woodpecker drummed (pounded with its beak) repeatedly on a metal duck nesting box. If the woodpecker didn’t get a headache, I know I would have had the drumming continued …

Raccoon Swimming at Sweet Marsh - Image 507697 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-30-18

  Backyard Conflict and an Unexpected Swimmer Our nest box that I hung a little more than a week ago has become a source of conflict. What could have been an unassuming nesting location for house wrens is now the site of violent avian battles. At least one male house sparrow has been relentlessly harassing …

Whitetail Deer Fawn at Hickory Hills Park - Image 507434 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-26 to 5-28-18

  Activities from the Memorial Day Weekend  Saturday (5-26-18) – Kristy and I spent the Memorial Day weekend camping with family and friends at Hickory Hills Park. Included in our activities were several kayak paddling outings on Casey Lake – a great feature of the park. I spent most of my time with family and …

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 …