Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 652998 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-14-20

  What I Wanted, What I Now Have Time for any nature photography was in very short supply today due to family and work commitments. In total I had maybe fifteen minutes to point my Nikon at something wild.      Knowing I just changed out the hummingbird feeder sugar water meant I could count …

Red-eyed Vireo - Image 651396 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-9-20

  A Life Bird For Me…Who Would Have Imagined Under These Conditions After days of cool temperatures and rain – really, rather miserable conditions – one of the last things I would have expected to see today was a “Life Bird.” (“Life Birds” are species you are seeing for the first time.) Apparently these birds …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 639542 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-18-20

  Wearing Out Joints As I watched our ruby-throated hummingbirds at our feeders today, I became curious about their wingbeats. Research told me a hummingbird’s wings beat at 53-times per second. Let’s think about that number. It is no wonder we cannot see their wings in flight unless we use high-speed photography. Such rapid wing …

Marsh Wren - Image 636866 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-30-20

  Avian Turf Battles Very early this morning I put my kayak on the water at Sweet Marsh under nearly ideal conditions. The water was near calm, temperatures were cool, and the inhabitants at Sweet Marsh were vocal and active.    The range of bird species observed went from very small (ruby-throated humming birds, to …

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Feeder - Image 636477 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-26-20

  One of Those Days I think almost everybody has one of those days when it seems like no matter how hard you try to stay ahead of the next issue, things still seem to pop up. Today was one of those days for me.        The pandemic response is getting more involved …

Indigo Bunting - Image 632536 (©Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-13-20

  What A Difference A Day Makes Yesterday was a BIG day for birds in our backyard. We had a kinglet, many species of good sparrows, a couple of warblers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, an orchard oriole, our first hummingbird, and Baltimore orioles. When I looked out the window this morning (about the same time), our habitat …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 588935 (Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-22-19

  They are Still Here Until around mid-afternoon I was not sure if any ruby-throated hummingbirds were still visiting our backyard. Then, when I was thinking about pulling my sugar water feeders for the season, a female hummingbird appeared. She stopped at the feeder a few times, but spent much of the time perched on …

Sphinx Moth - Image 584369 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-28-19

  Provided For With each passing day that I continue my self-assignment of making and sharing at least one photograph per day, you might think it would grow more challenging to find something worth remembering. Just the opposite is true. When I began this effort, I tried hard to find my daily pictures. Now, the …

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 …

Tan Moth with Hard Plates - Image 524220 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-20-18

  An Interesting Moth or Butterfly… Late this afternoon I found a very unusual butterfly or moth attached to the side of my truck. My first guess was this was a moth due to its shape and furry appearance, but after looking at the antenna, I tend to suspect this may be a butterfly. I …