Flooding at Cabin - Image 502451 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-4-18

  Trusting Rotten Rope When it rains it pours, in more ways than one. A family member and I have spent four of the last five days at the Mayo Clinics in Rochester. It seems like one thing leads to another when you are visiting specialists. Then, in a more literal form, the skies opened …

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Image 500183 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-25-18

  Backyard Chirping While walking back and forth in the yard this afternoon, as I was talking on the phone, I noticed avian activity in our birch tree. Not one to pass up a bird sighting, I watched the three bird species long enough to decide it might be worthwhile to grab my camera. Even …

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.    …

Male Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) - Image 495596 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-13-18

  Heading North and Heading Nowhere As I paddled today my company, along with Jason and Scott, were numerous yellow-rumped warblers and “cheeping” brown creepers. The warblers are here only for the short term as they move northward to nest in far Northern Minnesota and Canada. Other warbler species may be here too, but I …

Male Baltimore Oriole - Image 439613 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-11-17

  Before Work Birds Before a very full day of work today I shot some photos. Most were bird photos, including a couple that I am having formally ID’d. Here they are…     Male Baltimore Oriole:       House Wren:       Probable Flycatcher Species:           Swainson’s Thrush: …

American Goldfinch in Redbud Tree - Image 435693 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-29 and 4-30-17

  Learning About Birds – Me Sharing and Me Learning Kristy and I had a house filled with guests this weekend. Two of those visiting were of adult age. The remaining three ranged in age from around 3-months old to a four-year old (going on 15-years old). As I often do, I shared the outdoors …

Wild Turkeys - Image 430797 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-13-17

  Proving To Myself I Could Do It For a number of years I have wanted to learn to call wild turkeys with a diaphragm (mouth) call. Today I had a chance to prove or disprove my abilities. A friend (Thank You Linda!) offered her property for wild turkey photography and I took her up …

Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road - Image 399945

Kip’s Comments 9-30-16

  There’s A Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road… There’s a dead skunk in the middle of the road, there’s a dead skunk in the middle of the road, Oh, there’s a dead skunk in the middle of the road… How many of you have that silly song going through your head right …

Cape May Warbler - Image 379089

Kip’s Comments 5-12-16

  Species Confusion… When I attempt to identify bird species, I do acceptably well until I am challenged by gulls, terns, shorebirds, and warblers. My explanation is simply that I do not have enough experience with the many variations of each of the bird families described. Early this morning, before work, I watched under an …

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Image 376171

Kip’s Comments 4-30-16

  Color on a Drab Day  What a miserable day, speaking only of the weather. It was so cold and rainy that outdoor activities were put on hold. The most I managed to do “nature wise” was to enjoy some backyard birding, through the window, with Emerson. Today I introduced her to birds with bright …