• Kip’s Comments 7-1-22

      One Color Missing Early this morning, while some dew drops were still on the prairie wildflower blossoms, I was out exploring with my Nikon and macro equipment. My personal protective equipment (PPE) for the outing was a pair of old chest waders. The intent was for the waders to prevent any exposure to plants …

  • Kip’s Comments 6-30-22

      Confirmed…Prothonotary Warblers are Nesting in Bremer County! Until the sky clouded over this morning and the radar indicated showers were developing, I had hoped to paddle from the cabins in Frederika to the old Highway 63 bridge and back. Had I done that, the trip on the Wapsie River Water Trail would have been …

  • Kip’s Comments 6-29-22

      All In One Small Space Rather than paddling this morning I opted to spend time in a small area to watch and, if possible, photograph the bird activity that occurs shortly after sunrise. At a minimum I expected to see red-winged blackbirds, dickcissels, and gray catbirds. Any other species observed would be a bonus. …

  • Kip’s Comments 6-28-22

      Amateur Ornithologist After watching the behavior of a male prothonotary warbler yesterday… when it hunted and captured insects and grubs all around me only to fly off without eating them… I made an assumption based on experience and hope. I suspected that maybe the male warbler had a mate that I was not seeing …