• Kip’s Comments 6-19-21

      Closeness Challenge This morning, when I went out to look for warblers and song sparrows singing in the new day, I noticed a blue dasher dragonfly that had “claimed” dry vegetation not far from where I was watching birds. After seeing the dragonfly remaining stationary for many minutes, I turned my attention to it. …

  • Kip’s Comments 6-18-21

      Refining a Theme Yesterday I shared an image of a hackberry emperor butterfly (one of many). The picture clearly showed the butterfly as it worked its proboscis into white flower blossoms. The image was nice, but I thought I might do better.    This morning when I walked around part of Sweet Marsh I …

  • Kip’s Comments 6-17-21

      Easy to Find, Interesting to Study Over the past days I have heard from a number of people asking about the thousands of small tan/brown butterflies along our rivers and streams. Since I had not observed any in town, I drove out to the Wapsipinicon River to check things out for myself.    The …

  • Kip’s Comments 6-16-21

      In the Scum After a very productive day I was able to spend some time along the Wapsipinicon River tonight. No canoe, kayak, or boat touched the water. Instead I stood as still as possible with my bow and fishing arrow at the ready. My intentions were to shoot carp that swim into the …