Kip’s Comments 1-6-18

Wild Turkey - Image 480830 © Kip Ladage

 

Ring the Dinner Bell

After many days of bone-chilling cold, today almost reached double-digits above zero. Based on the avian and squirrel activity I watched and photographed, our wildlife appreciated the somewhat warmer conditions. All seemed very hungry and readily accepted my food offerings. 

Squirrels and my backyard birds were constantly busy at the feeders. To date I continue to see only the common winter species.   

Downy Woodpecker:    

Male Downy Woodpecker - Image 480775 © Kip Ladage

Male Downy Woodpecker – Image 480775 © Kip Ladage

 

Black-capped Chickadee:    

Black-capped Chickadee - Image 480744 © Kip Ladage

Black-capped Chickadee – Image 480744 © Kip Ladage

 

Black-capped Chickadee - Image 480749 © Kip Ladage

Black-capped Chickadee – Image 480749 © Kip Ladage

 

Black-capped Chickadee - Image 480750 © Kip Ladage

Black-capped Chickadee – Image 480750 © Kip Ladage

 

Fox Squirrels:

Fox Squirrels in Maple Tree - Image 480770 © Kip Ladage

Fox Squirrels in Maple Tree – Image 480770 © Kip Ladage      

 

During my travels later in the day, I noticed and photographed larger, more wild bird species. I am not sure what the bald eagle was focused on, but it was certainly intense in wherever it was going. 

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight:      

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight - Image 480777 © Kip Ladage

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight – Image 480777 © Kip Ladage

 

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight - Image 480778 © Kip Ladage

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight – Image 480778 © Kip Ladage

 

I am familiar with an area frequented by wild turkeys. When I first reached my destination there were no turkeys present. After waiting three or four minutes I spotted what appeared to be moving shadows deeper in the timber. I continued to watch as the wild turkeys moved in. 

Wild Turkey Feeding:

Wild Turkey - Image 480779 © Kip Ladage

Wild Turkey – Image 480779 © Kip Ladage

 

Wild Turkey - Image 480783 © Kip Ladage

Wild Turkey – Image 480783 © Kip Ladage

 

Wild Turkey - Image 480789 © Kip Ladage

Wild Turkey – Image 480789 © Kip Ladage

 

Wild Turkey - Image 480797 © Kip Ladage

Wild Turkey – Image 480797 © Kip Ladage

 

Wild Turkey - Image 480830 © Kip Ladage

Wild Turkey – Image 480830 © Kip Ladage

 

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