Musk Thistle - Image 639951 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-19 through 6-21

  Catching Up Father’s Day Weekend 2020 was similar to previous years, yet a bit different at the same time. We were able to spend considerable quality time with one of the kids and their family while camping this weekend. Unfortunately, due to too many miles between us and them, we were not able to …

Eastern Bluebird with Berries - Image 533009 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-9-18

  Gifts From God Note: If you would like to see today’s images in larger size and higher resolution while set to music, click on this link:  Gifts From God Today I was the grateful recipient of many gifts from God by way of interactions with wildlife.      The day began with a fresh …

Female Eastern Bluebird - Image 448187 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-20-17

  Avian Parenting The time is upon us when young wildlife is easily seen, especially fledgling birds. Just today I observed young kestrels at the entrance of a nest box, a fledgling bald eagle, young house wrens, and hatchling eastern bluebirds. I know more species are around, like young Canada geese, wood ducks, and eastern …

Male Eastern Bluebird - Image 447413 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-14-17

  Mission Accomplished Tonight was one of those nights when I wanted for very little. All I “needed” was some quiet time along the river as I watched the Wapsipinicon flow past, and for my bluebirds to make appearances. I was blessed to receive both. The river quietly moved from my right to my left …

Eastern Bluebird - Image 401538

Kip’s Comments 10-15-16

  Is This Farewell For 2016? With each passing day we move much closer to the typical winter wildlife shutdown in Iowa. It is only mid-October and I continue to see many species, but just because they are here today does not mean they will be here tomorrow. I wondered as I saw the three …

Water-logged Red-tailed Hawk - Image 396753

Kip’s Comments 9-9-16

  A Mix of Images Today – Something for Everyone Once again I had one of those days when the weather created one challenge after another. The day began with fog. Initially the fog was not too thick, but that changed to the point of making any long distance vision challenging. Fortunately I spotted a …

Cedar Waxwing - Image 305184

Kip’s Comments 3-24-15

  A Welcome Appearance of Thrush Unless you are a bird watcher, you generally do not welcome the appearance of thrush. Thrush is a common description for the affliction known as yeast infection. For birders, the appearance of thrush refers to the arrival of American robins and Eastern bluebirds. Even though it was cold and …

Yellow Rose - Image 267350

Kip’s Comments 6-29-14

A Little Education and A Little Bit of Art Did I ever learn a bit today from the Eastern bluebirds! After watching them for several decades, I didn’t think bluebirds could teach me too much anymore, but today I learned many details about the fascinating busy birds.   Eastern bluebirds are omnivores. I watched as …

Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance © Kip Ladage

Kip’s Comments 6-22-14

  Too Many Names! This morning I challenged the rain by riding my Harley to Cedar Falls to see the “Global War on Terrorism Wall of Remembrance” at the Amvets Post. Before a person arrives you are brought to attention by the many flags visible from the highway. When you move closer to tour the …

Eastern Bluebird - Image 263364

Kip’s Comments 6-8-14

  A Pleasant Reunion After much too long apart, this morning I was involved in a reunion of sorts. According to my database, it has been many years (possibly decades) since I concentrated on eastern bluebird photography. Having been told of an active nest box late last week, I decided to check it out this …