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 …

Male Eastern Bluebird - Image 388322

Kip’s Comments 7-2-16

  Neighbors We have some busy neighbors living nearby. They are constantly flitting around as they gather bits of grass for their nest. Then Momma neighbor sneaks inside their temporary home for a few seconds only to leave again whenever there is movement or noise outside. Dad neighbor offers her reassurance, but she continues to …

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 …

Male Eastern Bluebird - Image 266187

Kip’s Comments 6-21-14

  Ring the Dinner Bell! Based on observations made during my morning check of a bluebird nest, the eggs hatched this past week. Mom and Dad bluebird were busy bring grubs, moths, and caterpillars to the nest. The young are still very small…so small that I couldn’t hear them squeaking when the parent birds arrived …

Male Eastern Bluebird - Image 264669

Kip’s Comments 6-14-14

  All Was Well During the Check-up Early this morning, probably a couple of hours before most people get up and moving on a Saturday morning, I was in my blind in a position to watch the activities at a local bluebird house. I was using a different blind today; a blind that hides me …