Palm Warbler - Image 677104 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-27-21

  Recent Arrivals Our strong winds from the south have brought in more than very warm temperatures. It seems as though overnight we experienced an influx of warblers, sparrow species, and shorebirds. During a brief amount of time at Sweet Marsh this morning I saw and/or photographed a lesser yellowlegs, pectoral sandpiper, spotted sandpiper, killdeer, …

Tree Swallow - Image 629243 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-4-20

  Small Spring Birds on the Sweet Water Trail During my early morning walk today I was at first considering walking the Sweet Water Trail to the timbered area – about halfway down the trail. But, plans changed and this time they changed for a very good reason. In the section of the trail from …

Trout Lily (Dogtooth Violet) - Image 627284 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-28-20

  Pretty Things and Pretty Interesting Things I shot a variety of photos during this very fragmented day – time off, work time, time off, work time (to use vacation hours). When I reviewed my work at the end of the day, I recognized a pattern of pretty pictures and pretty interesting pictures. Let’s begin …

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh - Image 504123 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-12-18

  Is There An Opportunity Here? As I pulled into Sweet Marsh this morning I met four good folks from Prairie Rapids Audubon Society near the boat ramp. They were waiting for many more carloads of Prairie Rapids Audubon members to arrive at the same place. Their plan for the day was to count bird …

Spotted Sandpiper on Wapsipinicon River - Image 379687

Kip’s Comments 5-14-16

  Looking Closer…Seeing More Yesterday my post included thoughts or questions referring to what appeared to be a lack of warbler species in our area. I ended the comments with a statement that I would look harder or in new places in hopes of finding warbler species in our neck of the woods. Well, I …

Cape May Warbler - Image 379089

Kip’s Comments 5-12-16

  Species Confusion… When I attempt to identify bird species, I do acceptably well until I am challenged by gulls, terns, shorebirds, and warblers. My explanation is simply that I do not have enough experience with the many variations of each of the bird families described. Early this morning, before work, I watched under an …