Yellow Warbler - Image 689506 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-3-21

  Moisture Enhanced Colors During my time outdoors today I was fortunate to look for birds as it was raining lightly. While the moisture posed issues for my equipment, it also enhanced the colors I was looking for. Drab colors had more of a glow and normally bright colors really looked nice. When this yellow …

Snapping Turtle - Image 637824 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-4-20

  Extremes – Ornery and Gentle Due to what appeared to be impending threatening weather tonight, I went for a drive around Sweet Marsh (rather than paddling). Before I even traveled very far I found a snapping turtle crossing the road. This wasn’t the largest snapper I have ever seen, but it was big enough …

Marsh Wren - Image 636866 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-30-20

  Avian Turf Battles Very early this morning I put my kayak on the water at Sweet Marsh under nearly ideal conditions. The water was near calm, temperatures were cool, and the inhabitants at Sweet Marsh were vocal and active.    The range of bird species observed went from very small (ruby-throated humming birds, to …

Leucistic Chipping Sparrow - Image 634338 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-16-20

  COVID-19 Effects and an Unusual Find As I do my best to minimize the possibilities of contracting or sharing COVID-19, I have spent countless hours at home or very close to home. Some might think the restrictions are annoying. Even I am frustrated by them at times. On the other hand, I am wondering …

Black Tern - Image 633088 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-14-20

  Magic Moments at Sweet Marsh What a surprise to wake to…there was no wind to deal with! It was misty and foggy, but there was no wind, so I went paddling.     My goal on the drive out was to photograph shorebirds and maybe soras and Virginia rails. However, after arriving at the boat …

Common Yellowthroat - Image 629999 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-6-20

  Today’s Color is Yellow On my walk this morning on the Sweet Water Trail I first recognized that the eggs in the killdeer nest located along the trail apparently hatched sometime between Monday morning and this morning. There were no adult birds seen and no young birds present. Hopefully this means the parent birds …

Northern Water Snake at Sweet Marsh - Image 576991v (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-27-19

  All Wildlife has Value I have the honor of having many friends – each with a unique personality. A very few of them have personalities similar to mine – we like almost all of the wild creatures – except for maybe gnats, ticks, and mosquitoes. Many more of them have a fondness for warm …

Indigo Bunting at Sweet Marsh - Image 573768 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-15-19

  It’s Not How Far A Person Goes, Just That They Go It would have been easy this morning for me to stay home, possibly in the house, so that I could avoid gnats, mosquitoes, and sweating. Instead I went to Sweet Marsh near Tripoli. My plan was to possibly paddle around Segment B (Marten’s …

Yellow Warbler - Image 503741 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-10-18

  For My Buddy Sean I have a buddy named Sean who I am fairly certain has considerably less interest in birds than I do. In fact, he tends to give me a hard time about shooting pictures of birds, especially red-winged blackbirds. Sean seems to think I do more bird photography than anything else. …

Male and Female Common Merganser- Image 444495 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-1-17

  What a Day… Great Shooting, Fun Fishing! Each time we spend days at Spring Bay Resort we have a great time. Not all days are nearly perfect, but it seems like at least one day during each visit is almost without flaws. Today may have been that day.     I woke early and …