Wednesday, December 31, 2008

December 31, 2008: Winter Snowstorm

A surprise storm dumped 12" today! This gave me a chance to post one more blog entry for 2008.... of all the snow!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

December 30, 2008: Flooding in Rapids, New York

Today I drove through Rapids, NY, in northeastern Erie County, on the way to Lockport for work. There was quite a bit of rain and snowmelt recently, so the roads were flooded...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

December 27, 2008: Iroquois NWR Birding

This morning my brother and I helped with the 109th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, in the Iroquois NWR area. The weather was warm, but rain put a damper on things. We didn't see many birds, but got a few interesting scenery shots.

A dreary Schoolhouse Marsh
Colorful lilacs at Ring-Neck Marsh

Above and below: Some eerie fog shots at Swallow Hollow trail

Reflections in a pool
Some leaves remaining since autumn
Rapid melt in the marsh

Thursday, December 25, 2008

December 25, 2008: MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Monday, December 22, 2008

December 22, 2008: Buffalo Winter Storm

We got hit with two consecutive storms. On Friday December 19 - 10" of snow from a general storm. A nasty Lake Effect storm hit on Sunday December 21, giving us about another 12" or so. There was lots of blowing and drifting, so clearing the driveway was not fun! Below are some photos...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

December 20, 2008: Nations Road (Livingston County), NY Birding

Today, in between snow storms, we had a clear (but cold) day, we took advantage and went out birding! We went to the Nations Road area in Livingston County near Geneseo, and got some great shots of Short-Eared Owls, and some other photos as well.

A distant flock of Snow Buntings looked like snowflakes!

Some cold looking sheep on a farm on Nations Road-

Above and Below: Northern Shrike
Below are some nice shots of the Short-Eared Owls there that we got

This Tree Sparrow was alarmed by the owls presence!

Found this Bald Eagle next in Alexander NY on the way home. It was almost dark - we need to stop back during better light!


Saturday, November 29, 2008

November 29, 2008: Grand Island and Niagara Falls Birding

Today we had a very brief outing to get out and enjoy the sunshine! We took a quick ride up to Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island, and Goat Island on Niagara Falls, before it got dark..

Some flocks of flying Bonaparte's Gulls at Beaver Island

A group of birds get ready to roost at dusk - Goat Island, Niagara Falls
Some wintertime berries on Goat Island
Common Goldeneye (Goat Island)