Sunday, August 30, 2009

August 30, 2009: Plants in Our Yard

Here are some plant shots from our yard

 Bottle Campion
 Bladder Campion
 Yellow World Sorel
 Joe Pyeweed
 Ground Ivy
 The grass / sedge growing everywhere!

 Above and Below: Japanese Day Flower

 Above and below: not sure what these bushes are

Saturday, August 29, 2009

August 29, 2009: Birding at Montezuma NWR

We spent a little time at Montezuma NWR in Central New York. The highlight was an American Avocet, our first New York State sighting...

 American Avocet
 Great Egret
Lesser Yellowlegs

Monday, August 24, 2009

August 24, 2009: Kilkee, Shannon Airport, and flight home

We took a few photos at Nature Quest and near the Shannon Airport before our trip back home today...

Nature Quest:
a variety of shorebirds

Above and Below: Eurasian Oystercatcher
Goodbye Nature Quest!
At the Airport
Blue Tit
Reed Bunting
Eurasian Wren
the way home
Hooded Crow

The Shannon River
The Irish Coast between Kilkee and Doonbeg
Plum Island, New York
Jamaica Bay near JFK Airport

Sunday, August 23, 2009

August 23, 2009: Galway, Cliffs of Moher, and Burren, Ireland

Today saw very rainy weather, so we drove north an hour and a half to tour the city of Galway. To start I have some pictures from the road - then Galway itself...

Now from the Nimmo's Pier area in Galway

Black-Headed Gull
Common Gull
Mute Swan
Hooded Crow
Ruddy Turnstone
Above and Below: Redshank
Eurasian Oystercatchers

Scenes from around Central Galway

Inside the Galway Mall

Leaving Galway and heading towards the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren

The Burren area was beautiful
The Poulnabrone Dolmen
A Chaffinch at the Dolmen
A Bullfinch at the Dolmen
A flying Eurasian Kestrel

At the Cliffs of Moher
Rook (above and below)
Fulmars along the cliffs
This Peregrine Falcon flew over
flyover Fulmar
White Wagtail (above and below)

On the way back to the hotel...
Jackdaws on a wire near Lisdeen
A Blue Tit at the B&B