|From our trip to Ireland: members of the crow family.|
Ireland is home to quite a few members of the crow, or corvid, family, including crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, magpies, and choughs. We saw them in many environments: by the sea, on rooftops in town, and on lawns and even on a golf course. We spent lots of time looking at birds during our recent trip -- a pleasure for me even when we see only the fairly common ones.
|A European robin sang his wonderful song on a tree near the water in Galway. |
|Shorebirds -- and even gulls -- are a pleasure to watch!|
|A cormorant and a gull near Galway harbor.|
|We often saw swans. The rarer variety had not arrived from migration yet.|
|Many wagtails were on roofs, walls, headstones, and lawns at|
Clonmacnoise National Historic Site and the nearby wildlife preserve.
|"The Curious Curlew" is the name of a bar,|
suggesting that Irish people love the shorebirds too.
I'm inclined to think shore birds and water-oriented birds are my favorites (and then I think of dozens of exceptions!). Common they may be, but beautiful nonetheless. Fabulous swan photos!
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