I left my front door on foot and headed down Carton Avenue, through town and towards the canal near the Maynooth Harbor. I cut through the parking lot, I mean car park, of the local SuperValu when I noticed some small birds fly into the top of the tree. I looked at them through my binoculars and couldn't believe it, Goldfinches, the first ones that I've seen in Ireland.
|Goldfinch - Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland|
I saw the usual birds along the canal. Some Great Tits, Blue Tits, Song Thrushes, Wrens, House Sparrows, Jackdaws, Rooks and Magpies. Here is a female Blackbird, who looks like it's eating a crab.
|Blackbird - Co. Kildare, Ireland|
|Common Blue Damselflies - Co. Kildare, Ireland|
|Tortoiseshell Butterfly - Co. Kildare, Ireland|
|Barn Swallows - Co. Kildare, Ireland|
I decided to get home an alternate way and walked to the nearby train station and caught a commuter train one stop back to Maynooth.
I chose the train over the bus so that I could walk by the Maynooth Harbor and a car park in town that is very birdy. I got lifer Bullfinches there and it seems to always be busy, and today was no different. I saw some Pied Wagtails and House-Martins. But a bright blue color caught my eye. A Blue Tit was in some trees and let me stand there and watch it preen for a few minutes right in bright sunlight. Conditions for my camera couldn't be better and I got the photos to prove it.
|Blue Tit - Co. Kildare, Ireland|
|Spotted Flycatcher - Co. Kildare, Ireland|
The weather is supposed to be turning rainy tomorrow, but I'm still hoping to get back down to Coronation Plantation and maybe meet up with my friend Paul at the coast (and to get my camera's battery charger back). I've been taking the kids to the Dublin zoo about once a week and have some photos of the wild birds that we see there that I may turn into a blog post. The zoo itself is pretty nice, but big, and we've already become members.