Monday, August 22, 2011
The Last Iris of Cape St. Mary's
We hiked out to Cape St. Mary's today. I have to admit I was nervous going out there after the Gulf of Mexico spill. The Gulf of Mexico is where the gannets winter and then fly all the way back up to Newfoundland in the spring to breed. I wrote about my concern for the birds here.
I am delighted to report that not only are the millions of birds back here this year but that they have spread their nesting grounds to another promontory in the same area.
The weather has been magnificent since Grandgirl arrived. We were lucky to catch one of the last few irises on the cape, a late bloomer because of the weather (above). Photo above taken by Grandgirl.
I also took one of her staring in awe at the gannets. I've been out there many times but still stop in my tracks at the number and sound of them all.
And a closeup of a pair, again taken by Grandgirl.