Also seen at Troy
Finally ran across an ID on this one. Cultivated field/roadside margin, maybe half a meter high? Wasn't much to see in the way of leaves here at the end of the dry season, but they seemed to be branched into linear lobes. Perhaps same as www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/8146523739/.
Unidentified. Seems like Boraginaceae; maybe Heliotropium (could be consistent with H. europaeum). Abundant, & very popular with the butterflies.
Finally ran across an ID on this one.
Our self-appointed guide pointed these out to us, growing on a steep hillside in the city of Manisa. He told us that kids gather the buds to sell for some kind of food or medicinal use, but didn't know the name in English. I finally managed to track it down. Not positive of which species.
A fall-blooming Turkish montane species; ID help needed. Growing on forested slopes at 900 meters near the Mediterranean coast.
Huge, showy wildflower (8 cm across), finishing its bloom here at the end of the dry season. A single stalk 1-1.5 m tall. Golden late afternoon light. Looks like a mallow (maybe hollyhock, Alcea rosea?), even though it seems to have 6 petals.
A small stand of these was growing in the courtyard of the han (caravansary). I think it's probably Hollyhock. Uncertain whether cultivated or just tolerated.
ID help welcome. Barren field, Anatolian steppe.
Rubbish shot for eBird documentation. We now return you to your regularly scheduled photostream.
A lucky spot.
Great Backyard Bird Count. Reported to www.reportband.gov, got a certificate back within a few days. Our bird is a female HATCHED IN 2009 OR EARLIER and banded in VARENNES, QUEBEC, CANADA (COORDINATES: LAT: 45.75; LON: -73.41667) on 07/14/2010. So this is a bona fide migratory Canada Goose, not one of the local breeders (though the presence of the resident birds might be attracting migrants to winter here when the didn't used to. Or it might just be the greater abundance of favorable habitat, namely lawns.)
Its closest companion (the only bird out of water so I could see its legs) had a metal leg band, but this was the only one with a neckband (of 25 similar birds in flock, 500 in vicinity).
A rare NJ breeder. Only shot I managed, but was glad to get it.
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Adult. On a nearby roof; superzoom shot from our hotel rooftop breakfast terrace.
2nd-year. This was on our hotel rooftop breakfast terrace.