It is easy to overlook the everyday or mundane. For instance, our walk this morning in the sunshine and up to our ankles in the slush and water of a rapid thaw, revealed an extraordinary number of bird species. Most of them would not have commanded a second look normally, but it just proves what we all miss by ignoring what’s right in front of our eyes every day.
In all I counted 32 different species this morning, a full list and a pictorial representation follows.
Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Starling, Magpie, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Siskin, Goldfinch and Reed Bunting.Click the picture for a clearer (and larger) view. Some individual Pictures from here, others, my own.