Mallard, Canada Geese and a
4 November 2013
This morning I had to go out and do a little shopping and collect the key for the board room of the credit union (Libro Financial Services) where the executive of our naturalists' club meets. Whenever I do this I have a circuit that I follow and I do a little birding along the way.
Included along this route are two storm water management ponds around which the vegetation has grown up and it forms good habitat and cover for a variety of birds.
I am quite sure that as I get older my delight in the very basic components of nature gets ever more keen, and my appreciation of it grows exponentially. This morning, with a little ice already forming overnight on the still waters of these ponds, I was greeted by the sight of minor flotillas of Canada Geese Branta canadensis, Mallards Anas platyrynchos, and hitching its way up a tree a male Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens. In addition there were Dark-eyed Juncos Junco hyemalis, Black-capped Chickadees Poecile atricapillus, American Tree Sparrows Spizella arborea and a variety of other birds, all common and frequently observed.
Not even the rarest of sightings could have eclipsed my happiness as I wallowed in the deep sense of euphoria engendered by the companionship of old friends. We should all take note of the familiar and enjoy its rewards.