It rained on and off all morning, so I didn’t get out until the afternoon, and then I just went to the canal behind my friends’ apartment, called “boerengat” on google maps, instead of going to the plas.
The first new bird for today is a common wood-pigeon (Columba palumbus), which looks a lot like a rock pigeon, the variety that you might see on the streets of most cities, but noticeably larger and with a distinctive white patch on the side of its neck.
The second new bird is a Eurasian magpie or common magpie (Pica pica), which I read “is one of the most intelligent birds, and it is believed to be one of the most intelligent of all non-human animals. It is the only bird known to pass the mirror test, along with very few other non-avian species.” How fun is that?
The third new bird, in the water this time, is a great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), who sure looks like the double-crested cormorants we’ve seen in Estabrook Park but can’t be because I’m now a few thousand miles out of their range.
There was also a grey heron along the canal, which we’ve seen at the plas, …
And this Egyptian goose, who was kind enough, or tired enough, to let us get a better look at those pretty feathers it sports.
Lastly, there was another family of great crested grebes with one chick.
That’s it for today, and I don’t know if I’ll have any pictures for you tomorrow because I’m going to campus early in hopes of getting some logistics sorted out. Wish me luck!