#30DaysWild Day 17/18 – Bird Brain

Mute Swan

30 Days WildI feel like the title of this post really resonates with me as I’ve become less and less organised at posting up my 30 Days Wild as the days go on – but as I’ve learnt in the last few days, maybe bird brain isn’t the phrase we once thought it was!

The past few days I began reading a book by Jennifer Ackerman called The Genius of Birds. I’d heard of the book before and couldn’t believe my luck that it had popped up in my local charity book shop! The cover shows the classic image of the blue tits who had worked out how to get the cream at the top of the milk by removing the foil caps – a feat which spread throughout the communities of blue tits and great tits throughout the UK.

The Genius Of Birds
The Genius Of Birds

The book is written in a light hearted but deeply informative style, which has so far captivated me and got me researching further whenever something of interest pops up. I can’t wait to finish it off and maybe pop a proper review up here – you never know!

Mute Swan and Cygnets
Mute Swan and Cygnets

Another drab drizzly day inspired me to take a rainy walk around Roath Park lake to see how the fledgling water birds were doing after I last saw them a few weeks ago. Some were hard to tell apart from the adults they had grown so much! Especially the mallards and greylag geese who had lost their juvenile plumage. But I was distracted by the adorably plush grey cygnet chicks who were following their parent and learning how to turn from an ‘ugly duckling’ into being the royal swan.

Cygnets copying the adult
Cygnets copying the adult

You can definitely tell where the name Mute Swan comes from, as they silently and gracefully meandered their way through the weeds in the lake. If you ever need to wind down after a busy day, watching swans on the lake is definitely a relaxing and mindful thing to do to ground yourself again.

Mute Swan
Mute Swan

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