Little fat birdies–city birds, really–have always been a tremendous source of joy for me. I’m fascinated by their behaviors–the hopping about, the occasional fluttering of wings from ground-level, the head cocking from one side to the next as they examine a potential morsel, and of course, the way they scatter when you come anywhere near them is always amusing. Today was a great one for me, bird-wise, so I am dedicating my second gratitude entry to birds of all species, since years of watching them has been undeniable happy-making. 🙂
Out and about this afternoon, we saw not one but TWO families of ducklings–talk about luck! And for the first time in person (why did it take so long?), I spotted a black capped chickadee in the forest. While hanging out by the water, a little brown bird settled quite near to us and let me observe him for awhile, which I certainly appreciated. Then, the bird-watching culminated with the sweeping performance of several swallows diving for their food at dusk over the canal next to our dinner table.
A neat thing about Aarhus? In a single Sunday you can walk from the city center, to forest, park, a pit stop by the beach, and then head back to the city center for pizza by the canal. Sure, it was over 9 miles, but lovely and relaxing the whole way. And everywhere you went–nature!
Look real closely and you’ll see them!
Beach…complete with freeeeezing water. However, I did find some really need rocks and shells (for some lucky students). I may be back for a swim if the air temperature can find its way into the 70s or higher..
A well-deserved pizza after 9 miles of walking.
Documentary Update: Tomorrow I will venture out into the great city of Aarhus and seek my first interviewees for the Happiness Inquiry documentary. I’m hoping a local cafe owner will let me set up shop outside and solicit passers-by, since they may go over a bit better than approaching people in the middle of the sidewalk.