The first new bird I saw rather than heard was the Great Tit (info with song), called Kohlmeise. I saw it in some bushes and noticed the yellow color, not as bright as a gold finch, but still striking. I also saw a Eurasian Magpie which has a long tail and beautiful blue on its wings.
In the water, we saw what looked like a black duck with white on its head. Turns out this is not a duck, but a Eurasian Coot.
Finally, there are dozens of birds that look like small crows. I was told these were common ravens, but the song sounds wrong, so I think they are crows.
There are two birds I noticed right away as missing from Switzerland: American robins and Northern Cardinals. One of these birds I will miss, the other, not so much.
On my walk to work, there is a building with engraved decorations. Among them is this bird, which I assume to be a swift of some kind.
|Pretty flowers in a park|
We also took a tram up to near the university and wandered around a bit. Just looking at the mundane foreground, it's easy to miss the majestic alps in the distance.
|View to the mountains|