My Mood is not the Only Thing that Swings

Went out into the world today for the first time in a couple of weeks and, you know what? Nothing at all has changed out there.

People still walk around with their faces on, dogs still poop and stand there watching their ‘owners’ pick it up in a black plastic bag and the sky is still blue:

The only things that have changed since I last ventured out are that it’s gotten a little bit colder, the leaves have all fallen from the trees and … well, that’s it really.

There were lots of birds out too. Seagulls, pigeons, crows and magpies were sitting or singing in the trees or digging through the piles of leaves looking for lunch. This kinda got me wondering about something that never occurred to me before.

You know how there are loads of breeds of dogs, and that more cross-breeds are appearing all the time (pithuahua, daniff and puginese to name a very few)? Well, what about birds? Do they cross-breed?

Turns out that they do! According to Irby J. Lovette, director of the Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: “about 10 percent of the world’s 10,000 bird species are known to have bred with another species at least once.”

Yeah, I know. Like you I don’t really want to think about that much more.

Still, it was nice to get out. ☺