When the lovely is common….


These colorful, healthy looking birds abound around Mongolia – they are really big and bright and I was told they symbolize the “bluebird of happiness.” But to Mongolians, they are so abundant that they are commonplace – no one turns to look at them when they are pecking around in the grass. It makes me wonder if I am inured to the beauty of Chicago’s local birds, just from their familiarity….the common robin, the everpresent sparrow….time to take a new look!


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