The promise of rain and high winds ahead of Tropical Storm Karen might have brought a few warblers down into New York’s Central Park during a visit last month. I stood, eagerly waiting, ready to give them a good watching as soon as  they dropped into the Ramble, but the storm veered out across the ocean and left the city in the gloom under a blanket of low cloud.

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Even the hoped-for warblers were unable to shine through the dull light, but on a fruiting bush in the Shakespeare Garden, a flock of Starlings, taking on their winter colours, managed to sparkle through the murk.

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Most of us are familiar with this worldwide coloniser, but few of us stop to pay them much attention. There is great pleasure to be found in the common and mundane if only we remember to look.

Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.