When I last journeyed to Paris in 2010 I was a novice birdwatcher. Two years later I still am really. But I was very excited to think that I would see lots of amazing French birds. I had no idea what they would be.
Big pigeons it must be said. But pigeons nonetheless.
The first two pictures are Common Wood Pigeons (Columba palumbus). And the third what we informally call pigeons are actually Rock Doves (Columbra livia)
|People don't get to walk on the grass in Paris|
|Pigeons do though|
|They snooze away undisturbed by the tread of human feet nearby. |
Parisian pigeons must be some of the most chilled out pigeons in the world!
Although it turns out pigeons have made a nuisance of themselves. It's illegal to feed them, and pigeon fanciers furtively feed them under the cover of darkness.
I did actually get to see two non-sparrow, non-pigeons! I didn't know what they are, but due to the magic of Google.... I think I have identified the first one.
Named after Napoleon's nephew
I now think this must be a Black-Headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
Bonaparte's Gull is American
|A female blackbird?|
|Sadly the most exotic birds of the trip|
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