Read Part 1 here.
The King’s Garden is the oldest park in Copenhagen, established in the 17th century, abutting the Rosenborg Castle of King Christian IV. On our first morning in Copenhagen, we spent some time walking through this 12-hectare park, taking in the sights and smells of the Danish spring.
Here and there, strutting around on the green grass of the King’s Garden with authority were these birds that behaved like our Indian House Crows, but they looked different – dominant light grey plumage with glossy black restricted to head, throat, wings and tail. They were bigger but with the same boldness, not hesitating to walk close to humans. We didn’t see many crows during the rest of our trip.
At Leiden we saw what looked like smaller Indian crows. We discovered that these are Western Jackdaws, belonging to the same genus as the crows (Corvus).
The common pigeons, the Rock Doves were almost everywhere we went in Europe. Fluffed up in the cold, males chasing females was a familiar sight. While they look quite similar across the cities where I have seen them, individually they can look quite different.
Common Wood Pigeon
We don’t find the Common Wood Pigeon in the southern part of India, so despite its similarity to the Rock Pigeon it gains one’s attention. Quite elegant it looks with the neat white bands on its neck.
I’ll be writing about more birds in future posts.