I've just returned from a trip to Sweden's capital city, Stockholm, where I saw a number of beautfiul birds - mainly chickens and finches! They're not really the kind of birds I would have expected to see in a built-up city centre but there you go.
Last week, the city was hosting a Festival of Culture with numerous music concerts taking place at different venues throughout the city. When I made my way to one of said stages I was rather surprised to find a caravan full of hens and roosters. They had their own little patch of grass to stroll around on and munch food, and were apparently their to give the kids something fun to do if they weren't as keen on the music as their parents. It was the first time I had ever heard a musician get heckled by a cockerel!
Later, while dining outdoors I was again surprised that the pigeons and seagulls were staying well clear. Instead, it was teams of nippy little finches that seemed to be scrounging for scraps. Again, this was a new one on me. Is this common in other European cities? Maybe I need to get out more!