As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Paris declares war on pigeons

October 3, 2017 | 3:25pm

French authorities are enlisting five birds of prey to scare off pesky pigeons in the City of Lights this weekend — a new scheme that’s ruffling the feathers of thousands of Parisians.

Rémi Féraud, mayor of the trendy 10th arrondissement, plans to bring in two hawks and three falcons for 10 days starting October 7 to scare the pests, according to The Local France.
“Paris pigeons are not used to birds of prey,” a spokesperson for the town hall said. “We tried traditional methods and now we are doing something more radical.”

The plan is for the birds of prey to fly over where pigeons gather around Rue du Buisson Saint-Louis and scare them into moving.

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