Pigeon feeding at the Market Square

more than a year ago

Have you ever seen Hitchcock’s The Birds? Well, we’re teasing somewhat because this isn’t really like that. That being said it is something that every tourist, or local, should strive to witness as often as possible. As the Cathedral bell strikes noon a man appears, spreading a bucket of grain before him, as hundreds of pigeons swoop in from the surrounding rooftops. For at least twenty minutes prior to this the birds are positioning themselves, making sure that they’ll get as much as it (humanly?) possibly. They’ll not trouble nearby diners but the cats who live in the square are none too happy at this daily invasion, especially when so many of the interlopers can be a touch bigger than the local rat-catchers. The restaurants in the vicinity might have felt the same at first, but now this event draws in an extra crowd, right before the lunchtime rush. Just be careful where you stand; the pigeons don’t care who they have to go through in order to get to their spoils.


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