A couple of days ago in one of my Good Morning blogs, I sent out a call for help. There was a very big unusual bird perched at the top of a local tree. He was cooing like a dove, although obviously not a dove. I have now done an enlargement of an original photo. I also put out a call of help in Facebook and now have an answer from Germany.
He confirmed what I suspected, but just could not believe that this big bird would come down from his mountain heights to sit on a tree in a Swiss village at 500 meters above sea level, but it did. I know it as the Alpendohle in the German language and is a bird that you might meet if you are on a skiing holiday in Alps. They are known to descend to the valleys in Summer and are basically interested in only one thing, food. It is still hanging around and I hear it often in the morning having a coo to anyone that might be listening. It also whistles.
For me this is really something completely different. For more information here is a link from the bird central station in Switzerland Alpine Chough. And yes I have seen them in the alps. Sounds silly really, but I really got excited about seeing this big bird. I hope to get a photo of it flying.