I watch these birds, but I don’t really do any birdwatching.
Here’s the story in brief. I live in an apartment building, like many other European city dwellers. Our building was renovated last year, and now there are wider balcony ledges. Plus, there is an additional ledge at the base of the balcony as well. So, our apartment building facade has gone from an almost ledge-less surface to a multi-ledge area. The result is a visible increase in the bird activity in the space between our building and the building across the road. These birds are mainly pigeons. But we can see crows and sea gulls as well, plus a number of species that I can’t tell without my wife’s help.
I live in Bucharest, Romania, but my native town is Constanta, a harbor on the Black Sea coast, where sea gulls are common. It may sound curious that sea gulls can be found 300 km away from the sea as well, but there are various rivers, lakes and marshes between Bucharest and the Black Sea, which I think encourages sea gulls to expand their habitat.
In addition, my apartment building is not far from the a natural park within the city, where there is a wide range of local fauna thriving. Fact is, although I live in the city, the sounds that I hear outside my window are mainly bird calls and fluttering. I wonder if the quarantine we have been going through has had an effect on their activity as well.