P Is For Pörhistää.


Pörhistää is Finnish for fluffing or puffing out feathers or hair. This picture is from Xmas Eve afternoon in 2017 and the place is the passage to Kaivopiha inner courtyard, just across the street from the Helsinki Central Railway Station, a very central location. At some other time it would have been much more crowded with humans, but at that time the pigeon couple were quite free to claim the place.

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  1. Nightjar says

    Oh, what a lovely pair! Birds really do look extra cute when they’re all puffed up.

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    They did look so cute when I was coming home from sauna on xmas, taking a scenic route.

    Pigeons seem to be often in that same passage, which opens to the north of the Kaivopiha inner courtyard. I’m not sure where they nest, but the nearby Vanha to the southwest of Kaivopiha and Uusi to the west of Kaivopiha are the kind of buildings that are probably well-suited for nesting.

  3. voyager says

    Those pigeons have beautiful iridescent colouring. They also look very charming side by side all puffed up.

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