Impressive park life in Geneva and nearby Cessy, just across the border in France where we are staying with friends this week. I struggled to identify this cute fellow (right) but now believe it to be Siberian Chipmunk, an alien species with a bad reputation for spreading rabies and Lyme's disease - not sure how well-deserved as this one hopped around a kid's playground for ages without savaging a single youngster.
No chipmunks yesterday in the park near Cessy, but plenty of Serin, Nightingale, Red-crested Pochard (right), Black Redstart and this European Pond Terrapin (right). Introduced Red-necked Terrapin was also present on the same lake, but dived into the water before I could get pictures.
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