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Shrimp in Tomato and Green Garlic Sauce on Angel Hair Pasta; My Hoopoe — 14 Comments

  1. What a marvelous looking bird! I have never seen a hoopoe, nor a picture of one, to my knowledge. How cool! It looks too exotic for France.

  2. What an amazing bird! And such great photos! That must have been a huge thrill, or am I just showing my geeky side? 😉
    Meanwhile, here in MN, spring is about a week and half ahead of itself. The crab apple trees have been in full bloom for a while and are starting to rain petals, and the lilacs that I’m normally cheering on so that I can have some to give my Mom on Mother’s Day are pretty much at peak. The bleeding heart is in full bloom too, and the lily-of-the-valley are just thinking about starting to pop open. I think Spring in France trumps all that, though.

  3. What a fantastic set of photos!! I’ve only once seen a hoopoe and it was in India. I was out of my mind with joy to see it. I can only imagine how thrilled you are (I’m thrilled just knowing someone who had such a wonderful visitor come tapping at the window!)
    And, of course, the pasta looks and sounds delicious too. (I’m relieved the sauce doesn’t feature caterpillars).

  4. Lovely bird pics. I always look forward to what I’ll discover on your site next!
    Gary

  5. WoW! Neat! I am so glad you had your camera ready for the hoopoe! Wonderful! I love seeing this bird, I have never seen one, or even knew about this type of bird before. Cool!

  6. Wonderful photos of that bird! I’d not seen nor heard of it. How lucky that it landed on your window sill.
    And even though the bird took center stage on this post, your pasta looks delicious!

  7. Like everyone above…what a gorgeous bird and what wonderful photos of it. I do hope it sticks around for a while. I’m sure that would bring a smile to your face, no matter what you were up to.
    As for green garlic – obviously, despite the flowers around here, Spring will not be arriving until much later. Hopefully it will bring some green garlic. Otherwise, I’ll just have to visit this post and live vicariously. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. And for hosting -even better!

  8. I have never seen or heard of this kind of bird before. He is beautiful. He was probably tapping to let you know he was on the job and watching out for those caterpillars:D

  9. Aaaah, a hoopoe!! I grew up with these (although at the other extreme of their migratory path!) in South Africa. They are a common sight in gardens there, or pecking away at fences and lawns. Makes me quite homesick to see him sitting there. Hope he eats lots of caterpillars! OMG, that shrimp looks plump and delicious…

  10. Awe struck! Hoopoe … glorious bird! I’ve never seen one. I think that sight would have me wetting my panties considering how excited I still get at just a cardinal on our sidewalk, bird feeder or bath. Hope you have plenty of caterpillars and he comes back for them all.
    I’ll come for bird watching and pasta.

  11. Zomie, it is – it’s only visiting France hahaha!
    Laurie, I think it’s an amazing bird, too! I miss bleeding hearts and lily of the valley – always had both in MN.
    Elizabeth, and he didn’t ‘quoth’ (giggle) He’s back this morning – Now I know where he gets his name. He’s been calling all morning.
    TV Food and Drink – thanks – sometimes there’s even food amongst the birds and beams
    Lannae, hard to get a decent shot through the windows, tho. He was pretty patient with me.
    Christine. I was happy to see him. The caterpillars do so much damage to the trees it’s nice to have something eating them.
    Ruth, spring will come… won’t it? The first flowers are always such a thrill for me.
    Val. I hope so – eat away. I hope he finds a mate and stays around.
    Thanks Ina, on both counts!
    Jeanne, we really needed him in Andorra – the caterpillars were a big problem, but never saw one there. Maybe they don’t like the mountains ;-)) That is a long migration…..
    Beverly, you’re welcome – for both!
    Tann, we don’t get cardinals so I’ll be excited for the hoopoe. I miss cardinals in the pines in winter…

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