Surprised me too. But Google tells me that the densest population in Europe is - or was a few years ago - in southern Spain in the Alicante province. Never seen one in the wild myself but I would love to do so. Magnificent birds.
I'd never heard a cuckoo bird before either until I walked the Frances. I was fascinated by how much they sounded exactly like a cuckoo clock...it doesn't take much to fascinate me.Peg had a problem with the cuckoos for awhile. Never having heard them, except for cuckoo clocks, she counted the calls to tell the time.
They are the European Robin and were very common in Galacia in October last year. We saw them many times a day and took a perfect Christmas card photo of one perched on an ivy-covered post in the Galacian mist. I didn't see any further back, only in Galacia.