Saturday, 19 January 2013

An "Oh... My... God..." bird

Think Friends.

Think Chandler's on-again, off-again girlfriend in the first few seasons.

Think Janice (Litman Goralnick, née Hosenstein), played by Maggie Wheeler.

Photo courtesy of http://www.aveleyman.com/ActorCredit.aspx?ActorID=55268
No, I didn't mean her.

In fact, this could be more described as an OMFG bird.

Our Lass and I were having lunch at home, when all the birds on our feeders suddenly took to the air in alarm.

Neighbour's cat?

Nope.

Sparrowhawk?

Nope.

Woodpigeons having a handbag moment?

Nope.

With soup spoon halfway to my mouth, I registered that every bird in the neighbourhood had also taken to the air.

No fireworks, no shotgun blast, no explosion. Hmmm.

When Jackdaws, Carrion Crows and Gulls take wing in fright, it's something major.

Scanning the sky, I spotted several crows harassing a larger bird, and as realisation dawned, there was suddenly soup and bread crumbs everywhere.

We raced upstairs for a better view, Our Lass to the window, me towards my camera kit. Damn, the small lens was still fitted. Trailing caps, covers and bags, I hurried to the window whilst attaching a larger lens and watched as a Red Kite swooped and dived into the garden of a house several plots away.

Seen through the branches of the Ash tree in our neighbour's garden
Crow in hot pursuit!
It rather begs the question, "What the heck are they putting on their bird table?!"

6 comments:

Phil said...

It's gotta be after leftover horseburgers...

Imperfect and tense said...

Could be, Phil!

Oh what a carrion :o)

holdingmoments said...

Now that's a sight to see. Did you count it as a garden tick?
I would! Not a purist lol

Imperfect and tense said...

This one would make it onto the list of birds seen from the garden, but not the list of birds feeding in the garden.

Unfortunately, we only monitor the latter for the North Bucks RSPB group.

Roadkill, it's the way forward.

Tales of a Bank Vole said...

It's amazing how quickly the other birds can complete a Red In SKy assessment.

Imperfect and tense said...

Steady!