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I am still reeling at ther news they are using rooks at Puy de Fou (worth a google) to clear the site of litter. How wonderful! At the cost of a couple of bags of birdfood (which reminds me to order today another couple of sacks for my sparrows and also to buy peanuts from a firm called Garden Life Direct) as I say, for the price of a couple of bags of birdfood the whole site can be cleaned, a flock of rooks replacing a score of pesky and expensive humans with their rights and unions, their demands to be fed, watered, toiletted, tea-breaked, pensioned etc and all in a 35 hour week. Moreover the rooks would presumably train other rooks and breed a new generation which would carry on the good work.

There are large numbers of rooks, crows and other corvids caught in those horrid Larsen traps that gamekeepers use to stop the corvids killing grouse and pheasant chicks so they can later be blasted away by men with guns. The Corvids die a miserable and lingering death without even a labrador to retrieve them. But now they can be saved for the nation and set to work. But why stop at theme parks? The whole of London could this be cleaned. Instead of sitting idly on the ramparts, the Ravens at the Tower could be put to work hoovering up the litter. Of course there's always the danger that one or two of the more intelligent members of the corvid race might just conclude that a ring or wallet or even a mobile phone could be more valuable than litter. But you can't have omelettes without breaking eggs.

Imagine a latter day Fagin sitting in his garret surrounded not by little boys but by an endless succession of rooks flying in through the open window and bringing him riches that would make him the envy of Solomon.

Of course the pigeons might be put out. They have a hard enough time of it as it is. What with wires on window sills and falcons up above. But I am sure Faith would find some way of caring for them.

So there you have it. Clean cities and countryside. And I 've just remembered that corvids can talk, too. 'Squawk - Take your litter home! Park closes at 5pm sharp! Deckchairs 50 pence. Keep your belongings with you,' just some of their useful phrases. Squawk! Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 13th Aug 2018 - 08:36AM   Posted by Fennie   Lark Post Comments: 5

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Posted by: Withy Brook on 13th Aug 2018 at 09:06AM

Camilla's Avatar Morning Fennie and Everyone ,

Thank you for posting for the larks Fennie.

What an excellent post Fennie I think it is worthy to be published in The Times !

Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 13th Aug 2018 at 10:42AM

Camilla's Avatar A very unsettled night for moi toss and turning I was tired but the old sinuses kicked in as soon as my head hit the pillow and did not get off to sleep until around 3.30am.

A very damp wet morning here and just 19 degrees with a thunderstorm looming on the way later .

Have a good day everyone .Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 13th Aug 2018 at 10:45AM

Fennie's Avatar Thank you Camilla but sorry to hear you've had a bad night. Does it help to sleep sitting up in an easy chair, perhaps? Or is there something in the house that your sinuses react to? Do you have the same problem elsewhere?

Hear it was a Scottish morning - overcast, damp, wet underfoot, low light and with a generally autumnal feel, the branches of the greegage tree sagging under the weight of (sadly unripe) fruit. But compared to the sandblast of fiery sun and oven temperatures of a week or two ago it is bliss and far easier on the eyes. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 13th Aug 2018 at 11:07AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I can't help thinking that most Corvids are intelligent enough to unionise themselves!
Sad really that we can train birds to be tidier than the humans that drop their fag ends etc in the first place. Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 14th Aug 2018 at 11:06AM

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