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This afternoon we were leaving Waitrose, J had been shopping, I had been drinking coffee in Caffe Nero and reading my birthday present book. Anyway we were leaving and in front of us was a thin jackdaw pecking away at an empty crisp packet.

His success at this must have been limited for he turned and squinted at us - or rather didn't squint - for he looked with just one blue eye, square if you see what I mean so he didn't have to squint - with such a frustrated and appealing look, like a helpless child, that I was minded to go and help him open the crisp packet.

Yet while I was pondering how far one should go to help jackdaws open crisp packets in the breeding season and whether to do so would be to be thought even more eccentric than usual, he (the jackdaw) hopped on to the lip of the waste bin that Waitrose thoughtfully provides for its customers' empty crisp packets and began foraging for another.

He logged on to one such with his beak and tugged, but whatever it was did not want to come out even when the jackdaw got into the bin himself. So he came out again and shot me another 'what do I do now?' look. But then, deciding that I might be stood there all day making up my mind whether to help and concluding that humans were nothing more than a waste of DNA which with a spot of moral courage the Creator could easily have dispensed with, and that it wasn't jackdaws that created nuclear weapons or put plastic in the oceans, he flew off, no doubt to grumble to his nearest and dearest.

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Posted at 16th May 2018 - 06:04PM   Posted by Fennie   Jackdaw Post Comments: 11

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Faith's Avatar Oh poor Jackdaw - I expect I would've gone into Waitrose and bought a sandwich to share with him!

Posted by: Faith on 16th May 2018 at 06:14PM

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Faith's Avatar PS I actually keep a little pot of grain in my bag to feed to birds I see that are hungry in the street.

Posted by: Faith on 16th May 2018 at 06:14PM

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Fennie's Avatar Faith, you are horribly good! Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 16th May 2018 at 08:51PM

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Fennie's Avatar And deserve the PC special Jackdaw medal. Caw! Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 16th May 2018 at 08:52PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar ...and the grain is much better for them than crisps - they can't process the salt.
Dog lovers carry dog biscuits in their pockets so I don't see why not grain Faith. Very Happy

I have been known to lob a piece of carrion off a road into the verge to stop the crows getting run over.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 17th May 2018 at 10:28AM

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Camilla's Avatar Aw, Jackdaw was obviously hungry ... Yes crisps are full of fat and perhaps good idea to carry a little pot of grain in your pocket for next time Fennie.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 17th May 2018 at 11:27AM

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Fennie's Avatar Look I'm not running around with a pocket full of grain in case I spot a hungry jackdaw. He can come round to the garden like all the other birds. Besides I have already spent £4.50 on peanuts this morning plus £1.35 for a minuscule quantity of sunflower kernels yesterday. Moreover we have Jackdaws in Cowbridge like St Kilda has Gannets. A quite ridiculous infestation that fills every available chimney with sticks and caws at us intimidatingly wherever we go. And you want me to carry a pocketful of grain? Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Fennie on 17th May 2018 at 01:01PM

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Fennie's Avatar Look I'm not running around with a pocket full of grain in case I spot a hungry jackdaw. He can come round to the garden like all the other birds. Besides I have already spent £4.50 on peanuts this morning plus £1.35 for a minuscule quantity of sunflower kernels yesterday. Moreover we have Jackdaws in Cowbridge like St Kilda has Gannets. A quite ridiculous infestation that fills every available chimney with sticks and caws at us intimidatingly wherever we go. And you want me to carry a pocketful of grain? Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Fennie on 17th May 2018 at 01:01PM

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Fennie's Avatar Now look what the jackdaws have made me do - and I am missing my lunch! Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 17th May 2018 at 01:01PM

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Camilla's Avatar You do make me laugh FennieVery Happy Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 17th May 2018 at 11:02PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar I'm 100% with FN . . . birds cannot metabolise salt so grain or something else more nutritious is much better.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 18th May 2018 at 10:31PM

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