Cowart's Common Room

A beautiful morning: blue sky and a fresh crisp, newly ironed feel to the atmosphere. But the birds have started nesting and raising young and are ravenous. Yesterday I ordered 300 fat balls from the Gareden Wildlife company They have been discovered now by the starlings who stab at them viciously and they disappear in no time at all. I even caught a jackdaw hanging on grimly to my fat ball container while taking great lumps in his bill.

And talking of jackdaws there were six on the bird table this morning and it's only a small one. The old hands fly straight in, swooping down and, with a touch of the air brakes, alight daintily on the feeding platform; the newbies make for the roof and then slither off in ungainly fashion with much random flapping of wings. The newbies also content themselves with one peanut or two before departing, too nervous to risk more, whereas the old hands settle in for a crop full paying no attention to me or anyone else. There's a big fat woodpigeon, too, who waits lazily for me to come out with the food.

He definitely has a Body Mass Index problem and yet he has a good rate of climb if disturbed for he has to clear the high hedge. This he does by flying the length of the garden before turning into the wind and rising like a balloon.

Yet it's the collared doves that rise like rockets. Yesterday one ascended from the ground to the gable end of the house - about six or eight feet horizontally and maybe 30 in height. That's an angle of between 75 and 80 degrees if my trigonometry is to be believed. In comparison a normal small airliner like a Boeing 737 will struggle to do more than 55 degrees. Even that looks steep to us on the ground.

But why do some birds have such long legs? What is the purpose? (I exclude herons and waders) but Corvids - what use are their long legs - which are far longer than you think they are. Weight for no purpose, unless it is for alighting on my bird table.

Something to ponder on this sunny day!


Posted at 11th May 2019 - 09:41AM   Posted by Fennie   Birds Comments: 5

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I wouldn't think too long and hard about why Corvids have long legs Fennie, it will put you off our lunch when you work it out!Laughing
Our local Crow pair should be feeding chicks by now but there are so many leaves on the tree now I can no longer see the nest so well have to wait for them to fledge.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 11th May 2019 at 10:21AM

Fennie's Avatar I have still to work it out, FN, thickie that I am.Sad

Posted by: Fennie on 11th May 2019 at 12:26PM

Camilla's Avatar Afternoon Fennie and all, thank you for posting Fennie.

I call the Starlings the Mafia they usually appear in a great mass of them on the front garden at times each one piercing the lawn with their beaks looking for worms.

I learnt this morning that the parent collared Dove that has been faithfully sitting on her nest this last month that not only has she one baby but two. I happened to notice the second baby high in the nest when I was out in the back garden. Mother bird was not in the nest but sometimes she does fly off obviously looking for food to feed her chicks if her mate is not bringing it back. First baby Dove I named Blossom so I shall name the second Petal.Very Happy

Intervals of sunshine here but quite a cold chill in the air but at least it is dry.

Have a good weekend everyone.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 11th May 2019 at 01:43PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Ok, little clue Fennie, they are originally scavengers just like vultures... one wouldn't want to be sitting up to ones erse in blood n guts! would one?Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 11th May 2019 at 03:28PM

Camilla's Avatar Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 12th May 2019 at 05:54PM

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