Pied Crows 1
Orcas of the sky
Black and white killing machines
And noisy to boot!
No matter how bad a day you’re having, there’s always someone having a worse day.
I was in the kitchen boiling the kettle to make a cup of tea one afternoon, when I heard a lot of noise coming from outside.
Looking through the window I saw several Pied Crows flying around, cawing loudly. There were two, then three birds, flying from one tree to another nearby.
Pied Crow 2
They kept returning to the top of the large tree in my neighbour’s front garden. It looked like they were trying to perch there, but it was extremely windy with strong gusts, so they just kept hovering over the uppermost branches. They had to work hard to maintain their position, with wing and tail feathers splayed, as shown in the first photo.
Then I heard the most plaintive loud chirping coming from somewhere inside the foliage at the top of that tree.
I assumed these sharks of the sky were trying to kill a baby chick.
The peeping was pitiful. This prompted my thoughts above – No matter how bad a day you’re having, there’s always someone having a worse day.
I felt very sorry for whichever little bird was being harried incessantly.
Pied Crow 3
I could still hear the cawing and plaintive cheeping when sitting outside with my tea. So, I walked round the side of the house with my camera to see if I could find out what was going on.
I took a few shots of the large birds battling the strong wind currents. The photo above captures one crow flying with its beak open, cawing loudly!
The three crows kept coming back in turn to this one tree, where the peeping was coming from.
Finally, a big grey bird shot out of the tree, chirping loudly as it flew. The adults immediately followed it.
It was their own large youngster that they had been trying to encourage to move out of the top of the tree!
The family flew off together into the distance and the plaintive peeping stopped.
I was very happy to have been mistaken in thinking that they were trying to kill another bird’s chick.
They were simply protecting their own.
I am very lucky to have a garden with lots going on to entertain me (and provide Blog content) during our endless Lockdown. Otherwise by now I would have had to resort to showing you my collection of teaspoons!