Monday, May 27, 2013

Austerity Bites


This is the birdtable I see when I look out the kitchen window. The wife got it way back to give the birds a place to dine safe from marauding cats and other wildlife. When I see all the birdseed gone, it reminds me to go and put out some more. Pigeons, robins, tits and the like all vie with each other for space there. And even the pigeons, the biggest of the birds to come to dinner, often end up fighting among themselves and pushing one another out into the air.

So I'm inclined to keep an eye on it, both for entertainment and to attend to my duties as Maître d'.

When I looked out this morning I saw what looked like a lump of poo (above) that would do a large rabbit credit. What, in God's name, I wondered, had been in and left its calling card? So out I went to investigate.



It turned out, however, that the intruder was still there and doing his best to consume the avian vittles. Clearly austerity was biting so hard that it was even affecting the slugs on the ground. This guy had climbed all the way up the Empire State building for a bite of breakfast.

First time I'd ever seen the like.

Not a very merry bellwether, methinks.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Pigeons, robins, tits and the like"

Crows, sparrows, thrushes, and several more. Even a raven dive bombed the dining room window one day (and knocked himself out briefly) and gave me a heckuva fright. Just as well I'm not superstitious.

Póló said...

Forgot to mention that the birds also use it as a convenience.

Did a job on it the other day that reminded me of the days of non-disposable nappies.

Must remember to put in for a "Chef de Cabinet d'Oiseaux" allowance to add to my "Maître d'" stipend.

Semisovereign People at Large said...

die Dé hAoine, Bealtaine 24, 2013


Sioc Seaca na Síochána are a better oiseaux de une feather

ó maîtrise d'œuvre's rares...





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die Dé hAoine, Bealtaine 24, 2013


Sioc Seaca na Síochána are a better oiseaux de une feather

ó maîtrise d'œuvre's rares...

Póló said...

Eu acho que o corvo voltou e está tentando entrar.