Saturday, 24 May 2014


I saw an interesting sight today. The cows in the field behind the house were all lying around taking the sun, and one of them had three jackdaws perched on him – two on his flank and one on his head. They were pecking away merrily, and at first I assumed they were picking up tasty morsels like tics and mites to eat. But then I saw that they were putting some effort into the upstroke, and realised that they all had beaks full of cow hair (like horsehair, but two words instead of one and from a cow.)

It was obvious that they were collecting material for nest building, and the cow didn’t seem to mind a bit.

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