Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Bird Watching - and it's not what you think!

Well, I got the shock of my nine lives yesterday.

With all the rain about and all the bad weather at sea, we've had seagulls inland in London.

Yesterday I saw a large gull attack and kill a pigeon. Even I won't take on a bird as large as a pigeon and the seagull was nearly as big as me.

I don't suppose there are many fish for them to catch in central London.


After the seagull had eaten half the pigeon, then a kestrel (which is a type of falcon and normally hunts in fields) came in and finished eating everything that was left.

This type of behaviour makes me look like a pussycat - OH - I am a pussycat aren't I.

FAZ the Ornithologist

22 comments:

poppyq said...

Faz baby,
I hope you are keeping dry in wet old London. We keep seeing your lovely summer weather on our news.

You keep dry and watch out for them seagulls. They sound viscous!!

Poppy Q

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

wow faz, that if really sumfing! were you scairt? or brave?

smiles, auntie bee

Rosie (and friends) said...

Yikes! That is pretty shocking! In fact, it's kinda scary. And gross. Who knew that birds could be so vicious?

-Rosie

Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

Oh wow! That must have been very very shocking! I think I would have run scared that it might attack me next.

Latte

Tyler said...

Wowsie, sounds like there was a violent show in your yard. It sounds kinda scary.

Pearl C. Pritchard said...

Oh my! I mean... OH MY! That would have unsettled me greatly if I had seen a seagull eat a pigeon.

No seagulls in Surrey. We're enjoying a day of no rain. And you?

Our grandma Pat lives in Teweksbury and she has no electricity or water but she can watch TV in her campervan. Don't ask me how THAT works.

Monty Q. Kat said...

The seagull ATE the pidgeon???

o_0

Gemini said...

Oh I hope you stays safe from all the seagulls! That sounds nasty! Of course when we have them here in Seattle, they are close to the sound so they don't go after too many birds. They do go after French Fries though at Ivars.

The Cat Realm said...

We heard about all the bad weather in England on the news, horrible!
We think that it all has to do with global warming and the beans are just so outright STUPID not to take action.... O well, not much WE can do..
We still wish you a very happy day, take car, your friends

Daisy said...

I never knew birds could be CANNIBALS! This is very interesting. The birds around here just eat worms and fish. At least that is what I think they eat. Maybe something like nuts, too. I am not a very good Ornithologist like you, Faz. Thanks for teaching us new things!

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

Wow, I knew gulls were nasty, but didn't realize they were THAT nasty.

Shilgiah the Cat said...

How exciting to see a sea gull inland. I've never seen a sea gull and think they might be as scary as the Coopers Hawks we occasionally see around here in the high desert of Albuquerque.

My mom grew up in California north of San Francisco and not too far from the ocean. She says she misses sea gulls and thinks they are very soothing to watch as they fly near the cliffs by the ocean. I think I'd throw up if I saw one eat a pigeon...doesn't sound soothing to me.

caricature said...

Oh that's some scary news. Vishus birds. Time for Faz the mighty hunter to take control...

Henry Helton said...

That would have been hard to watch. That seagull ate that pigeon and didn't offer any to you. How rude.

Lux said...

Yikes - that all sounds very scary!

Skittles said...

I'll pretend I didn't see the photo of a half-eaten mouse here not too long ago LOL

Angus said...

Man, that's some bloodthirsty birdwatchin' there, Faz..hope you're keeping dry..we know the water level is high for many across the Pond..hoping the rains stop and water levels fall soon.

China Cat & Willow said...

Faz, That is very scary to hear that a seagull was eating a pigeon! Wow, out loud!!!

In St. Louis they are showing how wet it is over there on the morning news show that our Food Lady watches. It's a good thing that you invented the Fazbrella!

Parker said...

Stay inside, those birds are evil!

muffinmidi said...

We see seagulls all the time and I've never seen one attack another bird. Scary.I know kestrels will eat other birds. it's a good thing you were safely indoors. Those birds might have gone after you.

The Furry Kids said...

Yikes! Those birdies make me askeered.

Love,
Tazo

Forty Paws said...

Wowee!!! We didn't know gulls would eat birds. How strange. You saw some really weird stuff!

Luf, Us