For the birds

Some weeks ago, a pheasant was scratching for insects in the newly mown turf of Fulton Secondary.

Crows have a great sense of humour.

Some weeks ago, a pheasant was scratching for insects in the newly mown turf of Fulton Secondary. About 10 to 15 feet away, a crow was also rooting around.

After a short time, the crow hopped up behind the pheasant and sniffed at its tantalizingly long tail feather. The pheasant whipped around but the crow quickly hopped away. It wasn’t long before the crow did the same thing again and then repeatedly.

Soon, another crow, who was foraging a short distance away, came over to join in the game.

So now the pheasant had two tormentors, more or less taking turns to do the teasing.

Eventually, after about 10 minutes, the pheasant decided enough was enough and stalked off. The crows went back to their own business, probably cackling to themselves over all of the fun they had.

For me, the whole procedure was most entertaining, highly amusing and a fascinating study in bird behaviour.

Don Hull

Vernon