Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Through a glass, sadly
The moth trap occasionally creates victims; a very few of the insects seem to keel over at the bottom of the bowl and I suspect that one or two others fall prey to birds, however carefully I try to hide them in the morning. But then life is dangerous and hazards can be surprising. Consider windows, because they're what brought down this magnificent sparrow hawk. I was reading on the sofa when there was a real 'whump!' at the window which shook the glass but luckily didn't break it. Outside, stone dead, was the bird, still with this tangle of wool in its imposing talons. If you look carefully at the third picture, you can see where it hit the glass. A sinister ghostly outline which shows the strength of the impact. If you click on the pic, it should turn enormous and fill your screen with the traces. The hawks are a feature of local bird life, making pathetic-sounding tweets which belie their size and armament. The ladybird is one of several which form a clue question (How many ladybirds can you see at this house?) on an annual treasure hunt by a local school. When my children were here, they evilly removed one ladybird halfway through the afternoon, thus altering the answer, as happened with Gladstone and the Irish Question, according to 1066 and All That.