Thursday, 1 May 2014

Fleeced! (The Sheep and The Jackdaw)

These images were taken during a routine" litter patrol" in early April.

This jackdaw was seen helping itself to wool directly from a sheep's back for nesting material. Jackdaws are highly opportunistic. Why bother picking up scraps of wool from the ground, when the source is so readily available?

Jackdaws are known to eat sheep ticks, so they may combine wool gathering with snacking! The sheep seemed surprisingly relaxed and insouciant about what was happening.

That's a good beakful!

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