Country Corner with George Hogg

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Abbie Marland, a regular contributor to Country Corner, tells me of this Carrion Crow which is making itself unpopular in Longniddry as a result of its hatred of its own reflection!

I have mentioned this territorial behaviour before, and recall using a photo of a Pied Wagtail which was attacking itself in the wing mirror of a farm pick-up.

Mind you, it is bigger birds such as Carrion Crows, Herring Gulls and Lesser Black Backed Gulls, which tend to cause actual damage to property when defending nesting territories against themselves.

It is not unusual for them to mark glass and other reflective surfaces.

Chrome fittings on vehicles can become very badly scratched because of the infuriated way in which the birds repeatedly return to see off rivals which just won’t back down!

Smoked glass of the type now so popular on modern office buildings is another regular cause.

I have had some success in deterring these attackers by applying various bird scaring stickers to the window.

However, sometimes it is a case of covering the outside of the window with thick polythene, which still lets in light but prevents reflections.

In many cases, particularly with reflective buildings, they can experience annual attacks, whenever spring comes around and birds begin to claim property rights.

It has to be admitted that there is a funny side to this behaviour, but those poor folk who are having to put up with the noise and damage might not agree, especially at four o’clock in the morning!

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