The feathers were flying

May 3, 2008 at 2:00 am 2 comments

In the interests of bringing ThinkingShift readers cutting edge issues, I decided to find out what would happen if a human got in the way of birds feeding. My previous post looked at some recent research about domestic cats and bird feeders. And it seems that tweety has no reason to fear the pampered domestic cat. But if a human gets between a pigeon, some sparrows and a piece of chocolate cake, this is what happens.

Basically, it gets ugly. Sparrows bear their tongues and pigeons flick pieces of chocolate cake at you in an effort to say “back off: this food is all mine”. I ended up, dear reader, with bits of chocolate fudge brownie on my face, a pigeon on my head and lots of sparrows darting around me. It was a war zone but I will leave no stone unturned nor will I hesitate to risk life and limb for ThinkingShift readers!


Entry filed under: Birds, Photography.

Cats, LOLCats and birdfeeders Australia: what’s happening?

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ethan  |  November 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm


    Cute story! However…

    WARNING: Chocolate is not good for birds. Best find some other treat for them,
    because this one could kill.

  • 2. thinkingshift  |  November 18, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Yes, I know….the cafe in Wellington is well aware of the dangers of chocolate for birds too. They try their best to shoo them away before they eat. I snapped very quickly before shooing them away for their own good.


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