Friday, 11 September 2009

Woodie egg thief?

Now I know I am a bit obsessed with Woodpigeons - what 'real' UK shooter isn't? - but here's another little anecdote I wanted to share with you.

While out walking with the dog yesterday I heard the familiar clatter of woodie wings from a nearby ash tree, but I was surprised to see when I looked up the bird in question was flying off with what appeared to be an EGG in its beak.

Unsurprisingly, after around 100 yards, the 'egg' dropped to the stubbles, but annoyingly, despite a good search I couldn't find it to confirm the sighting.

I have never seen, or heard, anything like it before; can anyone shed any light? Have woodies been known to move/rob eggs before? The only thing I have ever seen a woodie carry is a twig for a nest...