Tuesday, 5 April 2016
A Hoodie Pair
This morning I sat and watched a pair of hoodies near the jetty. One stood on a rock doing nothing except follow the other's every movement. It didn't seem to be acting as a lookout because it allowed me to approach quite close without reacting.
The great advantage hoodies have is that they are intelligent, opportunistic, and willing to eat almost anything. They're disliked by the crofters because they, along with the ravens, will attack weakened stock, for example pecking out the eyes of newborn lambs. Despite their success, they are in a state of almost constant warfare with the ravens, of which there seem to be more and more each year, and the buzzards, who seem to be losing their battle with the corvids.