Posted by: mynaturaldiary | May 21, 2009

Livebait for lunch

At this busy time for birds rearing their chicks, I buy livebait (maggots) from the local fishing tackle shop. Once down in a tray on the ground, they last for less than an hour as the local birds at Cafe Twitch devour them.

Starlings descend singly


then in pairs


then as a trio (with a Blackbird looking enviously on)


then as a quartet


Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Their gregarious exploitation of this valuable food source prevents other birds from feeding until they are satiated.

When they fly away to their nests, other birds jump in to grab what they can. The Blackbirds fight amongst themselves for their prize, some more successfully than others.




Blackbird (Turdus merula)

A passing Robin shows how to catch lunch the natural way.


But given the opportunity, even he joins in.



Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

After all, his chicks need feeding just as much as all the others.

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