Birdie that eats your packed lunch? It’s par for the course
A GOLF club has erected signs warning members of crafty crows who have robbed food from around 50 golfers this year.
The clever crows only target the bags containing food and manage to unzip the pockets to tuck into sandwiches, biscuits and other goodies.
Hungry golfers at Headfort Golf Club in Kells, Co. Meath, find themselves simply looking on as the birds remove the paper or tin foil from the treats before flying off with them.
The golf club felt they had no option but to erect signs warning members of the danger, which read: ‘Beware Crafty Crows. They’ll unzip your bags and steal your food.’
‘We tried to suspend the membership of the crows but they wouldn’t listen,’ club secretary Kevin Kidney joked last night.
He continued: ‘We had to put up the signs near the tee boxes and the greens.’
He said the birds have struck on at least 50 occasions this year, adding: ‘We took the decision because this is not the first year it has happened. The crows arrive around May and hang around feeding from the gutters over the club.
‘However, about half a dozen of them have upped their game and are now targeting golf bags for any goodies within.’
Mr Kidney said they ‘only target the bags that have food inside and can actually unzip the pocket holding the treats’.
‘They then open the food on the ground with their claws and then fly off with their bounty,’ he added. ‘They seem to like chocolate in particular. They’re very polite in that they don’t damage the bags at all.’
Beaky blighter: The crow warning sign