Birdie that eats your packed lunch? It’s par for the course

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Louise Walsh

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

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