The bird about town

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

AS I was walk­ing to work in the City on an early morn­ing in Novem­ber, a wood­cock flew low and fast up Shoe Lane, smash­ing into the glass of a new of­fice block and fall­ing stunned, vir­tu­ally at my feet. Sadly, it died as I ex­am­ined it for in­jury, but it didn’t go to waste. As well as be­ing a lawyer, I’m also an il­lus­tra­tor and am­a­teur cook. I took the bird home and painted it (above), re­mov­ing the pin feathers for fu­ture use as fine paint­brushes. The wood­cock it­self ended up as part of a three-bird roast for New Year’s din­ner and very de­li­cious it was, too.

The com­bi­na­tion of all th­ese cir­cum­stances must, I think, be unique? Would any of your read­ers haz­ard a guess what the bird was do­ing in Lon­don in the first place? Mar­cus Ruther­ford, Lon­don

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

Mark Hedges

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