Jack­daw vs back door

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IHAVE thor­oughly en­joyed the con­ver­sa­tion on jack­daws (‘I’m all right, Jack’, May 16 and Let­ters, May 30, June 6, June 20 and June 27), but thought I must warn read­ers what else these birds get up to. Last July, we had the back door dec­o­rated and reglazed. On our re­turn from hol­i­day shortly af­ter­wards, I took one look at the door and thought some­one had at­tempted to break in. The po­lice thought our alarm must have gone off and that the of­fender had fled. A neigh­bour, how­ever, thought the cul­prit was prob­a­bly a jack­daw—ap­par­ently, they love putty con­tain­ing lin­seed oil. Sure enough, the next day, we caught a pair of jack­daws tak­ing it in turns to bal­ance on the door han­dle and peck away. A year later, the birds still come for their fix and the door is yet to be re­dec­o­rated. Hi­lary Hors­ford, Wilt­shire

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