Subject: The Return of the 'Daws
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Sun Jan 3, 1999 at 1:04PM

I've noticed them now several times since the New Year

Large black birds who seem to have absolutely no fear
They swoop down upon their prey with amazing alacrity
Grabbing it and then flying away to find a place to be ...

Then to perch on top of the nearest strong enough branch
Where they steady themselves before beginning their lunch
Then, with a sudden flip of their heads in a backwards arch
The prey is then gulped down thru their long beak very fast

I've seen them do it now on several occasions thru the glass
The jet-black feathers of the jackdaw are quite unlike the mass
Of flat black unshiny feathers which cover all of those crows
As the 'daws tend to have a slickness which is all their own

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
12:52pm Sun. Jan. 3rd, 1999