Monday, June 15, 2009

that is rather slippery of you, agent starling

If you spend any time sitting out in our garden on a sunny day, you may find yourself feeling a few spatters of what you might imagine to be rain, even though the sky appears blue and cloudless. Glance up at next door's roof and you'll see the explanation. Kids with water pistols? A furiously wanking tramp? No, in fact next door seem to have some sort of plumbing and drainage problem at present which means the external guttering is full of water, and the local starling population seem to be using it as an impromptu bird bath on hot days. And why not? They even let the occasional sparrow get a look in from time to time, before tearing their wings off and pecking their eyes out.

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