|Myrtle and Mavis eyeing off the baby spring onions|
All my shallots dug up and flung around their little oniony bed. Hmm, a busy tribe of choughs! Thank goodness they had only just started to put down a few roots and no shoots. And there were other casualties in that bed as well. The shallots were sharing their bed with some onion seedlings and a row of snow peas that had started to sprout. Gone, all gone.
The shallots have been put into another bed and the soil has been covered with wire to stop the choughs scratchy feet and flicky beaks. Hopefully!
What are choughs (pronounced - chuffs)? Well they are fabulous black and white birds with lovely curved wings and beaks and quite mad red eyes. They hang out in groups and spend a lot of time turning over leaves and other forest litter and they chat to one another as they do. Trevor's Birding has a nice picture of them hanging out together. They have the most amazing big mud nests. This website has great pictures of them and their nests.
As for my chooky girls, well they like chives,
and spring onions.
I am guessing that their eggs are going to have a nice oniony taste? Better not make a cake! And better find a solution to their onion tribe snacking.
What irresistible birdie treats do you have in your patch?