Tuesday, 10 January 2012

The Raven

No! Not the interminable poem by Mr Poe. This is a similar one by Mr Poo!

Once upon a morning dreary, Austin pondered, cheeky, cheery,
Over many a pack of kibble, juicy salmon and much more.
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my glass back door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my glass back door'".
So Austin skipped across the floor!

Just to set the scene, this is what usually happens when birds visit the garden:
Austin the Brave Knave

But this is what happened today:
Austin the Wuss Puss 


We do have big birds here. Ok, not condor big, but big enough! Herons, buzzards, shags and of course ravens. When we throw food out for the birds, they are generally quite grateful and come and flutter around the lawn. However, this morning I chucked out a stale scone the size and weight of a cricket ball and practically took out a whole flock of starlings. Therefore the only taker was Rodney the Raven who is the same size as Austin and was the only bird with the muscles to deal with it.

The secret of survival is knowing when to keep your head down!

35 comments:

  1. Sorry, I posted first with it only half finished. Put the rest in now *hangs head*

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  2. Discretion IS the better part of valor. (or valour)

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  3. Austin. surely. that big crow didn't scare you a little. But we can't blame you, we sure wouldn't tackle one that big. So Mom took out a herd of starlings with a quite heavy scone. Silly birds. Too bad it didn't take out the crow. Have a great evening.

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  4. Marilia, thank you x

    Trish, U is the better part of valour!!

    Tucker, :>)

    Marg, the silly starlings are very greedy!

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  5. Oh, oh, these big birdies are not liked at all. A Wise wuss puss though!

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  6. Yikes, a bird as big as you Austin, with muscles to boot. Uh, I think I would hide from it and the scone! Stay safe Austin!

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  7. Nice to meet you and Austin! Yes only the channel separates us, but with the Eurostar from Brussels I am in London in a little more than 1 1/2 h !
    As I see you live up in Wales. Rosie makes the same big eyes as Austin when she sees a bird. We only have crows and magpies here, the little birds moved away !

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  8. Who made the drawing of Austin the Wuss Puss? Lol, I love your poem Carolyn. Too bad you don't do it more often.

    Is that really a raven?

    Huggies and Cheese,

    Haopee

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  9. Experienced felines like Austin know that certain situations are meant to be observed and pondered, one does not go bumbling in.

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  10. Gattina, thanks for popping by :) We also have magpies! It takes more than twice as long as that to get from London to Anglesey!!!

    Haopee, I just messed up a poem that was already writ - by Edgar Allen Poe :) I did the drawing of Austin, but Picassa did the rest lol

    And yes that raven really was as big as Austin!!! lol

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  11. LOL Bernadette, that's one way of looking at it!!!

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  12. LOL, Rodney the raven. Brill! Are crows and ravens similar in the U.K.? This could another version of the Cat and Crow book I reviewed ;-)

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  13. Layla, it was definitely a raven, as it was significantly larger than a crow and a different sheen to its blackness. It would have made short work of Austin, that's for sure!

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  14. Austin, you are simply showing your practical side. To vanquist the Raven, which you certainly would have done, no doubt, you would have had to get the chain saw out to quarter him into more grilling-sized proportions for the supper your mom and you would ultimately share. I say your discretion is admirable.

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  15. I LOVE that illustration! BIG smiles here.

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  16. Austin, as far as we're concerned, this won't go any further than us friends. Don't give it another thought. Just be thankful your human only threw out a scone... what if it had been a large loaf of bread or a whole cake?

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  17. As a dog that's survived a fierce attack by rabid blue jays, I can certainly understand the hesitance.

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  18. Carole, you're right. That would have been too much like hard work!!

    Deb, I would have probably taken out half the village!!

    Rumpy OooooH! Kudos, Rumpy!!!

    Caren, lol thanks

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  19. Hey Carolyn.

    I hope Austin's ready for another award. I'm passing the Pawsome Blogger Award to you.

    Can't wait for those new cuddle pictures of yours.

    Huggies and Cheese,

    Haopee

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  20. Raven is larger than a crow ? Holy COD !
    Austin, I think that birdy can take you to fly !!!!!

    Miss You Mr. Poo
    Hugs
    Mr. Poot ; )

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  21. HI - just found your blog from Katnip Lounge. Fun to meet another black & white kitty - they are the best!

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  22. Perhaps he just wasnt hungry enough for the big bird? MOL

    PS. I'm another one finding you through Katnip Lounge, love your kitties!

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  23. Shoo, Raven. We want to see Austin's new award. (giggle)

    Huggies and Cheese,

    Haopee

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  24. My Alvin looks just like Austin! I saw mention of you at Katnip Lounge, and came over to say hello, and will be back to see you on my daily rounds now!

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  25. It's lovely to get some new visitors. Thanks for coming by everyone :)))

    If I don't return the visit it won't be for lack of trying!! Blogger doesn't seem to like me at the moment:((

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  26. Austin is a smart puddy to leave that Raven alone. Best to save the bird stalking fun for the itty bitties, MOL.

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  27. Austin
    I am a tuxie manx and I have a sister who is also a tuxie. Mom loves tuxies and tabbies (we have three of them too) Nice to meet you!
    purrs
    >^,,^<
    ♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

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  28. 'bees knees', Mahoney has a new name. Too cute. LOL

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  29. Poe is perfect for today! We love YOUR version.
    Happy Friday the 13th!

    xo
    Katie & Glogirly

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  30. Yeah...we always say we wanna go after those big birdies...but in reality we're all wusses too.

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