Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Eric the "lucky"

Blogger seems to be playing up at the moment
My blog template has gone to shit
Here is a video I took today of Eric the tiny bantam cockerel who had just been attacked by what I suspect was a sparrow hawk
It took off his tail feathers....
Forgive my babbling narration

36 comments:

  1. Bless the wee little fellow....thank goodness that hawk only got his tail feathers. Those will grow back.

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  2. Oh bless him. I had problems with blogger this morning after it posted my 'run in with the hunt' rant 10 times. Og the joys of technology. I'm sticking with crochet for the rest of the day

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  3. Glad to see the little fellow survived, and nice to see your chooks and here your voice, and see your shadow! This is my second attempt at leaving a comment!

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  4. Doesn't look TOO traumatised, but what a horrible experience for him. Let's now see you giving it some cuddles.

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  5. Must be the name! My brother-in-law, Eric that just died, was defying death for at least 6 years. There were many things that would have killed any regular person, but he managed to not only survive but thrive. Perhaps your Eric is carrying on what my Eric started.

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  6. Only a tail feather? Lucky Eric indeed! As for Blogger issues you should try being at my place in Bangkok. Being without the old internet makes you feel like David Cameron - totally shit!

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  7. Poor Eric, he looks like he recovered well though.

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  8. Poor little Eric ! Good thing he survived the hawk with only part of his backend gone missing feathers. It looks like Spring at your place; we are having a bit of thaw at the moment with ice out in the driveway being slippery then shit to go out with the Aussies. Wish my butt doesn't get soaked by falling on it any time soon.

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  9. Great to put a voice with the typeset!

    Eric's lucky he only lost his tail feathers. I watched in horror once as a sparrow hawk rip a chicken's throat right in front of me.
    Those kestrels are nasty enemies for chickens.

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  10. Poor little fellow. Glad that was all he he lost. I could listen to you talk all day!! Love the accent!!

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  11. It's nice to hear your Sheffield accent!
    Poor Eric, I hope the sparrowhawk doesnt' come back for the rest of him.

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  12. Valiant Eric the lion-hearted. I'm glad he'll live to cluck again.

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  13. I just loved hearing your voice John.

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  14. My eyes are watering for the poor chap. Tail feathers. Ouch!

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  15. Glad Eric lived to tell the tale ~ as it were LOL

    Funnily enough we had a sparrow hawk land very briefly on our fence only yesterday. Don't see them here very often but I guess there are plenty of little birds in surburban gardens for them to hunt.

    Lovely to hear your voice, John :-)

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  16. Don't get good videos, but I'm glad to hear he survived!

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  17. Anonymous5:46 pm

    I have 5 Rescue (ex-battery hens) and I am so glad to hear that Eric is none the worse for his ordeal.
    As regards Bantam Cocks I am sure you will enjoy this little ditty. It is a song called the Bantam Cock and on this occasion it is sung by the corries.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5wXb9XJicM
    I don't think I can make a hyperlink on a comment so I am afraid it will be a case of cut and paste.
    Jessica SW Scotland

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  18. Poor old Eric (the half a 'B' now?. Glad to see that he made his escape, those sparrow hawks can be persistent beggars. As for Blogger, there is a lot of that stuff going around at the moment. I, along with what appears to be a thousand others, am still waiting for a photo upload problem to be fixed since Christmas. Love the vid.

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  19. Glad Eric survived alright. Also same as Sarah's comment.

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  20. Having lunch here at work and the girls and I hloved your 'babbling narration' and glad that Eric is okay!

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  21. I loved the babbling narration. Glad Eric only lost some feathers.

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  22. Aha, now we know what you sound like! What a lot of fun you're having with that iPad.
    Eric doesn't seem very nonplussed by his experience.

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  23. I'd look at which browser you're using...IE is giving a lot of problems (try firefox or chrome)...also posting from the iPad could need a different strategy to your usual?

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  24. Bantams are hardy little devils - he can survive worse than that - even having himself filmed.

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  25. Aaaah...so sweet.......and your voice sounds very familiar to me for some reason.

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  26. Just not Eric's 'time' I guess! Phew!
    Interesting to read that your accent is very distinguishable to a fellow Brit, but not surprising as I usually can pick out the various Canadian and even more specifically Nova Scotian accents quite easily. Good to hear you John!

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  27. Oh poor Eric. Glad he got away.
    The sound of the sparrowhawks calling across the sky is chilling. We had some pheasant chicks last summer and the hawks were constantly circling above.
    Love the vid - more please! Jx

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  28. Poor Eric! I'll bet he thought his a-- was in trouble!
    Well, I guess it was!

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  29. Oh, please do babble some more! Oddly enough, you don't sound in the least bit scruffy to me. Eric is still a handsome little dude, especially with that unabashed strut. (You too, in that iPad-wielding shadow!) ;)

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  30. I see from your shadow that you are taking the video with your new iPad. I have had mine for a year and did not know I could do that. Is it an App?

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    1. It's on photos! There should be a video slider button bottom right

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  31. I thought I left a comment earlier but I guess i didn't take. Anyway, LOVED hearing your voice. Wish I had an accent as cute as that.

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  32. Cathy beat me to it. I watched the video, felt bad (and glad it was no worse) for Eric - and loved your voice.

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  33. Lovely to hear your voice again John. Hope Eric not too upset !

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  34. Love your accent!

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  35. You have a very smooth voice, John, you should be singing in Trelawnyd's mens choir if you arent already! Seriously, you should give it a whirl, as it sounds like you have a good range, too!

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