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Yesterday Merlin was on the top of his stand by the patio doors and Susie was in the kitchen, when he started making a really strange noise and doing a lot of loud growling. She went racing in to find out what on earth was the matter with him, only to find that he was looking out of the window at a heron that was standing by our garden pond thinking murderous thoughts towards the fish.

 

Merlin is well used to seeing wild birds in the garden we normally get at least 12 different species from Wrens up to Wood Pigeons, but he probably hasn't seen the heron before. However, being that it was outside and about 15ft away and not taking any notice of merlin, and herons are not a threat to other birds, it seemed a bit strange/OTT reaction.

 

Anyone got any thoughts?

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and herons are not a threat to other birds, it seemed a bit strange/OTT reaction.

 

herons can and do take birds if they get the opportunity and more so the African ones so it could be a "genetic/historic" memory

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We occasionally get herons here. They look very peculiar standing on house roofs.

 

Baby has at least four times seen a heron.

If it is stood on a roof she has a good warning scream, struts about and is generally agitated, but I don't think she is really scared.

But twice when one has flown over and she has seen it, she has flown onto Max the cockatiels cage, quite panicky and sat right next to him. Max's reaction is less worried, but both times it was like they were happy to be sat right by each other, mutual comfort?

 

I think maybe it was more that Merlin saw a strange and BIG bird. We get all sorts here too, and even the sparrow hawk doesn't get the reaction that a heron does.

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