As it was one of those rare weekends, where DH was not working, and the sun was shining, we decided to have a day out. In the countryside; Hamsterly Forest, to be precise.
So, Clarice decided to come with us. We packed a picnic lunch, and off we went. We parked in the car park, and had a bite to eat, before going for a wander.
Clarice hopped out of the car, chatted to a friendly wee robin, and then shared a bug or two with a wren! Then, a gorgeous emperor dragon fly flew down, with tiny gossamer wigged fairy on his back!
Clarice had a nice beak-wag with her too, all the woolly clucks are great friends, with the fairies, they regularly chat to the ones, which live in their garden! She even met a Gruffalo!!!
Having finished our lunch, DH & I were ready for our walk. Clarice hopped into my bum-bag, and off we went. DH took lots of nice pics and we both had great fun, just soaking the beauty of nature :)
Then, Clarice spied a log with some mushrooms on. It was nice and rotted, and covered in moss. Clarice feasted on a few poor, unfortunate grubs. and had a peck at the shrooms.
After that she proceeded to sample each and every fungus she came across... this was not a problem, until she found a red-spotted one....a fly agaric.
Now, as we all know, these mushrooms are not meant to eaten! Not even by a woolly cluck (they can eat most things!) But would she listen to me????! Would she heck! She took a large beakful, and swallowed... her pupils dilated, and and she started to ruffle her feathers.....
Before could I do anything, she launched herself at an unsuspecting sparrow-hawk, and proceed to wrestle with it!!!! It was quite a sight to see. After subduing it, she plucked a feather out of it, and stuck it in the top of her head!!!! I just stared at her, quite afraid to do anything. She then head-butted a poor unsuspecting wood pigeon, and once again collected a feather! After that she was nice and quiet, and even foraged for a few bugs, and posed for some cute pics! She even chatted to an elderly gentleman and his wife, and was surprisingly, as good as gold!
Then, she found another red-spotty mushroom, and before I could stop her, she started pecking at it, the naughty wee cluck!!!
Well, that was that, she saw a magpie, and that was it! She launched herself at it, like a small woolly enraged rocket (if there is such a thing???!) and knocked 7 bells out of it!!! And, yes, once again, took a feather from the poor bird, as a trophy.... well, that was quite enough, I scooped her up, squawking and protesting though she was, and put her into my bag, to have some time-out.
It seemed to do the trick, and she went to sleep. DH & I enjoyed the rest of out walk, in perfect pace and tranquillity :)