Ian our grower was peacefully using the potato lifter to gather crop share contents for the week only to be properly scared when a well hidden covey of partridges flew up right next to him almost removing his hair.
Next morning he went into one of the poly tunnels first thing to water – necessary every day with the present hot weather – only to scare the same covey of partridges who had made themselves completely comfortable in the middle of the cooler crops. Ian made his way down the poly tunnel at some speed to open the door at the far end to allow the birds out.
Total chaos and quite a kerfuffle resulted. One partridge tried to exit through the polythene and stunned itself. Ian picked it up to see how badly damaged it was only to be greeted with flapping wings. So he put said bird down again and it sat there for some time before collecting its senses and exiting the poly tunnel through the nearest door.