I found this very small photo of my Granny and my Auntie H and could easily make out the Border Terrier, but wondered what Auntie was holding:
After scanning and cropping I now see who it is – it’s Jackie Jackdaw! I know the story but I didn’t realise I had a picture of this cheeky character.
As a boy, Dad befriended a young jackdaw and it became very tame. Jackie often used to sit on the handlebars of Dad’s bike when he cycled to school and fly back to meet him when school finished. Jackdaws are like magpies and are drawn to shiny things – and Jackie grew up to be a persistent opportunistic thief. He spent a lot of time on the roof of the air raid shelter, where a stash of bottle tops and milk tokens was discovered. He was also in the habit of dive-bombing visitors who were smoking outside and relieving them of their lit cigars.
Due to his kleptomaniac tendencies, Jackie was quite unpopular with the adults in the family and Granny (allegedly) put him in the boot of the car one day and drove him some distance before releasing him. As he was a wild bird, I suspect no harm came to him as a result of his change in circumstances, and I wonder if he befriended another family in order to satisfy his need for shiny things and cigars :-)
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