One morning, about 10:00 a.m., as I was out milking Belle. I noted several white cow (or cattle egrets) birds flying over the barn. They pass through every now and again, so I didn't think much of it. I went about my daily chores, that evening we had church, so we didn't get back until after dark. I quickly flung off my town cloths, and again donned my dirty work clothes, slipped on my boots, and headed out into the cool night, armed with naught but a flashlight.
I locked everyone up without any incident. After I'd done so, I peeped inside the pen where my waterfowl sleep, just to check and make sure everyone was there. Now, most of my birds are white, but I noticed a tall, thin white bird standing in he corner. I unlatched the door, and went to investigate. I found a cow-bird staring at me! What the heck was he doing in there? I have no idea, but I knew I sure didn't want him spending the night with my waterfowl, so I quickly set to catching the varmint. After much chasing, I finally cornered him and managed to grab him up with one arm, and hold the flashlight with the other. I started walking out, I thought I would take him inside to show the kids before I let him go. Well, he had other plans! Just as soon as I walked out of the waterfowl pen, he opened his razor sharp beak, screamed like a..I don't know what...and tired to bite me. Y'all, I let go of him faster than you could deem possible! Next thing I know, he takes off into the midnight sky and I watched him disappear into the night.
Moral of this story: don't mess with cattle egrets...they are scary, and have big claws, sharp beaks..and..yeah don't mess with them!
They mean business. ;)