National Grid workers in Birmingham have had quite a shock, when two duelling birds of prey smashed through their office window.
Employees based in Windsor Street, Aston, scattered after the Peregrine Falcons careered into the glass, leaving shards of glass strewn over the carpet.
One worker put on heavy industrial gloves to protect himself from their razor sharp talons.
One bird was released from the broken window, and the other taken outside, but both were unhurt.
A National Grid spokeswoman said:
“The birds were understandably dazed and workers were shocked. “Thankfully, the falcons landed in a corridor area, quite a bit away from the 12 staff.”
A pair of peregrines have nested for years on top of 150 feet tall gas holders above the National Grid building, but workers say a third bird has recently arrived, before the dramatic aerial battle.
Stunned employees watched as the warring birds tumbled through the sky, talons locked, before smashing through the windows.
One worker said the drama added weight to fears that Birmingham’s peregrine population was nearing saturation point.
“We’ve seen the stuff they kill. They’ve taken pigeons, seagulls and even an African grey parrot. “It begs the question whether the RSPB’s ongoing plan to reintroduce peregrines to the cities has gone too far as the birds are now fighting each other for territory.”
But chairman of West Midlands Bird Club, Kevin Clements disagrees.
“Numbers are dictated by the availability of prey and nest sites. If the food isn’t there, neither would the birds. This behaviour is highly unusual. “I can only imagine the two birds, probably males, were so lost in the tussle they mistook the windows for a continuation of the sky.”