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:
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.
But chairman of West Midlands Bird Club, Kevin Clements disagrees.