Brian showing his best side
Brian showing his best side

MEET Brian. He was rescued as a fledgling a few weeks ago by Teesdale builder Mark Tully in the churchyard at St Mary’s Church, Middleton-in-Teesdale.

Since then he has become part of the furniture as Mr Tully goes about his day job.

“He’s half pet,” he said. “He warms himself by the fan in the van in the morning. He loves it. He will go anywhere if you feed him and loves chicken sandwiches. I’m pretty sure he’s a crow and not a raven but someone will correct me if not.”

Mr Tully found Brian on his own, trying to fend for himself. The bird would probably have died had he not started feeding it, he said.

Brian has now become quite tame and will sit

happily on Mr Tully’s hand or potter about outside as he gets on with his work at the church.

“He’s landed on his feet now,” he joked as he gave the bird another tit-bit.

The RSPB says the carrion crow is one of the cleverest, most adaptable and fearless birds in the UK.