Red kites have apparently stolen sausages form a garden barbecue, swooping down to pinch the delicious food, much to the undoubted surprise of the barbecue owner.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said “We have received a report of red kites stealing cooked food including sausages from a hot barbecue,” reports The Telegraph.
The barbecued sausage theft happened in Wokingham, Berkshire, and took place just a day after model Kate Hillman stated a red kite tried to fly off with her Pomeranian dog.
Apparently people have been leaving food in their gardens in the hope of getting a closer glimpse of the kite when it swoops down to collect the items. However, experts are advising against doing this as it leads to a link between gardens and food – hence the recent barbecued sausage stealing! And with BBQ season just around the corner, this would not be good news for those planning barbecue parties.
Now we’ve heard of, and indeed experienced, dogs stealing burgers and sausages straight from the barbecue, but red kites is a new one on us. Experts say the skies around Reading, Maidenhead and Henley-on-Thames are often full of red kites so if you live in these areas you might want to keep an eye out for the bird circling overhead as you grill your barbecue dishes!
Many people will be pleased that red kites are making a comeback, after they were nearly wiped out in Victorian times in this country by gamekeepers’ persecution. With a 6-foot wingspan, kites normally feed on carrion – and, it seems, the occasional barbecued sausage.
Sausages are synonymous with barbecues nowadays and a must-have item on any barbecue food list. The good thing about sausages is they’re versatile. You can eat them on their own, smother them in relish, or place them in a bun with some BBQ sauce for the perfect sausage sandwich. Frying some mushrooms and onions on a side burner of your barbecue always goes down well with sausage fans too.
Make sure you grill the sausages properly, though, as the last thing you want is a barbecued sausage that’s burned on the outside but raw in the middle. The best way to avoid this is to ensure the meat is cooked evenly over a well-heated barbecue, turned regularly and given enough time to cook right through.
There’s plenty of variety when it comes to sausages too, with different meat like beef, lamb and pork available. You can buy spicy or fragrant sausages, or make your own. And the great thing about sausages is the vegetarians don’t need to feel left out – there are ample veggie sausages that work brilliantly on the barbecue, adding a delicious smoky flavour to the cooked product.
With barbecue sauces, relishes and side dishes, the humble sausage can play a pivotal part in your barbecue – just make sure you get to it before the red kite does!