When bird-watcher Ralph Ford claims to have seen a blue-crested hoopoe - thus winning him the year's list contest - other members of the Midsomer-in-the-Marsh ornithological society are angry, especially society chairman Patrick Morgan, who, later that night is lured to his death by a call on Ford's stolen phone. Morgan was generally unpopular in the society and farmer George Napier benefits by the death as Morgan intended to save wetlands he intended to drain whilst his Russian widow Nina, a former ballerina, is pregnant, and since her husband had had a vasectomy he is not the father. The real father is the next victim - will a third person meet their death at the hands of one who has killed two people as well as a rare bird?
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Did You Know?
When Barnaby and Jones find the stuffed Blue-Crested Hopoe in Ralph's back room, Jones say it's "dead....as I don't know what." He's looking right at what appears to be a stuffed Dodo (which Ralph couldn't have stuffed since they've been extinct for centuries (widely accepted since 1662)) oddly he doesn't seem to recognize it as surely it would have triggered him to remember that the common phrase is "dead as a Dodo." Barnaby does seem to recognize it though, giving Jones an odd look before the scene ends. See more
The program/brochure that was on the wall of the room of the obsessed fan misspelled "Starring" Nina which was spelled "Staring" Nina. See more
There we go. You're a beauty, aren't you?