Tag Archives: Rooks

Dawn in Late August

As Summer gives way to the onset of Autumn, the noise of Rooks and Jackdaws becomes the sound marker for dawn. Weeks have elapsed since we heard the last of the dawn choruses of early Summer. Now, it is bird … Continue reading

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Rookie Rooks

Whilst I walked out in a Summer’s rain shower, the sky seemed to fill with Rooks. These were not your normal Rooks following their slow, purposeful flight lines from roost to feeding ground, or back again. These were young Rooks. … Continue reading

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December dawn, with Rooks

As we approach the shortest day, the morning and evening flights from and to the rookery become more noticeable. Numbers are down as the flocks have somewhat dispersed but the slow and noisy trail of wind-tossed Rooks and Jackdaws across … Continue reading

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Change in the sky

This weekend the skies are emptier. The Swifts which, for the last four months have blazed around the cottage roofs, have headed south. Or so I assume. In the past, after seeming to have left they have reappeared for a … Continue reading

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Early Autumn roost

Dusk. The Rooks and Jackdaws return to roost at Oxnead with a cacophony of noise. Their numbers have swelled. On Sunday night I tried to count them, but soon gave up. There must be 1500 birds or more in the … Continue reading

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To roost

In nearby woods, the winter roosts of Rook and Jackdaw have started to build up.  On Sunday we watched the aerial display of 500 or so of both species as they wheeled, called and wheeled again above wood. Their display … Continue reading

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Waiting for Spring

Around dawn this morning dawn, the planet Venus outshone the Moon in the southern sky over Brampton. The skies clouded over rapidly from the west ruining the spectacle. Rooks set out in a straggling flock from Oxnead, the attendant jackdaws … Continue reading

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September Rooks

Trying to count flocks of birds in flight is a difficult skill to master. It is a weakness of mine that, if I see a flock, I need to count them. From early September, it is the evening roost flight … Continue reading

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