2nd March 2016

 

Rook digging around in a cow pat

Rook digging around in a cow pat

One Rook displaying to another

One Rook displaying to another

Rook showing its purplish plumage

Rook showing its purplish plumage

The Rook showing its bare cheeks.

The Rook showing its bare cheeks.

Rook: People sometimes struggle to tell Corvids apart so here’s the Rook, showing its distinguishing feature- bare cheeks. Similar size to a Crow (Jackdaws are smaller and have grey backs to their neck), sociable Rooks also have lovely purplish plumage. We grew up with the saying “See a Rook on its own it’s a Crow, see a Crow in a crowd it’s a Rook”. This is often true though Crows will flock in small groups, especially out of breeding season, so bare cheeks are a better identifier. Rooks eat a range of insects, fruits and seeds but they love nothing more than digging around in a cow pat, for invertebrates, as you will see! Conditions: We are promised snow and sun today. Temperature: Max 5- Min 2c.

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3 thoughts on “2nd March 2016

  1. I’m writing from New Zealand to ask if you would you be willng for us to use your photo above ‘Rook digging around in a cow pat’ on our Pest Detective website. Here in New Zealand, introdiced animals like rooks are seriously threatening our native flora and fauna and agriculture, hence our website. We plan to add rooks to our featured pest species soon and woudl be grateful if we coudl use your image.

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