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Birds - Rook Page 9

Image Taken on 10 Mar 2015 at 17:05    Image of day on 25 Apr 2015

We often find items at the photo sites moved about, but don't know who did it. Here over 5 minutes we see that this Rook rolled over the log to get at the food fallen underneath.
Every few weeks or months we repair these sites from a bucket of liquid mud to fill the creature excavated cavities and glue the log or stone back into place for a while. But you can only do this on warm dry days when the mud will quickly set. We are still waiting for the weather!

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Image Taken on 22 Nov 2015 at 15:01    Image of day on 03 Jan 2016

A lovely soft (rotten!) apple is just the job for this Rook.

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Image Taken on 03 Jan 2015 at 14:15    Image of day on 16 Feb 2015

Oh dear - we think Rooks look delightful.
That's what living with them for 25 years does to the brain!

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Image Taken on 19 Dec 2016 at 13:49    Image of day on 28 Jan 2017

We always enjoy these large birds delicately using the tip of their huge beaks to pick up a tiny morsel.

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Image Taken on 27 Oct 2010 at 16:56    Image of day on 23 Dec 2010

All that beak for a tiny 'something'!

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Image Taken on 20 Dec 2016 at 15:10    Image of day on 28 Jan 2017

This piece of pear top seems to fill the beak rather better than a corn grain.

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Image Taken on 11 Mar 2019 at 10:41    Image of day on 03 Apr 2019

On this day a gale is blowing and there is hardly a bird to be seen - they have found sheltered spots where they can wait for the wind to abate.
This Rook on the ground by the hedge is atypical - if they are on the ground you expect them to be actively feeding rather than sitting out a storm.

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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2016 at 16:50    Image of day on 06 Aug 2016

Rooks are long-lived birds - some references cite 6 years average, while others 15 to 20 years in the wild, and in one case over 60 years in captivity. This bird looks like it has seen many years, and with luck will see some more.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2017 at 07:10    Image of day on 07 Jul 2017

Meanwhile at what is likely to be a now empty nest, this Rook repeatedly visited to tug furiously at twigs within it, working some free and then flying off with the booty to add to 'his' own.

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Image Taken on 24 Feb 2019 at 13:03    Image of day on 20 Mar 2019

The newest of the 4 nests in the Black Poplar tree nearest the house is being constructed by an obviously inexperienced pair that have yet to learn how to manage the sticks, or make them stay in place. We keep seeing their attempts as a few sticks appear and then there are none again. Here we have Stick in beak, Stick in beak the other way, stick held by one claw, stick falls and lands on concrete track beneath as we watched.
Oh well - try again.
A week later they have a small pad of sticks that at last seems to be stable.

Ref: 20190320_df3_20190224_1303_181-1304_185 rook struggling with 60cm twig traps it with feet but finally drops it 1-4 of 4 (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 26 Feb 2017 at 07:19    Image of day on 06 Apr 2017

A storm bringing down 2 of the Rook nests has led to a flurry of re-building. Photographing Rooks carrying twigs has turned out to be quite tricky - by the time they are close enough they are muddled into the trees branches. This arriving bird with quite fine twigs hovered for a moment as the bird already on the nest moved out of the way.

Ref: 20170406_df3_20170226_0719_099 rook taking twig to nest in black poplar hesitating while partner leaves nest 1 of 7 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 21 Jan 2010 at 16:01    Image of day on 25 Feb 2010

This log used as a photographic prop is often thrown aside by the bigger birds to get at food trapped at the base, but in the rain is stuck down in the mud, and won't move even with the rook bracing its legs in a wide stance.

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Image Taken on 18 Nov 2016 at 16:15    Image of day on 26 Dec 2016

We know that Rooks start nest building early in the new year, but surely 18 November is a bit too early?

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Image Taken on 18 Dec 2009 at 14:51    Image of day on 17 Jan 2010

Rook lands in wonderful flurry of feathers.

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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2014 at 18:46    Image of day on 14 Aug 2014

This is the beak of a rook showing something we have not noticed before - the off-white beak is a coating over a basically black beak, where the coating here has been abraded or chipped away.

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Image Taken on 26 Mar 2019 at 10:37    Image of day on 18 Apr 2019

"Bring me back some soft bedding from the furniture shop ..."

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Image Taken on 14 Mar 2019 at 15:22    Image of day on 12 Apr 2019

A Rook arrives at the meadow post with a beakful of 'something' for the nest.

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Image Taken on 18 Jan 2011 at 15:39    Image of day on 05 Mar 2011

Unusually lit rook picking up skylight and flashlight to make a lovely contrast in the feathers. The skin on the beak base is as ever bizarre. This was not a one-off - we got a similar image about the same time on the following day.

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Image Taken on 02 Jan 2016 at 12:52    Image of day on 06 Feb 2016

We have not tampered with the colour of the sheens on this magnificent healthy Rook

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Image Taken on 25 Apr 2017 at 08:54    Image of day on 14 Jun 2017

Another twig for the nest.
You can see that the twig has been broken off, rather than simply fallen off, by the fresh leaves on it. Rooks mostly seem to prefer such fresh wood, whilst Jackdaws mostly pick up fallen wood.

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