Rooks are certainly evident most everywhere at the moment. There’s not nest building yet but our birds have been roosting more often and return to the rookery in small parties during the day. This morning they awoke at 6:30, it was still dark, making a lot of noise in the soft day drizzle.
Rooks came to roost yesterday evening, with 200 or so flying in at 5.30 p.m.
Today they flew in a little earlier perhaps because the weather was more overcast, there were about 300 at 5.00 p.m. and they were joined by 42 jackdaws that came in high from the south. The birds left the roost once to go back out to the fields to the west before finally flying in and settling.
A typical soundscape from our garden on a calm February evening.
Rooks were here yesterday in the rain and there was some wind. It rained most of the day, at times heavily. Late in the afternoon rooks were feeding on the back fields which have recently been covered in slurry, there were also 500 common gulls feeding there. Late in the afternoon the rooks headed out.
Today was showery but there was relatively little wind, getting up to a f4 NW at times. Rooks flew around the rookery, chasing and generally behaving in a pre-breeding manner between feeding.