Stick collecting began on 28th Feb when Ellen saw Rooks with sticks and I saw several early morning on 2nd March but recent poor weather seems to have put paid to that. There are just 14 bundles in the trees, however, with fine weather forecast for this week I expect that will change. The high winds and poor weather of the last few days have caused some casualties with three adults dead under the trees today, possibly battered against branches in last week’s gales.

Rook deadRooks have generally been roosting except in the poor weather.  In the pre-roost tonight I counted 67 |Jackdaws, one or two of which were candidates for monedula, there were likely in excess of 120 Jackdaws all told.

Shunan sunsetWaiting for the rooks to come in, somehow I missed them as the pre-roost broke up but much later they were in the trees.

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