Rook (Corvus frugilegus). Words & picture by Matt Sewell.
It’s almost as if they shouldn’t belong to the Crow family; sociable and generally vegetarian, Rooks are just out for a laugh really. With a clownish, daft face and a shaggy, dishevelled appearance, these croakers aren’t out to cause mischief like their cousins. In fact, when not in their rookery, they spend most of their time in fields not being scared by scarecrows (maybe if all the farmers got together and changed the name to ‘scarerooks’, that would work better). But farmers should just leave them alone as they eat as many pests and crop-eating bugs as they do seeds. Good old Rooks.
Matt’s forthcoming book ‘Our Garden Birds’ is now available for pre-order (signed and includes a free new set of bird badges)
Click here to see previous ‘Birds of the Week.’