I’ve lived here for about 30 years but nature can give you new sights every day, not just every year.
There are plenty of cheerful-sounding Jackdaws that career up and down the road, sticking to the chimneys and rooftops. I like them a lot. Just because they are here every day it doesn’t mean that they aren’t worth a look.
And there are Magpies here too – not many, but some.
And Carrion Crows fly over often.
A Jay is a rarity but it would be this time of year when I see them most often from the house or garden – none so far this autumn.
And there are, of course, Rooks too. They fly over frequently in flocks, and there is a rookery over the road about a mile away. But in recent days there has been a single Rook frequenting my neighbourhood. I might have missed it as I came back from the Post Office one day, via the ivy-rich jitty, if it hadn’t called. Now a Rook sounds very similar to a Crow, but also quite different. And that’s what made me look up and there he or she was, sitting on a TV aerial a few houses down the road from my house. A few days later there was a similar bird, perhaps the same individual, on another TV aerial and I saw it before it called this time.
Yesterday it was back on another rooftop. Just the one Rook. Not really doing very much. but occasionally calling.
And it was there again today. I’m thinking it is the same bird just because there isn’t usually a Rook sitting on my local roofs, but now there is – always on its own (so far). And always calling occasionally.
I wonder what’s going on here.
Aren’t birds brilliant?