Rooks and carrion crows

I spent an hour in my garden this afternoon trying to photograph swallows. The swallows weren't playing game. So I photographed rooks and carrion crows instead:

Carrion crown
A carrion crow (not, as I originally thought, a juvenile rook) this afternoon. (I think.)
Rook
...and an actual rook!

Rooks are undoubtedly one of my favourite birds. Their cawing is the sound of the British countryside.

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6 thoughts on “Rooks and carrion crows

  1. Hi Richard,

    I am loving the new blog but just one slight niggle...from the picture this bird looks more like a Carrion Crow than a Rook. I have just looked at the Flickr pictures (different birds?) and the bird in the blue sky definitely was a Rook (white patch around the upper part of the bill).

    Cheers, Ruth

  2. Do you know, I dithered for ages over this. Carrion crows are surprisingly difficult to distinguish from juvenile rooks (which don't have the white patch near their bills). I decided it was a rook in the end because it was hanging out with other rooks, and carrion crows are rather solitary birds. But, on twenty-eighth thoughts, I think you're right: this bird doesn't have the high forehead of a rook. I shall update this post and my Flickr photos accordingly! Thanks.

  3. Hi Richard,

    After I posted this comment, I started to change my mind and think mmmh what if it was a juvenile Rook? because as you state they don't have that classic white patch until later on. The fact that it was with other Rooks would suggest that it was more likely to be a Rook.... oh bother just call it a member of the Corvid family.
    Forever dithering,
    Ruth

  4. That's fine: all of my photos are licensed under a creative commons licence, allowing their non-commercial use.

    By a strange coincidence, I spent the last several days writing about rooks in general, and the two depicted in the photo you used in particular.

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