Saturday, March 29, 2008


The past few mornings have seen a dozen Rooks gathering on our lawn. Some of the braver ones have copied the Jackdaws and now stuff themselves full of sunflower hearts from the feeder. I think things might get expensive if the whole rookery finds out...

photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 77 with 20x eyepiece


  1. Did you use the word Rookery as a collective noun to refer to several rooks over there ? There also seems to exist two collective nouns for Rooks - a building of Rooks or a Clamour of Rooks.

  2. I meant the breeding colony, so sort of. Wikipedia also suggests a parliament for a collective noun, and of course penguins breed in 'rookeries' too (but presumably not in trees).

    Thinking about it, a parliament is a good description for a colony of rooks, given the noises from the Houses of Parliament: 'Yahhh, yahhh, yahhhh!'

  3. A parliament of Rooks sounds very appropriate for one reason or the other!