Daily Archives: May 7, 2009

Rook eating a blackbird

Yes, I have seen a rook or a very large crow eating a blackbird. 

Last year, a male blackbird was feeding a baby blackbird a worm in my back garden.  It was such a lovely sight.  As the baby went to take the worm, the large crow or rook swooped and picked up the baby. 

I opened the kitchen door, ran and screamed wherin the baby was dropped. The garden is enclosed and the baby wasnt able to fly properly, so I put washing basket over the baby to protect it (temporarily) and placed it under a shrub.  (The wash basket had openings, for the adult bird to feed the baby through the basket). 

Unfortunately, the crow/rook attacked/killed and then flew off with the adult.  It was so sad as I loved the male adult bird.  It worked tirelessly throughout the day to feed the baby and any others that I didnt see.  I now discourage crows and rooks from visiting our garden at any time of year.

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I was lucky enough to receive this descriptive story of bird eating bird.  I used to think that it was a nice, civilised world in bird world, but it isn’t is it?

Birds eat birds without thinking anything of it.  This rook took a parent bird away from its young! 

It’s a good job there was someone around to help the young birds. And what a good idea to put a wash basket over it.

I remember how shocked I felt when I watched a rook in a hedgerow eating a dead blackbird.  It was amazing to watch.

That’s nature I suppose.  It has been going on for years, it’s just that we don’t see it very often.

Trisha