I’ve managed to upload this clip to the BBC Programme SpringWatch!! It’s brilliant being able to join in with Spring Watch.
I know this short video of mine will be one of millions that SpringWatch receive and I know it is not the best by a long, long way, but it’s my video and as I said, it’s brilliant to be a tiny part of Springwatch.
I’ve seen a rook eating a blackbird so no wonder this blackbird seems a little wary. I love the close up (near the end of this video )of the blackbird’s face showing its yellow eye ring and beak. I’m sure it looks a bit nervous.
It is a strange feeling knowing that birds are watching you when you step into the garden. I know this because one lone starling starts to chitter and in a minute there are a small flock flying over my head. Other birds appear on the fence looking at me.
A blackbird sweeps past the ground feeder – but there isn’t any food on it yet.
I put out the different bird food into the different feeders, put the grated cheese and the bread out as well. I could hear the birds singing happily away in the hedgerows.
It is a lovely morning. The colours of the countryside blend into the blue of the sky.
Then the squirrels and rooks appeared.
The squirrel soon disappeared, but the rooks just swarmed near the ground feeders and ate nearly all the food that was there. They are such big birds. They don’t belong in the garden at my feeders. It’s a good job I put a lot of it inside ground caged feeders.
I’ll put some photos on of my home made and bought caged feeders – but that will be later in the week.
Not a very clear photo, but it shows how big the rook is in relation to the bird feeder and how he could soon eat me out of house and home.
In this photo he is using both of his feet to balance on the hanging feeder
If you look closely at the photo below you will see the rook is only hanging on to the bird food portal with one of his feet. I was in awe of his balancing ability. He poked his beak inside, balanced with his wings and hung on with one food. He must have been desperate for food.
Photo number 3
A Rook finding a new source of food
They are maurading round my bird tables and feeders as well.
Rooks live in close knit communities. We have had a rookery near us for ages and it is not often they bother us in the garden. The loud CAW, CAW is something we have got used to and because they live in communities the combined sound can be very loud as they make the noise together.
Also the sight of the whole community rising up out of the trees in a morning is a normal sight to me and one I would miss.
As always, with nature and wild birds, there isn’t an easy answer.