Rooks are large corvids (meaning a member of the crow family) with a large grey bill, overhanging feathers on the legs like a pair of baggy trousers and a diamond-edged tail. These birds are joined by jackdaws, a smaller corvid with a grey neck and eye.
As dusk arrived, hundreds of these corvids are already feeding on the stubble on the field we were watching. Then out of nowhere, thousands upon thousands of rooks and jackdaws swarmed in from behind us to join them. They swirled in the sky like a living tornado against the sunset that turned blood red in the background. The field turned into a sea of black corvids and the nearby telephone wires sank with their weight.
|My drawing of the Rook Roost|
The sound of 30-40,000 birds cawing from these trees is like the sound of waves crashing against the shore. Its a remarkable experience. You will never look at a rook in the same way again once you've witness this event.