Why did the Jackdaw cross the road?

To get to the other side of course… There was little around to photograph today, with just one lone Jackdaw making an appearance. The morning was still and quiet, with diffuse light breaking through a thin layer of cloud creating a soft, blue glow over the landscape. From my low vantage point I was able…

Jackdaw juvenile

Today was my first encounter with a charming juvenile Jackdaw who had appeared in the flock who regular patrol the harbour edges for food. It appeared to have fledged very recently and was smaller and more delicately built than the adults, the young also have bright blue eyes (which change to brown and then finally…

Mistaken identity

With their sleek all black feathers, long legs and harsh calls, it is easy to get the larger members of the corvid family (carrion crows, rooks and ravens) confused, but this becomes even more challenging when it comes to their youngsters. Take this individual for instance, photographed on South beach a few days ago. At…

Corvus corone

Since moving to the harbour 18 months ago I have come to know the local avian residents quite well. There is the flock of friendly pigeons who feature in a lot of my blog posts, a family of jackdaws, mallards and not forgetting the mute swan pair, often accompanied by a canada goose. Of all…

Resourceful Jackdaws

With Spring now well under way the local birds have turned their attention to breeding. Whilst the mallards and swans get amorous down on the water the Jackdaws have been busy collecting stick and twigs with which they will construct a nest. Jackdaw nests are surprisingly large and usually built in tree cavities, on buildings…