Jackdaws

Jackdaws of Wind & Rain

A bit of something ‘nasty’ going on out there tonight.

But it wasn’t bothering the jackdaws at all.

They seemed to be reveling in the rain, playing with/in the wind.

Bird-logic isn’t human-logic, I should know that by now.

And especially so jackdaws. They’re a total law unto themselves.

Vid & Words: Ian Nisbet

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Jackdaws settling for bed

Jackdaws are back. Been back a few weeks now.
At least 200. Maybe 300.

Around 40 sit in the silver birch, getting themselves settled for bed.
Not wanting to go to bed too soon.
Waiting. Preening. Sitting and waiting. Cleaning. Chattering.

I was waiting too. For them all to take off, in a big flyover flock off around the town.

But that didn’t happen tonight.
They peeled off the birch in ones and twos.
To rocket into their roost.
The car park behind us is where they sleep.
All 200/300 of them.
Barely a stones throw from my bedroom window.

Not that I would throw a stone at them of course.
(when they wake me up at the crack of dawn)

Vid & Words: Ian Nisbet

The Rooks Flyjoy

I’ve posted quite a few films of the rooks/jackdaws that fly into town every night.

This is what they were up to last night. Hundreds of them circling and dancing around, totally appropriating the sky above.

As if showing off. As if not wanting to go to bed.

And then, just as the evening turns dimpsy, they turn in, furiously rocketing into the alders, squawking and squabbling over who gets the best branch to sleep on.

This was one of the best ‘flyjoys’ I’ve witnessed here.

Words & Vid: Ian Nisbet

Moretonhampstead Flyover

Looking out across Moretonhampstead this evening you would have seen hundreds of young jackdaws ack acking over the rooftops.

A right old party was going on up there in the twilight.

The gyrations being danced into the sky were like starlings murmurating.

Except jackdaws like to accompany their marvelous moves with a roistering running commentary.