High winds again today and a long time spent watching the rooks ‘tumbling’ through the air as they ride on the thermals and then plunge towards the earth – this lot were having a great time, dive-bombing the magpies, hooded crows and the dogs – the air alive with their raucous calls. Then a thought occurred that it’s becoming increasingly obvious that a large number of people don’t know the different between crows and rooks. I’ve often read of the behaviour of rooks attributed to crows and vice versa. The whole corvid family are recognised ‘messengers’ from Otherworld but how can we expect to be able to interpret the message correctly if we can’t tell one bird from another?
Painting by Simon Pooley