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What’s the difference between a crow and a baby rook? NOBODY KNOWS!

Erm, at least, it’s very hard to tell by looking. Baby rooks have yet to develop that crusty white flesh where the beak meets the head, the signal characteristic of the adult rook.

Pretty sure this one’s a baby rook, though. A) he had some remnants of babyfeathers sticking out of his back, B) this area is known to be alive with rooks. Not so much crows. And C) he was acting like a knucklehead chattering to Uncle B for a solid half-hour. Got some cracking good pictures, though some of the best had stupid bits of grass waving in front of strategic bits.


Comment from Anonymous
Time: June 26, 2017, 11:48 pm

So, what is it? A murder of crows? A misdemeanor of rooks?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 26, 2017, 11:58 pm

@Anonymous – I’d suggest a Negligent Homicide of Rooks

Comment from uscitizen
Time: June 27, 2017, 2:11 am

The difference between a crow and a baby rook might be a high-velocity pellet rifle at 25 – 30 meters.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 27, 2017, 7:40 am

Naw, I like my corvids. The rooks especially are characteristic of this county, though my personal preference is crows or ravens. I even like magpies, though all the farmers agree they’re nothing but evil.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 27, 2017, 11:27 am

More nature envy.
Thank you, every time you two do this kind of stuff I get to take a brief and pleasant mental vacation at your english ‘estate’ 🙂

You may not know it, but it’s awesome.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 27, 2017, 12:34 pm

Then I shan’t break the spell by telling you the other border of our estate is quite a busy road. Our one complaint about this location. It’s gotten several hundred percent busier since we move here, as all the white people flee London for Whitemanistan.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: June 27, 2017, 1:24 pm

A [fill in the blank] of rooks . . . I keep thinking I’ve seen the word somewhere in print, but can’t recall it.

All right, I cheated and looked it up. Apparently it’s either a “building” or a “parliament” of rooks: https://tinyurl.com/yc8dphqq As the heading says, the term “venery” is not about sex but about hunting (cf. the constellation Canes Venatici, the hunting dogs).

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 27, 2017, 2:54 pm

Heh – it’s like buying a lottery ticket!

and your spell breaking attempt failed! :p

I cannot see these vee-hickels you speak of because the lovely (and distant) hedge blocks the view in that direction, and in the other direction, pastures with frolicking sheeps!
And in the other direction a serene gently sloping lawn (with the requisite hidden ha-ha wall ) leads down to a lovely tree lined river where weasels and badgers may go punting from a little pier,
and in the other direction the house of course.

I shall have to mentally explore the far side of the house at a later time, no doubt there is a pleasant forest there.


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