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Rook

Observed: 26th December 2010 By: brycchan
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Rook
Description:

Rooks and jackdaws often seem as common on beaches as waders and seabirds. This rook was digging around in the seaweed for something - worms or molluscs, I guess.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) interacts

Comments

ophrys's picture

Rook?

I'm not convinced it's a Rook from this photo, although the clarity is not great. The bill seems quite thick and rather rounded at the tip, more like a Carrion Crow?

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Syrphus's picture

It is certainly not a Rook,

It is certainly not a Rook, but I am reluctant to agree to the C Crow ID as there is a bit of a Raveny look about the head and tail. Is that a possibility?

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ophrys's picture

I agree

That's why I didn't add Carrion Crow as an ID...there is nothing to gauge size by.

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allrounder's picture

This looks like Carrion Crow

This looks like Carrion Crow to me. The picture shows the bird to have a bill that is thick and well curved, typical of crow. Rooks have a more pointy bill. Also Rook is a bird of agriculture found mostly on arable land. I have never in my experience found Rooks on a beach. I have however encountered crows on several occasions. I know this is not diagnostic as lots of birds have been found away from their usual habitats because of the weather in search of food.

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