watchful eye over the nest - Magpies paying a lot of attention to the nest.
No interactions present.
Is there any way that it could be a carrion crow?
The beak is black in the first photo and could look white in the second because of the light. I'm not sure that the bill looks heavy enough for a rook either
I don't see a hint of feathery trousers.
Remember that I am a beginner and here to learn so please be gentle with the comments :-)
I have exactly the same doubts as Cadisfly for the very same reasons. It looks more like a Carrion Crow to me.
the angle the photo is taken is from below and maybe could be deceiving. The bill is the giveaway being longer than carrion crow and different colour. It's call when the Magpies were around also gave it away. It is our friendly neighbourhood rook - don't ever remember seing carrion crows around here :)
Okay, but the photos are deceiving. Even on the "white bill bird", the white colour on the lower bill doesn't seem to go far enough into the face.
What chance does a beginner, like me, have of getting things right if there is so much variation about?
If I'm finding it this difficult to identify the common, big and obvious birds, how hard is it going to be when I get to the "little brown ones:-)
the younger rooks tend to lack the bare face.
... at it Bill, you’ll get there. It’s calls that get me – still struggle to tell one from another.
Calls! I haven't even thought about them yet :-) I feel that I am getting better but it is very very slow.
I have seen some oddities already. In a SWT reserve near Forfar there's a goose in an osprey nest and a terrapin basking in a tree.
Thanks for the encouragement.
Lat/Lng: 51.3755, 1.3252
OS grid ref: TR315692
tree lined enclosure to open recreation ground at back of house