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Jackdaw (Coloeus monedula), opportunist thief

Observed: 22nd May 2012 By: igm54
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Thieving Jackdaw
Stealing material for the nest
Jackdaw caught red handed

I had washed the dogs bedding - she is fond of this old fake sheepskin carpet. However, a jackdaw saw it as an ideal opportunity to steal some great nesting material.

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Simon Walker's picture

Well, if you will go putting temptation in its path ;-)

Think of it as sharing.

I had a nestling jackdaw as a boy (it had fallen from a high tree) and I raised into a super adult. It was a load of laughs, and used to attack the cat. It also stole anything bright and shiny - it's not just magpies that do that!

I've had a really soft spot for them ever since.

KelsaeJohn's picture

I enjoyed your jackdaw story Simon

I, too, raised a young jackdaw which had left the nest too early. I kept it at home until it could fly and it was a bundle of fun. I called him Jake (original, huh?)and he pestered the life out of my cat. I'm sure it was purely mischievous. He would sneak up behind the cat - in its bed, on the window-sill or wherever and peck at its tail. It was a wonderful summer that year and I spent a lot of time in the garden. Jake would come to the door and just look out for a while but gradually his confidence grew and he started to come out and wander around on the lawn. Eventually he was flying free but, for a while, never further than the next door garden. By the end of summer, however, he was flying further afield and meeting other jackdaws but always returned home. I kept the door open for him so that he could come and go as he pleased and I'll never forget the day I had a lady visitor. She was sitting on the sofa when suddenly, Jake swooped in from the hallway and landed on the back of the sofa right behind her. Well! you should have heard her shriek! Jake eventually did leave for good at the end of summer and I miss him still. It was a truly rewarding experience.