This view of rookery wood was taken from my upstairs office window. The wood, mostly ash trees at the south end, is on the lane that runs beside Townsend Meadow. As the field name suggests, this area once marked Much Wenlock’s actual town boundary. At different seasons and times of day the rooks provide a favourite household diversion: watching the cohorts return at sunset, the aerial displays over the meadow, especially as autumn approaches, the caw-cawing racket as they fly in and out of the treetops while they sort themselves out for the night’s roost. Sometimes late on a summer’s night, with the window open, you can hear them chattering branch to branch. Sometimes you wish they would close their beaks and go to sleep.
28 thoughts on “Night Comes To Sytche Lane Rookery”
Wonderful warm tones of tan and brown cream in your photos and wow –
I sure can relate to enjoying the clatter branch to branch and then on other days wanting the avian friends to swell
The colours are wonderful, Tish. So atmospheric 🤗💕
Thanks, Jo. The Edge comes up with some good colour schemes 🙂
Corvids (crows and recently jackdaws) like to stand on my neighbour’s roof and welcome in the dawn. I don’t find it in the least welcoming, especially after the moos’ orchestra at 3 am.
Oh dear – the small hours countryside cacophony. Not all is rural bliss, is it!
Certainly not! Tractors etc up and down all day long too!
It must be fun to have such a view from your window. You can watch the seasons change and keep an eye on all that’s happening.
It can take up an awful lot of time, though, Janet.
😉. But in such a lovely way.
Love the silhouettes of the birds!
Yes, the silhouettes, that’s what I love too, Ju-Lyn.
I knew it would be fabulous! The light and imagery is wonderful – although a little part of me is pleased they are not outside my window as it is bad enough when the visiting ones pop by. Not sure I could cope with residents!
I knew you’d like the rookery. And yes, there have been times when their ‘staying up’ all night has rankled. I think the roost has moved further into the wood these days so they are much nicer neighbours.
ah so glad they are neighbours that listen and act!
🙂 🙂 🙂
Atmospheric, moody, mysterious. Love the silhouettes against the twilight sky, Tish. PS update to my site: https://walesforever.cymru/ [I’m told that some followers are getting the old deleted site instead.]
Yes, I was just sent to your old site. I can’t seem to re-subscribe because WP don’t like my email address.
Try clicking here: https://walesforever.cymru/
That worked using the bottom link as opposed to the ‘follow’ link. WP have no problems knowing my email address when they’re billing me.
I’ve had problems lately with them. I have to keep re-liking posts and re-following sites. I don’t know what’s going on.
Overloaded systems, I guess.
Very eye catching images. And then I read about it being a rookery. That sent me on a Google hunt for ‘Rook Bird.’ I hadn’t put together that they were a separate species. I thought a crow is a crow is a crow. But it seems, I was mistaken. Consider me schooled.
Rooks and crows are easily confused, though in the UK crows tend to be solitary or in their small family group, whereas rooks gather in large numbers. There are several members of the corvid family – crows, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, ravens, choughs – they’re all pretty smart birds. Rooks and jackdaws often share rookeries – just to add to the chatter.