Night Comes To Sytche Lane Rookery


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.


Tree Square #5

28 thoughts on “Night Comes To Sytche Lane Rookery

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

    1. 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.

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  4. 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.

    1. 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.

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