The cold winter might have slowed down the Rooks a bit; at the Rookery next to the Church of Ireland and its rectory, there was a lot of activity at rebuilding or just repairing of the nest, while some females sat on eggs already. Usually, Rooks start to breed in February, however it seems that the harsh winter has slowed them down a little. For the next nine months, the parents will take care of their brood.
I will not see much of the Rooks over summer. Instead they will forage on the mudflats of the estuary, which is situated right next to the Church and the Rookery. Here they can find Crusatations, ana a large variety of Invertebrates.
To feed themselves, the parents will drop by here to get a quick bite. And the quick bite, consist of filling the beak and crop as much as possible. It looks more like a gobbling machine though!
LEAVE YOUNG BIRDS BE!!
Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!
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