Here’s another black bird we often see out in the fields – this one is definitely a social bird as they are always in flocks or small groups. They have been reading the RSPB website.
Earlier in the year, when the fields were being regularly manured, The Dog and I passed a large gathering of rooks, crows and jackdaws spread over two or three fields. A jackdaw in one field decided to move along to the next and skimmed over the hedge to join the crowd on the other side. What caught my attention, as he did so, was that he gave a very bad imitation of the call of a sea gull. Almost as if he himself felt that his call was far from convincing, his second or third try ended in what sounded like a chuckle.
I think he must be fairly well known amongst the others as a practical joker – they ignored him completely.