We used to live near Exmoor and would often hear and see the Ravens there on the cliffs. I miss them and was charmed recently by their relatives the Crows, Rooks and Jackdaws gathering sticks for their nests. Once upon a time Jackdaws were so determined to make a nest in our cottage chimney they completely blocked it up with a giant pile of sticks! Fortunately Mrs Black heard them cheaping and we knew we could not light a fire. Many fires in old cottages have been caused by a fire in the chimney when it was blocked by a bird's nest, especially thatched cottages.
|One of our Jackdaws inspecting a chimney|
|The pile of sticks we made for the Jackdaws|
For several weeks we had noises in the day and night as the babies grew and fledged. Jackdaws are not always popular and in our small village the arrival of several more was not met with much joy. Nevertheless it was one of our nature adventures. We had all the corvids close enough for a day visit in those days, even Choughs.
Once the Jackdaw brood had fledged we had to clean out the chimney and have a cap fitted to prevent them blocking it again. The amount of sticks which we found when we opened it up was unbelievable!
|Our chimney and the Jackdaw nest!|
There is an ancient manor house near us called Rooks Nest and of course the Rooks do nest in all the surrounding trees. How enchanting it would be to live here!
|Rooks Nest in Wiltshire|
I love this painting on canvas. It is on Etsy. The link is below.
"Raven Ride At Dusk" by Michael Broad
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