The Rook

Corvus frugilegus

The Rook gets its scientific name from Corvus (meaning “raven”) and frugilegus (meaning “fruit eating”).

Anyone with the ability to google can find that out, but what you won’t find on the internet (until now) is that this bird had spent about five minutes devouring the fat balls I put out for the little garden birds just a moment earlier.

These balls of fat, big enough to fit into the palm of your hand, were caged and supposedly unreachable by the larger birds (and squirrels) – but Rooks, as with all Corvids (crows, ravens, magpies etc) are incredibly intelligent, and clearly this wasn’t enough of a challenge.

I will have to work harder to outsmart my Rook friend.


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