Cowart's Common Room
Larks and Corvids

Happy 14th June people! I've no idea what the 14th of June is but it must be something or other. Maybe it is Magellan day in Uruguay or the day on which Alexander reached India or maybe it is just the blue-skyed summery sort of day that we all love despite our troubles and afflictions.

The business continues with its holiday although I have arriving later this morning 155,000 labels - Inspected, Passed, Batch No - and so on. Shall I ever sell them? But no doubt the business will pick up again and this afternoon I am summoned to see the doctor. I am not bothering the NHS, the NHS is bothering me, convinced I am about to drop dead despite all the evidence to the contrary. Apart from this viral bug which seems to move through my body like a stopping train getting off at each organ it passes and making it ache and pain before packing its suitcases and moving on. Yesterday it was my muscles which ached and pained and were stiff as planks but today they are fine. I sense it will shortly be gone and I only mention it simply to fill the page.

But anyway back to Corvids for those paying attention to the title. My little garden is invaded by jackdaws whenever I put food out for the sparrows so Younger Daughter, being a bright species of lassie, had the idea of putting some birdfood in a little hanging cradle on which there would be nowhere for the jackdaws to perch. So far so good. But Jackdaws are Corvids and an intelligent race of folk to boot so this morning having just filled the cradle up I witnessed a big jackdaw simply flying into the cradle so as to upset it and empty the contents on the ground, which he or she - they all look the same - began to eat.

But as all is for the best in this the best of all possible worlds, we must remain optimistic, like Dr Pangloss. The Corvids send their best wishes and healing vibes, their thoughts, prayers and meditations for all (not forgetting little Patchcockle) who are troubled and afflicted, and so do I. Have as good a day under these blue skies (or perhaps wind and rain - Bradan can't you move the Hebrides to Pembrokeshire - or even to the Atlantic coast of France as below?) as you possibly can. Very HappyVery HappyUploaded Image

Posted at 14th Jun 2017 - 08:45AM   Posted by Fennie   Larks and Corvids Comments: 5

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Fennie's Avatar Incidentally I read that Jackdaws mate for life, would you believe and stick together even through reproductive failure. Who would have thought it? A lesson there perhaps for some of Faith's doves.Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 14th Jun 2017 at 08:48AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar If you were to ask a Falkland Islander he would tell you it was Liberation Day Very Happy my big Bro, at the time, was on Ascension Island making sure the Buccaneers were in good working order.

We have a flight of Jackdaws coming to the beach in front of the Studio every afternoon just now, young ones from the trees behind us, they seem to invade the place as though school was out "chucking" and jostling each other as they get off the school bus.

I love your description of your bug taking a train ride, hopefully it will disembark soon.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 14th Jun 2017 at 10:22AM

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Camilla's Avatar Hope the business picks up soon Fennie. Is it much the same every year at this time of the year or does it fluctuate ?

What are the big black birds I see in my front garden every day pecking at the top of lawn grass, they look like they have grey headscarves on, are they Rooks or Crows?Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 15th Jun 2017 at 12:08PM

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Fennie's Avatar If they have grey headscarves and blue eyes like Marlene Dietrich then they are Jackdaws. Rooks and crows are a little bigger. Rooks have bare bills as though someone has scraped away all the colouring. But they are black all over as though bound for a funeral. They build nests in the windy tops of trees. Crows come in various shapes and sizes - carrion, hooded, etc. And then there are the Ravens but you may not have any in Norfolk, though they do have them at the Tower of London. All the Corvids can talk if they put their minds to it. And Ravens can even do tricks. Jackdaws will keep you safe and try to stay close, even nesting in your chimney so as not to be too far from you. They are not aversed to birdfood but prefer worms and beetles when they are feeding their young. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 15th Jun 2017 at 02:15PM

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Camilla's Avatar Love the description of Marlene Dietrich in headscarf as in the birds Very Happy so they are Jackdaws then Fennie, the top of their heads are completely covered in grey colour.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 15th Jun 2017 at 04:58PM

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