A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Tuesday 15 February 2011

Rooks Nesting

Rooks are now building their nests in colonies called Rookeries. The old country saying is "When in the trees the rooks build high expect the summer to be warm and dry"
I think this may be wishful thinking as they usually do build in treetops. There are many old sayings about rooks. If they suddenly leave there will be a death and if they line up on a fence it will rain.
Their habit of flying straight back to their roosts from feeding grounds some distance away is said to be the origin of the saying "As the crow flies" as country people did not usually distinguish between crows and rooks.

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