Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 160 - Jackdaw

While I was watching the sea birds at Bempton Cliffs I was visited by this rather inquisitive Jackdaw.    I rather like these images - the first has my 'trademark' out of focus vegetation and in the second I really like the position of the flowers and the look in the birds eye.

Jackdaws are the UK's smallest crow - and given that almost all black birds (except the Blackbird!) are called crows by non-birders this is a bird that is often overlooked by the general public.  The birds name is at least in part an onomatopoeic rendering of its classic 'chak - chak' call.   Its formal name Corvus monedula  places it in the same genus as many of the 'classic' crows.

These birds were common near where I lived as a kid - and also seemed to like living on or in the towers of the classically square church towers that are found in Somerset.



These may not be the find of bird that people travel very far to see, but I still think that says more about birders than it does this bird!

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44 comments:

Chris Rohrer said...

I really like this bird and I think it's a favorite of mine that I hope to spy one day. I just think black birds in general are pretty cool. It looks like it has a touch of gray for distinction:) Hope you're having a good week!

Silver Parrot said...

Wonderful photos as always! Especially like the composition in the second one - it's like this bird is personally bringing the viewer a bouquet of flowers.

Brian King said...

Love these guys! Haven't seen anyone post photos of them in a long time. Even their name is cool!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

That is quite a sharp look in its eye. I especially like the second with the flowers.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Those eyes!! Wow. Bewitching. And the one image of the Jackdaw and the white daisy like blossoms is picture post card perfect.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Phil, your Jackdaw images are great. I do love the eyes on this bird, they have a sharp look to them! Thanks for hosting, have a happy week!

Sylvia K said...

Ah, bewitching bird and beautiful eyes indeed!! Superb captures, as always!! Have a great week, Stewart! Enjoy!!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
By sheer and glorious coincidence, I too have posted jackdaws today! They pair up for life and when one sees a jackdaw alone, there is sense of sadness... I love them. But then, I'm just an auld sook... &*> YAM xx

Jo said...

Oh wow, what a handsome bird, Stewart. I also love the second image with the cocky look in that bird's eye. Thanks for hosting. I'll link my post to your meme tomorrow (Wednesday) Have a great day. Jo

Linda W. said...

I like the expression you've captured in both photos. Looks like the bird is giving you the "evil eye." :)

Margaret Adamson said...

yes I aggree, a lot of birders over look this bird but I like watching it. I do not over look any bird. All are lovely in their own way.

Christina said...

I love the jackdaws! I see them all the time. I wish you a good week!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I like 'em. I get that outoffocus thing going a lot too. I blame it on not using my reading glasses when I'm shooting. (Maybe I should)

Adam Tilt said...

Nice shots Stewart. Jackdaws are one of the reasons my garden feeders get emptied so quickly.

mick said...

Great photos - especially the 2nd one. The bird look very inquisitive and quite ready for mischief I would think!

Pat Ulrich said...

Lovely shots, Stewart! I really like the composition with the flowers!

GreenComotion said...

Stewart,
Thanks for the presentation of the beautiful Jackdaw and the lovely lesson in Ornithology.
I like the blend of black and grey on the head.
I did not know that there were so many varieties of crows - I should have know better, no? :)
Thank you for hosting Wild Bird Wednesdays.
Have a Great Week!
Peace :)

Mama Zen said...

They have such gorgeous eyes!

TexWisGirl said...

very sharp looking birds!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Agree with you, Stewart. The out-of-focus plants in the first shot make it really great, and I really like the flowers and overall composition in the second shot!

amanda | wildly simple said...

Really fantastic shots, Stewart! They have a very fine-art look to them!

pattisjarrett said...

I like how it appears to have gray feathers on the back of the head.

diane b said...

I don't know much about birds but am crazy about photography and I like your 'trademark' style.

DeniseinVA said...

Two great shots of the Jackdaw. Love your trademark too Stewart.

Lee said...

Such clear blue eyes they have...lovely birds. :)

Beate said...

These shots are amazing. Such beautiful birds!
And thank you for the information. I had no idea!

Simon Whalley said...

Hi Stew, yep I love them too, here's one from Cornwall a few years ago. they come in my garden here in the UK!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

They're great birds, I like them.

Gayle said...

Handsome Bird
I sometimes think I only have 'common' birds to capture and then I ask myself 'says who?'.
I also like when we share about the photography side of gathering what we share.
Thanks for this link-up.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Fantastic shots! The eyes are so intense!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He's Very cute ... I like your trademark" background, always have, but the little jackdaw is also very sweet posed by the daisies.

Marie C said...

Really great shots, Stewart! I love this "different" look.

Missy George said...

Evil looking eye and a furrowed brow..Great trademark too

A Quiet Corner said...

What a handsome bird, Stewart!!!...:)JP

Linda said...

Nice pictures of the jackdaw. I'll bet he doesn't know his name is onomatopoeic.

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Stewart
What a great photo of a Jackdaw. So they are crows....we have a ton of crows here in the Southern USA too. As far as I know they are just called crows. I must investigate..to see if they have a fancier name. Jackdaw is a great name.

Madi and I thank you for stopping by our blog.
Hugs to you and your kitties
Madi and mom

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots - what a beady eye he has!

Wally Jones said...

I can be very happy observing crows for long periods. They're very clever and seem to always do something unexpected. I like the framing of your shot with the flowers and sky. Very nice, Stewart!

Andrea Priebe said...

OMG, I started to comment on your Jackdaws and got interrupted and here I am two days later realizing I never finished it. Well, what I was saying, as I recall, was that all of the crow family are wonderful to watch and follow. They are smart and humorous and I think your Jackdaw with his graying temples is even a bit sophisticated. Your pictures are wonderful, Stewart and I am so glad to be back (sort of ... still fighting a few issues)in the fold. Hope all is well with you.

Andrea @ From The Sol

CountryMouse said...

Interesting, I just thought a crow was a crow. It is a pretty looking fellow though with that light eye. The crow I know of is big with black/dark eyes.

Adam Jones said...

They're my favourite corvid Stewart. So inquisitive and smart. Plus, very good looking and photogenic to boot.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

The eyes really do stand out in both photos, and I like the second photo with the flowers ... chamomile or feverfew?

Marie C said...

Stewart, thank you so much for your suggestion about your book reviews! I just went to those Pages and read every one, and I left a comment!

Liz said...

Fabulous images Stewart! I particularly like the second!