Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 262 - Jackdaw

After Oxford we headed north to Yorkshire.

I was looking forward to returning to the RSPB reserve at Bempton Cliffs.  Unfortunately, the Yorkshire weather did not really cooperate, and while we heard lots of birds, the views were curtailed by a rather heavy mist.  It may have even been fog.

This Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) was sitting on a post outside the visitors centre.  Although there will be more picture to follow, the grey light you can see in this picture never really improved.

The Jackdaw is a member of the crow family, but varies from the 'all black' plumage of a typical crow with its slate grey head.  Just like most (maybe even all) crows the Jackdaw is a rather intelligent bird.





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35 comments:

Brian King said...

I love these guys! Very handsome birds! Beautiful photos!

Andrea Priebe said...

How does this handsome crow related bird come by the name Jackdaw? Surely there is a story behind such a name, right? I love the crows in all of their many forms. They are fun to watch and listen to ... very smart indeed. Love this post, mist and all :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Jo said...

A rather cheeky looking bird. But you can see the intelligence! Thanks for sharing and for hosting this meme. I'll link up my post tomorrow - Wednesday in South Africa. Have a great day. Jo

NatureFootstep said...

nice shots of an everyday bird where I live. :)

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Jackdaws are adorable; mating for life, they are often seen preening and cuddling... I have a'couple' regularly seen outside my window... have linked up today with a recent shot of them. YAM xx

Sharon Wagner said...

Handsome bird. Really crisp images for a gray day.

Findlay Wilde said...

A jackdaw family nest in our neighbours chimney every year, they are fascinating to watch and stunning looking birds with those piercing eyes.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Very cool. I love all the blackbirds. This guy has style.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He's really rocking that long gray hairstyle. Seriously, a handsome branch of the family ... A family so smart I'm convinced it could rule the world if only they had thumbs!

Phil Slade said...

Nice photos Stewart. You wouldn't believe how difficult it is to get pics of the common Jackdaw around here. They get bundled in as a "crow" and so suffer the consequences of being shot at, even though they are pretty harmless.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, great photos of the Jackdaw! I wish I had been into birding during my trips across the big pond. I might have seen this guy! Thanks for hosting. Have a happy week!

Lady Fi said...

Lovely shots of the bird!

Adam Tilt said...

We were at Bempton last month. Great place and even better when the sun shines!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Nice views of the Jackdaw despite the weather conditions!

Rhodesia said...

Those are great photos, I have never managed a shot of a jackdaw, they are gone before I ever got close enough!! Happy August. Cheers Diane

Prunella Pepperpot said...

What a wonderful image of the jackdaw. They have so much character and as you say are very intelligent. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Gordon said...

Very good photos Stewart inspite of thr weather, I love the Jackdaw very inteligent bird, as I found first hand when I had one as a pet for a while.
All the best, Gordon.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart!:) Your shots of the Jackdaw are brilliant. They are such an attractive bird, with their blue eyes and grey nape plumage.

Beth said...

A handsome and engaging bird.

Cloudia said...

Hi Jack!

Lea said...

A very handsome bird!

photodoug said...

Stewart, you certainly know Jack. Thanks for sharing.

A Colorful World said...

A handsome bird! Sorry there were light issues. Hope you have a great week.

June Caedmon said...

The gray makes him look rather distinguished, I think. Great shots despite the gloomy weather, Stewart!

Missy George said...

I am familiar with that bird altho I don't know if they are around here or not..Crows are very smart, I'm told. Noisy !! Hope you are having a good week..No birdies to share this week..

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Striking looking bird. Nice photos of it.

Nora said...

We were thinking alike Stewart, I like your photos better, he has more color than our crows do.

Linda said...

The jackdaw is interesting. The gray makes him look distinguished.

David Gascoigne said...

I have never been to Bempton Cliffs and would love to do so. Every time I visit Britain I intend to go but I always seem to run out of time before I get there. If I ever make it back to the UK I will put it right at the top of the list. Great shot of the Jackdaw, a wonderfully intelligent and entertaining bird.

Ranten said...

The Corvus monedula is not a common bird in Bergen, but we have a few living in the senter of the city.

Pat Tillett said...

Nothing wrong with these photos at all Stewart! They are outstanding.
Does the Jackdaw have a lot of personality like many of the other related birds.

Dave Lewis said...

Wonderful shots! Now that I have a better lens...and a little (very little) more skill, I need to revisit Britain!

Chris Rohrer said...

This is such an interesting bird. I've seen it on other blogs but it looks rather intelligent!

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Beautiful...

Wally Jones said...

Great photographs, Stewart! Like others in the family, they're noisy, but as you said, very smart.