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Bird of the Month - Rook

Rook by Luke Delve
Corvus frugilegus
990 thousand Pairs (Summer)
22 years 11 months (Recorded in 2005)
Pasture, farmland, open woodland
Invertebrates, esp beetles earthworms, cereal grain, small vertebrates, carrion

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Early breeders fall on hard times

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Black-headed gull. Photograph by George H Higginbotham

A hooded gull in summer is likely to be the ubiquitous Black-headed Gull, but there are a couple of other species that sport the same summer finery.