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Posted by merlintherook on January 3, 2015 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

2014 has been an eventful time here at the Rookery. Early in the year we adopted two special needs tawny owls from a sanctuary. They had been injured in car accidents as fledglings and were taken to Wing and a Prayer. Once they had recovered, it was discovered that they both had brain damage and they were homed as pets. A couple of years later they were taken to a different sanctuary when their owner moved to London, and from there they came on to us. At the beginning of May they were joined by two baby tawnies who were successfully raised and released. They still visit regularly, perching in the cherry tree which overlooks our smart new owl aviary and hooting to their old friends.

Three rooks were successfully raised and released, plus Byzantia from last year once she had a full set of new feathers. Blackberry, who came from the Swaffham rookery in May, will be unable to go forth until next year due to poor feathers. Fortunately she has formed a very close bond with Dizzy the kookaburra!

Clark Kent and Lana Lang, our two non flying rooks, continue to enjoy a happy and settled routine together.

Branchie Season '14

Posted by merlintherook on May 6, 2014 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone   : very busy time here at the rookery! as of now we have larna lang, clark kent and byzantium all grown up, byzantium is just waiting to get her proper feathers before she goes bye bye. and 2 more branchies have just arrived, inkling and darko, who are very demanding, inkling keeps cawing for food even when she's not hungry which is very annoying, and we just found 2 little orphaned tawny owls in the wood yesterday, burble and tulgy, they look like furbys at the moment! plus we have my grown up disabled tawny's, mimsy and borogrove! and of course dizzy the kookaburra! phew! too many birds to put photo's on the blog, I will do an album sometime later in the season.


Autumn 2013

Posted by merlintherook on November 10, 2013 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Cromarty left us in September, with rooks who came to us from Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.  The rook formerly known as Krypto fell in love with Clark Kent and has been renamed Lana Lang, they have a lovey dovey session every morning after breakfast with much crooning and beak kissing.

Staying with us till next year is Byzantia, who can't fly very well at the moment, but will be able to once she grows her next set of feathers.   Dizzy has been quite the rookaburra Daddy and even tried to help with feeding young rooks by flying over to them with his breakfast mouse!

(on the shipping forecast theme appropriately enough we have had Forth who didn't go forth but actually went back as she wouldn't leave the aviary and had to be sent back to David and By by who didn't go bye bye but has had to come into the house! (ed))

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We had a family outing to Buckenham Carrs on Hallowe'en to see the rooks roosting, a magical experience.

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Baby Birds 2013

Posted by merlintherook on May 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This year we have only one rookling, she came from the rookery here, and has been called Cromarty.  Last Saturday, she came to London with us, and was guest of honour at Daughter Holly's marriage.

On Sunday, 4 orphan magpies arrived who were rescued after their nest had been shot to bits and their parents killed.   They are lovely little birds and will hopefully have a safe future here on our land.

Happy Xmas!

Posted by merlintherook on December 25, 2012 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (1)
"and the rooks were singing out for christmas day!......"

Peace, Shalom, Namaste to all our friends all over the world!!!!

Fully Fledged (2012)

Posted by merlintherook on September 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This year we had 4 early rook releases, Shelby from our own rookery, Sanchez from a neighbouring village, and 2 more from Lincolnshire. 

They all spent several weeks living in the cherry tree next to the farmhouse, and then gradually integrated with the flock.

Joining house rooks Clark & Lois, we have Krypto, who was found in a bramble bush looking very poorly indeed. He was not expected to survive, but against all odds he has, and although unable to fly he has a happy, permanent home here at the Rookery with Clark, Lois & Dizzy the Kookaburra.   A lovely little jackdaw came to us from Em and after a short spell in the aviary, quickly made friends with the local jackdaws and was able to go forth, she still visits occasionally.

Three very scruffy young rooks were brought in from Lincolnshire for release, but one couldn't fly at all and the other two had very poor wing feathers, So they were taken in by Pact Animal Sanctuary, who have a wonderful new wildlife department where they have settled in to their spacious aviary with gulls and pigeons as next door neighbours.

Whiffler the owl is often heard and even occasionally glimpsed in the dark around the garden hooting & hunting and doing what owls do!

Early Branchie season 2012

Posted by merlintherook on May 7, 2012 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (1)

This year we have large, healthy Branchies, who fledged very early & are now learning to fly.

3 that I found on the ground made a quick recovery and were able to return to the lower branches of the poplars where their parents came to feed them and help them back to the treetops.

A 4th rookling is unable to fly and is settling into life around the house with Dizzy, Clark and Lois.

We also have a baby Owlet as yet nowhere near fledging but with a very healthy appetite!

A Departure and an arrival.

Posted by merlintherook on September 4, 2011 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Crows Terry and Muchie were released last Sun (28.08.11)

I havent seen Terry, but munchie visits every day and has a special tree where I put out food for her. As I hear crow caws quite a lot I suspect Terry is also nearby, but doesn't want to come near the house.

Clark Kent the Super Rook has come to live with us and is now thoroughly at home, his story as told by Kate who rescued him can be found on Clarks Blog. He can't fly at present but perhaps next year he'll be nipping into a phone box, donning tights and cloak & soaring into the sky!

JULY 2011

Posted by merlintherook on July 4, 2011 at 7:52 AM Comments comments (0)

We now have a corvid free house!  Cuppah the little jackdaw has flown away to be a proper wild jackdaw, and 6 of our rooks have been able to graduate  to going off with the rest of the tribe to find their own food out in the fields. We still have 2 rooks, Turban and Cozy, coming to the rook restaurant 3 or 4 times a day, and spending many happy hours in the cherry tree nearest the farmhouse, where it is a delight to be able to see them from the window. The two crows who came here from Em in Lincs will be here until Terry has grown new flight feathers, and will then be released. They have shown definite signs of being a bonded couple, with Munchie doing "baby begging" to Terry which means they should stay together throughout their lives.

Rooklings Return!

Posted by merlintherook on May 31, 2011 at 1:58 AM Comments comments (0)

The Famous Five, Fez, Topper, Trilby, Derby and Beanie are now free flying outdor although they are requiring a non-stop supply of food served on the roof of the aviary.

Derby was found on the road by a neighbour and the others came from the foot of trees in the rookery. Indoors we have Tarboosh and Turban, who both need extra attention and are still being hand fed.

The two crows, Munchie and Terry, came from M to help her out with the large number of rescue she is taking in, and will be released as soon a Terry has grown new flight feathers. The poor bird was rescued from a Larsen trap with onw wing clipped and was near to starving when found. Please sign the petition to stop this foul practice.

Petiton to BAN Larsen and Multiple corvid traps


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