On boxing day I watched a jackdaw roost at sunset on the edge of Corfe Mullen. A couple of days later I went back with my video camera and sound recorder to try and capture some of the atmosphere. This is what happened…
As I climbed up Mountain Clump hill at 4pm there wasn’t a bird in the sky. After about 15 minutes I started to wonder if what I’d seen on Boxing Day had been a complete fluke and the jackdaws were now roosting somewhere else. Maybe they move to a different roost every night? I suddenly realised how little I knew about jackdaws.
It was a gorgeous afternoon. Cold and crisp without a cloud in the sky. So I decided to set up the camera and wait. The birds behind me in the gorse were tucking themselves up for the night and a few seagulls drifted in and out of view but I needn’t have worried more birds were on the way.
I heard them before I saw them. A small flock of 20 jackdaws calling to each other as they flew in the direction of the woods. More flocks arrived. Swooping, circling and shouting there heads off as they greeted each other at the end of another hard day of foraging on the fields.
Soon the din was unbelievable and the massive flock of birds rose and fell like a roller-coaster, their fluid, rhythmic twists and turns keeping me rooted to the spot. Staring into the pink sky with my mouth open and a big grin on my face I decided this had to be high up on my list of amazing wildlife spectacles.
Here’s the video – it’s under 2 mins long. Make sure you have the sound turned on. I really hope you enjoy it!
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