Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jackdaw

Corvus monedula - London by Maxwell Hamilton
Given there are about 700 - 800 jackdaws in and around Lewes, sharing the chalk cliffs with the peregrines and ravens, and their calls are part of the background noise of life in the town, I thought I'd do them next. 
The common name derives from 'jack' meaning small, and 'daw' which is the vernacular English name for the bird. The Latin specific name comes from moneta, meaning 'money'. 
They cause a bit of a nuisance when they attempt to nest in chimney pots. Lots of houses in town have wire mesh covering them to prevent this. One of it's dialect names is the chimney sweep bird.

 


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