The Rook And Me

Mark Cocker has loved birds almost all his life, but a few years ago he fell under the sway of one of the most familiar but overlooked birds of the British countryside, the rook.

In four programmes, he follows the bird's year.

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0101Winter - Roosting2005112120060903
20080503 (R4)

Mark Cocker has loved birds almost all his life, but a few years ago he fell under the sway of one of the most familiar but overlooked birds of the British countryside, the rook.

In four programmes, he follows the bird's year.At dusk, 40,000 rooks gather in the Yare Valley in Norfolk, a black carpet covering whole fields before they drain into their roosting wood.

0102Spring - Breeding2005112220060910
20080510 (R4)

Some rookeries date back hundreds of years.

Why are birds so loyal to one site?

0103Summer - Eating *2005112320060917
20080517 (R4)

As summer warmth dries out the earth, young rooks, recently fledged, have a hard time finding enough to eat.

0104 LASTAutumn - Roosting, Again *2005112420060924
20080524 (R4)

The summer's scattering of rooks is over and their communal urges bring them together again: black threads of bird-life stitch up the countryside.