|01||01||Winter - Roosting||20051121||20060903|
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.
|01||02||Spring - Breeding||20051122||20060910|
Some rookeries date back hundreds of years.
Why are birds so loyal to one site?
|01||03||Summer - Eating *||20051123||20060917|
As summer warmth dries out the earth, young rooks, recently fledged, have a hard time finding enough to eat.
|01||04 LAST||Autumn - Roosting, Again *||20051124||20060924|
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.