Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Jackdaw
(Eurasian Jackdaw, Chough)
Photography © Debbie Bozkurt
Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
16th June, 2007
"Read a great book by Peter Cunningham and he described the Jackdaws by the golf club enterance.....book over 20 years old. And guess what they were still there...even though the RSPB site says you don't get them up in North Scotland.....these islands are an eco centre all by themselves.
The light was very dim so not as crystal clear as I wanted and there was the river between them and me. Infact I got a bit wet, I crept ever close putting my foot down on what I thought was the lower ground and it was grass and reeds growing in the river......thank god we haven't had much rain in the last few days. I think the second picture is of Juvenile Jackdaws as the colouring is slightly different and they were not so bothered as the adults were when I tried to swim!!! "
Our Jackdaw photographs
- Corvus monedula
- Gaelic: Cathag
- Jackdaws pair for life. Sexes are similar
- WI: Uncommon resident breeder (10-99 breeding pairs) in Stornoway, elsewhere scarce (very small numbers recorded in most years) sometimes uncommon autumn /winter visitor
'Chough' is an old name for Jackdaw and came from the sound of it's call.
Jackdaw records in the Western Isles
Uncommon resident breeder (10-99 breeding pairs) in Stornoway, elsewhere scarce (very small numbers recorded in most years) sometimes uncommon autumn /winter visitor
Formerly bred in South Uist
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)
On the chart below the darker the shade of blue the more abundant the Jackdaw is during a month or the more likely you are to see it.
(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)
Other local bird photographs
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