Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:05 pm
we shot this rookery on sat 12th may 2012 and I would say we were 4-5 days too late as we usually take +/- 500 but omnly had aropund 100 ...the good weather we had in march brought everything forward so imo there is no set date but a rule of thumb the second week in may ....as for rooks they are corvids and might no be as predatory as maggies or hoodies but they will take a few chicks and eggs but the damage they do to crops and feed they have to be controlled
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:13 pm
Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:19 pm
This year you are dead right- I only got half the amountI normally get and I seemed to have slightly missed the boat. That'll teach me to do some reconnaissance!
so for all the corvid experts how do you tell a young crow from a young rook????? and duncan if you shoot branchers on the 12th of May you would be too late most years especialy this year
The last few years round here the traditional brancher day was spot on for timing, in my rookeries at least I knocked down many birds literally just 'branching out'.
Next time I'll recce starting in april I think, keep an eye on them.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:21 pm
hello duncan you know your stuff well done bud.les
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