Went for a winter walk up here:
And saw several of these little chaps:
These cheeky little birds love humans and anything shiny. They pair for life and stalk around with a dignified bearing. They love human structures and a church steeple is an ideal spot to set up home:
‘A great frequenter of the church, Where bishop like, he finds a perch And dormitory too’
William Cowper (18th century poet).
They have their place in folklore too. A jackdaw on the roof meant a new arrival, or could mean an early death . Encounter one on the way to wedding and this was meant to bring good luck.
Sitting against a stone wall, with a flask of tea and a slice of homemade cake they entertained me on a sunny January morning.