During a visit back home to England, I took a trip down memory lane and spent time on Salisbury Plain and at Stonehenge, a short drive from where I grew up. It was a bitterly cold and windy winter's morning. I saw this characterful rook all alone, sitting on a fence post, perhaps trying to warm itself in the weak sunshine that would occasionally break through the cloud.
I was captivated by this large corvid - seemingly stoic given its surrounds and the weather. A great obsidian megalith paying homage to the ancient standing stones, not so far away.
The rook is a member of the ''Corvidae'' family in the passerine order of birds. Named by Carl Linnaeus in 1758, the species name ''frugilegus'' is Latin for "food-gathering".