The Rook And Me

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.

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20051121

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.

1/4. Winter - Roosting: 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.

20051122

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 birds year and his growing infatuation.

2/4. Spring - Breeding. Some rookeries date back hundreds of years. Why are birds so loyal to one site?

20051123

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 birds' year.

3/4. Summer - Eating. As summer warmth dries out the earth, young rooks, recently fledged, have a hard time finding enough to eat.

20051124

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 birds' year.

4/4. Autumn - roosting, again. 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.

20060903

Bird lover Mark Cocker indulges his obsession as he follows a colony of rooks over the course of a year.

1/4. Winter - roosting

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.

Then News.

20060910

Bird lover Mark Cocker indulges his obsession as he follows a colony of rooks over the course of a year.

2/4. Spring - breeding

Some rookeries date back hundreds of years - why are birds so loyal to one site?

Then News.

20060917

Bird lover Mark Cocker indulges his obsession as he follows a colony of rooks over the course of a year.

3/4. Summer - eating

As summer warmth dries out the earth, young rooks, recently fledged, have a hard time finding enough to eat.

Then News.

20060924

Bird lover Mark Cocker indulges his obsession as he follows a colony of rooks over the course of a year.

4/4. Autumn - roosting, again

The summer's scattering of rooks is over and their communal urges bring them together again.

Then News.

20080503

Mark Cocker indulges his obsession as he follows a colony of rooks over the course of a year.

1/4. Winter - Roosting.

At dusk, 40,000 rooks gather in the Yare Valley in Norfolk, a black carpet covering entire fields before they disappear into the trees.

20080510

Mark Cocker indulges his obsession as he follows a colony of rooks over the course of a year.

2/4. Spring - Breeding

Some rookeries date back hundreds of years. Why are birds so loyal to one site?

20080517

Mark Cocker indulges his obsession as he follows a colony of rooks over the course of a year.

3/4. Summer - Eating

As summer warmth dries out the earth, the young recently fledged rooks have a hard time finding enough to eat.

20080524

Mark Cocker indulges his obsession as he follows a colony of rooks over the course of a year.

4/4. Autumn - Roosting Again

The summer's scattering of rooks is over and their communal urges bring them together again.

0101Winter - Roosting2005112120060903
20080503 (R4)

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.

0102Spring - Breeding2005112220060910
20080510 (R4)

Some rookeries date back hundreds of years.

Why are birds so loyal to one site?

0103Summer - Eating *2005112320060917
20080517 (R4)

As summer warmth dries out the earth, young rooks, recently fledged, have a hard time finding enough to eat.

0104 LASTAutumn - Roosting, Again *2005112420060924
20080524 (R4)

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.