Corvids are among our most frequently seen birds and include in their number, magpies, jackdaws, rooks, jays and – most probably the common of all – the crow. Crows can be very dominant in gardens and their raucous caw is unmistakeable as they lay claim to territory. Their full name is ‘carrion crow’ (Corvus corone) but they will in fact eat most things, including fruit and seed. A large part of their diet will be insects and earthworms. They are also known to raid other birds’ nests to steal eggs or young chicks, and I’ve even heard farmers complain of them attacking young sleeping lambs.
There are a couple of trees at the end of our garden (actually in neighbouring gardens) where local crows compete constantly with magpies and wood pigeons for dominance. I took this sequence of photos during an afternoon when the crows were repeatedly swooping between the two trees to see off an equally determined pair of magpies. It’s an unending battle and dominance switches regularly between the different species.