A rookery.

For me, this is one of the most evocative sights and sounds of early spring.

A group of rooks can be known as a parliament of rooks, a building of rooks, a clamour of rooks, even a storytelling of rooks!

Magpie …

… in my soaking wet garden this afternoon,
with a beakful of mud for building a nest. Several visits.

Poor quality pictures because I had to take them through a rainy window. I’ve tried to make them a bit brighter but, although they don’t look amazing, they make me smile. After all, that mud has to be good for something!
I think the nest is being built in a really tall tree that I can see in a gap between the houses behind ours. You can’t see much on this photograph but I’ve definitely seen a magpie flying away from it.