"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Sketchbook Rooks and the Food Music of Worms

I am still up in Lincolnshire having exchanged the high flying seagulls of the south east coast for the lovely wind tossed, scrappy black rooks who circle high above the big copper beech and roost noisily in the nearby sycamore. I am very fond of rooks and have written about them before on the blog,  see “Beastly Birds”. They are not only very bright birds but are also beautiful and very funny.

In between working on commissions I am entertaining my elderly father who luckily shares my fondness for rooks. On a recent trip out we passed a little gang of rooks who were intently prospecting for grubs on a grassy verge. We stopped to watch them for a while. They hopped and strutted about, sometimes stopping to stare at the ground, sometimes with their heads on one side, adopting a sort of listening pose.

“They always remind me of people concentrating on some sort of orchestral performance” said Dad

“Who is performing,  do you think?” I ask.

“Worms” he said, without a moment of hesitation,  “They are listening to the music of worms, they are listening to the worms playing food music.”  That’s why they are listening so carefully”

Ahhh, “food music” of course.  My father is not mad, he just has a lovely turn of phrase.

Some Sketchbook Rooks

rooks sm bgrook 1 bg rook2 bg

Listening to food music….

10 comments:

Carol said...

Love your conversation with your Dad! Worm food music . . . I love it! They are quite the decomposers! ;>))

Carol said...

Wonderful sketches too!!

Jill said...

beautiful - sketches and sentiment

Dan said...

Oh I love these, especially the last one listening out for the food music!!

Threadspider said...

I think your father's comment shows great wisdom as well as humour-a bit like the rooks really. As I write a magpies is listening to the music of the worms on my lawn. I love all the corvids too-bright and funny, as you say. What a wonderful post, Val.

Ellen Rathbone said...

How delightful!

Elephant's Eye said...

That last one is smiling - Lunch is served!

the dressmaker said...

Love the texture of feathers and the pen and ink work in these drawings!
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sharp green pencil said...

Thank you all for your very kind comments. I so enjoy watching these wonderful birds they are endlessly entertaining. I have also seen so many other different birds here.. just not much time for drawing and very bad internet connection which is all very frustrating!!!
As I am typing now there is a rook cawing at me from the top of the weeping ash and a couple of noisy magpies in the hedge..great stuff!

sharp green pencil said...

Thank you all for your very kind comments. I so enjoy watching these wonderful birds they are endlessly entertaining. I have also seen so many other different birds here.. just not much time for drawing and very bad internet connection which is all very frustrating!!!
As I am typing now there is a rook cawing at me from the top of the weeping ash and a couple of noisy magpies in the hedge..great stuff!