Blow-dried Crow

Rook Chimney bathing (1 of 5)I was hanging out washing yesterday lunchtime when I noticed this rook eyeing up the chimney.

We’ve just lit the wood-burner in the kitchen, and while there was no visible smoke coming out of the chimney, I’m pretty certain there was a steady stream of hot air flowing from it.

The rook, which looked wet… as if it had just had a bath (which they tend to do in a nearby water trough)… flew onto the lip of the chimney and started to bathe in the stream of hot air.

Now, I know the bird is bathing in the invisible “smoke” to rid itself of parasites, but it looks for all the world as if it was “blow-drying” its feathers.


About Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones is a freelance writer, author, birder and lifelong wildlife enthusiast. He is founder and managing editor of He is also the tour leader and wildlife guide on our West Cork based Discover Wildlife tours.
Calvin is also co-author of bestselling digital marketing titles and offers digital business consulting services and training through Digital Marketing Success

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