Afloat on birdsong, hawthorn petals and young leaves
Oct. 3, 2021

Rook Ravaged Skies

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This has been a week of blustery winds and storms. Perfect weather for the wild choreographies of the rooks jousting on the wind. The devil has spat upon the blackberries and we (rather hurriedly) mark our first birthday – this podcast is one year old!

Journal entry:

“2nd October, Saturday

Below a thrown scatter of rooks
 South-westerly gusts kick up
 leaves not yet ready to drop.

Rains seeps into the cuffs of my coat

Autumn glory.” 

Episode Information

In this episode I refer to:

John Mazluff and Tony Angell’s (2005) In the Company of Crows and Ravens published by Yale University Press.  

Jennifer Ackerman’s (2020) The Bird Way: A new look at how birds talk, work, play, parent and eat. Penguin Press. 

To hear Amada and Wayne (NB Aecern aka NB Wanabees) interview on  great ‘The Silver Fox Sessions’ podcast: 5. You Know What? Anything Can Happen! Newbie Narrowboaters Wayne and Amanda

General Details

In the intro and the outro, Saint-Saen's The Swan is performed by Karr and Bernstein (1961) and available on CC at

Two-stroke narrowboat engine recorded by 'James2nd' on the River weaver, Cheshire. Uploaded on 23rd June 2018. Creative Commons Licence. 

Piano interludes composed and performed by Helen Ingram.

All other audio recorded on site. 

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