Birds Swarming – Inktense in a Watercolour Moleskine

It was very windy, last Thursday and I was outside working in my workshop when I heard this tremendous racket from the birds which roost in the high trees behind our house. Glancing upwards I was amazed to see this huge flock of crows or rooks zooming backwards and forwards in the same way that starlings do late at night. I don’t know why they were doing this but I quick collected my video camera and shot a quick film to record this behaviour. This painting is copied from a still from this video:

Maybe the wind was upsetting the birds as their nests, high up in the beech and elm trees were swaying terribly. We have stayed here for 30 years and have never seen this before.