100 years ago in COUNTRY LIFE
March 3, 1917
AT the end of February or the beginning of March the rooks begin to build their nests. The best method of studying them is through a telescope, set up in a top window. One soon discovers the birds which have previous knowledge of homemaking, as the businesslike way they go about their task is totally different from that of the excitable young couples which fly off together to collect sticks and return only to find their former gleanings have been confiscated. The old birds make no such mistakes, one of them staying behind to ward off any onslaughts.