Rook shoots. The comments of farmers regarding the attacks of Rooks Corvus frugilegus on growing corn in spring and ripening corn at harvest-time (National Farmers' Union, quoted in 'News and comment', Brit. Birds 75: 339) are very widely exaggerated unless it is a purely localised problem in Shropshire (where 'a massive shoot' was organised in May 1982). As one who has spent a lifetime in the country,

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