The old dialect name Caddow and the north country name kae seem to derive from its call. Jackdaws are notorious for their thieving habits and, perhaps because of this, daw became a term for 'a simpleton; a lazy person; a slattern'. In Thomas Ingoldsby's tale The Jackdaw of Rheims (1840), the bird is cursed for stealing the cardinal's ring.
In a bush by the rushy field, five male Yellowhammers perch like a - scattered - bunch of bananas.
On our walk down the Balk lane we also see a pair of Chaffinches and a Greenfinch. These finches bring welcome colour to the winter hedgerows. In the wood, it's Great Tits and Blue Tits that add local colour.