rook·​ery | \ ˈru̇-kə-rē How to pronounce rookery (audio) \
plural rookeries

Definition of rookery

1a : the nests or breeding place of a colony of rooks also : a colony of rooks
b : a breeding ground or haunt especially of gregarious birds or mammals (such as penguins or seals) also : a colony of such birds or mammals
2 : a crowded dilapidated tenement or group of dwellings

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The declining water level revealed a land bridge connecting an island rookery to the shore, allowing coyotes to pad across and feast on gulls and their nests. Louis Sahagun,, "A changing climate at Mono Lake could mean more dust storms in the Eastern Sierra — or less water for L.A.," 5 July 2018 Gaze over the gunwales and listen: There’s an egret rookery out on Indian Island. Robert Earle Howells,, "Insider: A sea captain’s guide to Eureka," 5 July 2018 Before the fires are set, biologists and fire staff will make sure no bird rookeries will be harmed. David Fleshler,, "Prescribed fires to burn this week at Loxahatchee wildlife refuge," 3 May 2018 This weekend also marked the opening day of the heron rookery at Almond Marsh by the Lake County Audubon Society, which had its scopes out Saturday for visitors. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "The weather has been for the birds recently, but now we are talking spring again," 22 Apr. 2018 One of the trips is camping with the emperor penguins, where travelers fly by ski aircraft to an emperor penguin rookery on the remote, south coast of the Weddell Sea. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Travel options: Explore new lands, make new friends," 15 Mar. 2018 To get a better look, Lynch’s team ventured to the islands in December 2015, counting penguin rookeries from the ground and with an off-the-shelf aerial drone. National Geographic, "Hidden Penguin Mega-Colonies Discovered in Antarctica," 2 Mar. 2018 Herons and egrets, which have rookeries and a strong presence in Armand Bayou, were two of those species. Jennifer Bolton And Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Houston gator seasons starts now; here's what you need to know," 5 Mar. 2018 Sea lions gather in rookeries to breed, sea birds hunker down in the gusts, and tourists – fewer and farther between – bundle up to go out and experience the raw power and awesome energy of the turbulent ocean., "30 reasons to love the Oregon coast in the winter," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of rookery

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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