I am always watching for crows as I go about my day. I see them doing all kinds of interesting things, from dropping walnuts on the street in order to crack them open to playing on the wind, dipping and soaring, wide-winged, black “fingers” spread against the sky. There is no more amusing sight than to see a crow almost as big as a small cat hopping across the street, just to get to the other side, where undoubtedly there is some crowish business that needs attending to. Last week I was lucky enough to see the neighborhood murder rise in a whoosh from the trees behind my house. Hello brother crow, I always say. I see you!
A friend and I were feeding the ducks and crows at Lake Washington. It always amazes me how the crows don’t shove aside the smaller birds like seagulls do. It is as if they know they can easily find a meal elsewhere. When we were through, we sat in the car and watched the birds. A black sports car drove up and a young couple got out to go by the shore. The boy started throwing rocks at the ducks to entertain his girlfriend. She just giggled away. Meanwhile the crows are roosting on the phone lines watching this event. The crows started dive-bombing the black car with special emphasis to the open car window. I was parked 2 spaces away…they didn’t touch my car! Crows aren’t wicked except for their sense of humor!
Nature takes care of her own. What a wonderous creature.
I have observed crows, sometimes several assisting one another, open a discarded fast food paper bag in a parking lot where leftover crusts or fries inside could be a snack (I opened the bag and then tossed in the trash as they ate the leftovers). Their astute gaze is really phenomenal. Occassionally they attempt to eat a seed or pine cone that gets stuck in their mouth – I observed and actually photo-ed one who has a small pine cone caught in its mouth. He couldn’t spit it out. I coaxed him with some bread so I could get closer to see how large it was and it was small, just wedged at an awkward angle in his mouth. I would like to hope he somehow spit it out or another crow plucked it out of his mouth. They are amazingly smart. Sad some are annoyed with them.
I enjoy watching our local crows watching me and loved the program “A Murder of Crows”. One of our daughters-in-law asked “What good are crows?”, I answered simply that they are nature’s cleanup crew. But they are so much more than that, people just need to pay attention to their comings and goings.
I saw this episode last night at 3 in the morning. It has sparked my interest and I need to do a research paper on psychology for this term in college. I wish to know more about the “thinking of the mind” research and any of the rest of the research. I only wish that more people accepted the fact that we are not the only inteligent creatures on this planet. This program helps to right this very wrong steretype in a small way.
I’m so lucky..I have a Murder of Crows all to myself. I live in rural Maine, in the woods, and have a family of 6 crows who come to me and beg for peanuts. They always are polite, waiting until I have thrown all the nuts before they come to eat. Their cousins , the Blue Jays, are not so mannerly and sometimes seem to gobble up 3 nuts at a time. The big guys eventually get their share however and then go off to play. In Spring and early Summer I love to watch as they play flying games down the hills..they swoop and swirl and seem to laugh at each other.
I love my crows, and I call them my brothers too.
Will a “Murder of Crows” be on again. I tried to find a schedule on PBS, but only found October 24, 2010.
It is October 27, 2010 today.
Even though crows may be “dissed” by the public at large, they sure don’t act like it bothers them. Watch them when they are on the ground walking. They don’t walk…they STRUT! Proudly, too! Also, when they take off for flight they don’t pull up their “landing gear” (feet) right away. They just fly off with their legs hanging down. Sometimes I think they do it on purpose to make me laugh because I do feed them. They appreciate the old bread from the bakery thrift shop but you should hear them when I bring Cheetos or popcorn. Aaawww, Aaaawww, Aaawww!
I forgot to add look up the story “Rainbow Crow” on the internet. It is a Lenape tribe story about how the crow turned black. Crows once were the most colorful birds on earth according to the story. Check it out!
I recently spent several months working with a nonreleasable crow at a wildlife rescue. Although I had no experience training crows I have parrots and have trained them to do various things. The crow I worked with was as easy to train if not more so than the parrots and was more affectionate, attesting to their social behavior. I am amazed at their intelligence.
I have had the magic of a family of American Crows that have been coming to my house almost daily for about 4 yrs. now. Two springs they have brought their young ones and introduced them to the feeding in my yard. I mainly feed raw peanuts in the shell, and sometimes chicken bones and cheese crackers. Cheese crackers are almost always dunked in the bird bath first and then eaten. We play a game where I toss a peanut on the sloped roof of my house and they will hop along trying to catch the peanut before it rolls off the roof. They have several distinct vocalizations that seem to match various situations. They are quite used to me when I am outside, but sometimes when another person is outside talking to me, they will make swoops down over our heads – this is funny – but somewhat unnerving when the other person is not a “bird person!” I have to asure them the crows will not hurt them – they are just checking things out. Crows doing their funny hops and skips can make even the grumpiest person break into laughter! I love these guys as dear friends and they start my days off with a smile.
It is heartening to know how you feel about crows. I really liked the video and am amazed at the number of crow lovers.
i love crows this program was amazing it opened my eyes to teh wonderful world of crows…….
An awful long gap of nearly seven months since the last posted. No rush I guess.
I have large black crows around here along with many varieties of springtime song birds and other bird feeder
visitors. Lots of humingbirds, too. Other people in the area feed the birds regularly. I toss stale bread in the yard and the blackbirds seem to like it well enough. The annual treat for me is the arrival visit of the the great blue heron who travels the five miles upstream to check out the food situation in the stream. One heron is building the nest downstream near a marsh area where the water is warmer. That might be a good part of the food supply for the heron chicks that hatch later in the spring. Then both herons are back and forth picking up food for their chicks. This goes on every year of course and for all I know the visitors may be returning to this same area. Its just so nice to watch them getting things set for their new family. These past few years have been more of my attention on the seasons and the various animal. There is a forest nearby, a huge five square miles more or less and that supplies all the wildlife ranging from earthworms to black bear and everything in between. I enjoy witnessing their cycle of life with annual migrations for some to hibernation for others. Snakes cluster in underground dens over the winter wound together like snakes I suppose. Then there are a great many from the rodent world and amphibeans of all sorts. Most of the birds have left for the winter although a few types remain. There are nesting pairs of bald eagles that take up winter life here and they, too, make a nest and lay eggs and have eaglet chicks. Some of the “bird followers” with their long lens photo equipment and powereful tripod resting scopes who are friendly enough to allow a peek through their equipment. Well, I hope you enjoyed my wanderings begining with the black crows.
i have had a deep interest in crow watching, and other wildlife since the mid 1970`s. and know from experiences that crows do indeed have some intelligence, and recognize people. i feed crows mostly unslated peanuts in the shell, which i leave in northside of my residence, and they love it, and now experimenting with white cooked rice, to see if my favorite birds (Crows) will take to it. i had 2 different pet crows back in the 1970s, which i found injured. very interesting birds with affection showed and soft vocalization, as well as expressions of impatience, and anger at times. years before, i had hunted crows, but after seeing 3 come flying in small circles, over a crow i had just killed from my hiding place, and they were making what i could only describe as low pitched greiving caws, as theyy came down and all three attempted to get the dead crow back on his feet by lifting up his wings, and then finally giving up flying to a nearby tree, really kicking up a fuss, this touched me to the core, because like so many other people, i had assumed them to be like stupid flying rats. GOD`s creations are trully marvelous, and HIS creation, including the cosmos scream HIS very existence and display HIS handwriting. Evolution is fairy tales for adults.
The crows are missing around parts of Baltimore – Whats going on!
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