Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Crows



Crows are incredible  creatures as you probably already know.


The crows here were at Point Pleasant Park the other day and I learned from a dog-walker


that they recognize the people that feed them. As we were speaking


crows were in the nearest tree and looking down at her! She said this happens daily with her


and other `feeders`. I saw a documentary on CBC TV that reinforced this idea of recognition


which crows possess. If you have the time, in fact it is so good I`d


take the time to view it. It is called `A Murder of Crows`.
(Click on the CBC TV link above)


We have crows in our area here outside the city. They are creatures of habit. I have noticed


when we sometimes feed Sophie, our dog, outside in the morning, there is this one crow 


who will perch him or herself atop the same tree every time....I think hoping that Sophie will  


leave a few morsels behind. So far she hasn`t.



29 comments:

  1. They are fascinating to watch as they are watching us. I'd love to see that documentary...I'll give it a try when I get to a different computer. Looks like you've got snow! Please send some this way.

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    1. I hope you can view it Joanne, as sometimes due to international laws the US can't view some Canadian things and vise-versa.
      Crows have this 'air' about them and I just bet that when they are watching us they are wondering what we will do next and can't believe it!
      We have just a covering of snow here...not too much. But is it EVER COLD!! Minus 15C this morning not counting in the windchill!!!

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  2. we love to watch them too. once a day in the afternoon I throw out cracked corn to the wildlife critters, and the birds love it too we have crows that are coming down now too-never really thought about how large and majestic looking they can be-they also never bother the little birds-they just do their own thing

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    1. I noticed the same thing the other day Kathy when I threw out some seeds to the birds.....the crows moved ahead and the other smaller ones stepped aside until they were done. A certain hierarchy I guess.

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  3. Ah, Jim, we clearly share a love for crows. That documentary blew me away too. Thanks for the link.. I think I may just watch it again :) I can't quite pinpoint why I like these photographs so much. Something about the delicate cloud patterns, tree patterns and snow footprints that contrast with and bring out the strong personalities of the crows. Lovely post!

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    1. Hi Carol. Aren't we fortunate to have David Suzuki in our midst here in Canada. That would another post for another day!
      I remember when we were in Vancouver at the Kits Pool every day and Mr Suzuki was their with his young family.....he is a living legend in my books.
      These photos did not come out the way I wanted, so I tried a number of edits and ended up with these. It made the trees kind of feathery and focused mainly on the crows, which I wanted. Glad you like them.

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  4. When my kids were in kindergarten and first grade there was a school crow called Rocky that was ever present on the playground. Of course he had a never ending supply of food for the whole school year.

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    1. Rocky was no fool! He had it made! I bet the kids will never forget him too.

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  5. I saw that documentary! It was great. And I love crows. They are very intelligent, and fascinating to watch. Lovely images, Jim!

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    1. Thanks Martha! That lady I was speaking with at the park has had one in her house for 15 years!! It was injured and she brought it back to health but could fly again. She has dogs and cats too....and they get along.

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  6. i wonder who picked "murder of crows"? that is just too silly. murder is a horrible word for crows. they are sweet loud birds. ha. ha!! ( :

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    1. Hi Beth. Maybe it has to do with how they look when there are hundreds together flying around in a black mass?
      I agree that they are sweet birds. They are almost as close as they can be to four legged creatures.

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  7. I don't know about "murder of crows" but I'd like to murder their cousins, the magpies, when they start fighting in our yard at the crack of dawn everyday in the summer. Noisy bastards!

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    1. LOL! Steady now, Debra. Luckily I haven't had that pleasure!! Must be someway to discourage them.....short of using a gun!

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  8. Crows are very intelligent. They get my pecans every year in a surprise attack.

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    1. They need them more than you!! lol

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  9. I respect them but don't like them.
    They steal the stock food and have tried to kill my chicks... So I am not a fan

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  10. We don't get many crows here and not sure why. I hear one in the distance sometimes, but they don't come near the house. Too many cats, I think. :)

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  11. Not a big fan either as they beat up our chickens and attack the baby rabbits! I keep full eye contact if they are close...
    Ivan

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    1. I'm thinking both you and John are inundated with the bully crows!!! But really I do know that all wild creatures will stop at nothing for survival.

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  12. These photos are wonderful! Sometimes I think we are the students of crows and not the reverse. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. My sentiments exactly Mark! We just think we are on top of the food chain!! Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. We have crows on the ranch, but they are a bit shy. When we hear them calling, David says they are laughing at us. Ha-ha-ha, they say.

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    1. There you go! They know more than we think....or want to know!! lol
      Have a great day Terry.

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  14. I love crows, and your pictures were wonderful. I have wanted to visit Nova Scotia
    for many years, thanks for sharing such great photos. We have a crow who sits in the front yard in the persimmon tree and watches us, my four year old nephew, Jordan is always asking why does that bird stare at us. I think he is a guardian.

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    1. Thanks Jilda and thanks for dropping by.
      You know? I think that crow is on 'assignment' and you are its subjects!! lol

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  15. This is a gorgeous post, Jim! I know that you used some kind of effect on the pictures that give them such a striking look. Our crows have been decimated in recent years here in Colorado. West Nile virus has killed crows more than any other bird in our state. Crows are beginning to recover, and I'm starting to see them again. You take crows for granted, and then when they're gone you really notice it. They're very smart. I'm going to check out the video on crows, hopefully tomorrow morning!

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