Big, black birds something to crow about | Neil Case

Crows are large black birds, barely twice as large as a robin or a blue jay and acknowledged, I consider, by everybody who acknowledges a robin or a blue jay.

Crows are unpopular birds, disliked by farmers and by hen watchers, and disliked with good cause. Crows pull up sprouting corn and eat the seeds which, in fact, makes them unpopular with farmers. As for hen watchers, crows raid the nests of smaller birds and eat eggs and nestlings.

I’ve had hunters inform me they too dislike crows, that crows acknowledge a person with a gun and name an alarm every time they see a person with a gun, warning different crows and animals. I’ve by no means had a crow name in alarm after I’ve been strolling in a woods carrying a pair of binoculars, nevertheless.

Dislike them or not, all people I’ve talked to about crows has mentioned they’re clever birds, maybe essentially the most clever of birds.

Once I was younger I had a college classmate who had a pet crow. He took his feathered pet with him usually when he rode his bicycle. The hen rode on his shoulder, was not tied and will have flown away at any time, nevertheless it by no means did.

As extra proof of the crow’s intelligence, they will study to speak. They don’t say a lot, just some phrases, nevertheless it was startling for me to strategy my pal together with his pet crow and have the hen say good day.

As nonetheless extra proof of the intelligence of crows, they acknowledge nice horned owls. A crow, recognizing an excellent horned owl on a nest, will circle over the nest, calling and diving on the owl and shortly be joined by different cows. I like owls, notably nice horned owls, and every time I’m out and listen to a flock of crows, if I can I hurry to the racket and I usually discover an excellent horned owl on a nest.

As nonetheless extra proof of the intelligence of crows, I had an ice fisherman inform me that he noticed a crow go to the opening he had reduce within the ice and take a fish off the hook.

Many farmers and a few hen watchers and a few boys shoot them they usually used to poison them. To poison crows, they put strychnine within the eyes of a useless animal. Crows eat the eyes of useless animals first and, in fact, after they eat the eyes of a poisoned carcass they get the strychnine.

Crows have been additionally dynamited. This was achieved by tying a stick of dynamite to the limb of a tree in a woods the place crows roosted. When a flock of crows had gathered to roost the dynamite was detonated. A thousand crows or extra could be killed at blast.

Crows construct platform nests within the tops of tall timber. Female and male work collectively although the feminine does a lot of the work. However her mate usually brings the feminine meals as she shapes the nest of sticks, lays the eggs and incubates. The male additionally helps with incubating and with feeding and educating fledglings.

Along with sticks and a grass lining, a crow’s nest usually has decorations, cash and different shiny issues that the birds have collected. In a single crow’s nest, I learn, somebody discovered a girls watch.

There are three species of crows in North America, the frequent crow which ranges throughout the continent, the fish crow which is smaller and ranges throughout the south and east coasts and the raven. Sure, the raven is a crow, the most important.

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