When I moved here I had hoped to see and hear more crows. I love the sound of them, and I’m one of those who appreciate their intelligence, beauty, and autonomy. I know they travel in large groups, but more often I notice them when they are singing to someone or something far off in the distance.
PBS’s Nature has a wonderful show on crows, and I’ve linked it at the bottom of this blog. In it you will find that crows are so intelligent, they can not just use tools, but also make them to extract food from hard-to-get places. In addition, they have a keen sense of facial recognition that can be learned from their parents, a cognitive feat that is usually reserved for humans.
This program prompted me to look up more about crows, most specifically whether those huge black birds in my front yard are in fact crows or ravens. Who knew they are not one in the same? But according to the sounds that my birds make, I tend to think they are ravens. Also some of them appear even bigger than those Pileated Woodpeckers that have been visiting lately. Now they are a sight to see!
And why do we call them a murder of crows? They are omnivores that are both predators and scavengers. Killing a sick animal, like a cow, has given them the moniker of “murder.” What they are finding in my yard, besides the birdseed I put out daily for the songbirds, is not known. But I love to watch their funny walk, their beautiful flight, and of course that strange sound that I always find so haunting. If they can “recognize” my face, I hope they’ll find me to be a friend and keep tapping at my chamber door.
Enjoy the show….http://video.pbs.org/video/1621910826