Big, black birds something to crow about | Neil Case

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Crows are giant black birds, barely twice as giant as a robin or a blue jay and acknowledged, I think about, by everyone who acknowledges a robin or a blue jay.

Crows are unpopular birds, disliked by farmers and by hen watchers, and disliked with good trigger. Crows pull up sprouting corn and eat the seeds which, the truth is, 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 an individual with a gun and title an alarm each time they see an individual with a gun, warning completely different crows and animals. I’ve in no way had a crow title in alarm after I’ve been strolling in a woods carrying a pair of binoculars, however.

Dislike them or not, all individuals I’ve talked to about crows has talked about they’re intelligent birds, perhaps primarily essentially the most intelligent of birds.

Once I used to be youthful I had a university classmate who had a pet crow. He took his feathered pet with him normally when he rode his bicycle. The hen rode on his shoulder, was not tied and can have flown away at any time, however it in no way did.

As further proof of the crow’s intelligence, they may examine to talk. They don’t say loads, just a few phrases, however it was startling for me to technique my pal collectively along with his pet crow and have the hen say good day.

As nonetheless further proof of the intelligence of crows, they acknowledge good horned owls. A crow, recognizing a superb horned owl on a nest, will circle over the nest, calling and diving on the owl and shortly be joined by completely different cows. I like owls, notably good horned owls, and each time I’m out and take heed to a flock of crows, if I can I hurry to the racket and I normally uncover a superb horned owl on a nest.

As nonetheless further proof of the intelligence of crows, I had an ice fisherman inform me that he seen a crow go to the opening he had cut back throughout the ice and take a fish off the hook.

Many farmers and some hen watchers and some boys shoot them they normally used to poison them. To poison crows, they put strychnine throughout the eyes of a ineffective animal. Crows eat the eyes of ineffective animals first and, the truth is, after they eat the eyes of a poisoned carcass they get the strychnine.

Crows have been moreover 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 further could possibly be killed at blast.

Crows assemble platform nests throughout the tops of tall timber. Female and male work collectively though the female does a number of the work. However her mate normally brings the female meals as she shapes the nest of sticks, lays the eggs and incubates. The male moreover helps with incubating and with feeding and educating fledglings.

Along with sticks and a grass lining, a crow’s nest normally has decorations, money and completely different shiny points that the birds have collected. In a single crow’s nest, I study, any individual found a women watch.

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

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