The Crow

It’s officially Spring!  Even though we have four inches of snow this morning, the crows are building their nests, and I reckon they should know better than our weather forecasters! Crows start breeding early in the year and the recent spat of warmer weather must have stirred their blood.

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By Walter Sigmund Wikipedia

 

I’ve seen several birds fluttering between the bare trees with strips of cloth and string, obviously for lining their nests, as yet, I haven’t spotted an actual nest. They usually  make their constructions high in trees and occasionally utilise a bush. The birds lay between three and six eggs and incubate them for eighteen days the babies are fledged at thirty six days. By the middle of May, we should see the youngsters around the neighborhood.

I became more interested in crows several years ago when I read an article referring to their ability to recognise and remember human faces.

Here’s an article which explains a study carried out by The University of Washington in Seattle.

Crows harbor a grudge too, so be very careful not to annoy them, or you could easily end up in of Alfred Hitchock’s ‘The Birds’ situations with a flock of these guys remembering you, passing the information to their pals and then plotting for your demise.

And – they are vengeful, very vengeful. Here are six reasons why you should not mess with crows!

So, when you next see a crow on your roof, just be nice, and smile. He’s watching you – and – remembering!

If all this wasn’t enough to convince you crows are really smart, then watch this video

Smart Crows

 

 

 

 

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see www.mud-skipper.com). I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

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