Friday, February 16, 2018

They Are Cawing My Name

It's been a while since I talked birds around here.  For a very long time I have had three crows that have lived somewhere near me.  I think they live in a stand of Pines on the other side of the house to the west of ours.  I often hear them flying overhead cawing to each other.  But when there is a lot of snow on the ground, they perch in the trees across the street cawing like crazy.  I hear them and go outside to put out bread.  I call to them, Come And Get It, and go back into the house to watch.  One always stays in the trees to watch and call to them if there is danger.  Two strut around at the end of the drive way, making their way to where I have placed the bread on a tote lid so it doesn't fall deep into the snow.  The crows take turns getting bread, but one always stands guard in the trees.  I love these three birds.  I have no idea if they are the same three that have always come to visit and call to me, but I like to think that they are.  I have always said if I ever opened any kind of shop, I would name it Three Crows in honor of the birds that I admire so much.

Grateful:  And just to leave you with a smile on your face, here is a picture of two of my friends that have captured my heart.  They are BFFs and most always together and always touching while they sleep.  Here Bosco's butt is Harely's pillow.  I'm grateful that Corey brought Harley to our home.  He keeps me laughing with his antics.

Do you have a pet or wildlife animal that makes YOUR heart sing?  I love to hear your stories.
xx, Carol


















20 comments:

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

That's very interesting that one stands guard. We have quite a lot of crows and rooks around here. They make nests in the chimneys and perch along the top of the chicken run to fly down and steal food when the chickens backs are turned. They are very majestic birds and it always seems to me that they have a wealth of secret wisdom. I haven't noticed them standing guard but I will watch them more closely now :)

Studio Maywyn said...

Lovely post and photos
It is fun to watch how cautious crows are, always a eye to the sky.
This morning for the first time in months, I see a squirrel on the deck munching on the remains of seed. Strange thing is, the squirrel doesn't run away when I open the curtain to take a picture. I wonder if it is a regular from the days when the hedgerow was home to several squirrels. It could even be the baby squirrel that fell out of the tree?

Momma Bear said...

Oh so many stories! Now I've 2 indoor cats that are my constant companions, one of whom is always somewhere near. Birds in the backyard in trees and critters. A momma raccoon who used to follow Lydia, my eldest, to the school bus in the mornings. It was either the breadcrumbs from her bagel or she looked fluffy enough to be one of her own?
Then there is the hummingbirds one of whom will come to the kitchen window or the front door and scold me if I let the feeder get to low!
I love critter tales.

Debra said...

I love crows too. One winter we had more than normal snowfall. I noticed a lot of crows hanging near our house, so I made them peanut butter sandwiches (true!) and put them near the front of our house. The treat was eaten quickly. Maybe in the crow clan there is a story about a human who made sandwiches for starving birds!

My geese make me so happy, and so does our ring-necked dove, Norton.

I am said...

Hi Carol lovely pics i love watching birds too and i love your pic of your 2 puppy friends,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

Jennifer Gail said...

I love crows! In warm weather I swear they watch out for me when I walk in my driveway.

Pamela said...

I lvoe to watch the birds near me. I live near water so I see a lot of ducks, coots, herrons, egrets, and other birds. The ducks always seem to be in large groups, the coots in twos and the herrons and egrets alone.

jenclair said...

I had a grateful moment the other day when the cedar waxwings descended on the holly tree in a neighbor's yard. It is such a short, but spectacular thing to catch the way they cover the tree and devour those red berries! I've been watching for them, but it is always an accident to actually catch them.

Love your Three Crows in the snow, Carol! As I wrote that, it sounded like the title of a poem and made me think of "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." :)

Susan said...

It's quite possible they ARE the same crows. If crows survive to a year old, which is about half of those which hatch, many, many not making it past the egg stage, they have a good chance of living many years. Average age of breeding the first time is 3.3 for females and 4.9 for males. Breeders have a 93% yearly survival rate. If they last that long, they may live 17-21 years of age, and a few even longer. The oldest wild American Crow was 29.5.

The researcher I'm quoting had in 2010, 2 or 3 nestlings banded in 1993, so they were 17 years 7 months old at that time. So ... yours probably ARE the same 3, since they continue to behave in the same way! What's interesting to me is that, unless they are an actual pair with child or a parent and two children, they have formed a family of 3 unrelated to one another. I've seen quail do this - a pair taking in a third to help protect the family - but I don't know about crows.

Kit said...

They probably are the same crows. We have 4 crows that are at my school and they have been there for over 5 years. Crows remember faces so yours remember your friendly face. That is great that you are so kind to them. :) Kit

Jan said...

Wonderful story about you and "your" crows. It is always rewarding to gain their trust although I tell mine not to trust anyone else. I have taken to bringing a bag of cat food and bird seed along on my walks and leave handfuls of this mix on top of the fence posts so my dogs can't get it. I call the crows by yelling "Crows! Crows!! Come and get it!" and a big flock of them come flying in. there is nothing but a few crumbs of millet on my way back, which the sparrows will clean up. I so love the birds, and my dogs, who accompany me on all daily walks. I derive great joy just from watching them.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Hi Carol, I am caught up on your posts. What a handsome couple those newlyweds are! Love this post title and I’m sure they are knowing you too. Crows are so intelligent. Admire your improv landscape piece and I wish I could be more creative with my projects. I will check out that group.

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Crow have always been apart of my totem as well as my mom when she was alive. I have my house decorated with crow and raven art and we have hundreds of crows and ravens here on the beach in OR. I love your story.

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

PS. come see my newest raven bead pattern on my blog.

Barbara said...

I don’t hear crows today, but it’s 73 degrees and I hear spring birds! Your pups are adorable. If only everyone was as lovable. 😉

Sandra said...

We have no pets of our own; only occasional visits from our grand-doggies! I tend to like to feed the birds and squirrels and wildlife of the outdoors. They are a joy to watch from the windows in cold weather and also when I can sit on the porch outside in the warmer weather.

Dots said...

I like crows. From what I have read about them, they are very smart and hang in families. They are loud 'wake-you-up' on Saturdays type of birds. They remember people's treatment of them and they probably are talking to each other. lol

Lark said...

I love crows, too! They're so fun to watch. Great post. :)

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Crazy about your crow story--we have crows too, and I love them.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

The crows are back here too - and the Canada Geese returned yesterday. Both good signs of spring maybe coming soon (I hope!).