Crow Post

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We now interrupt Spring Migration with a Crow Post. The weather has forced us to stay inside today as it rains, sleets, and – dare I say it? – yes – snows.

Actually it occurred to me that we’ve been distracted by all these migrants and we haven’t talked about Crows for a while. The Crows may have been sending me messages seeing as how the fact that I have more peanuts and I have not left the office to visit them doesn’t make sense to them at all. I filled the bag this morning that I would have taken to the park if it was worth going out.

But it’s unfair to write them off as just masterminds of Peanutology.

I want to share with you a marvelous video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It’s a webinar that I was unable to watch when it was originally broadcast but now it is up and available in the archives, and it’s all about Kevin McGowan and Anne Clark’s research on the American Crow and Crow Behavior. And it’s absolutely wonderful. The talk covers some things I already know about, but I learned a lot too, and felt compelled to comment on their blog (the Crows wanted me to push the cause for hot dogs!). I didn’t know, for instance, about the northerly crows that migrate, although it makes sense. And did you know there are 45 species of crows worldwide?

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11 thoughts on “Crow Post

  1. These birds are very good to solve problems, their ingenuity is impressive. I’m sorry about your weather change. 🙂

    • Aw thanks, H.J. It’s a temporary weather thing, I think, I hope. Who know? I just hope the veggies I planted last Sunday survive. Oh, I forgot to mention something impressive from the video: we all know about the New Caledonian Crow that makes tools, right? Well they gave a wire to a Rook without instruction and it made a tool out of the wire to solve the get-the-treat problem. Pretty amazing. 🙂

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