A new crow book coming!

I have been waiting so patiently, ok, maybe not so patiently, but waiting… and waiting… for John Marzluff’s new book, Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans to come out. And it comes out in 6 days! You can officially order it on Barnes and Noble today! I just did! YAY! I am chomping at the bit to get my hands on this book! I cannot wait! Hip! Hip! Hooray!

As soon as I get it and read it, I will write up a thorough review for you here on CorvidCorner.com. =)

Till then!

An Injured Crow

I have many bird visitors daily to my feeders. The past few days a crow has been visiting. This crow is beautiful, younger but this crow is injured. And it makes me so sad to see the bird limp. =(

You can see him/her nursing its leg. =(

The crow didn’t fly away like most do when I get too close. It is injured and worried but I was not hasty in approaching it.

I made some calls to the local wildlife organization to see if they could help. If you find an injured crow (or any bird) or an abandoned nest or hatchling (baby bird), you can call or visit the website of national organization to find your local facilities:

When in doubt, just call your local humane society and ask what to do or who to call. They should be able to help direct you to the appropriate people to contact. If you really can’t figure out anyone to call, write me at crowgyrls at gmail dot com. I will find someone for you to call.

My local wildlife organization told me to see if I can catch the crow and bring it in. They recommended using a towel or a sheet. Crows are nervous by nature (and rightfully so). It may take a bit to catch them, if you can at all. If the crow can fly, they will probably evade you. And crows have an amazing memory and can teach their young to avoid particular people. So, be prepared to be the bad guy for awhile. Perhaps permanently. It is not for the faint of heart, helping transport a crow to an animal hospital or wildlife facility.

I will let you know how this goes…

Crows — An Australian Export?

Krahe Crow in Boots by Rudi Hurzlmeier
Krahe Crow in Boots by Rudi Hurzlmeier

I read an intriguing article about crows (and corvidae in general) and how they originated in an Australian part of Gondwana ((In paleogeography, Gondwana (play /ɡɒndˈwɑːnə/), originally Gondwanaland, was the southernmost of two supercontinents (the other being Laurasia) that later became parts of the Pangaea supercontinent. It existed from approximately 510 to 180 million years ago (Mya).)) ((Wikipedia)), something I did not know. How very interesting! I learn something new every day! This article is worth reading but I won’t re-post it here, I will link it instead. Just visit here to read the original article by Stephen Debus.

Did you also know that Crows were most likely in the United States long before people? ((In the Company of Crows And Ravens By John M. Marzluff, Tony Angell, Paul R. Ehrlich)) So, think of that next time you feel they are being pests and invading your land. Perhaps, the more likely story is you are invading theirs. It is a good idea to share and share alike with crows and humans alike. How much corn can they really eat? Plants a few extra stalk for them.

Difference between Ravens and Crows

A fantastic video explaining (and showing) the difference between ravens and crows…

 

The people who made this video, Rick and Diana Boufford, have a fantastic website, Raven Diaries, with lots of goodies (information, stories, photos, a much longer video all about ravens…etc!) You should definitely check it out! And they have their own youtube account (Raven Diaries) here.