Saturday Serenity: A Crow’s Perspective

“Nothing is unreal as long as you can imagine like a crow.” ~Munia Khan

As I was walking in my neighborhood the other day, I saw a crow flying overhead.  I watched him land on a light pole.  He sat there for quite some time so I decided to take a few photos.

I have always liked crows for some reason.  Apparently they have the biggest ‘brain to body’ ratio of all bird species.  This doesn’t surprise me.  I certainly don’t have any proof of this, but for some reason they seem highly intelligent.

They tend to create their nests in trees that are quite tall.  I guess they like to see the world (and protect theirs) from a higher perspective.

Some people think crows are scary-looking sorts.  I just don’t feel that way.  I do acknowledge the photos I took are perhaps a bit ‘creepy’; however, I like to say they are perhaps, ‘creepy neat.”

I read that when crows ‘caw’ in short bursts (let’s say 3-5 caws), they pause to hear a response.  Apparently this is a ‘companion’ communication.  Perhaps likened to calling friends who might happen to be close by.

The other ‘general’ type of ‘caw’ crows make is specific to a situation, such as spotting a potential food source, or protecting its young.  Interestingly, the number of ‘caws’ is the same as in the case of seeing if one’s neighbor or companion is about.  But the difference is in the volume, frequency, and pitch of the ‘caws.’

As is with humans who might get rather excited about seeing something interesting, the crow too becomes louder and more demonstrative with its loud ‘voice.’

The crow I saw a few days ago had made some attempts to contact a fellow Chicago crow (*grin*) but seemed quite content to sit on the light pole while I took his photo. I guess you could say he considered me neither companion nor threat (or lunch)!

What’s your take on crows?  I’d be interested to know!

  9 comments for “Saturday Serenity: A Crow’s Perspective

  1. April 6, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    I remember crows as a child in Flint, Michigan circa 1965. There were big wood behind the house, I’d walk into the forest, the trees swaying wildly in the wind and the sound of crows in the distance. The persistence of memory.

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    • April 6, 2019 at 1:06 pm

      That could be the start of an excellent story, John! Your description (and memory) is awesome! Thank you! Cher xo

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      • April 6, 2019 at 4:20 pm

        Thanks Cher! Sometimes it would be nice to delete certain files from my brain, but there’s no rotating hard drive or SSD! Very precious memories. I can add to that story by telling you we had a Saint Bernard dog that I used to ride! Around the pool! And ice skating on that pool, too in winter. ❤️

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      • April 6, 2019 at 5:26 pm

        John! I really wish you’d write about it if you felt comfortable to do so. It would be delightful!!!! Your experiences are what people wish they had! Cher xo

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  2. April 6, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    They are highly intelligent and can solve puzzles, recognize humans and they set sentries to guard their nesting or feeding sites. Brilliant birds. All the crows in the Chicago area died from Bird flu, or some bird disease. I used to have them visit all the time, since I fed them. I miss them so much. I love them and they are my favorites. I have seen three of them around here but their comeback is very, very slow. By the way, they know how to use tools too.

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    • April 6, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      Ah, thank you so much for sharing that information. I didn’t know about the crows in the Chicago area. When did that happen? We have quite a lot of them here in the city itself. I hope they make a comeback in your area as well. Do they? That is really cool! I hope my crow friend will come back and stop for more photos. I could have stayed there looking at him all day! Cher xo

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  3. April 7, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Ahh, my old dear friend the crow! I’m sure you’ve “heard” me rambling about them before – suffice to say, what a magical experience you had! Hope to see more hangouts with your new neighborhood friend. ❤️

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    • April 7, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      Hi Traci! Oh yes, (but not rambling my dear; just sharing)! I hope so too, Traci! I’m going to email you this afternoon with an addendum to the crow experience! Thank you my dear! Cher xo

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    • April 7, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Sent an email to you, Traci! Cher xo

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