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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!

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