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Murder of Crows


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I saw a documentary called A Murder of Crows while visiting with my people.

 

It was amazing to learn how Crows can single out a face in a crowd and follow that person from place to place.

 

How Crows watch, how Crows remember where a fallen Crow has died, and mourns.

 

How Crows make and use tools to retrieve tidbits. The only bird species that does this. Crows from all over the place.

 

Crows in China, use metal hangers to build their nests, the female Crow adapts the hanger to fit her body, she uses her wing and foot

 

to spread the hanger to adapt to her body and weaves it into the twigs, she fits it to herself, by stretching it and nestles inside, if it

 

doesn't feel "right" she re-adjusts the hanger to make it " just so ".

 

3 Scientists have studied Crows at a University, the Crows watch the students' comings and goings, and memorize their faces.

 

When the Scientist put on a mask ( one put on a mask of a Cro-Magnum man ) the Crows went into " threat mode" as that

 

face was something they had not seen. If you get a chance to see this Documentary, it is well worth the watch.

 

Honestly you will be amazed, I know I was.

 

 

Regards,

Gypsy http://video.pbs.org/video/1621910826/

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I've seen this documentary! It was fantastic and helped my children appreciate the birds in a way they hadn't before. I knew about their ability to use tools, but not to the extent that it showed. Watching the crow react to the mask was simply amazing.

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Thank you for mentioning this documentary, I will watch it soon.

 

The crows are very smart animals, learned it from my gang of crows that I have visiting me each day.

 

My life is made better by seeing the crows and squirrels waiting for me each day. They are my family. (also some of the pigeons when they behave)

 

Thanks again CelticGypsie

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I love crows, magically and mundane as well. Thanks for sharing this CG, I will have to track down this program and give it a watch!

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I was pleasantly surprised as I was looking for a link of which to possibly purchase this on DVD.

 

But the Link I found, gives you the Documentary, one just has to glide through the initial commercial.

 

Free is always a benefit ! :D

 

Regards,

Gypsy

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Funnily enough, in the past few weeks I've suddenly developed an interest in crows, and learned a LOT about them - wicked smart animals and pretty badass. Thanks for sharing!

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I've been blessed to watch a family over the last several years, which started out with three and is now up to six full-time residents. (Others come & go but these six are always around. Don't know if any are offspring or not.) While I knew they were smart, this video was fascinating.

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I had always loved our neighborhood "crow gangs" but it was this documentary that really got me started on getting to know my crows and offering them food. I have been giving them food gifts for three years now. When I first started, after they got to know me, I asked them if I could have a feather or two because I loved feathers, I collect them, and they are so beautiful, so jet black. So a few days later they left a perfect long wing feather next to the food tray. :) Since then they have gifted me with about 6 feathers. Most of them wing feathers. I do love my crows, they will swoop down over my head and I can hear the wind going through their feathers. Once the whole murder had a meeting in the small trees in my yard--the family is about 70-80 crows and they split into groups of 3-9 every morning and then come back again at night. I haven't seen the entire family since last summer. But they have gatherings sometimes before it is time to roost. Family meetings I call them.

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MasterPoucksBestMan

In my neck of the woods (Mississippi Gulf Coast), crows are more rare to see in the winter. They must go somewhere else for the winter I guess. There is a murder of about 20-25 individuals that shows up in a tree on my property every spring. They hang out a while and then go about my town doing their summery business lol. I'll definitely have to watch that documentary.

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I just finished watching this and was blown away. Crows and magpies are among my favorite birds. Yes, I like sneaky animals.

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My dad recently showed me a video of a Russian crow snowboarding. The crow had taken a small piece of metal and perched on top of a steep snowy roof. Then it hopped on the metal and flapped its wings to get momentum, then rode it all the way down! It did this a few times on the video before going to find a different roof. I was really surprised, I know birds like to entertain themselves but not to this extent. We have a few crows around here and I would love to get to know them, as well as the blue jays that should be showing up again pretty soon.

 

http://youtu.be/_2rJoIhgWmw

 

 

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Wexler, that clip was awesome lol. I just showed it to my little girl and she was thriled :clap: Yay for snowboarding crows!

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LOL @ Wexler .......................  that is amazing, what a clever bird.  Gotta love those Corvids. :D

 

 

 

Regards,

Gypsy

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We are lucky here. We have a whole bunch of crows roosting in our trees outside of our modern Cottage these past ten years! If I walk down the road a bit, to Woodhorn Village, there's a wood where Ravens and Rooks gather. Ravens are quite friendly - well for me they are. They will sit on my arm as I feed them Corn or bread or seed I've gathered from my Sunflowers from the previous year. I can't have them on my arm for long however, since they weigh a lot - like our Golden Eagle or the other preying bird around here, The Kestrel! I guess I might miss these birds when I move to Scotland - but then, Scotland has its own animal population some a lot larger than the ones where I am!  Foxman.

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I couldn't get the PBS link to work....  Here's the youtube link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0CXSVrIt5w

 

Funny, 2 large Crows used to attack my ex every time he'd walk up the driveway alone... they's scare the crap out of him...   Neither one of us would ever see them lurking in the trees. 

 

They'd just swoop in, screeching like banshees and causing him to freak out like virgin at a prison rodeo.... Very funny stuff. 

 

The crows never bothered me, tho' (I should've read the sign from the crows !!!! They knew better than I did) 

 

CelticGypsy: Thank you so much for this and just being you.  You are such an amazing woman

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I miss my crows.

 

I haven't seen one single crow since I moved to the southern end of Texas.  We have some sort of huge black birds here, but they are not crows.

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Ravens, maybe?

 

 

No, the people down here call them grackles.  But they are huge.  I used to see the smaller grackles back home.  They would flock by the hundreds flying from tree to tree.  These look nothing like those.  I did just look them up and there is a pic of the ones we have here.

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