Blackbird Fly…

A few weeks ago I made a bit of a startling discovery.  Along with that, I realized I’d also entered a murderous circle, a plethora of new friends, and an opportunity to crow a little about it, if you will…

… The story of how I met my latest gang and a renewed sense of awe for their amazing wits began about 8 Wednesdays ago.  I shared a snack with a few crows that were hanging around the parking lot after work. All was a few minutes of cool amusement and then I went on my way.  I didn’t see them again until the following week, another Wednesday. So, I again shared my snack.

The third Wednesday I came out to a whole row of them on the power lines above me, waiting. That made me laugh, but alas, I had no snacks. I couldn’t believe they learned in only 2 sessions which day of the week I’d likely have snacks and about the fact that they knew which day of the week it was!

The next Wednesday, they were there again. Not the day before nor after. Of course I came duly prepared. In the weeks since, they’ve changed up the timing a little. As the days get warmer, it seems as though they’ve decided it’s better to come by for a cooler morning treat, so they’re waiting as I arrive now. Not one to be seen during my departure in the hot afternoon. Now, about that fact they know what time I arrive!

I guess I could say they’ve trained me as efficiently as my dog has. Absolutely nothing bird-brained about these amazing educators. They definitely pay me back for the for sustenance devotion with regular rounds of laughs at their antics and their propensity to show off how they easily outwit other birds.

I don’t know how long this fine-feathered courtship will last, but for now they’ve definitely changed the drift of  ‘hump day’.

Well, as they say, it’s all about the little things…

This fella is the ring leader. He seems to be in charge of summoning the troops and declaring when it’s safe enough to pick through my offerings. He also seemed to be in the mood for this photo shoot. He posed this way and that as he watched for me to toss treats and coos of praise for this grand handsomeness.

Time to make like the birds and flock off. Enjoy your weekend.

RL

 

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20 Responses to Blackbird Fly…

  1. I love crows, even though they’re pests to other birds. It always sounds like they’re having a raucous party in the trees.

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    • Ha ha, yes, they are annoying at times and can be even downright brutal. I had the misfortune of watching one tear apart a robin on my lawn a few years ago. Seemed to be an ominous portent… and I suppose I’d be justified in believing it was. Luckily I managed my way through the trials that followed (related or not) and the crows came back to be generous helpers in much friendlier ways.

      Thanks, Michelle. Nice to see you.

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  2. trentpmcd says:

    Crows are cool and very smart. They did train you well.

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  3. Becky says:

    There’s a particular set of power lines on a particular corner of a particular intersection in my neck of the woods that appears to be THE pigeon hangout spot. They sit in a row, similar to your crows, always on the same corner of the intersection. Makes me wonder what it is about that spot.

    Love the puns, by the way.

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    • Yes, we have pigeon gangs on many of those street pole line intersections too. I’m with you in wondering what that is about. There’s a really large group down the road from me that i always want to photograph, but they happen to be on a highway where no stopping is allowed, so I can’t get close enough for a decent shot.

      Thanks for the comment, compliment, and your visit, Becky.

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  4. calmkate says:

    lol love this post and great shots of your new mates … don’t tell me that they aren’t intelligent and understanding!

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  5. Every time I see a crow it reminds me of the movie “Birds” and it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand. But it seems you have this murder under your control….or maybe it’s the other way around. I wish my kids caught on this quickly.

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    • Hahaha…. yeah, I had a bit of a phobia about crows for awhile after an incident a few yrs ago, when one literally tore a robin to pieces on my front lawn. It’s taken a while, but they’ve convinced me their other character traits are watchable, at a minimum. 🙂 And yes, kid training… always a challenge. Thanks, TPP, for your visit.

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  6. That is so cool, Kindred! I actually just recently saw a short video about how crows are supposed to be one of the smarter animals and have the brain capacity of a 7 or 8 year old human. So, I’m not surprised they learned your schedule so quickly. 😀 Thanks for sharing the incredible story AND the amazing photos! ❤ xoxo

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  7. I don’t particularly like crow, but looking at the photos I find them likable. Nice photos.

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  8. Birds are a lot cleverer than we give them credit for!

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