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Wordless Wednesday: Crows


These Common Crows are residents of my neighborhood.   I took these pictures on Sept. 15, 2014 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Wordless Wednesday: Crows


These Common Crows were photographed in the last week here at the local park and along the street where I live.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!








The Phoebe’s Story


If this Eastern Phoebe could talk in a way you and I could easily understand, it would tell us about the day it witnessed a battle in the skies between a hawk and several rather agitated crows.  The action happened on March 9, 2014 in a cattle pasture that I refer to as “The woodpecker colony”.

The Eastern Phoebe was minding its own business, sitting on a barbed wire fence in the cattle pasture when a Red-shouldered Hawk flew by, full-speed!  The poor Phoebe almost panicked but soon realized, whew, that the hawk was actually fleeing from a gang of angry Common Crows.  The crows set upon that hawk and chased it for several minutes before both the crows and that  hawk disappeared out of sight!  The Eastern Phoebe and I were then off  to other adventures on that late afternoon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  The Phoebe and I hope you enjoy the photographs and the Phoebe’s short tale.DSC_0898 (1)

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The Crows vs. The Hawk

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The Crows and Red-shouldered Hawk were battling close to my house very late in the afternoon on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.  In fact, the hawk perched in the top of the large Sycamore Tree in my back yard!  The Crows perched across the street in a similar tree.  There also were a few other crows in several nearby trees.  Lots of noise from all those crows, and the hawk, too!  Caws and ear-piercing hawk calls filled the air for several minutes.

The Red-shouldered Hawk was the one that gave up and left.  For how long, is the true question!  This has been a long-term give and take between the neighborhood Crows and that Hawk.  I have been hearing a hawk’s call in the morning most days now.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Neighborhood Crows


Crows have made this neighborhood and the general area their year-around home.  These medium-sized, black-colored birds are very smart and oh, so territorial!  I have twice seen Crows run a Hawk off by chasing the predator until the unwelcome bird just gives up and leaves the vicinity.

The Crows eat a variety of foods such as acorns, berries, insects, eggs, and small lizards.  They prefer live food to carrion but will sometimes act as the clean-up crew.  The Crows also will eat human foods such as breads and crackers and pet food.  They love eating sunflower seeds and will eat from low tray-type bird feeders.  I enjoy seeing the Crows here and even welcome hearing their early morning cawing.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture of each Crow.  Enjoy!



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