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SOMEthing changed.

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SOMEthing changed.

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So in the last two months, I've had a mated pair of ducks nuzzling at my office window looking for food, and today, three or four crows scavenging in the pavement cracks.

If I wanted to go birding, I think I'd want to, you know, go birding.
Though it's intriguing having a crow be completely comfortable with you being visible and moving less than a yard away.
  • I saw a red-winged blackbird a couple of weeks ago as I was getting onto the Turnpike. It was quite startling.
  • Crows are hardcore, yo.
    • Oh, I'm a huge fan of 'em. I'm not used to them being OK with humans so close, tho.
  • The crows were probably thinking that it's intriguing to have a human with its delicious, tender, unprotected eyeballs moving less than a yard away.
    • well, I suspect that they know humans tend to protect those things as best they can- and they're awfully densely built by comparison.
      • That's why the real danger is ducks. No one suspects a cute duck of wanting to dabble out their eyes... until it's too late.
  • I have a bird feeder hanging over my deck, and the local sparrows made short work of that.

    Of course that's nothing to being awoken to the sound of a crash of wings and a birdie scream and looking out your window to see a red tailed hawk perching on a branch crushing the life out of a sparrow. And looking very proud of itself. Amazing.

    There was a guy at Kublacon carrying a crow that he was nursing back to health around in a carrier. He didn't feel comfortable leaving her at home by herself, and the hotel staff didn't seem to mind, so there she was. That was cool.

  • So, how does one differentiate between crows and ravens?

    We have lots of large black birds at work, and I've seen two of them chase a hawk away (with much screaming from all three birds...); I'd assumed that they were ravens because of the Trickster mythology of the Northwest.
    • tips on differentiating a Crow from a Raven:

      A: Ravens have longer flight feathers.
      B: Ravens are bigger than crows- indeed, sometimes they stand at nearly 3' tall.
      C: Ravens have a heavier-looking beak.
      D: Ravens are somewhat more solitary than crows.
      E: Crows say 'kraaa'; ravens say 'kur-rock'. Crows are a heck of a lot mouthier than ravens, too: ravens seem a little more inclined to keep their vocalizations to themselves.

      I suspect that our own cr0wgrrl may have other suggestions on differentiation.
      • Thanks. I'll look more closely while I'm out at lunch today; I'm sure we have both. I *know* I've heard both sorts of call.

        (Meanwhile, it seems that hummingbird season is over... They're not gone, but I'm not seeing even a third of the numbers I was seeing earlier.)
        • well, both are decent mimics: I've seen a crow have conversations with a clicking water meter outside an office building I used to work in.

          'click CLICK click click' says the water meter:
          'click CLICK. click click CLICK click CLICK.' says the crow.
  • Weird. This morning I got up and the rooks outside were, well, I don't know what, but making a ton of noise. I mean, really going at it (although maybge not actually going at it, I didn't look).
    • It's not a bad guess that if birds are making a lot of noise, and especially if there are a lot of them, then they're trying to impress girls. Lots of different species crowd into a few trees and chirp, sqwack, trill, and flutter their little feathered hearts out in order to impress a potential mate.

      Like the aforementioned sparrows ouside my window in the aforementioned tree. At 5:00 in the morning. There have been a few mornings where I was praying for that hawk to come back.

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