The American Crow

Somewhere in the year of 2016, some of the crows residing within the exterior of our property, which was conveniently covered in an expanse of trees exhibiting a vast quantity of roosts which enticed birds to build their nests there, included a crow whom I recognized for the several feathers missing from the line of primary feathers within her right wing. I studied this bird, knowing that she could easily be identified, despite the fact that an older crow also lacked a few feathers in her right wing, but conveniently a much lesser amount. The youngest crow I christened McKenna and the eldest bore the name of Gemma.

Through the studies of McKenna, I experienced a playful chase consisting of two crows, who, for the moment, were known as Hugh and Zacharias, persistently giving chase to the former crow in circular flight patterns. The feathers missing from McKenna’s right wing resulted in creating a more awkward flight pattern, but McKenna was a young crow and determinedly caught up to everything without any large amount of difficulty. I supposed that McKenna was a she through thinking that the game was a sign of bird courtship in summer.

Hugh retired for a moment from the game, which was preceded triumphantly by by his opponent, Zacharias. However, from determination, Hugh was not to be thwarted and the merry game extended to nearly half an hour afterward. Once they ended, they departed in different directions from the quintessential fun.

It was only later in fall, when migration commenced, that McKenna and Gemma were last spied, departing North to a warmer climate and leaving behind the location that I had recorded McKenna’s sightings.


12 comments on “The American Crow

  1. Orvillewrong says:

    You are so obviously at one with nature, I envy you!

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  2. Orvillewrong says:

    I agree, all I tend to see is magpies, the odd squirrel and urban fox.

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    • Cayenne says:

      I think that the most I see around my house besides cats is birds. Our large amount of trees makes sure that birds are common for me to study. There are quantities of birds beside crows, though I didn’t mention that.


  3. Orvillewrong says:

    I live in a small town so the only time I see wildlife is late at night when on my way to work or in the morning on my return, I have two cats they are our babies!

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  4. I love crows, it was great that you could recognise them to be able to observe them more closely.

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  5. anne leueen says:

    We have crows that come to have a drink from our bird bath and to pick up any bits that have fallen from the bird feeder. This time of year the squirrels are running past the feeder with whole corn cobs in their mouths from the corn field next to us. The crows will intimidate the squirrel into dropping the corn and then they have a good pick at it themselves. I think they are very intelligent birds and I understand that some research has shown that they pass things on to their offspring such as the ability to recognize a friendly human face or an enemy human face. The experiment was done with humans wearing masks and when the offspring were shown humans in the same masks they flew from the “bad” masks and stayed around for the friendly masks.

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