Your Blackbird Family
You may not realize it, but you have a blackbird crow or raven family; with up to 4 generations living in close proximity to your home.
Multiply this if you have large towering trees above you.
Interestingly, this amazing species has 4 generations working together, raising their babies and taking care of each other.
Interesting Crow Facts:
-Crows are one of the most intelligent animals, and share an avian class with ravens, magpies & blue jays
-They study us, memorizing our faces, and sharing information on who among us is “safe,” and who is a threat
-Crows are highly intelligent. They can learn and adapt, as well as make decisions
The American Crow (All Photos)
"Most young American Crows do not breed until they are at least four years old, and many stay with their parents and help them raise their younger siblings. A family of crows can number up to fifteen, with young from five years, and wintertime communal roots can include up to hundreds of thousands of birds."
Collins, B., & Sibley, D. (2013). Bright wings: an illustrated anthology of poems about birds. Pg 136. New York: Columbia University Press.
Fruit treats are healthy for our wild friends, and they love bread too. (However the Backyard Bird Shop in Portland says bread is empty calories for them, but ...they love bread nonetheless.)
by Marilyn Nelson - 1946
What if to taste and see, to notice things,
to stand each is up against emptiness
for a moment or an eternity--
images collected in consciousness
like a tree alone on the horizon--
is the main reason we’re on the planet.
The food’s here of the first crow to arrive,
numbers two and three at a safe distance,
then approaching the hand-created taste
of leftover coconut macaroons.
The instant sparks in the earth’s awareness.
Interesting Raven Facts:
-They mate for life, and stay in a fixed territory
-They are the largest perching bird, and one of the most intelligent
-Nesting ravens will drop large objects like stones to deflect predators
-They have few natural predators; aside from the red tailed hawk and the great horned owl. They will band together in groups around these, in order to scare them away
-They are inventive when solving problems; which is rare in nature where the trial and error method is common
How can you tell the difference between a crow & a raven ?
I will let Audubon take this one:
Link to the Avian family of Crows, Jays, Ravens & Magpies with Audio:
Good Reads List of Crow and Raven Books:
La Merle Noir (1952)
This was the flute and piano audition piece for the Paris Conservatoire by the French Composer, Olivier Messiaen; which was composed to capture the song of the blackbird.
Thank you for any comments...they help this grow and are much appreciated! - MJ
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