I think by now everyone knows that I love crows (as evidenced here, and here, as well as here, and not forgetting here). I’ve spent the past year and a half trying to bribe the local crows so that they’d pose for pictures. This past Wednesday, all the bread and peanuts finally paid off – there’s a crow I now call, “Angel” (thanks to his pose at the end of this blog post) who has decided that it’s now okay for me to hang around outside when he’s eating.
Here’s a half dozen of the gazillion pictures I’ve taken since his decision on Wednesday –
And here’s a few of our conversations –
March 26th – Talking to Angel the Crow (1 minute, 38 seconds) –
March 27th – Angel makes some clicking noises (24 seconds) –
March 27th – Angel plays Simon Says (3 minutes, 7 seconds) –
As for that clicking noise in that video, I spent a little time researching what it might mean, and this is my favorite (if unsubstantiated) explanation so far. It was in answer to a Facebook query by someone named Beth Wilks – “According to Candace Savage, author of Crows: encounters with the wise guys, and also Bird Brains: the intelligence of ravens, crows, magpies and jays, it is used to acknowledge familial association.” In other words, he’s welcomed me into the family. Or he was telling his crow family that the crazy bread lady was back. Either way, I’m enjoying it.