Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Something to Crow About
We have named this pair Asoka and Astarte. I have no idea what they call themselves. They nearly always turn up when we appear, which is an indication of trust, I guess. There is a large community of beach crows not too far away and Asoka and Astarte take part in the activities of those crows too. But at the moment they seem particularly concerned with chasing rivals out of their territory, especially magpies; and yet a jay turned up yesterday and they all seemed to tolerate each other. There is a game that Asoka plays with a local squirrel which involves encouraging the squirrel to charge at him before he hops over its head.
I read an article in The Guardian claiming that crows can remember human faces; somebody (a crow specialist?) conducted research that came to the conclusion that crows recognise the faces of humans who have been kind and fed them, and also recognise the faces of those who have been cruel to them.
Crows (along with owls) are my favourite birds!
Amazing; three-cheers for Crows!
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