Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Another sign of spring

Outside my window at work, for the first year, I'm seeing crows in the sweet gum trees. This one in particular found a twig to grab with its beak. Surely it must be building a nest somewhere.

The film on the window made the photos not a clear as they'd have been otherwise, but the film on the window helped me get these photos--the crow didn't get startled and fly away.

Could I look this graceful while holding something in my mouth, balanced three stories up from the sidewalk? No way!
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Here's the first one I took. It appears the crow has peeled the outer layer of bark from the twig, there on both sides of the beak.
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The crow amazed me, standing there holding the twig, sort of looking around, then turning.
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Then it moved a bit to the left.
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Still moving, it went closer to the center of the tree.
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And then it bent over and put the twig beneath on of its feet!
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See? There it is, being held with the crow's right foot!
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I couldn't believe it. The crow took the twig back into is beak!
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It worked hard to get where it wanted to go, twig in mouth, feathers spread for balance. What tenacity!
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Here's the last photo in the series. I think the crow looks jubilant.
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A plus for you, at least I hope you think so, is this photo of four crows I saw on April 2. I wonder who's Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister?
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1 comment:

Abe Lincoln said...

You saw my crow photos too. And I have enjoyed your crow photos as well. I knew crows will actually play with things but seldom get to see that photographed as well as you have. Your talent is special.