There is a pair of crows (corvus corone) whose territory seem to center around our property. (Pairs of crows are very territorial and will defend their territories against other crows encroaching on them. The large groups of crows that one sees, for example, in fields, are for the most part “bachelors” that have not teamed up with a mate yet.)
We’ve been observing and feeding our crow pair for years now. I put out a halved hard-boiled egg in the morning, and in the course of the day put out noodles or nuts or meat. The large flock of sparrows (which are fed year-round here also) always scatter when the crows come to look for food, but return immediately when their large brethren leave the feeding place.
In early spring, we observed our crows building a large nest in the large poplar that towers above the garden. Assuming they were raising young, we increased the amount of food that we put out for them, and the parents came often, taking away snippets of this and that and then ascending once again to the nest.
I was delighted to discover this morning, that they had taught their newest young one about the feeding place.
I look forward to seeing him often in the next couple of months.
I love crows (corvus corone). They aren’t nearly as big as their larger cousins, the ravens (corvus corax), but are just as intelligent, playful and curious about everything. They are also excellent parents.
And young crows are rambunctious and love to get into everything.