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The girl who gets gifts from birds


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offshorebirder

This is a wonderful story about crows in Seattle, Washington and a young girl who seems to have the makings of a fine ornithologist:

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31604026

 

I was particularly impressed with how Gabi catalogs and preserves the gifts.

 

The article does not say whether the crows are Northwestern Crows or American Crows which are both present in the Seattle suburbs.

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That was a indeed a lovely story and hope she grows up to do more good things like this. I was surprised to see the squirrel hamd around as long as it did with do many crows around!

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A unique relationship but i doubt I'd ever purposely feed crows.

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I used to feed one particular crow every day when I was a child. It used to come sit at a windowsill right next to my chair and we were used to sharing lunch. Have had a soft spot for crows ever since :)

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Towlersonsafari

Hurrah for Crows-and all corvids! They are amongst the most intelligent of all birds-and indeed all animals, and get a very bad press-but whether its documented evidence of ravens pulling up ice fishing lines to eat the caught fish before the fisherman gets back, or crows pulling the tails of raptors to distract them, or jays burying tons of acorns, and then remembering where they left them,they are fascinating birds to watch.Last autumn we had grey squirrels burying peanuts and a magpie following unburying them seemingly without the squirrel knowing, and we always smile when we see the jackdaw with only one foot-several years old and still going strong.They also are generally monogamous, and in Scotland, the best way to spot eagles and other raptors-its often the hoodie or Raven that will alert you to their prescence and begin a usually ineffective mobbing campaign thats great fun to watch.

(Sent on behald of the Corvid Appreciation Society!)

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offshorebirder

I agree completely @@Towlersonsafari . Corvids and icterids (well Blackbirds anyway) get short shrift and I am fond of both groups.

 

But the exception is when the corvids become invasive species that threaten native wildlife - as is the case in Kenya I understand with Indian House Crows in coastal areas:

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30782661

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