ARTISTS AND  BIRDS
by Marilyn and Keith Davis

"Bird with the Most Smarts"

American Crow

         American Crows are very social, sometimes forming flocks in the millions. Being social has many benefits. Man is social.  Let’s compare humans to Crows. People spend years raising their children, teaching them how to talk, how to walk, and how to think. This is important so children will be able to survive in our complicated world. Crows raise their chicks up to three years, teaching them and helping them to survive in the ever-changing world. crowBecause they are social animals, the mothers use older siblings and other Crows to help feed and teach the chicks. Crows have great communication skills. They have a large vocabulary of soft and gentle calls for each other and when they play.  Their calls become loud and boisterous, along with distinct body language for predator alarm, and ‘get the heck away from here’. Crows are excellent learners and problem-solvers.  Together they can aggressively chase away larger birds including hawks, owls, and herons which are a danger to them.   Crows are also inquisitive and sometimes mischievous.   

         Crow numbers are increasing all over the planet as they adapt to man and his changes in the environment. Crows once existed primarily in agricultural areas, but now large numbers have moved into the cities. Crows realize they can derive benefits living among people with man’s large buildings supplying shelter from the elements of wind, cold, rain and blistering heat. Crows usually feed on the ground and eat almost anything – typically earthworms, insects, seeds, fruit, and chicks they rob from nests. Crows also eat garbage. Being excellent learners and problem-solvers, they often raid garbage cans and pick over discarded food containers. Because Crows come in large flocks, their flight is unique. It is a patient, methodical wing flapping, rarely broken up with gliding. Crows are rarely found alone. The ‘rule of thumb’ being that if you see one, two or three black birds together it is not a Crow. Remember . . . Crows are social animals. They like it that way. Crows are often mistaken for the larger black Raven. Ravens come in ones and twos and only seldom seen in a large flock. Be sure to note the Raven’s tail is a wedge shape while Crows have a flat, square tail.

         As Washington County’s agriculture base shrinks with the increase of subdivisions, Crow sightings decrease. Come along on a Red Cliffs Audubon monthly Field Trip. If there are Crows present, we will find them. The artist this week is Marilyn Davis. For more information about birds or Red Cliffs Audubon activities call 435 673-0996 or visit our home page.


        If you wish to read more Artists & Birds articles, they are listed in the table below.



Past Articles

"Cold Days and Good Memories"  (White Pelican) 
"Where's Sherlock Holmes When You Need Him?" (YB Cuckoo)
"Tale of Four Birders"  (Western Scrub Jay)
"East Zion Continued" (Golden-crowned Kinglet),
  Vermilion Flycatcher
"Aerial Wolves" (Sharp-shinned Hawk)
"From Clown School to Pond" (Ruddy Duck)
"Shades of Red" Red-tailed Hawk
"Predatory Songbird" (Northern Shrike)
"The Cagey Killdeer"
"A True Bird Story" (Willet)
"A Song to Remember" (Hermit Thrush)
"To Catch a Fish..." (Green Heron aka Green-backed Heron)
"No Spring Cleaning" (Brown-headed Cowbird)
"Look-alikes Galore" (Sage Sparrow)
"A Jazzy Singer" (Cassin's Finch)
"Salute the Coot" (American Coot)
"Put a Smile on Your Face" (Greater Roadrunner)
"The Tale of Fred and Ethel" (Mallard)
"A Flutter of Sparrows" (Clay-colored Sparrow)
"A Sight to Remember" (Blue-gray Gnatcatcher)
"About Night Life" (Northern Saw-whet Owl)
"Black and White and Smart All Over" (BB Magpie)
"Dressed for Dinner... of Fine Wines and Bugs" (RN Sapsucker)
"A Life List" (Painted Redstart)
"Bird-Brained" (Flammulated Owl)
"Needle in a Haystack" (White-throated Sparrow)
"Booby Trap Nest" (Red-breasted Nuthatch)
"The Crowd Pleaser" (Western Tanager)
"Seeds and Civilization" (American Tree Sparrow)
"A Childhood Treasure" (Black-headed Grosbeak)
"Those Itchy Red Bumps" (Cliff Swallow)
"Is There a Bee in Your Bonnet" (Utah bees)
"Where's My Winter Coat" (Great-tailed Grackle)
"Ice Age Tree Planter" (Blue Jay)
"An Uncommon Beauty" (Black-and-white Warbler)
"What's In a Name" (American Redstart)
"When the Cold Winds Blow" (Western Grebe)
"A National Beauty" (Bald Eagle)

"Feathered Tiger" (Cooper's Hawk)
"The Accomplished Carpenter" (Acorn Woodpecker)
"Jewels" (Evening Grosbeak)
"Observations on the Road" (Rock Pigeon)
"A Leftover Memory" (California Gull)
"Lifelong Dreams" (Greater Roadrunner)
"Who's in Your Yard"  Wren)
"A Touch of Blue" (Mountain Bluebirds)
"Fur and Feathers" (Spotted Owl)
"Chick-a-dee-dee-dee" (Mountain Chickadee)
"In Search of" (Red-breasted Nuthatch)
"Wanderlust" (Canada Goose)
"Einstein Birds" (American Crow)
"What Spring Brings" (American Wigeon)
"Magnificent and Adaptable" (Golden Eagle)
"The Loneliest Sound" (Common Loon)
"When a Rare One Shows" (Thayer's Gull)
"Bird of the Ocean Shores" (Brown Pelican)
"A Mature Forest" (Northern Goshawk)
"When Black Eyes are Cool" (Short-eared Owl)
"Spring Is Busting Out All Over" (American Robin)
"Acrobatic Survivor" (Common Raven)
"Are You Ready For Hummers?" (Calliope HBird)
"Poppies, Rock Wren, and a Trip in Time" (Rock Wren)

"What’s On Tonaquint Pond?" (Baby Mallard Ducks)
"Definitely Not High-Uintah Parrots" (Pine Grosbeak)
"Before Radio, Records, and Hi-Fi" (N. Mockingbird)
"Bloomington Hills Drive Pond" (Birds of Southern Utah)
"Marks of Identification" (Northern Harrier)
"Nature’s Fighter Plane" (Common Nighthawk)
"King of the Western Skies" (California Condor)
"Are Bugs On Your Diet?" Ash-throated Flycatcher
"Warblers with Cavities" Lucy's Warbler
"Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner" Steller's Jay
"Life Bird List" Indigo Bunting
"Valley of Ghosts" Burned habitat
"One Raven is a Good Omen" Raven
"Way-Cool Bird" Cassin's Kingbird
"What a Song Will Do" Virginia Rail
"Surprise at Kolob"  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
"Hatches and Hatches" Mourning Dove babies
"Power Lines and Fence Posts" American Kestrel
"Pump-er-Lunk, Pump-er-Lunk" American Bittern
"What's a Chukar" Chukar
"A Jacket in The Morning" Oregon Junco
 "Silhouettes in the Sky" Turkey Vulture

"The Sound of Fall" White-crowned Sparrow
"Where Birds Hang Out" Ruby-crowned Kinglet
"Just Desserts" Canvasback Duck
"Reasons to Visit Zion" Wild Turkey

"Disappearing Act" Sage Sparrow
"A Favorite Bird of the UK" English Robin
"The Christmas Card Bird" Black-capped Chickadee
"Warm Slippers" Rough-legged Hawk

"Beautiful, But Strange" Northern Shoveler
"Live Christmas Tree Ornaments" Scrub Jay
"Red and Black and ..." Vermilion Flycatcher
"Bird Songs" Birds at the feeder

"Teacher! Teacher! Teacher!" Ovenbird
"Raptors and Bird Feeders"
"Who’s Who in Winter" Abert's Towhee
"The Original Centerfold Model" Eastern bluebird
"What This ‘Look-Alike’ Looks Like" Pine Siskin
"To Shine a Light on a Name" Cedar Waxwing
"Find a Ladder-backed WP" Ladder-backed WP
"The Price of Bird Seed" Lesser Goldfinch
"Our Juniper Trees" Townsend's Solitaire
"Bird Friendly Backyard" Lazuli Bunting

"What’s in a Lek?" Sage Grouse
"The Dueling Doves" M. Dove - Collared-Dove
"Frozen Dinners" Turkey Vulture
"Stop, Sit, Listen & Watch" Common Yellowthroat
"The Night Hunter" Black-crowned Night-Heron

"Window Peekers" Hummingbirds
"When Food’s Free" Bullock's Oriole

 "Here To Stay!" House Sparrow
"Wild Places" Black-throated Sparrow
"Weird Spring - Many Birds" Western Tanager
"A Little Bird Watching" baby bird watching
"Stripes, Streaks, Bills, Crowns, and Colors"  Lark Sparrow
"Hoping for Perfect"
Gray Catbird
"Home Sweet Home???" Horned Lark
"Ah, the Western Bluebird!"
"The 'Under Cover" Bird" Green-tailed Towhee

"A Shady Patio"Juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk
"Quail Talk" Gambel's Quail

"Flight of Dragonflies"

  Ruffed Grouse/Rattlesnake
"Bird Feathers"

"Protective Coloration" Pigeons
"The Agile Scavenger" Common Raven

"Where Have All The Pheasants Gone?"
"Black is Beautiful!" Common Black Hawk

"A Best Friend" Barn owl

"The Ugly Duckling" Mute Swan

"What Birders Do" Magnificent Hummingbird

"The Magic of October" Double-crested Cormorant

"A Gibberish Conversation" Great-tailed Grackle

"Black Things - Flying" American Coot

"Flying Fortress White Pelican

  "What is a CBC?" Golden-crowned Sparrow


"Is That a Wild Canary?" Yellow Warbler
"A Tale of a Great Blue Heron
" Great Blue Heron
"Better To Wait For Breakfast..." Merlin
"This Was The Place" Red-winged Blackbirds

"Just To Be Noticed" Pied-billed Grebe

"Crash Landing" Eared Grebe

"Where’s It Gonna Show Next?" Anna's Hummingbird
"Become a Junior Birder
"
"Seen Any UFOs???"
"Feathered Treasures"
"The Long Way Home" Northern Harrier

"Mr. Lonesome" Greater Roadrunner

"Four of a Kind" Black-crowned Night Heron
"Winter Colors" American Goldfinch

"Black Snow" European Starling

"Looking Way Good" Belted Kingfisher

"To Fill A Niche" Black-billed Magpie

"Worth Every Cent" Backyard Chickens
"Wet and Bedraggled Pigeon..." Cooper's Hawk
"Why Don't We?" Northern Cardinal
"Rarely, but Possible" Harris's Sparrow
"A Lucky Fluke" Yellow-headed Blackbird
"What Spring Will Bring" Willow Flycatcher
"To Venture Outdoors"  Sharp-shinned Hawk
"St. George at its Finest!" Canyon Wren
"A Suitable Nest" Vermilion Flycatcher
"Stuck in Dixie"  Tree Swallow
"Time to Visit Zion" Blue Grosbeak
"Call From the Wild" Bullock's Oriole nest
"Apple Valley Babies"Western Scrub Jays
"The Fading Song Act" Cactus Wren
"To Win the Ladies"
Northern Mockingbird
"Color is Significant to a Flicker" Northern Flicker
"King of Bunker Hill" Gambel's Quail
"The Dinner Table" Ferruginous Hawk

"A Water Tank" Mourning Dove
"Faraway Places
"
Black-throated Blue Warbler
"Faraway Places - Part 2" Franklin's Gull
"Brenda Rusnell - Artist
"
"Hit Or Miss" Sharp-shinned Hawk
"The Flashy Singer/Babysitter" Prothonotary Warbler

"A Sighting To Remember" Canada Warbler
"Super Size this Meal but Skip the French Fries" BG Heron

"The Last Days of Summer" Red-eyed Vireo

"More Than Just Spectators" Great-tailed Grackles

"A Song to Love" Western Meadowlark

"The Amazing Migrant" Bobolink

"A Thistle Sock" Lesser Goldfinch
"From a Bird’s Point of View" Chipping Sparrow

"At Just the Right Time" Cedar Waxwing

"A Chicken in Every Pot
" Chicken
"A Perfect Flight" Feathers

"An Atmosphere of Comfort
" Burrowing Owl
"Goose Girl" Domesticated Goose

"Looking For A Super Sleuth" Vermilion Flycatcher

"Birds and Bugs" Black Swift

"Why Not Make a Memory?" Spotted Towhee

"Curious About Birds?
" Bewick's Wren
"Ow-Wow, Ow-Wow, Ow-Wow" Hooded Merganser

"A Snipe Hunt"  Wilson's Snipe
"The Butcher Bird" Loggerhead Shrike
"Just Happens Event" Killdeer

"A Spring Show" Cattle Egret

"Are You Nuts" Double-breasted Nutcracker

"If You Build It, They Will Come" American Robin

"Passing Through Southern Utah" Black-necked Stilt

"Listen Inside and Outside" Say's Phoebe
"Frozen Dinners" Paper Wasps vs Woodpeckers

"Weather or Not" Golden Eagle

"Troubadours From Mexico" Great-tailed Grackle

"Sticks, Straw, and Bricks
"
"Front Door Nursery"
"Eggs And Ravens" Common Raven
"Field Trips are to Die For" Phainopepla

"A Successful Introduction" Wild Turkey

"Follow The Leader" Turkey Vulture

"When There’s Fire"

"A New Kind of Sport
"
"What to Do With Flying Pests
"
"Oak Grove and Hummers" Broad-tailed Hummingbirds
"Being Fed" Feeding baby birds
"Crash Day"Learning to Fly

"Thunderstorms and Scrambled Eggs"

"Hold the Mud . . ."  Blue Grosbeak
"A Feathery Mystery"
"Magnetic Yards"

"Rainbows and Gambel’s Quail"
"Not an Ordinary Bird" Phainopepla
"Sunflowers - Free Lunch" Lesser Goldfinch
"Passing Through" Townsend's Warbler
"How High Can You Count?" Blackbirds
"Belly Flops and Kingfishers" Belted Kingfisher
"Listen and Learn" Northern Mockingbird
"Food, Safety and Welcome" Red-winged Blackbird
"Whooo, Whooo, Whooo, Whoooo?" Long-eared Owl
"Have Breakfast with a Bird" Baltimore Oriole
"Tongue Lashing from a Bird" House Wren
"Food and Easy Takings" Mourning Dove

"When It's Snow Time in the Rockies" Snow Birds
"Clothes Make the Man . . But *" Indigo Bunting
"The Call of Roosters" Chickens
"Find The Vermilion Flycatcher"
"A Snowy Zion" Dark-eyed Junco
"A Day Well Spent" Bald Eagle
"Easy Pickings" Eurasian Collared-Dove
"The Christmas Bird" Northern Cardinal
"Feathers in the Air" American Kestrel
"Is the Festival Over?" California Gull
"A Song of the Outdoors" Hermit Thrush
"What's on Your Pond?" Bufflehead
"A Must See" Ring-necked Duck





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