ARTISTS AND BIRDS

"One of the Einstein Birds"

American Crow

        It’s planting time in southern Utah. Time to get out the shovel, rake, and those seeds you’ve been looking at since last fall. February is a great time to live in Washington County. Warm enough to plant, yet cool enough to claim the end of winter. Today there are gray skies, and an expected storm on its crowway. Outside, when my honey was cleaning debris off our garden spot to plant turnips and peas, he kept finding pecan shells picked clean. We don’t have pecan trees in our yard, and there are no pecan trees close to our home. However, there are lots of Crows around, and they love pecans. Each morning we see flowing streams of Crows in the sky flying east on their daily search for food. The flow reverses in the late afternoon when the Crows fly west to return to the security of the Virgin River south of St. George. How different are the silent flights in the evening compared to the ruckus noise of foraging Crows in the morning.

        This morning there were hundreds of Crows in our pasture and yard. It just so happened that yesterday we purchased extra bread. Immediately I ran to the stash of bread, broke it to pieces and threw three loaves to the Crows. There was a flurry of black wings, and the bread pieces soon disappeared. These smart, inquisitive visitors live in close knit family groups. They cooperate with each other. They communicate. There are 23 distinct patterns of caws that have been interpreted. Crows are called Einstein birds because of their intelligence.

        I love watching Crows fly overhead looking for food. I love watching what happens when they find it. First they call other Crows to join them, and when the group settles on the ground, they look the food over from a distance, until one brave Crow sneaks up on a hunk of bread, grabs it, and flies away with other Crows hot in pursuit. There is plenty of food left, but they love the games that come with finding it. What a hoot! Watching Crows makes me laugh. Add some humor to your life. Look for Crows and watch what they do.

    Tell me of any Crow siting you have, or if you just want to talk "birds" call 435 673-0996. The artist this week is Marilyn Davis.

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