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  •  the old chant goes..."one for sorrow, 2 for mirth" (13+ / 0-)

    three for a wedding, four for a birth, five for the best thing there is on earth. seeing two crows is fortunate. though seeing any is good as they were decimated in many parts of the country by west niles. Crows are one of the few bird species that cooperate. you will see a crow find food and send out a call -- summoning the others in his "murder" (as a flock of crows are called) to come eat...they will also band together to fight off other predators...this ability to cooperate -- and eat nearly anything -- has made the crows one of the few species to increase in population since the coming of man. as my old man used to say, long live the crows.

    Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. -- Adlai E. Stevenson (GOTV)

    by marzook on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 02:11:52 PM PDT

    •  ours usually position a lookout to call the others (7+ / 0-)

      when food is spotted. But the lookout is a low-status crow, often the last to eat. A flock will gather, eyeing the food, but (hmmm, maybe this hasn't happened this year, but last year it was standard procedure) they all wait until the alpha crow arrives and begins eating. Just this past summer, my husband and I were walking on a marshy trail near shallow water, and we saw a crow hovering like an osprey. We watched it dive to the surface and come up with a small fish, then fly off with the fish, to the other side of the water. Now, crows can't swim. Wouldn't have believed they could imitate ospreys it if we hadn't see it ourselves!

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