THE CROW FAMILY

Yes, the crow family is well represented over and in our garden. They include rooks, jackdaws, and hooded crow. For the past month or so they have been very happy and today I counted two dozen in just ten minutes. We always had some crows but never as many. The reason for this much of a mob congregating in the garden is that I have changed our rubbish collection service a while back. I cancelled it. We never had that much anyway, and it was senseless to pay the standing charges when we can just as well do these things ourselves, recycle as much as is possible, use the compost heap for the rest, and only a tiny fraction has to be brought to the waste management place in Bantry or Schull.

So, coming to the crows, what attracts them in even greater numbers to the garden is that if I have food left over that needs getting rid of, or stale bread or so, I put it out there for them. Our waste does not contain meat, but if it did I believe that crows are omnivores anyway, so no worry. Sometimes I have fish skin and they even eat that, or maybe I am wrong and it is the cat next door that empties that little dish. All in all I love these guys coming around for their lunch, it makes the garden very lively for a little while, their shiny feathers beautiful in the sunlight. It works both ways, the crows get some of their food, and for me I do not have to deal with a smelly bin in the kitchen, however small.

My favourite is the hooded crow, they mostly use the fir tree at the back of the garden, even built a nest in it as far as I can see, high up. These birds, and also the blackbirds, doves, and a variety of smaller birds, bats, and insects find a fine feeding ground here in our garden, I am really happy for that. The cat next door, she comes to have a look everyday but I give her bits of food too so she won’t kill any of the smaller birds.
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Congregating on top of the shed, waiting their turn to eat, maybe.

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And more of them waiting in the birch tree closer to the house.


They sit and wait all over the place, while some of them are eating.

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And this is the hooded crow, I love these birds, they are beautiful, I am very happy that they choose our garden to nest in.

20 thoughts on “THE CROW FAMILY

  1. We only have on kind of crow in in our area: big, black, and shiny. We have a murder that gathers in my yard only in the winter. During the summer they use the our mature spruce tree for overlooking the whole neighborhood. I see a sentinel on it every day. I like them because when I had chickens they would run off the hawks. There is one in particular that I call Sweet Tooth. I had to fasten the dish of grape jelly for the oriels to a brick with a plate hanger to keep him from making off with it! Some people don’t like crows because they eat babies of all kinds in the spring–yep, they are very omnivorous. I’m with you in that I think they are handsome and handy for cleaning up! Thanks for sharing your birds. Begonia

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  2. I have Currawongs, a similar looking big black bird with a yellow ring around their eyes, sometimes the only way to distinguish them from our black magpies. It has a distinctive call, an Australian sound that I hear on Australian films šŸ™‚ Like your crows they are not always welcomed but like you, I am happy to get a visit.

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    1. Nice to learn about that Mary, thank you. Glad you like them too. Magpies actually we have too in our garden and I forgot to mention it, they are also from the crow family, they visit us infrequently and they do come with the mob, they are lone birds it seems.

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  3. We don’t have the variety that you have here in Virginia, just carrion crows. They are omnivores, they keep the roads tidy and I like them because they answer back when I call to them. We also have ravens, but they are less common. I wish I saw them more they are really intelligent, if you make puzzle feeders they will solve it in no time.

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      1. Magpies! When I lived in Korea there were magpies. Magpies teasing tigers is a common theme in old Korean paintings. I have three such. Also Korea is where I first heard a cuckoo that wasn’t part of a clock. You brought back some nice memories mentioing magpies, thanks.

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  4. Congratulations on foregoing the municipal waste collection. I can’t avoid my municipal taxes but there is still the incentive to slim down the bins for the amount of space they take up!

    Anyway, it sounds like you are having a lot of fun with your birds. Crows are perhaps associated too much with horror films!

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  5. I love crows, too, dear Agnes. They are so intelligent and funny but can be aggessive, too, when they have a nest close to you. Some days ago a crow was flying at my head when I came with my bicycle. I was a bit scared and thought of Hitchcock, hehe. Thanks for sharing, kind regards Mitza

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    1. Gosh Mitza how scary as their beaks are huge and sharp! Luckily you were wearing your helmet, but she could have gone for your eyes. I’ve never yet known them to be aggressive around the garden, luckily šŸ™‚ Kind regards back to you dear Mitzi and do have a good weekend.

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    1. I agree, here too, we had a next in our chimney as we had not used it for years, the chimney sweep took out so many branches that it was unbelievable, but then he put a special cap on the chimney and the problem was solved. But they are up there on the roof, they use an empty chimney pot now šŸ™‚ oh they are very clever birds.

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