crows Archive

I have always loved crows. And recently I learned about the tens of thousands of crows that roost at the Bothell campus of the University of Washington. Of course, I had to go check it out. I don’t think any number of pictures or videos I share will help share the experience with you. It is just something you should experience for yourself. They covered trees. They covered rooftops, they filled up light posts, the goal posts on the field. They flew around by the hundreds. There were literally crows everywhere. After dark, they descended upon the field itself with the lights shining down on them. It was like the most raucous, fun bird party ever. And they do this every night! The sounds they [&hellip

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Everything plays. Playing helps with motor and sensory skills as well as social behavior. It relieves stress. It teaches the young many important things needed for survival through the process of trial and error while they can still afford to make mistakes. It keeps relationships healthy. Social play helps children gain friends. Social play helps young lovers meet and flirt. Social play teaches us how to behave according to our social norms. It can give us solid practice on our role in society. Birds are no different than us. They play, although not all birds use social play. But young birds play more than fully grown birds. Bird play is often spontaneous and free-spirited. And corvids engage in all manners of play, including social play. [&hellip

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I watched for an hour and a half and this was my official count: 5 House Finches (2 males, 3 females) 3 Dark-Eyed Juncos 2 Red-Breasted Nuthatches 2 Downy Woodpeckers (One male, one female) 5 Chestnut-backed Chickadees A dozen or more Black-Capped Chickadees 1 Stellar’s Jay 5 American Robins (1 male, 4 females) 3 dozen or more Mallards 1 – 2 dozen American Crows 4 Song Sparrows 3 Spotted Towhees

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OH! YAY! Since we put out the peanuts without shells and the new bird feeder, we have had so many new visitors. These wonderfully interesting feathered friends we have seen stop in… Stellar’s Jay ** Red-Breasted Nuthatch Black-Capped Chickadee Brewer’s Blackbird ** Crows (on a regular basis) American Robin House Finch Dark-eyed Junco Chestnut-Backed Chickadee Spotted Towhee Hummingbird (not certain which one — he was a passerby) The two birds with asterisks are the ones we have not yet been able to photograph. Don’t worry! We will be continue to try! =) The rest you can see in the gallery below

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