Spring flowers can spark Crow Love
We might think winter is still here with snow forecasted tomorrow in Seattle. However, my crow families are gearing up for Spring. They know and sense it coming long before us humans.
It is time to love up your spouse or find a mate. Here are two on a wire who as I watched kept closing the gap between them. Love is universal and close contact is so desired by all beings.
Next we will start seeing tree selection for the future nurseries. Today I watched two crows fighting over a tall fir tree. One was sitting on the top branch and another was dive bombing him. Big evergreen trees are the place of choice for Crow nests. They give them safety from the ground below, cover from the weather and easy in and out access to feed the hungry beggars that will be here soon.
The best trees go fast
Once they sort out who is getting which tree they will start the stick search for nest-building. Finding the right materials often requires breaking living branches off trees as well as scavenging dead ones. Here is a photo from a few years ago of a crow with a big stick in his beak. He was being cagey with me so I won’t find his nursery site.
Building Material always in demand
Keep your eyes open for these signs and you might just find where they are raising their family. Then you too can enjoy watching the gift of a crow baby.
I’m like a puppy all legs & beak
Crow Dreaming of treats
California dreaming on a sunny morning and what did I behold? Crows!!
I went to the car at the hotel and I heard that raspy cry. There he was over on a building across the street. He saw me and flew right over. How did he know I was a crow comrade? Or was I just having wishful thoughts that he knew me from my Seattle homey crows?
Enjoy their crowness in the trees on a Southern Californian day.
Crow Pair watching morning traffic
Crow tree playground
Are you Crow Friendly? he asked me
Gnarled tree and California Crow – is that a gimpy foot?
Eagle Surveying Puget Sound
Juvenile Eagle One
Juvenile Eagle Two
Visited my West Seattle beach the other day. Low and behold two juvenile eagles were hanging out in the popular tree . They are probably from Vashon Island and just trying to beat out a living. Then along came an adult eagle chasing them off & they flew to the North. When I walked up the beach north towards that sculpture I mentioned in an earlier post (you need to be on the water to see it) there was one of them in a distant tree.
Young Eagle & Illusion Dweller commissioned by Gerry Tsutakawa
This last week it has been a bit cold for Seattle standards. It stayed in the 20s most the day and as the sunset each day it got even colder. As I drove home I encountered flying in formation one of the largest flock of Crows I have ever seen in the Renton valley. This was their last fling to get warm before hunkering down together in the Springbrook Creek Wildlife Reserve.
I took this video to show you not only their flying ability but just how loud their singing is. When I watch them swing around in flight together it makes me wonder how they synchronize themselves. I swear they must be telepathic.
Hope you enjoy the spectacle as much as I did.
Jules and Gutsy9 this is for you…..
Tree with odd black things in Las Vegas
A tree in the distance with black globs caught my eye on the way to work while I was visiting our LV office. I turned down the street cause I just had to see what it was. It was a family of peacocks in a tree. They were awaiting their breakfast and I can only guess they roosted there to stay safe from night creatures.
Mr Peacock showing his blueness
Peahen & her guy
Showing his stuff in the tree
Red Rock at Sunset
Last month, work called me to the home office for two weeks. That office just happens to be in Las Vegas. Many get rather excited when I tell them I am going there. I have to tell them it is a regular business trip and in fact I have been going there for over 20 years. I can’t even count how many times that might be but I am thinking it is well over 50 visits. Yes that means I don’t stay in the casinos nor do I go to them often.
This trip I didn’t have time or energy to go to the Las Vegas Strip. Instead I used what little free daylight time I had to visit a natural area, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
I hope you enjoy the slide show of the best photos I took on my two visits to the Park.