THOSE MUDEROUS CROWS

Garry came running out of the bathroom. “Go look at the feeders!!”

Two crows

I went and there were hundreds of crows all over my deck, the rails, the trees. Literally hundreds. You could barely see the deck for all the crows on it. I had never even seen a crow in our woods or anywhere near a feeder. Today, we had a genuine murder of crows. After a bit of gawking — it was a serious Hitchcockian moment — I grabbed a camera.

Crows in the tree

Of course, by the time I had the cover off the lens and had turned it on, they had dispersed. There were still a few in the trees and I got a couple of interesting shots. If only I’d had the wits to grab the camera first and skip the gawking. It’s just that it was so strange to see so many crows on the deck when I didn’t even think we had any crows.

Garry would like to know how the expression “A murder of crows” came to be. I’m betting it is because crows are extremely fond of eating dead things. Plucking the eyes off corpses and all that. When they suddenly show up in a huge flock like that, it is rather unnerving.



Categories: Anecdote, Animals, birds, Birds, Black & White, black & white photography, Blackstone Valley, Photography

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17 replies

  1. They are a bit scary Garry.
    Leslie

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  2. THEY CAN BE SCARY. SOMETIMES WE HAVE CROWS HIGH UP IN A NEIGHBORING SEQUOIA TREE. THEY COME SWOOPING DOWN TO CHASE A CAT ONCE IN A WHILE AND SOMETIMES THEY HAVE FLOWN CLOSER TO THE GROUND, RIGHT OVER MY HEAD. THEY COME AND GO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

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    • Garry had images of Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and when I saw them, so did I. I have no idea what brought therm. I’d never seen a crow in our woods before, so they seem to have appeared out of nowhere. Eeery. The murder of crows came and went.

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    • Patricia, this was truly a Hitchcock sighting for me when I peered out the bathroom window. The crows were lined up, FULLY covering the top rail of the porch fence. They were flanked – in all directions – by squads of other crows.

      Patricia, can you help on the “Murder of Crows” or “Gathering of Crows” lines — I know I’ve seen them before, I just can’t get the little people who work in my brain to solve this one for me.

      In the Mayer bio, I’m just up to the part where Louie tries to hit on Janet Leigh’s mother while counselling young Janet about her virtuous image and the dignity of MGM pictures. ‘Dignity, always dignity’. Gene Kelly had a big problem with Mayer’s hypocrisy. Louie didn’t approve of Gene’s brashness. Dignity, always dignity.

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  3. I love crows! They are so smart and funny, yes, crows seem to have a sense of humor. They are brilliant creatures…

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  4. I wd be terrified. I have seen rather large gatherings of them in the mountains, when they took off, they became a black noisy cloud.

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