Wednesday, 6 April 2011

More moss for the crows nest

I have a certain liking for crows.About a dozen or so years ago 1 of my dogs brought back an injured one in her very soft mouth and i kept it in the shed where i live which is 2o odd miles from where this cam is till it healed up about a month later.It became quite tame and followed me about flapping on ahead teasingly when we were walking to sit on posts and in bushes.Too,too tame in fact for it became caught up in a fence and so i decided to ignore the thing and never feed it and so didn,t see the clever but a bit stupid black bird all winter.Then,the following spring,"the" crow showed up,quite tame with a very nervous mate and certainly acted like the bird that i had helped and was around the year before.A nest was built,just like the one in the cam pics with sticks and moss,eggs were laid,chicks were reared,taught the way life works and the crow family would stay together until the following spring when the parents would shoo off the errant young to go their own way in the world so the parents could make a new nest and start the whole process again.The pattern has continued since then and photos of my own life and family often include these crows in the background hanging about, i only feed them some corn when it,s cold in winter and that,s it but still they are often around and always nest nearby, they can be a nuisance sometimes by nicking strawberries and stuff like that but who wouldn,t be seduced by scrumping such delicious fruit and their company on a cold winters day more than makes up for it.Besides,they are cracking guard birds by warning of trouble from afar,i kid you not.But the crows in these cam pics?They are as wild as hell and you can,t get closer than 2 fields from them before they see you and fly off squawking.Guess where that old dog of mine many years dead now picked up that injured crow?It was the other side of that holly bush in the picture.....

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