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Old Nov 9, 2010, 10:30 AM   #1
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Old Nov 9, 2010, 1:00 PM   #2
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Nice shots Gary, we have a murder of those guys every day and they've got to know me. Great show on the nature channel last week talking of how they actually recognize faces and pass it down to their young. "Stay away from the big limey!"
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Crows/Ravens are incredibly smart... They can count and they stash extra food
they find for later...

Great captures, Gary...!
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Ya gotta respect him. #2 says, "You talking to me? YOU TALKING TO ME?"

The point here is that almost no animals die of natural causes. When they get close to end of life, they get eaten alive. When they're not close, they still get eaten alive. Until modern times, we humans tended to get eaten alive too.

The woohoo natural world view of aboriginal folks including American Indians, to me isn't realistic. What is realistic to me, is the attittude of that bird.




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Crows/Ravens are incredibly smart... They can count and they stash extra food
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Great captures, Gary...!
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Ya gotta respect him. #2 says, "You talking to me? YOU TALKING TO ME?"

The point here is that almost no animals die of natural causes. When they get close to end of life, they get eaten alive. When they're not close, they still get eaten alive. Until modern times, we humans tended to get eaten alive too.

The woohoo natural world view of aboriginal folks including American Indians, to me isn't realistic. What is realistic to me, is the attittude of that bird.


OK, I'll be quiet now.

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Thanks for looking, Ted. A lot of folks detest these guys but I really enjoy them. They are VERY smart and, although very loud, they generally don't make a pest of themselves at my feeders... unlike starlings and grackles.
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..............They are VERY smart and, although very loud, they generally don't make a pest of themselves at my feeders... unlike starlings and grackles.
Hey Gary -
A while back, my wife and I were eating lunch on the outside deck of a beach side restaurant. A blackbird landed on the railing, looked around for an empty table, flew to it, and went to the holder with the sugar and the sweetener packets. He picked up a pink package of sweetener, flew back to the rail, opened a corner and starting eating the Sweet-n-Low. He then realized that it was not real sugar, picked up the pink package, flew back to the table, put the pink package back, and picked up the white package with the real sugar! He then proceeded back to the railing, and finished off the sugar package.
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Hey Gary -
A while back, my wife and I were eating lunch on the outside deck of a beach side restaurant. A blackbird landed on the railing, looked around for an empty table, flew to it, and went to the holder with the sugar and the sweetener packets. He picked up a pink package of sweetener, flew back to the rail, opened a corner and starting eating the Sweet-n-Low. He then realized that it was not real sugar, picked up the pink package, flew back to the table, put the pink package back, and picked up the white package with the real sugar! He then proceeded back to the railing, and finished off the sugar package.
Crows, ravens, mynas, jays belong to the corvus genus and are very intelligent. Crows and ravens can be taught to talk. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crow
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A lot of folks detest these guys but I really enjoy them. They are VERY smart and, although very loud, they generally don't make a pest of themselves at my feeders... unlike starlings and grackles.
I agree - ravens are good citizens in my experience. Unlike grackles...

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