Some Birdcam Crowing
This is my resident pair of Northwestern Crows (Corvus caurinus) which have now become regular visitors at the Birdcam suet station. The birds even managed to compose the shot for me using the "rule of thirds." Notice the red, fleshy tabs at their gapes. Only some of the crows visiting the feeders sport this feature.
Look in the eye of these birds and also this one. It is possible to perceive their intelligence and an awareness not apparent in many other species. I have also observed how kind and gentle this pair is with each other. I have never witnessed squabbling or any appearance of disagreement. For a fascinating look at Corvid intelligence, check out In the Company of Crows and Ravens. University of Washington researchers reveal the coevolution of these birds with humans and how they learn and adapt to our world.
Local Native Americans also perceived the special qualities of this family. Their big brother Raven was regarded as the the Creator. He placed the sun and stars in the sky and taught mankind all the skills needed for a good life. Only a very special creature could have earned this level of respect and admiration.