Saturday, April 14, 2012

Caw-ling all crows!

Threw some old cereal under the bird feeder tree one day. It didn't take long for the lookout to spot it.


 "Caw-ling all crows!"



 Such handsome, intelligent, keen-eyed birds.



Oopsy daisy!


 Mmmm, fiber!
 Gluttony, thy name is Crow!
 Looking pretty smug.
Making a quick getaway...

Linking to Camera Critters

132 comments:

Linda said...

Wonderful close-ups of those smart birds! When we visited the wildlife center, we were told that they rarely get crows that are injured because they are so smart, they have even been known to drop a nut on a road and wait for a car to come by and crush it for them! Now, that's smart! That one looks like he's saying thanks!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Theresa, these are all so wonderful and show off their great personalities. Last year in Yellowstone, I watched a relative, the Raven stack a half a cookie atop another half a cookie and then flew away with it. Oh so smart and cleaver and free entertainment that lasts as long as you want to observe')

Hilda R.B said...

This was so great. Beautiful close up photos.
Wish you a nice weekend.
Greetings from Hilda

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Really great pictures Tex! Crows are funny too, I love em!

Catherine said...

While your crows are very pretty ~ I must admit I do not love their 'singing' at 4 am in the morning when my bedroom windows are open. ;)
xo Catherine

Joop Zand said...

Excellent pictures with good sharpnes and nice compositions.

Greetings, Joop

Abhinav said...

Nice pictures !

Jill said...

Mmmm...fiber! LOL!

Love thse up close and personal photos.

Magia da Inês said...

♫♫°º Olá, amiga!
¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮
Imagens bonitas, eles são charmosos.
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil
º°❤.•°º╮

Sheeps and Peeps Farm said...

WOW wonderful photos! Have you seen "A Murder of Crows" from PBS Nature? It really shows what amazing creatures crows are.

Lynne said...

Their "shiny black dress" is very fashionable too . . .

I like your new, (at least to me) header and your profile picture too. Changing it up to go along with the "fancy black"you found strutting around the ranch?

Filip Demuinck said...

Great pictures, they are certainly not afraid these crows.

Greetings,
Filip

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

LOL, love this post! He certainly does seem to be 'Caw-ling' his 'clean-up crew' to help him eat all that cereal!

Have a great weekend, hopefully a dry one!

Brita said...

Similar to our "raven". Does best on the first image. Looks really seem to be really cocky / Brita

Fjällripan said...

They are really handsome!

Michael said...

not easy getting good shots of an all black bird...these are great

Sandra said...

superb shots, all of these. who knew a silly old crow could look so good.

Gail said...

I absolutely love this series! Great job.

NitWit1 said...

We have crows in pasture land in Arkansas. When I lived in Texas we had plenty of them. My Dad really disliked them. He grew up on a farm and I guess they were a problem.

Arkansas has lots of blackbirds, most prevalent in the Ozark are starlings and buzzards.

NitWit1 said...

We have crows in pasture land in Arkansas. When I lived in Texas we had plenty of them. My Dad really disliked them. He grew up on a farm and I guess they were a problem.

Arkansas has lots of blackbirds, most prevalent in the Ozark are starlings and buzzards.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

great crow shots theresa!

they sure are full of personality!! curious, mischievous,smart, cunning...all rolled up in a beautiful sleek black body!

i'm constantly hearing the crows here...so many hanging around! the ONE thing i don't like about them is how they chase other birds away...even ones much bigger...like the hawks! (long live the bully bird!) :)

EG CameraGirl said...

They are fascinating birds to watch! Crows adapt well and believe it or not, live here in Ontario year round.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Finders keepers right? Right:@)

JM said...

Terrific captures on this series.

Gone Country said...

Great shots!

They're so sleek and shiny. Noisy too!

Barb said...

Fantastic shots - such great DOF! I have yet to get such a good shot of a crow.

DJan said...

Did you know they live to be as old as forty? No wonder they are so smart! :-)

Daffycat said...

I love crows, ravens and blackbirds! Your flock is most spectacular.

Dicky Bird said...

Like your crow humor...

Lindsjö taxar said...

Beautiful pictures, very near and the black colour is fantastic. Today it´s nice outside. The dogs are outside playing around...

Charade said...

Love the captions. A couple years ago we heard what sounded like hundreds of crows in our woods attack and kill an owl that invaded their nesting area once too often.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Nice! I love how their feather glisten. I was watching some just this morning out by our feeders. I swear, they'd carry the dog away they are so big!

Jan n Jer said...

They look so scary to me! It's those beady eyes!!! Great shots!

Angela said...

They are beautiful birds! It's not everyday I get to see one close up like that. I think it's funny how all birds seem to let their friends know there is food and they all have a big party feasting on the food we put out for them! lol

Bob Bushell said...

The Carrion Crow knows a little bit about feeding.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love that one "cawling" 'come and get it' . Your pictures really capture their aggressive personalities -- I can almost hear them.

Birdman said...

Around here this time of year, it's not birds but bears near the birdfeeders. Lookout!

Changes in the wind said...

Have figured out if you scroll the picture fast it makes like a little movie:) Calling all crows was perfect.

ellen abbott said...

Really great pictures. they've shown up here recently. last year we had a large 'murder' that hung out all summer and fall.

holdingmoments said...

Great set Theresa. I love these birds; so intelligent. Put some people I know to shame lol

Sylvia K said...

I love your shiny, black crows, Theresa, and your title for the day is perfect -- as are your photos! Enjoy your Saturday!

Kathy said...

A good way to get rid of old cereal!

Carletta said...

Fun series!
You captured these guys really well in all their black finery and was even able to get the eye in focus - really nice job!

Ms. ~K said...

Great shots! We had a couple crows trying to hang onto the bird feeder the other day...they looked so silly!

Farm Girl said...

I had a friend once who timed how long it took for one crow to find something she threw out, it was six minutes.
Then another time she threw out fish bones, the crow came and picked up the bones one by one in his beak and never made a sound. Just quietly flew off.
I really do enjoy crows. Even when they are sneaking around up to no good. Great shots!

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, This is sure a fun series of pics. Do you think those crows ever get too big a bite at one time? Ha ha. They sure look healthy what with those shinny feathers. Nice post! John

bailey-road.com said...

These are wonderful shots! Crows are so intelligent. They always seem to know what's going on.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Amazing pictures. You must have different crows out your way. Here one cannot get close to them,they spook so easily.

Chatty Crone said...

Okay I know these birds - they are represent strength and toughness to me. sandie

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georgettesullins said...

Your camera picks up every feather...even the whispies. :)

Lina Gustina said...

Handsome black visitors :)
Thanks for dropping by.

www.1sthappyfamily.com

Betty Roan said...

Wow, knife-edge sharp down to those beady little eyes.

Ian said...

You forgot about noisy. Great shots and i love your wit.

Ellie said...

I bet they were pretty full after that meal - cool pictures.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great captures. Love the one caw-ling all crows.

barbara l. hale said...

WoW! Those are some fantastic crow pics!! I think I might try that to get them to come in close enough.

Inger said...

I've been wanting to see a good closeup of a crow for a long time so I could compare them to the ravens we have here. Of course, there have been plenty of crows other places I've lived and I know what the differences are, but I just wanted to see. Your pictures are better than any you can find online. Thanks.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Love these guys. They are hard to capture the detail in their feathers being all black - you did good. Like the low POV too.

AYearOnTheFly said...

I just got back from a Poe museum in Richmond where as you can immagine the Raven was heavily featured. Great pics of those smart little black birds.
ps - I hopefully was successfull in turning off the Word Ver on my blog. If you got time, click mover and tell me if it works now..

Karen said...

Great shots! Love the "pig" bird!

Cher' Shots said...

Seems to me that crows always arrive on the scene in groups of three or more, with one in the treetops as the lookout guy.
Love your closeup shots.Its fun watching how different birds behave in their family groups. Great post.
'love & hugs from afar'

Andrew said...

These are fantastic images to see.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Love the photos. They really are beautiful creatures.

trav4adventures said...

Oh, I am going to run out and do that right now! We actually have ravens here. I see they often on my morning walks and up in the mountains. They are quite intelligent. Great pics!!!

Phil said...

Lovely series of shots. They do indeed show that crows are highly intelligent.

Jeevan said...

Lovely, as well as wonderful shot on our black beauties... Admirable work!

Honest Abe said...

These are some nice crow photos. I have been lucky to get some loading beaks up with peanuts and half peanuts. And they will also eat round, flat, dogfood. I used to get dog food in small round pieces gor about $7.00 a 40 pound bag. Then they stopped making it and I got the saucer shaped but about dime size in diameter. They really like it too.

joo said...

it's a beautiful bird!

magda said...

Have much appetite, I see :))
Great pictures!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Great close ups- the cow birds have been eating all of my bird seed lately, (they can empty a feeder in 24 hours) so I haven't seen any other birds around except for my martins.

Patty Woodland said...

They are so very intelligent

pattisjarrett said...

Great shots! So that's what to do with old cereal. :)

Lois Evensen said...

Fun series. :) Breakfast at the Run Around Ranch. Best restaurant in town!

Debbie said...

haha...nothing gets by them. you got some spectacular shots!!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

What gorgeous birds they are!!!! Around here, all we have for 'black' birds are the grackles...I like to hear them sing, but in my opinion - crows are super cool!!!! Excellent captures.

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous series of photos. So crisp. If it weren't for their cawing, I'd love them.

Judy @ daily yarns said...

Great series T!

That Janie Girl said...

They are funny!

Tammy said...

Outstanding shots of the Crows!!! I love the first one the best!

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

I'm always so amazed how glossy black those guys are.

Rita said...

Oh, how I do love me some crows! They delight me so. Thanks, sweetie!! :)

Robin said...

T, great shots! Nice of you to ask them over for breakfast!

Texan said...

rofl that one had all he could stuff in his mouth, erm beak! LOL he pigging out! LOL

Betty Manousos said...

awesome!!!

i love it.
beautiful birds!

sharon said...

let the festivities begin!

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Nice photos of the crows, i love the comment on the gluttony pic

Enjoy your weekend
Peter

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Polly wants a a cracker! Wait!? That's not right is it? ;)

Rose said...

I got to ask...where were you to get such wonderful photos? Looks like you were at eye level, or almost for sure.

Candy C. said...

I love these pictures and your commentary was spot on! :)

Tracy said...

They really are huge...soemtimes they look pretty to me and other times, UGH! I guess it depends on how close they are to me :)

Powell River Books said...

We have their cousins the ravens at our place. They are such intelligent birds. In the middle of winter they are almost the only birds left for us to enjoy. - Margy

Michelle said...

I love those shiny, black feathers. Beautiful!

Mama Zen said...

Wonderful shots! I think crows are so pretty.

Annette said...

That one crow near the top looks like he is yelling at you. LOL.
I put some more info re your question on blurb in the comments of that post.

Eyeliquor said...

Thank you for sharing!
Great!

bon bon said...

beautiful shots! such pretty "coats" they have.

eileeninmd said...

They are piggies, great series of shots.

A Quiet Corner said...

They are so shiny...brazen though...and I hate it when they chase hawks!!!!...:)JP

Millie said...

And the cereal will be nevermore!

Linda said...

Great shots, Theresa. Love the gluttony one. :)

Fireblossom said...

"What, no milk?"

Michael Manning said...

I've always thought of these birds as predatory, But your photos have given me a kinder perspective of them in the scheme of nature.

Montanagirl said...

Great shots! They are such clever birds.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I love their sleek, shiny selves!! They are debonair and mysterious. Love 'em!! Great shots!

Randy said...

They are so fun to watch.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Really fun to watch how you tracked them !

Rohrerbot said...

Love your look out!!! These guys are fun to watch....as are Grackles.

SweetMarie said...

Great photos! You caught the cereal in the air! About two days ago a hawk was chasing a crow. They flew so low over my backyard. The hawk was fussing! I've wondered what the crow did to upset the hawk. I always throw out old cereal, crackers or bread to the birds and whatever else will eat it. :)

Michaele said...

You know, I never look at crows without thinking of you : )
Could they get any blacker?

Carole M. said...

they're certainly into it with great gusto. I even saw them down at the beach today ..

heyBJK said...

Holy crow! These are some of the best crow shots I've ever seen! Great catch light in the eyes. It's not easy to get feather detail in black plumage, but you did it. Really nice!

Ann said...

" Shoo, don't you have anything better to do? , than to sit and photograph me? " In Australia these crows are very big, and the moment I whisk out my camera, they are gone. Ark!!!Ark!


Did you have a zoom in camera?

CameraCruise said...

Wow, great shots of the crows!

JDC said...

I wish i had a pet crow

Christian said...

Very nice pictures indeed.

parker said...

Heckle and Jeckel, always looking for a handout!

Deb said...

great shots...I remember the Heckle and Jeckle cartoons....thanks for the reminder Parker...

Wout said...

Oh, I think they're wonderful. They are very intelligent birds. A beautiful series of photographs. Greetings, Wout

rkbsnana said...

Don't they just shine.

Sall's Country Life said...

Hilarious!!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Amazing to see this guy up close and looking like he means business.

Marie said...

They really are stunning birds! And I know they are very intelligent, too. Great pictures, Teresa!

Michelle Renee said...

AWESOME close ups...especially that first one. Throw some more under the feeder, and start clicking away. :)

Joe said...

In the first couple of shots he looks like he's looking for a fight.

Sandy said...

Wow, he looked angry in the 4th photo! Made me think of the movie "The Birds"

Hilary said...

Oh these are fine shots. I love crows, with their cold eyes!

Jenn Jilks said...

I love the crows, and the Indian Paintbrush! Great photos!
Greetings from Cottage Country!

Margaret said...

The Cry of the Crow... one of my favorite books years back. He is a handsome black.

Pia said...

WOW to your shots....
Crows here love the bread too but they don´t like my camera.

Andrea said...

Boy, you know how to pick them ... crows are the best. They can be pesty, but they are so entertaining. They also balance out the one sided advantage hawks have when hunting my feeders. If the crows are around they will mob the hawks and keep them away ... this time anyway.
I put suet balls on the ground for the crows and they are out there waiting every morning when I come. Gotta love 'em.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Donna said...

Throwing that cereal out there was sure worth it for these great photos!

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