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March 04, 2009

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Maud

This is the best thing ever.

Stephany  Aulenback

Aw thanks, Maudling. Try it! It's fun!

victoria

"a dim-witted crow looking at you with great fondness"

this, I love

Sean Carman

Did you know that crows living near roads will learn to place nuts in the paths of cars as a way to crack them open? I've seen crows do this. They wait until there's no traffic, then swoop down and fling the nut on the road, then swoop down again after a car has passed. Strangely, though, they just fling the nuts down anywhere on the road, as if they don't understand that the car wheels are doing the work. It's like they don't quite get it. Crows will also fashion elaborate hooks from paperclips to retrieve objects from glass bottles. If one of them does that, it means you're about to obtain something elusive, like a winning lottery ticket or the love of a shy poet.

Stephany  Aulenback

And we don't want to know what it means if a crow starts cracking nuts in your vicinity.

(Thanks for that, Sean, about the crows using cars to crack nuts -- I had no idea! Just looked it up and it is fascinating.)

123oleary

I was attacked by crows walking down the street one day.
I saw one crow struck by a SUV and the rest of the flock (murder?) started dive-bombing my head, refusing to accept my assurances that I was an innocent bystander.
What do you suppose this means? Hitchcock & du Maurier had it right?

magpie

What's the difference between a crow and a raven?

I rather love this post - I love the convoluted way that your mind works.

Steph

Sara, I think it means that a flock of crows is aptly named!

And magpie (great name!),thanks. This page from Cornell explains the difference between crows, ravens, magpies and so on: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/crowfaq.htm#raven

Although this one features the comment of an anonymous poster who claims he or she once heard a raven say "hello." I'm not going to get into what means if crows and ravens actually start talking to you...
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-between-a-raven-and-a-crow.htm

Loth

It's magpies that you use for divination over here in the UK, and since there used to be a popular children's TV programme called "Magpie" which used the rhyme as a theme tune, none of us who grew up in the 1970s can ever forget it! (5 for silver, 6 for gold, 7 for a secret never to be told. 8's a wish and 9's a kiss)

Found you via your comment on Daysgoby and will now go off and rummage in your archives!

Sue

Have you seen this video on the intelligence of crows?

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/joshua_klein_on_the_intelligence_of_crows.html

Steph

Welcome, Loth!

And thanks for the video, Sue. Very interesting stuff.

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