Climate Control

Climate Control

Things that should not happen: snow in Northern Virginia before Thanksgiving. And yet here we are. The dusting we had at the beginning of the week is gone, but Thursday produced freezing rain, wet cold, and utter dreariness. Before this all happened, Super Hub and I...
Enrichment Fail

Enrichment Fail

I’m sure we’ve all seen the video clips of super savvy crows pulling up buckets on chains to get the treat and otherwise manipulating tools to complete subtle moves that result in obtaining a treat. I decided to test Gwen and Stephen to see how much...
The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

Stephen has developed a new habit: he likes to honk. Every three to five minutes he will produce this sound once and go about his business until the next one must be shared with the world. He has not deigned to explain this behavior. Perhaps he is trying to...
Rain, Rain Go Away…..

Rain, Rain Go Away…..

It has been pouring down rain here for the past three days. Luckily it has not been too cold, but daytime temps in the 60s are no picnic when you are trying to incubate eggs. Gwen has reached Hero Mother status. She is, to be generous, bedraggled. Her chest is stained...
Ucawz VI

Ucawz VI

UCAWZ VI Whereas, Crows are song birds and thus are experts on vocalizations (and everything else); Whereas, Humans engage in an activity called “singing,” in which they repeat music written by “composers;” Whereas, the avian practice of...
Gwen Wins Again

Gwen Wins Again

Gwen Hanging Out Gwen Still Hanging Out Gwen standing up and looking at something where she just was sitting I need boilerplate language that I can automatically insert into posts to the effect that crows are smart, will always outsmart people, love being a nuisance,...