Rehab Season 2018

Rehab Season 2018

I am proclaiming Rehab Season 2018 to be officially over. A few days ago I released the last crow — a juvi who arrived in August with a droopy wing. Two vets examined him and announced there was no medical reason for the wing to be droopy, or, to quote Monty...
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...
Avian Etiquette

Avian Etiquette

Dear Not Miss Manners, It was my understanding that at the end of November, humans have a celebration called “Thanksgiving” which involves a big feast that includes a bird as the centerpiece of the meal. As a Cooper’s Hawk, that sounds like my kind...
Corvids in Colorado: A Short Discourse

Corvids in Colorado: A Short Discourse

Minion Man and I went on an anniversary trip (26 years and counting), leaving Super Son to minister unto the domestic corvids. We headed off to Colorado, where we spent five days in Colorado Springs, in an airbnb a stone’s throw away from the Garden of the Gods....

Chasing Stephen Crowbert

I volunteered for the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia for three years and netting the birds in the flight cage was always the same: get the birds flying, hold up the net, wait until the bird flew into the net, twist to prevent escape, and lower the net to the ground....