She’s Baaaack!

She’s Baaaack!

Last fall, Stephen Crowbert defended his territory from a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk who thought thought she would sample some African Pied Crow but was stymied by the enclosure. (Coops mainly eat other birds which is why if you have a bird feeder you probably also...
‘Tis the Scruffy Season

‘Tis the Scruffy Season

Gwendolen Wilde and Stephen Crowbert are in disarray, as they head into the height of the molting season. I went into the enclosure this morning to 1) clean up; 2) change the water; and 3) take some photos. Stephen can barely tolerate one of these behaviors, all three...
Intruder Woes

Intruder Woes

Gwen and Stephen’s unwanted guest was back this morning. It turns out to be a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk. I’m guessing a female because she (?) is pretty hefty. (Among raptors, the females are up to a third larger than the males. The ladies are the...
Communication Studies: Crows v. Humans

Communication Studies: Crows v. Humans

Who is better at communicating: crows explaining to humans how things should be done or humans trying to do the same to each other? To ask the question is, I suppose, to answer it. Example 1: Room Service Woman is sitting at the dining table in the morning working on...
Baby Eagle

Baby Eagle

It’s Eaglecam time! Two eagles are nesting at the National Arboretum, appropriately enough nicknamed Mr. President and First Lady. The first eaglet hatched today, and there’s another egg that should hatch this weekend. Mama Eagle looks very noble while she...