Finally things seem to be looking up a bit. After a week of driving rain, worries about Gwen’s eggs, having to euthanize one crow with a terrible neurological disorder, taking in a chipping sparrow (I hate the teeny birds; if you look at them wrong, they keel over), and desperately trying to prevent another juvenile crow from imprinting on humans, I was in the rehab doldrums. But lo and behold, the sun is out, which meant I could take our vegetarian crow┬áback from whence he came.

The release went off without a hitch, following the usual protocol.

  • Step 1: take bird to its home territory (more or less);
  • Step 2: Open transport container;
  • Step 3: Wait 5-10 seconds as it dawns on the bird it can fly away
  • Step 4: Attempt to photograph a creature flying away at approximately the speed of light
  • Step 5: Take photos of bird in native habitat if possible;
  • Step 6: Slink away when someone else shows up so you don’t have to explain what you’re doing.
So now the transient crow populations consists of a fledgling who vocalizes from 7 am to 7 pm non-stop and a juvenile who came to me because he was on the verge of being imprinted on humans and needed crow company. I housed him with 18-02 which seems to have worked in that instead of begging for food from humans, he harassed the other crow instead. Here is what this guy looks like All. The. Time. In case it isn’t obvious, he is a complete fraud. I watched him slurp down scrambled eggs when he thought no one was looking. That’s one critter than needs to get back to his Mamma so she can straighten him out.

Update: This juvenile is now his mother’s problem. He was released without incident other than biting as he was scooped up for the trip home. I think we can safely declare him ornery enough to thrive as a wild crow.