Date: 5/12/19 8:15 pm
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Crow relationship .... Union Springs
This Mother's Day a.m. I saw a crow in our choke cherry tree & assumed
it was an adult from the nest in the nearby spruce trees.

Here, let me say that only once in the last mo. have I heard any cawing
from any crows so I presume they are quiet during nesting so as to not
provoke any smaller birds into attacking them.

Almost immediately,  another crow joined the first & they seemed to
really snuggle closely together in the steady rain.  I noticed the one
on the right seemed to be doing something to the head of the other. They
both turned so they were sideways to me. The one on the right appeared
to be grooming the feathers on the top of the head of the one on the
left.  I could see, with binoculars, that the feathers were definitely
being lifted up & then were smoothed back down as the grooming continued.

This continued at least 5 min. & was quite interesting to watch. WHAT
was going on???  Anyone have an answer? I have no idea if the birds were
mates or family members since for many yrs.  a family of 3 to 7 has
faithfully come to check out what compost I throw on the garden. Seems
too soon for the eggs to have hatched & have a bird the size of an adult
already.

Just another mystery of Nature.

Fritzie,

Union Springs,  where it's wet & getting wetter!


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