Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Canuck the Crow Goes to McDonalds for Breakfast

Canuck the Crow goes for Breakfast
at McDonalds

Here is one of a series of "Canuck the Crow" videos that have gone viral in Vancouver recently.  Canuck has become a local celebrity in Vancouver.  There are many videos of him getting into all kinds of trouble.  He has absolutely no fear of humans. In this one, Canuck goes into a McDonalds for breakfast, steals a bun from an unsuspecting patron and begins to make a mess with it.  Someone politely advises him that he has "something on his beak".

Canuck was on the TV News yesterday because he has been dive-bombing a mailman in his "territory" (it's nesting season) and mail service has been stopped until "the Post Office can assure the safety of its mail carriers".

I have a couple of crows in my neighbourhood who are almost as entertaining as "Canuck".  "Fatstuff and Slimboy" built a nest in the next door neighbours' Willow Tree.  Not knowing about the nest, the neighbor severely cut back the branches, exposing the nest...which they then abandoned.  Since they now have a lot of time on their hands (or claws, as the case may be) they have been raising a  ruckus, raiding other crows' nests and generally making a racket, especially in the early morning.

Last Sunday, however, our street was unusually quiet.  I took my dogs for a walk along the salmon stream in the nearby urban forest.  I could hear a tumultuous racket of crow cawing noises...it sounded like a hundred crows...just on the other side of the trees.  My dogs and I followed the noise and discovered that there were about a hundred crows "meeting" atop two large evergreen trees in someone's backyard.  There must have been almost all of the crows in the neighbourhood atop two trees!  What were they meeting about? 

I concluded that...as the hatchlings had all recently learned to fly...the parents were probably meeting to show off the latest generation of crows...allowing the youngsters to get to know one another.  We know that crows mate for life.  The parents were probably thinking long term in this regard.  In the fall, you can often see huge (several hundred)  "murders" of crows flying in graceful, circles in the sky.  I believe this behavior is also an opportunity for the youngsters to meet and perhaps find a partner.  Crows are very social and incredibly smart!

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