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    On a bleak March morning nearly 10yrs ago a crow was perched on our recycling bin. It was a brutal winter. The crow was in bad shape & I gave him left over chicken.
    So began our friendship. He adopted my family & we adopted his. He lived at the top of the pine tree outback. He would follow us when we rode our bikes & at night fly down for dinner.

    I’m not sure if everyone knows this but Crows hate hawks. Pappa (as we started to call the crow) along with his family defended the pine tree with passion. About a week ago I was working in the garden & Pappa hopped up to me. His wing was broken - I could see blood/bone
    Instantly I knew a Hawk got him. He’d still eat & walk around but he needed help.
    I called Animal Welfare - they came & promised to take him to nature rehab. Instead they euthanized him - I never got to tell him goodbye.
    His family is looking for him. They won’t be able to have a Crow Funeral.
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    Oh wow, not what I was expecting, picturing a cool scene/prop.

    I'm very sorry for your loss.

    We had a magpie wind up in my yard wounded, and I nursed him back to health. He returned to nest every year and would always come up and chat with me in the yard whenever I was out working. Similarly, he was a little slow with a cat while getting it away from the nest and ended up dying of his wounds. His kids never really latched on to the family like he did, and the yard is silent. Miss that guy.

    I know a lot of folks hate corvids, and view them as pests, but it's surprising how personable they can be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnOrthodOx View Post
    and the yard is silent. Miss that guy.

    I know a lot of folks hate corvids, and view them as pests, but it's surprising how personable they can be.
    Yes, the yard is silent. It will be a silent spring for us. That damn crow was our boss. He’d let us know if the bird bath was dirty or if his food was unacceptable.

    We don’t have Magpies here. I’ve read so much about them. They’re hilarious & incredibly intelligent. People who hate Corvids are uninformed & unintelligent.

    Pappa crow loved our bikes. I guess he thought this was the only way we could fly.
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    Yeah, crows are awesome birds, extremely intelligent, can even be taught to talk. I had one for awhile about 35 years ago that fell out of the nest. After he was able to fly he stuck around for a couple months but then got the urge to find new territory. Pretty cool birds indeed.

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    Oh man...that truly sucks.

    I LOVE crows & would take dozens of them over those gawdawful starlings we get at our feeders. We call them The Goon Squad, they're just bully birds. I've taken to stocking the feeders with safflower seed that they can't eat easily & then moving out the other feed once they've moved on.

    They're also not smart enough to figure out that one of them on the feeder can feed but if there's 2 or more the feeder closes. We have those "squirrel proof feeders" with a cage that goes down over the feeder holes when there's too much weight put on it. No matter how many days they come to them they still keep trying to fit 2 or 3 of them on a feeder until one of them bullies the others off.

    Crows would figure that crap out & even the squirrels have figured them out too. They hang off the crook the feeders are hung on & use their little paws to reach in & get the seed. Or they jump on the feeder & knock seed out of it.

    But those starlings are so greedy & stupid they can't figure it out.

    Never had a crow "claim" us. That would be cool though.

    They're very intelligent & can learn to use tools. They're pretty badass. Plus, when they're in a flock it's called a "murder of crows"' & how cool is that?!?!

    Cool reading about crows:
    https://corvidresearch.blog/faqs-about-crows/

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    For anyone in Montgomery County, MD there's a wildlife rescue here called Second Chance Wildlife Center. We've taken several injured wild critters there. A squirrel, a baby possum, some birds, a baby snake or 2 & they're great.

    http://www.scwc.org

    I'm sure sometimes it's better for the critter to be "snake food" or euthanized but for the most part they get a ton of small critters so they don't really notify if they put them down or nurse them back to health.

    But they did send us a picture of the possum after about 3 months (in a solicitation for a donation which they did get from us) & he was a horrid looking baby & a giant horrid looking adult too!
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    Sorry to hear about Pappa. Unfortunately, most rescues don't value corvids like they do hawks or eagles and euthanize a little quicker than they probably should. Then again, I wasn't there so I don't know how extensive the break was either. Take care of the rest of the family and you'll have generations of them watching your property, they not only remember, they teach as well. Unfortunate that we don't have any in my neck of the woods, I'd have a blast taking care of them and also setting up Morrigan themed Halloween decorations too!

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    JMan - I loved your post. Crows are very smart. Sorry your feathered friend flew away.

    RCAIG. I’m so so depressed. Thanks for telling me about Second Chance. If anything happens like this again - I’ll call them first

    I love possums. I think their adorable. We have one roaming around at night. We call her: Patches. We think she might be pregnant

    Quote Originally Posted by RCIAG View Post
    For anyone in Montgomery County, MD there's a wildlife rescue here called Second Chance Wildlife Center. We've taken several injured wild critters there. A squirrel, a baby possum, some birds, a baby snake or 2 & they're great..

    http://www.scwc.org

    I'm sure sometimes it's better for the critter to be "snake food" or euthanized but for the most part they get a ton of small critters so they don't really notify if they put them down or nurse them back to health.

    But they did send us a picture of the possum after about 3 months (in a solicitation for a donation which they did get from us) & he was a horrid looking baby & a giant horrid looking adult too!<img src="https://www.halloweenforum.com/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />

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    Quote Originally Posted by 90Moneypit View Post
    Sorry to hear about Pappa. Unfortunately, most rescues don't value corvids like they do hawks or eagles and euthanize a little quicker than they probably should.
    My husband said the exact same thing! I go from angry to depressed when I think about the whole thing. The animal welfare people wouldn’t have even been able to catch him with out me. He trusted me. I touched his beak & told him it would be ok. Then they drove him away. I really [email protected] up - I should never have called them.
    Idk if his family trusts me now. They don’t fly down anymore.

    This is one of my favorite photos of him.
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    Oh, btw that’s him perched on my Garden Witch. And here he is on his favorite Recycling Bin. He like to perch on it & slyly peak in the sliding glass door

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