Posted by happycrow on August 17, 2007
Still remember seeing the PBS special about a crow who dropped nuts that needed to be cracked in the middle of an intersection, waiting for a car to run it over, *wait* for the light to turn red, and then fly down to get the shelled nuts.
Little, winged, smart dinosaurs…
Most of the indigenous, ancient people of the North American Continent, known affectionately as “indians” to the 7th US Cavalry, regard the crow as one of the ‘ancient ones.’ Most similar to Coyote, the crow was consider wise but crafty. Unlike Coyote, Crow was known to deceive you for bad purposes. Coyote was considered largely trusty, if also tricky, but Crow would use to you a bad end sometimes. You had to particularly powerful to consult with the Crow.
Up in the Llano Estacado as a kid, we used to try and hunt the crows sometimes, because there were literally thousands and thousands of the little buggers and they would eat your gardens into shreds. The thing about it was, if you were a good enough shot to pick off three or four, the crows would all leave, and they would remember that that was a bad place to go. For a week or so after that, they would not return. After that, when they started to show up again and peck holes in all your watermelons, all you would have to do is go out and pick off one. Ta-Daa! They would leave again.
We never had much luck with scarecrows because by and large, your scarecrow had to be moving in the wind. Otherwise, it scared all the birds BUT the crows, smart little bastards that they are.
I guess that was convenient, too, knowing that you’ve only got to tag one before the rest start taking off…
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