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    Default How to make friends with Crows

    https://owlcation.com/stem/How-to-Ma...nds-with-Crows
    Lots of good tales and tips in the comments

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    This is a great book on crows:
    http://www.markcocker.com/crow-country/4577039857
    On a Wednesday in the summer moths I timetrial in the countryside out on the Dengie and our starting point is next to a crow community and I psyche myself up they all start pouring home cawing away and making a great racket - it's fantastic. And I always think of John Clare's poem 'I Love to Hear the Evening Crows go by'
    I love to hear the evening crows go by,
    And see the starnels darken down the sky.
    The bleaching stack the bustiling sparrow leaves
    And plops with merry note beneath the eaves.
    The odd and lated pigeon bounce by
    As if a wary watching hawk was nigh,
    While far and fearing nothing, high and slow,
    The stranger birds to distant places go,
    While short of flight the evening robin comes
    To watch the maiden sweeping out the crumbs
    Nor fears the idle shout of passing boy
    But pecks about the door and sings for joy;
    Then in the hovel where the cows are fed
    FInds till the morning comes a pleasant bed.

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    Loved this article, thanks.

    The roosts are amazing, apocalyptic:

    I thought only bats did that kind of thing.
    Apparently in the UK you'd need to go to the Norfolk fens in winter to get the best opportunity to see this :/

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    The best thing you can do is put out peanuts consistently and don't look directly at the birds when you do so (at least initially). Be conspicuous about you being the one to drop the food, but do not throw the food toward the crows or look at them initially, but do make sure they are in the area. Then, go back inside.

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    i think crows must be among my favourite creatures

    a couple of years back i found a crow with a broken wing under a bush

    with great difficulty i gently caught him and stowed him in my jacket and cycled home with him

    as we were cycling together he spoke to me. he said "crow". "i am a crow" - i kid you not - the guy was so frightened

    when we got home i found a big plastic box and popped it in him then took him straight to the vet

    the bastards put him down right the moment we left. found later that they're not an ethical practice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woebot View Post
    i found a big plastic box and popped it in him
    Think this might have been the moment of expiration, tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin View Post
    Think this might have been the moment of expiration, tbh.
    it WAS clear plastic! i didn't have a small room to lock him in! he was fine when we got to the vet, honest... they were just like, oh no not another idiot with a wounded bird, has he gone yet? ok wring its neck..

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    But how did you pop it in? Did you shove it down the gullet or slice him open and insert it into the breast?

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