You might have already figured out, that i have a great love for birds. I usually try to get to know some , once i recognize them and befriend them . In Pender Harbor, at the docks, two crows hang out, a male and a female, the female has a deformed beak, as you can see on the photo, plus she hurt her leg, and now kind of hobbles along. I started feeding them little tidbits, piece of cheese, some bread, chicken!!!! they loved the chicken, smart birds!!! The male , who is smaller then the female, would come and get the goodies, and fly off. She would try to come close, but she is pretty shy. I worried about her not getting anything, but then, watching the male, i noticed that he would fly to the surrounding other sailboats, and stick the goodies IN the sailcover, and come back for more, she then, later on came to get them and fly off with the prize. They slowly got used to me, and were less shy, they knew when i drove in with the van, sat in the tree above it, “talked” to me, and flew along to the boat. There they would wait, (kind of patiently), till the snacks arrived. The male learned after a while , to do a dance, in front of the galley porthole, all the while (kind of) singing a song, trying to get my attention. He would then jump unto the electrical box, so he could look inside the boat!!!! The nice thing too is, that there were no other crows , they did not seem to be part of a murder, as a group of crows is called.
They now have two new friends, in a sailboat on the docks in Hospital Bay. By the sound of it, my friends are spoiling them too, i am so glad, as these birds are just wonderful. I am not sure what causes the deformed beak of the female, maybe genetics, maybe pollution, just dont know. She adapted to it quite well, but did have trouble picking things up. I hope you enjoyed this story, people dont look kindly towards crows, but if you were to do some research, you would find out how smart they are, and they make a wonderful friend!!!!
To follow up on this story, here in Port McNeill, i noticed two crows one morning, screaming and yelling at our cat Annie, who was sitting below them on the deck. I dont think they were saying anything nice….. I decided later that day to give them some treats, pieces of leftover pancakes, and no sooner then the pancakes hit the dock, or about 40 crows landed all around and on the boat!!!! These guys had friends!!! they are part of a large murder, and live here in the harbor, so, no more treats for the crows, unless i can make sure the rest of them are not around!!!!
Last night, saturday night,October 28th, we were watching a movie, relaxing, when some people were running on the docks, shouting very loud;” anyone on these boats??? is anyone here??” My first thought was,Hah!! a halloween prank!!!!! But when we looked out , there were red lights flashing everywhere, and then came the warning;”Tsunami!!! go to higher ground immediately!!!!!” We have never moved this fast; close all hatches,portholes, stove off, propane off, disconnect dock power, Annie was put in her little spot under the V-berth, she is safe there, and then run to the car, up the hill, and find a spot where we could sit and watch the marina. Up till that point we had no idea what was happening, i had brought my cell phone, and received a message from our friend Margo, telling about the earth quake up near Haida Gwaii. The earth quake registered 7.7 on the scale , a big one!!! And then you start thinking, and realizing this could happen anytime, anywhere, when out on anchor also, the next one could be bigger…….. So… now we are putting together a package for in the car, food for Annie, fresh water, snacks for us. If there had been a tsunami, there would have been several waves, we are pretty safe here in Port McNeill, the waves would be blocked by the land around the bay, but it all depends too, on where the earth quake is. So, i now tell anyone, living on boats, be prepared, if you are in a spot where the waves can come in without being blocked. The safest for a boat is actually, to be out there, on the water, just ride the waves(so they say), when the boat is tied to a dock, its a totally different situation, if the tide would be very low, the wave could suck out all the water first, before coming back in with great force. In Japan, with the dreadful Tsunami that happened there, the fishing boats out on the water were ok, but you must have seen the photos of the ones on the docks, and the ones in the harbor on anchor. We are now going to have all our important papers close,in a bag to be taken with us, everything that needs to be saved,(passport,insurance) and as i said before, a second survival package,along with the one already in the car. We heard this morning that the Tsunami went the direction of Hawaii, hopefully, it lost its strenght along the way.
There isnt much else i can tell you, the photos tell it all, i loved the colors of the buildings, the silver worn ,wooden boardwalks,large, old trees growing here and there,the boardwalks built right around them, i imagine in summer, the place is full of tourists, store would be open, icecream stand nearby, and then the modern hotel…. but i feel, this little settlement needs to be seen , when every one has gone home, then you get the right feel of it. It would have been a grand place to live, isolated yes, but oh so romantic,( in my eyes), a close community. Apparently wonderful dances used to be held in one of the larger buildings.