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!!!!