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Posted 19 July 2017 - 10:50 AM




Yep! The crow communication method is wide ranging. Each individual contributing to the rhythmic flow of the whole. Not only do thy communicate within their own little groups but also to the other groups extending out beyond eye site. Their frequencies range far and wide and keep up all the important news of the day to the whole. Nothing fake about their way of informing one another to the dangers of the world. 




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Yep! The crow communication method is wide ranging. Each individual contributing to the rhythmic flow of the whole. Not only do thy communicate within their own little groups but also to the other groups extending out beyond eye site. Their frequencies range far and wide and keep up all the important news of the day to the whole. Nothing fake about their way of informing one another to the dangers of the world. 




How to understand Crow Language
The American Crow and similar species are one of the never-ending mysteries for people who study bird language (what is bird language?).  Their vocal repertoire is so complex that it can be challenging to make sense of the sometimes confusing behavior of crows.
Yet as complex and varied as it may be, crows have the potential to bring some of the most important information that you could glean from listening to bird language.  They’re almost always around anywhere there are people and their voices travel so far that if you learn to recognize the alarm behavior of a crow then you’ll be able to greatly extend the distance at which you can detect things like hawks, eagles, and other aerial predators.
The best thing if you want to understand crow language is not to try and understand every complex nuance, but to instead look for the largest level distinctions that can help us sort all the various calls into simple categories.

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How Do Birds Find Their Way Home?
Birds must be geniuses because they use quantum mechanics to navigate
How do the birds find their way home? Decades of studies with frosted lenses, magnetic coils or scent deprivation show they use pretty much every clue available. The most difficult one for us to comprehend may be the earth’s magnetic field. Birds see it, but what it looks like to them, nobody knows. Work by Roswitha and Wolfgang Wiltschko in Germany, among others, suggests that this sense relies on quantum mechanics—that is, birds detect something happening in the eye at a subatomic level. Light striking the retina seems to stimulate chemical reactions that produce pairs of molecules with electrons that are “entangled,” meaning they share certain quantum properties. One of those properties, called “spin,” is affected by a magnetic field. That effect could tell the bird which way is north.
New research confirms that our electronics and radio waves disrupt migratory birds
One study into cryptochromes attempted to illustrate how the magnetic field might look to a bird flying at altitude. This data, from the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics group at the University of Illinois shows how magnetic field data is overlaid and changed by what the scholars called a “magnetic filter function.”
But the question remains — how does a bird, fruit fly, or other creature sense the weak, low-level magnetic field on Earth? That’s where things get a bit odd. According to the theory, cryptochrome forms a pair of radicals (molecules with a single unpaired electron) when exposed to blue light (in fruit flies) or the Earth’s magnetic field in birds. As weak as the Earth’s magnetic field is, it’s powerful enough to influence the spin state of the unpaired electrons, and it’s thought that the by doing so, it impacts the chemical reactions the cryptochrome causes.

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Posted 28 July 2018 - 12:17 PM

…of crows.




Catchy title; all is well.
No, no, nothing so mundane as to the reason one MAY have on clicking such a lurid sounding thread tile. Would that be full retard? IDK, I’ll leave that to the constant reader.

....thank SK for my little ripoff

OK, that all said, now to my little story about a murder of crows…

I like birds. Observing birds, listening to birds play their music. Sitting everyday outside, to breathe and be. One finds, after a while, certain melodies going on among many different kinds of rhythms. All going on all at once. It’s good for practical reasons, as well: discerning melodies and rhythms for my own musical diversions is one.

Crow calls in particular are striking! All kinds of calls. Ones, two’s, threes, fours, and more. All with different tones and pitches. Gathered together, in their murdering way, these phrasings seem to become entire paragraphs of communication amongst them all. Each individual bird a part to a much larger phrasing structure. Each individual crow adding a syllable, a word, a phrase.  Along with commas, periods, exclamation points, the whole shazzam.  They put on quite a show when large murders cackle their conspiracies.

I’ve noticed distinct melodies. Sometimes, my own weak attempts at mimicking their rhythms causes a response. Once, while observing just a couple of them interact in a tree, I started up the usual plagiarism of musical phrasings. Apparently, I must have hit some sweet notes. The response was immediate! Both flew off in opposite directions. Distinct chatter could be heard. Not a moment later, groups from North and South converged in the tree in front of me and started up the band! It was awesome. A great show.

I did, of course, join in ~ and they got louder and softer. Distinct communication. This went on for a good three or four minutes. Enough for a really good song on the spirit of radio. It was a Rush!

Well, that’s how I managed to orchestrate a murder of crows. Next time, I’ll try to remember to video tape it for posterity. I suppose just paying attention is all it really takes to talk to birds. Because they Do pay attention!




Good little story. I like the title.



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The birds were a lively group today. Mr. and Mrs. Hawk came around to let everyone know who rules the roost. The crows were out there too. Hanging in the background. Signaling one another with a subdued and subtle frequency. Something was in the air which made the hawks come in low among the pine trees. They both came in close from the other side of the glade. Of course they were talkin their swagger with those piercing cries and low chirps to one another. It was something to see and they didn't take much notice of me. Maybe they did and didn't care. Who knows. But I was close.


Then a quick shower of rain came down as it does this time of year. Both hawks perched themselves and waited out the weather for a bit....

Their appearance didn't go unnoticed. The sparrows were pissed and started they're bad ass attitude. For such little birds they sure do try to cause a lot of trouble. Even the crows aren't safe from these little snappers. They swooped in to pester the bird closest to me. They're shrill priggish flutters were trying to drive the bigger birds away. Mr. Hawk was cool and calm. He didn't give a shit. Things settled down a bit after the usual bird banter. Along with a few peckish points thrown in. Obviously the hawks are moving in and the other birds are just going to have to get used to it.

After a time one of them swooped low over the lawn and grabbed a gardner snake right out of the grass. Spied it right quick coming into the yard. He came in swiftly and pecked on its head until it was dead then grabbed it with his beak and took off over the trees. I'm guessing there is a nest nearby. The other immediately followed and off to lunch they went.

They've been in the general neighborhood a while now so we'll just wait and see if a few more little hawks will be around soon.




Silly Racoon. I knowd it was him from the git go. He was sneakin in the yard sniffin for the leavins a while back. He got bolder since. Come out during the day and give ya right might stare. then proceeded to eat all the birds food he could get at. might be i gotta figure a way to keep him from gobbling it all up fer himself. gonna be hard though. i did see the rascall climb the tree all the way to the top AND back down. Head First! showoff.. i think he figured he could jump around like the squirells do in their tree highway system. he did explore all the branches above. even to the ends. checked out every inch all the way up. took his time too. i guess he couldn't find a way to get to the next tree that way cuz he decided to walk back down to the ground head first. this tree was tall and a bit away from the others. no less grand. i suppose the ground can make good highways too.

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