New visitor to neighborhood
- For the Mendo Birders, I have already called Dorothy Tobkin about this.
For everyone else,
This morning, Merlin was calling loudly from his condo cage. That silly
crow, crippled permanently by a fall from a nest near Davis, CA several
years ago and totally unable to fly, mimics the calls of ravens most of
the time. Where he used to live, the ravens would come down and "talk"
to him, so he learned their calls quite easily.
Well, this morning, Merlin was calling out in that raven call, to a
bird that was sitting outside on top of a lamp-post. This post is
barely visible from my window; there are businesses that are in a line
just behind the building I live in and their rooftops obscure most of
my view. On top of that pole, bowing and cawing, was a lone American Crow.
Now, anyone who knows the northern California coastline will tell you
that American Crows do NOT live here. Where did this crow come from? He
must have sat out there calling back and forth to Merlin for at least
an hour this morning! I rehabbed a crow a few years ago, but released
him near Willits, where there were OTHER crows of his species, and not
near Fort Bragg.
The other day as I walked along the railroad tracks, I thought I heard
a crow calling, but couldn't have been sure. . .as so often Ravens will
mimic calls and other sounds. And when I first heard this call this
morning, I thought it was the Northern Mockingbird singing from across
the street. When I went around to the back of the building, however, I
realized that it was an American Crow: there he was sitting on top of
that lamppost, smaller than our ravens, and having that typically
crow-style bowing each time he cawed. Ravens don't caw, they "grok"!
So, if someone brought this crow here and released it, they did it an
extreme disservice as there are no other crows here that I know of. In
fact, I spoked to Dorothy Tobkin about the crow I had a few years ago,
and she told me not to release it here. I would never do that, knowing
that crows are not native to this area......and here we are.....after
no crows for as long as I have been here (16 years), there's a crow
hanging around outside....I wonder if I could somehow catch him and
take him back to Willits, which is probably where he came from????
Strange. . .crows in Fort Bragg. *laughing*