I’ve been enjoying our neighborhood crows lately. They are all out and about teaching their youngs ones to be afraid of humans and hunt for their own food. Once we noticed some crows on the ground and one was obviously just a youngster, but close to the same size as the parent. He was making the usual “feed me” noises. The parent was looking at him and then pecking around the grass. He was trying to show the younger crow how to look for food. The young crow finally looked at the parent and then half-heartedly pecked the same spot three times like he was pecking a code. Then he looked at the parent like, “Okay, I did that. Now FEED ME!” I could almost see the frustration in the parent crow. I guess parenting can be tough for birds too.
I’m still trying to convey the intelligence and the trickster quality I admire in these birds. But I feel that I’m off to a great start. I could easily sketch these birds the rest of my life.
Here’s a great video from TED.com: Joshua Klein on the intelligence of crows. He shares stories and evidence of how these birds adapt and thrive.