One of the most interesting things that I’ve seen while hanging out with Canuck involves a single feather that caused the neighborhood Crows a lot of stress today. I’ve seen the same behavior occur when Crows come across a dead Crow. There is just a frenzy of scolding and angry Caws. By the time two or more have joined in, the whole neighborhood population is up in arms about their fallen comrade. Support your local street cats shirt now available. But today was different. It was early this morning. I was taking a look at what progress Canuck and Cassiar had made with the nest, when I heard three Crows making those distinct noises I referenced above. I instantly thought, predator.
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I looked around and sure enough, two of the neighborhood cats were roaming around. But that wasn’t it. The Crows weren’t even looking at the cats. They were looking straight down from the tree they were in. By this time though the other Crows had joined the frenzy. That, and they were all looking down as well. I tried looking where they were looking but couldn’t see anything. Especially something that would have them all riled up like they were. Finally one Crow left the safety of the tree and came down. This one Crow started freaking out even more upon getting to the ground. I thought they had all gone crazy. Here they were, all freaking out over something that appeared to not exist. Yet finally, all would be revealed. As strange as it was.
That one Crow kept inching closer and closer to again, something I couldn’t see from my vantage point. My curiosity was piqued and then it happened. He or she picked up… a feather. A feather? One single feather? One single feather caused a near riot with the Crows? Apparently, because now they were going off even louder than before since it had been picked up. Do you love this Support your local street cats shirt? The Crow made it’s way up to a branch with this feather and started to inspect it. The whole time the chorus of angry Caws continued. Not only from the other Crows but the same Caws coming from the very Crow inspecting it. All the Crows were focused on this feather and that was all they were concerned with.
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However, I did notice some distinct noises missing from all of the Caws. That being Canuck and Cassiar. I was so busy watching this weirdness unfold that I didn’t even notice the lack of vocal support from Canuck and Cassiar who were only a few trees away. I looked up and funny enough, and I should have expected it. They were still focused on building the nest. They weren’t even the slightest bit interested in what was going on. I guess I was surprised because usually Canuck never turns down an opportunity to see what’s going on. Not this time though. The nest is definitely too important. I made my way to go grab a coffee and upon returning, the Crow riot over that single feather was still going on. This time though, the riot had moved down the block.