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April 28, 2009 at 12:32 am #590647
I noticed in January 25th post of “Coyote Sitings: 35th and Roxbury” that Jerald and the WSB people were talking about an unusual colored crow or brown crow. I too have seen this brown crow last year and the two years before that right at the corner of California and Thistle. I don’t see it in the winter. I see it in the spring until fall. This year so far I have not seen it.
He is defiantly an odd creature. He is not a magpie or Daurian Jackdaw or even a Pied crow. He is even a bit more colorful than a Hooded crow.
Has anyone else besides the above mentioned seen this brown crow and have any thoughts?April 28, 2009 at 1:00 am #665256April 28, 2009 at 1:02 am #665257April 28, 2009 at 1:49 am #665258
We saw Stanley in his usual spot last week for the first time in a LONG time – much excitement in the car! :)April 28, 2009 at 2:10 am #665259
Thats so funny. We get excited in the car too when we see him. Im glad to hear he is still around. I hope we get to see him ourselves soon. :) I wonder what the lifespan of a crow is?
Did you and your family name him?April 28, 2009 at 2:19 am #665260
Well, Stanley has other names. Lyanda Lynn Haupt, an author who lives in Gatewood and has written about crows, has a different name for it, “Leucy,” based on the type of crow she says it is. If you didn’t see this story, check it out:
I forget where “Stanley” came from, whether it was a discussion here on site or something we came up with when this crow was generally right in front of our house (he/she has moved about a block east) … TRApril 28, 2009 at 3:06 am #665261
Thank you so much for that. I collect and paint and draw crows. I am happy to see that Stanley, Goldie, Leucy, Brownie has such a fan club. If there is some way I could tell Chris who posted the last post on that site that I am interested in his pictures. Have a happy day!April 28, 2009 at 3:43 am #665262
haha…we call her ‘Mama Crow’.. Pretty convinced it’s a ‘she’, just by the behaviour when we put some food out. She usually eats first, then calls to the two-three smaller black ones that come and eat.
tho..we have recently discovered that if don’t put something out until after 3pm, one of the black ones comes by, porks out and THEN gets on the wire and caws for the rest of the gang :)) Smart little buggers.April 28, 2009 at 3:44 am #665263April 28, 2009 at 3:55 am #665264April 28, 2009 at 4:43 am #665265May 5, 2009 at 1:00 am #665266June 15, 2009 at 7:56 am #665267
We know call the brown one “cheryl’. She definetly rules the roost. The big black one is Pops, and one of the youngun’s is George. We’ve got quite a habit with feeding them in the morning and night (DAMN GOOD bits of high end canned dog food..no bread, etc..)–
When we put the plate of food in the yard. Cheryl and usually the two small ones come right over. She ALWAYS squacks at them (I’m presuming to tell them to stay put while she checks it out). She’ll come grab a chunk of chicken or whatever, and down to the grass by the street where the younguns are waiting, with their mouths open, pointed to the sky..making ALL kinds of racket!!.-
she’ll make two or three trips to the plate, then to the kids. THEN..the other big black crow (Pops, I assume) comes to the lawn. Him and Cheryl have a few words, then they both walk to the plate and SHARE whatever is left on it.
I’ve watched this 4 times already this past weekend. It’s fascinating!June 15, 2009 at 10:24 am #665268June 15, 2009 at 7:16 pm #665269
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