Northwestern crows (Corvus caurinus) tend to have extraordinarily large populations in many urban centers, making them a common sight. Numerous encounters probably provide people with opportunities to see this bird behave in the manner of a pest. Such nuisance behavior may include tearing through garbage bags and spreading the refuse about, shredding bagels on a water fountain, large flocks (called murders, hordes or parliaments) patrolling picnic areas and sometimes chasing other birds away, and cawing loudly in the early morning. Perhaps due to the dense populations, a lackluster black color and their various antics, crows are often not the most revered of birds. However, these avians are likely among the most intelligent and adaptable of avians. They have complex social structure and a strong problem-solving ability. They are capable of adapting to a broad range of habitats, from woodland to central business district. Such realities make these birds very fascinating to watch and consider. The photos in this calendar capture but a smattering of their complex behavior and the abundance of environments, both urban and wild, in which they live.
All photos were taken in Greater Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA.
Calendar updated with four new photos, 11 May 2013.