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Whether you’re here with specific questions or a general interest, you’re in the right place to learn the science behind one of the globe’s most charismatic and influential groups of birds. I created this blog in 2012 when I was just starting as a graduate student at the University of Washington as a platform to share my own research on crow “funerals” and to answer questions I was regularly fielding from the public. Since that time, my title and area of research has changed, but my passion for corvids and commitment to science communication remains immutable. I hope that by educating the public about these magnificent birds people will not only view them more compassionately, but will appreciate what a valuable connection to the natural world they provide.

No matter your feelings for them, nearly everyone has a story about crows, ravens, jays or magpies—even those people who otherwise feel quite separated from nature.  This connection is not recent one; you need look no further than the religious texts and creations stories of cultures around the world to appreciate our historical fascination with these animals. The fact that some of them are conspicuous and thrive in human dominated environments means that corvids are a uniquely accessible animal that offers a wealth of opportunities to connect people of all interests and backgrounds to the natural world. With over half the world’s population living in cities, this kind of accessible connection is more important than ever. So go watch them play, problem solve, bond with their families, cause mischief, inspire mythology, and watch you right back. The questions and stories these observations provide will always be welcome here, and I do my best to answer each message within a few days. So go learn, and let me know what information you’re still hungry for. Welcome to the Corvid Research blog!

 

412 responses to “Home

  1. Cameron Broderick

    I’m on the south side of Chicago in Chatham/Avalon, with a crow fledgling walking around in the yard. The parents were around all day cawing and cheering him on, and “protecting” him from me/my dog. I went on some errands and now that night is falling, mom and dad are gone. Is there anything I can/should/shouldn’t do? He is seemingly healthy and uninjured, super cute. Anyone know if mom and dad are coming back?

    • Mom and dad are coming back! Baby will take cover on the ground overnight while mom and dad stay in the trees. They will reunite in the morning. Just keep the puppo under control until baby learns to fly in a few days.

  2. Susy Cremers

    Hello, I have just joined. I love Corvids. I am grateful for this research and your web page. I have been watching and feeding a local group for 20 years. I have only recently been able to recognize individuals due to their unusual markings, Specifically two mature crows, who are irregular but repeating visitors with white markings and there is one regular, distinguished large crow with a large lower beak. I am not sure whether he is deformed or is simply old,.He is certainly notable and a character. Yesterday I was delighted to see what I believe must be his partner and fledgling who was noticeable by its small size, awkward movements, and constant squawking at its parents. I assume it might have been its first time out of the nest. I just wanted to share that. Oh and I also wanted to share that over the two decades I have been watching I noted a decline in the local crow population of Ballydehob. Hundreds of crows would congregate outside my house every sunrise for 10 years. In 2010 this murder began to decline. For the last 10 years, I have been seen the population reduced by 90%. Now the corvids seem to mix and mingle when food is available. My visitors range from small groups of crows, Jackdaws, and the lone magpie or an odd couple of hooded crows. I live in southwest Ireland in a small village near the sea.

    • Hi Susy, sometimes post-roosting locations change. It’s possible they’ve found a spot they like better for their morning coffee. I’m jealous of your jackdaws and magpies though!

  3. Jim tully

    I love these buds!

  4. Cindy Arnett

    I have a young crow that has been in my yard for a few days and can’t seem to fly yet, it hops around and tries to fly but doesn’t seem to get more than a foot or 2 at the most. I am not sure how it got in my side back yard as it is all fenced off and a few trees around so it must have fallen into the yard from the tree above. I think the original nest is a very large tree in my neighbor’s yard as I see the mother fly from there. The mother keeps coming back every morning and several times a day to check on it and encourage it to fly and sits on top of the fence watching sometimes, and another bird will join sometimes as well. It has taken shelter near my trash can and recycling bin and I have a folded table that is near there I was planning on getting rid of and it sits on top of it most of the time and below on the ground where there is some shelter. My neighbors trimmed some trees a few days ago by the fence so there are a few branches on my side of the fence on the ground. I can see it from my bedroom and bathroom windows have gone out there times a day and checked on it and provided some water and birdseed and I read wet dog food is good too, as I have a Sun Conure in the house. I am not sure what to do as it doesn’t seem to be able to fly. How long before it will learn to fly? I have 2 small dogs and have to take them out back to do their business but I keep them away from the side yard then back in the house they go. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Hi Cindy, first thank you so much for being conscious of your pets during this time. You are a superstar neighbor and friend to wildlife!

      It should be flying within the week. Any progress since you posted this?

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