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        03-15-2013, 06:30 AM
      #11
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    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Phly    
    I ain't never seen a crow with white on it either. But the next county over has black squirrels, which I hear, are fairly out of the norm.
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    Black squirrels are quite common - where I grew up in MI was swamped with the little buggers.

    As to the picture - I love birds and wish I could see it! Unfortunately all I'm seeing is a red X.
         
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        03-15-2013, 12:45 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Chokolate    
    It may just be a magpie - but very cool, all the same and excellent picture!

    On the subject of magpies, in Term 4 last year there was an announcement over the loudspeaker at school about girls HAD to wear their panama hats if they were walking to the train station because a magpie was attacking students and the hats offered some protection. We came out in droves armed with umbrellas and lunchbox missiles :).
    Wow, how funny! They could actually do some real harm if they wanted too.

    On our old farm, my daughter found two baby magpies some distance from the house that had fallen from their nest. They were very young. I cared for them. I didn't think either would survive, but one, "Maggie", did...and she (no telling her real sex) grew into a very beautiful, loud, fun-loving and demanding bird.

    Here was the amazing part....the parents located and waited for Maggie!!! No kidding. She was several months old before I realized that a pair of magpies that sat in the tree outside the room her cage was in and called - were not just any magpies (there were many magpies about on any given day, making their usual noises), they were her parents. The pair would try to get as close as possible to the window, and call and call. Maggie couldn't yet fly by our estimation when we realised this. She was a spoiled "pet" with no survival skills, so we felt it best if she could at least fly before we turned her over to them. So we waited (over a month) until she could fly and on one chosen day we put her outside and opened the door to her cage. The parents never "gave up" and were right there, waiting. Initially, she did not want to leave the cage..it was sad. We went inside and watched out the window. One parent immediatly flew and perched ontop of her cage. After a long period of time...they finally coaxed her out and she hopped along the ground as they guarded and escorted her off. She didn't seem to want to try and fly, although she had been able to "flutter/hop" inside.

    How they knew it was their child...we will never know. Regardless of their other habits...they are AMAZING parents!!!
         
        03-15-2013, 01:32 PM
      #13
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Chokolate    
    It may just be a magpie - but very cool, all the same and excellent picture!

    On the subject of magpies, in Term 4 last year there was an announcement over the loudspeaker at school about girls HAD to wear their panama hats if they were walking to the train station because a magpie was attacking students and the hats offered some protection. We came out in droves armed with umbrellas and lunchbox missiles :).
    If you look up images of a Magpie in Flight, the white pattern on them is very different. Not to mention their tails are COMPLETELY different. A crow's tail is fanned out, all the feathers the same length (as well as a raven's) and the Magpie's get much longer towards the center.... the bird in the picture is definitely either a crow or a raven.

    Also, that story reminds me of the barn swallows at my school that would build nests over the doors and angrily divebomb the students that went in and out of them... Every year! If they don't like it maybe they should move! Silly birds.

    A magpie, for comparison:
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        03-15-2013, 01:44 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    LOL and those stories are why I don't like birds, they just give my the willys Yes, the magpies we have here look like this, their tail feathers are very long :




    Ravens/Crows are very intellegent, they mock everything. The couple I bought my horse from had a Crow that someone had hit with a car and left at the vet's office the wife worked at. She took it home and it became their pet! He could talk very well, say the horses names, students names, everything. It was kinda creepy riding Turly and hearing the Crow yell at him and me LOL.
         
        03-19-2013, 02:06 PM
      #15
    Showing
    Why not write to the Edmonton zoo, att. Ornithologist and include a pic.
         
        03-19-2013, 02:10 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Beautiful!

    My dad's co-worker once picked up a baby crow in the parking lot of their work, worried that it was going to get run over. He moved it maybe 5 feet so it was under the tree it fell out of, and I guess Mommy Crow and Daddy Crow didn't like that so much because they swoop him and caw and generally harass him all the way across the parking lot every morning and night. It's been going on for years. no good deed goes unpunished.
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        03-19-2013, 02:19 PM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    Why not write to the Edmonton zoo, att. Ornithologist and include a pic.

    That is a good idea!! I am sure they could have an explaination... Everytime I am outside I am looking for this darn thing now lol! Although, I am really not sure about the Edmonton Zoo, I actually didn't even know it existed till you said that (only been to Edmonton a handful of times)... Only know of the Calgary Zoo lol!
         

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