Originally Posted by Barry Godden
I asked the question, now I know. Thank you for the demonstrations.
I can see the hopping. It is the crow bit that confuses.
Barry, the crow part refers to when the crows are hopping at something (ie, piece of food, something shiny) and showing dominance. They will hop at it, wings slightly spread and head way down. Crows and ravens are a lot like horses, a lot of people assume they are mindless animals of little brain, but they are complex social beings with a wide range of emotions. They even play and make tools (which I have seen them store away for later use). One time I saw a raven riding an elk just for fun. The elk bucked and tore around the field like mad and that bird held on for dear life. I swear he was even smiling. Sorry to hijack, just wanted to share a love of crows and ravens when presented the opportunity.