Remember this from Edgar Allen Poe?
"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.”
Turns out there is a lot more to the “tapping at the chamber door” than a casual observer might suspect. That thought occurs to me each time I walk the dogs through the neighborhood, a neighborhood now under the control of the corvidae family of crows, ravens, jays.
I know there is more because the crows have taken to watching me. Well, I do encourage the dogs to give them a good chase when possible, but its just for fun. And I am a bit angry at the disappearance of the neighborhood song birds. But why would a couple of minor slights like the above give the crows a reason to watch me.
Truth be known, I was just going along with the watching without much to do until sitting down to dinner with the friends. Of a sudden, our host blurted out in frustration, “What can I do about the crows?”
“Are they watching you, too?” I asked. And I so kept asking, and most everyone I asked would, after a moment or two of consideration, confess to having the crows take over their neighborhood as well.
All this control being exerted by a family of birds leads us to ask....
Can anyone control the crows?
Food Chain Radio & Forums #1,050 (Tags: University of Washington Professor of Forest Sciences John Marzluff, corvidae, bird brains, crows, ravens, magpies, jays)