Corvid 2020 Weekly challenge #7 and Last Photo of April

My wonderful friend Tracy from over at Reflections of An Untidy Mind started a lovely new blog challenge seven weeks ago – the Corvid 2020 Weekly Challenge.

Here’s a little snippet from her, so you know what it’s all about:

“Corvids are birds belonging to the Corvidae family, encompassing ravens, crows, magpies, jays and nutcrackers.  So peruse your corvid photo, poetry, music and story archives and join the challenge.

You can participate in the Corvid-2020 Weekly Challenge by creating a pingback to this post (my pingback approval settings are set up for manual approval, so it may take a little while for your pingback to appear) and/or by leaving a hyperlink to your submission in the comments.   Tag your post Corvid-2020 or C20WC.  I really do hope you will join in.”

 

 

And incidentally my photo for Tracy’s challenge was also the last one I took in April, so this is also my response to Brian’s wonderful blog challenge “The Last Photo”

The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 30th April.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
5. Tag “The Last Photo”

 

So, here’s my photo of a Hooded Crow, or as we call it in German “mist crow” (Nebelkrähe).

 

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Hooded crow about to take a sip from a puddle (April 2020)

 

 

The hooded crow is omnivorous and I have watched it numerous times how it drops walnuts from up high on the tarmac to break them up which just shows you how very clever hooded crows are.

It will also feed on small mammals, scraps, smaller birds, and carrion. The crow has the habit of hiding food, especially meat or nuts, in places such as rain gutters, flower pots, or in the earth under bushes, to feed on it later, sometimes on the insects that have meanwhile developed on it. Other crows often watch if another one hides food and then search this place later when the other crow has left – again: clever, eh? 😉

36 thoughts on “Corvid 2020 Weekly challenge #7 and Last Photo of April

  1. Love the name Mist Crow. I’ve never seen this one, not even in photos, so this pic is a new treat for me. Crows feature in all kinds of stories and mythology, always highlighting their intelligence.

    But it was a local crow who ate my Monarch caterpillars. Only 2 survived to become gorgeous jade green chrysalises and then hatched to be the beautiful Monarchs now flitting around my garden.
    A bit of mixed feelings about crows here.

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  2. That’s a darn good photo. You are quite good at capturing a moving target. My photos aren’t dated so I don’t know when they were taken. I’m glad you are enjoying the challenge since we are all in lockdown…sort of. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Marlene! I think it’s rather my camera that deserves the praise for capturing moving targets, I just push the button. 😉
      It was nice getting outside with another goal in mind than just go to the shops and fight the masses for flour. 😄

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    • Thank you, Lauren! They’re incredible animals, so very intelligent and also quite funny to watch at times. 😉 Glad I could add to your knowledge upstairs. 😉 Have a lovely Friday! ❤

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  3. What an interesting challenge, Sarah. I find covids (the bird kind) fascinating, and you’re right about how clever crows are. We have a few in our forest that “talk” to us, and we talk crow-speak back to them. 😀 I swear we converse!

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    • Thank you, Su! Hehe! Yes, that would be a little disgusting I think. Luckily I’ve never found anything like that myself but I guess it happens quite often. 😄

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