Squawking, and Cawing

Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years, you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.

The other day I could hear the crows making a lot of noise just outside my back door. I couldn’t figure out why, so I opened my door. Here in the dog pen was a baby Crow (also known as a Chick.)

My dogs had not hurt it, but the Chick was very scared, and the parents were in a frenzy, calling out to their friends and family.

The Crows had never nested near my house before, so it was a surprise to see the little guy anywhere in the yard. I brought the dogs back into the house. I went back out by myself, and as you can see, I took some pictures of the baby Crow. (I wasn’t as close as the picture implies. Just remember I have a great zoom, and it was cropped a bit.) All the while I was talking to the young Crow and the parents letting them know everything was okay. I opened up the dog pen gate, so that the bird could come out of the dog pen, and go into the yard. I then stood inside my door to make sure the young Crow got out of the dog pen. It didn’t move for some time so I went back into the house checking on the young bird every once in a while from inside my door. It finally came out of the inner part of the dog pen sitting on a piece of wood, but was still in the dog area. So I went back in the house, and checked on it again probably within half an hour. The silly little bird came off the piece of wood, and went back into the dog pen even though the gate was open for it to go in the backyard. So back into the house I went again. A short time later I checked again, this time the little Chick had made it into the backyard. I quickly closed the gate to the dog pen so that it wouldn’t go back into the dogpen. For the next couple of days it was in my gardens and under my swing. We then saw it in the front yard, flying in small increments, and we thought “hooray, the little Chick is gone, and it will be quieter now”. 

Oops, wrong again! Yesterday the Crows were once again in a big frenzy outside my back door, I looked out, there was a baby Crow again in the dog pen. I think it might be a different Chick as this one is not flying. I brought the dog’s back in the house, once again I opened up the gate for it to go into the backyard area. After about an hour or so the Chick finally went through my garden and sat on the fountain. The parents are talking to it, but the Chick does not seem to want to fly,  it looks old enough to do so. (a couple of weeks old, although some will stay on the ground for that time period.)  Everytime I go outside as the Chick is still in my backyard the Crows start Squawking and Cawing again calling out to their family and friends.

So now before I put the dogs outside, I have to walk around in the pen area to make sure there is not a baby Crow in there. I cannot go into my yard, as the Chick is in there somewhere, and I don’t want the parents to think I might harm the young fledgling and have myself or my dogs mobbed by the adult Crows. 

I usually don’t mind the birds in my yard, but when there is a defenseless young bird in the yard, and the parents are in a frenzy every time you go outside it is a little nerve racking.

 They don’t know that I would never hurt the fledgling, so they are scared for the youngster. You can’t blame them, they are just being protective any way they can.

I just hope the young Crow finds its wings soon, so that I can put out the dogs, and go into my yard freely without worrying about it. 

All the while when I do go out there I will continue to speak reassuringly to the Crows to let them know everything will be okay.