Family Photo Friday!

Family Photo Friday

Yes, you’re right! That is not a chicken. It’s a young crow, and one of our new bird friends.

This little sweetheart showed up on my screened-in front porch last Friday morning, and I’m still unsure how. Maybe the door wasn’t closed all of the way when the newspaper was delivered or something like that.

I would not have known she was there if it hadn’t been for the sound of her wings beating against the porch screening. She didn’t seem to mind being picked up and held for a moment while she caught her breath. Her heart was beating so hard that it felt as if it filled her entire body.

She was quite gentle with me and didn’t try to peck me. Even her small sharp talons barely gripped my finger. She seemed relieved and knew that I would help her, not hurt her. When I opened my hands at the porch door, she flew off towards the little river branch across the street.

In all the time that I’ve lived in this house, nothing like this has ever happened. Our visitor’s timing is very interesting because of a recent short series of story posts titled “Just Farm Animals.” These were about Gracie and some crows. (You may want to read Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them.)

Crows seemed like they would be a “natural” as bad characters for a story. Yet one of our readers, the author of “The Red Box,” shared a different perspective on these remarkable birds. Crows and ravens are viewed very differently in her area of Germany when compared to my area of the States.

Here we think of crows as scavengers and pests who rob our cornfields. But in Northern Europe they can be viewed as messengers who represent memories and thoughts. As the author of “The Red Box” shared with me, “Only fearless personalities can deal with information and news about trends or changes because you have to face the possibility that in response to the changing world, you and your life will need to change too….no matter if you like it or not.”

One aspect of writing on the WordPress platform which I enjoy most is being able to exchange ideas which help to shape my writing. I am now considering adding another crow to our story, one who will be a positive messenger who assists one of my chickens in some way to make a change which will help answer the questions of her heart and then find her destiny.

Please visit “The Red Box where you will find a wide variety of carefully curated articles and posts, including some original drawings and poems. (Anything in German is always accompanied by an English translation.) You may even want to leave a message to say, “Hi! Gracie sent me!”

This is a sketch of a possible friendly crow character. Interestingly, baby crows have blue eyes. This changes as they mature. This crow will keep her blue eyes as she grows older as a sign of being special and being able to see things differently than my chickens and the other crows who had been bothering Gracie.

In this drawing she is somewhat scruffy to match this snippet of dialogue which was written well before this little treasure visited my house: “You may be my only friend…and my only hope,” the crow said to Gracie.

Isn’t it interesting how life and writing can intertwine?

16 thoughts on “Family Photo Friday!”

    1. Thanks, Judi. I’m so glad! This is different because all of the others are based on my chickens who I spend time with every day. This one will be based on an encounter that lasted only a few minutes.

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  1. …Oh! You make me blush….Thank you! 🌼

    No need to say that I fell in love with the blue-eyed crow immediately. I am very curious and look forward following Gracie and her siblings on their journey.

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  2. Corvids are terribly intelligent. They can figure things out. They also represent a person close to you I understand. I always speak when I see one. Your sketch captures it quite well! Very assertive. Thank you also for the blog recommend.

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    1. Yes, you are quite right. I’ve learned they have very good problem solving skills. I’m glad you like the sketch because it took quite a bit of reworking. I think you’ll enjoy “The Red Box” because there is a variety of content, and the recent about ravens is very interesting. Enjoy!

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  3. I think the most interesting thing about birds is that they’re survivors. I spent yesterday afternoon at the museum in Wellington, NZ where they have models and skeletons of native birds. Many flightless models don’t look any different from their relations who can fly. Some look very similar to their dinosaur ancestors.
    Outside the museum the birds (and their deposits) were more familiar. In spite of the distance, those pigeons are still everywhere.

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. Just yesterday, I was telling my little girls they have friends all over the world. Now we can add New Zealand to our list! When chickens are in their adolescent weeks, they look very much like velociraptors! I’ve wondered if they were the models for the little dinosaurs in the movie “Jurassic Park” because of that.

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  4. The crows have owned our neighborhood since long before we arrived and will continue to own it long after we depart. For the first two decades I resented their raucous caws and the way they would periodically hold “conventions” of 50 or 100 birds in our back yard. But after we got chickens, I started to realize the crows were useful, raising a ruckus when hawks were nearby. Now I buy peanuts in bulk and they wait in our oak trees for me to come outside and toss a few every morning. It took 25 years, but they finally trained me to be their snack lady:-)

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    1. Yes, we have hawks here too and I’ve heard from others that they can carry a chicken away if given the opportunity. So crows really are a good to have around! too bad we are slow to discover it. I read that even though they can take from a farmer’s crops, they more than make up for it by eating insect pests and cleaning up scraps. It really is amazing how nature works when we just let it! Snack Lady for Crows…I love it!

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