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Crows possess higher intelligence long thought primarily human – STAT

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A second study looked in unprecedented detail at the brains of pigeons and barn owls, finding hints to the basis of their intelligence.

Source: Crows possess higher intelligence long thought primarily human – STAT

Thousands of crows have descended on Hartford for a spooky, noisy and mysterious ‘winter roost;’ here’s why – Hartford Courant

Crows roost briefly at a staging area at Trout Brook Drive and Exeter Avenue in West Hartford before ultimately heading to the Berry Rosenblatt U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Center on South Quaker Lane (not pictured) shortly after dusk. Photo by Brad Horrigan | bhorrigan@courant.com (Brad Horrigan / Hartford Courant)

As winter dusk begins to fall in Connecticut, crows begin to gather in their thousands. They fly in from rural areas to spots near Hartford’s western border, to just outside New Haven, in Norwich’s Yantic section, and along Waterbury’s Naugatuck River. These spooky, massive, noisy, smelly and semi-mysterious “winter roosts” have in the past caused major headaches for giant corporations, hospitals, homeowners and businesses, but are fascinating to ornithologists.

Source: Thousands of crows have descended on Hartford for a spooky, noisy and mysterious ‘winter roost;’ here’s why – Hartford Courant

Video: ‘Crows’ — a short film by Akira Kurosawa starring Martin Scorsese | Vox Populi

This ten-minute clip is taken from Dreams, a feature-length series of eight sketches by Akira Kurosawa released in 1990. Martin Scorsese, sporting a red beard and an unmistakable New York accent,…

Source: Video: ‘Crows’ — a short film by Akira Kurosawa starring Martin Scorsese | Vox Populi

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Issa’s Untidy Hut: Gerald Vizenor: favor of crows: New and Collected Haiku

Issas Untidy Hut: Gerald Vizenor: favor of crows: New and Collected Haiku.

dark news by Alan Summers | tinywords

Crows’ Roost, Hartford, a haibun by Donna Fleischer & Video “Caw vs. Croak: Inside the Calls of Crows and Ravens”

Crows’ Roost, Hartford

Another attempt by man to reach the stars. This time in 1918 Insurance Capital of the world Hartford, CT, when work began on the city’s first skyscraper, the Travelers Tower, named after the Travelers Insurance Company. Workers at the building site raucously complained about the damn noise, the damn bird shit from all those crows. A predator, the Peregrine Falcon, was introduced to drive them off, long before the mid 1900s when DDT put the Peregrine on the endangered species list. Seems the Travelers Peregrine Falcon was formalized into a program in 1997 when the fledgling Amelia, raised in captivity, was brought to the Tower and returned for nesting ever since, until the Spring of 2011. How to know why?

And what about those damn crows? These days their roost numbers in the thousands. They have flourished since their 1918 eviction, maybe by making the University of Hartford campus and outlier property abutting Mark Twain Drive and the housing projects their main home. From there they make a daily 35-mile circle, taking in Elizabeth Park, Trinity College, the Hartford Seminary, the West Hartford and Bloomfield Reservoirs, even just over the border into western Massachusetts. I’ve seen them in our travels and very glad to when I do. They post sentries while the community feeds and the oldest eat first. They make a rich language of 150 different sounds, know how to use tools, and possess a fine memory.

sheen
on the crow’s wing
early Spring

Donna Fleischer
Contemporary Haibun Online
April 2013, vol 9, no 1

God in Her Infinite Wisdom Sends Crows by Christina Pacosz

God in Her Infinite Wisdom Sends Crows
by Christina Pacosz

For weeks now God has been trying
to send messages with what is available.
Leaves, a thousand eyelids opening,
the iridescent scrawl of slugs,
mundane waterfalls dripping off eaves,
the rare sunlight
and daily gift of mud.

And God has been especially
persistent about sending crows.
Suddenly black feathers
appear at my feet.
Cr aa a k  audible above the thunk of my axe,
the ringing phones at the office.
The visibility of crows

Sunday strutting on the fence,
their middle of the week, middle class
plump edge, dark before the salt
and foam of waves.
The self satisfaction of crows
in the wind and on mowed lawns.
God guarantees crow call on waking,

the only sure thing all day.
I see wings, dark, indecipherable
statements in a gray sky.
When I am certain no one is about
I strike up conversations,
and the crows, as God is my witness,
listen.

This poem appeared in Greatest Hits, 1975 – 2001, Pudding House. It was written when my back could still enjoy chopping wood. Donna Fleischer, this poem is for the Hartford Crows!  – Christina Pacosz, on April 4, 2013 (Crows’ Roost Hartford / Contemporary Haibun Online)

“God in Her Infinite Wisdom Sends Crows” appears in Fine China: Twenty Years of Earth’s Daughters at Amazon.

How to Measure the Darkness, by Christina Pacosz is a 2012 limited edition chapbook available directly from the publisher  Seven Kitchens Press: SEVEN KITCHENS: Christina Pacosz: HOW TO MEASURE THE DARKNESS.

crows calls
tamp blackness
into distance
and leaves
invert, footfall
blasts edgelight
into glasslike
puddles mirroring
their own
tiniest daylit fires
while dark wind
glitters

Donna Fleischer