American Crow, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Why Crows Fly Back and Forth | Feb. 2017

Why are crows always on the move?

American Crow, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Why Crows Fly Back and Forth

American Crow, Going One Way

Crows seem to come and go.

So one day I went to the Great Council of Birds and asked,

Why is it that crows fly one way, and then fly another way?

American Crow, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Why Crows Fly Back and Forth

American Crow, Going the Other Way

The birds stared at me for a moment, as birds will do. Then one small bird spoke.

“Crows do this to maintain balance in the World.

If too many were to be in one place, then that place would have too many crows.

And if too few were to be in one place, then that place would have too few crows.

So crows are always on the move, going back and forth.

As with everything, this is part of the grand plan of blending what is dark with what is light.

And perhaps you have noticed that there are never too many nor too few crows in any one place for a long time.”

Then this small bird ruffled its feathers, as birds will do, while the rest nodded in agreement.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

Find more at:

Wing Flaps and the Meaning of Flight

You Always Have 3 Choices

Life Lesson from a Quail

About the American Crow

Intelligent: Showing an ability to solve puzzles (e.g., leaving walnuts on a road so cars can run over them).

Sociable: Traveling with others and building nests in communities.

Cooperative: Working in teams to obtain food and drive away predators.

Omnivorous: Being able to eat almost anything.

Adaptable: Learning how to adjust to changes.

Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.

Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation

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  • Kathryn Grace
    Posted at 17:30h, 07 February

    Love this, Steve. It fills my heart with a sense of peace. I’m sure you know the Native Americans put great store in the mystery and magic of crows, something I, without a drop of Native blood in me, felt even as a small child.

  • Dottie
    Posted at 18:55h, 07 February

    How fascinating to hear about how crows leave walnuts on the road so cars can break them!

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 09:14h, 09 February

    Lovely story about the crows. It has made me view them differently.

  • Tony G
    Posted at 21:43h, 09 February

    Not only are you a great photographer but a Awesome Writer . . . Love it

  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 06:31h, 10 February

    Obviously their contribution to the overall scheme of things is something to crow about.

  • Beth Navarro
    Posted at 10:07h, 10 February

    Love this!

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