American Crow, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Why Crows Fly Back and Forth


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 This 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 That 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 they 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 in any one place for a long time.”

Then this bird ruffled its feathers while the rest nodded in agreement.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS: See photos of birds here: Bird Photos


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.


Birding Resources

Have you visited the American Bird Conservancy’s web site? It’s packed with useful info about bird conservation. See: American Bird Conservancy

They published an outstanding book about bird conservation. See: Bird Conservation


Web Site  |  Talks  |  Blog  |  Photos  |  Articles


Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.
You can help – Please share this blog with others.
6 Comments
  • 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!

Post A Comment