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I was on my way to visit the polar bears when this crow settled on the fence in front of me and started to loudly squawk while keeping a beady eye fixed in my direction. Its black feather worked well to make the crow stand out from the background messy view of the sky and the post on which it was perched.

I put the squawking down to being non-contextual… meaning that they really can’t practically be linked to anything specific like a predator because their primary function is simply to communicate with other members of their flock at a distance like a companion call.

A lot of people when they hear these calls will try to figure out if it means something specific when what it really tells us is that there’s nothing specific happening in the landscape at the moment. I guess I fell into this category on this day.

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Taken April 1, 2018.

Posted by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 06/17/18 20:39
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 06/17/18 20:40

I was passing out of Assiniboine Park when I heard a rat tat tat tat and there was this Pileated Woodpecker working a dead tree for the insects within.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 06/17/18 20:41

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Comments by Gerry Vrbensky on Mon, 06/18/18 19:10

Your OP reminds me of a Crow that hung around Sullivans Pond and Lake Banook so I'm assuming he's passed away by now. He was tame enough that I could
pass him peanuts in the shell. He recognized me each time I was there and he would follow me around in the park so I made sure that I always carried
around some peanuts in my pocket. He would take about 4 peanuts at a time, as that was all he could stuff in his beak and fly off to bury them where
ever he kept his stash and back in about 5 minutes looking for more. He reward me by posing for my camera - well to be perfectly honest he was still
waiting for more peanuts but thats OK as I got some nice photos.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 06/20/18 20:00

Great White Pelicans

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 06/20/18 20:02

duck on ice


Comments by S Roter on Fri, 06/22/18 12:17

Fabulous series Jan. The black Crow, not an easy bird to capture with
a see a visible eye. The Pileated Woodpecker, king of the woodpecker
family, a great capture. Where did you find Pelicans in the Peg ?


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Fri, 06/22/18 20:22

Canada geese on wing pass the spire of the Esplanade Riel Bridge.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Fri, 06/22/18 20:23

grand and glorious tail but I guess it can be a chore to carry it around waiting for a female to impress

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Comments by Bruce Hunter on Sat, 06/23/18 14:46

postings 3, 5 and 6 are my favorites, here....Jan