Through the Looking Glass of Val Lee – Crows (With Bits of Raven and Cat) – Part 1

Cat Cassidy @ Val Lee

We had checked out a video at the library about the intelligence Jesus Christ has invested in His Crows. We were quite surprised when our cat, Cassidy, walked in the room and plopped herself in front of the video.

She obviously was enjoying it as much as we did, though with entirely dastardly motives. Toward the end, she decided she was going to get those birds. She walked to the back of the armoire. No Crows back there. She came back to the front and decided to jump at them on the screen. Of course, she knew right away that was unacceptable.

We laughed at her and that is a no no. She hates it when we laugh at her! She believes it to be horrendously unmannerly. She immediately left for another room to expose her disgust with us, uncivilized humans!

I occasionally reminisce with a chuckle, the comical display of our family tabby cat. When a young teen, living at home with my parents and sisters, this gray tabby decided to watch an animal program with us. It was seated close to the television on the floor. A jungle vehicle drove right up to the edge of the screen! Our frightened feline felt his only hope was to tumble backwards.


Now cats can catch an occasional Crow; however, Crows, also enjoy irritating cats! They will jump on their backs and will bite at them. Often times a cat will retreat in humiliating, hunting failure.

Recently, I read how one agile cat would catch Crows in midair. I also read of a large Main Coon Cat that brought a dead Crow into the house as a gift for its master. (Main coon house cats can weigh up to 25 pounds and display thick, long fur. They are remarkable hunters. Like raccoons, they will implement their front paws to scoop up food. Some will open doors by moving the handles around:

It is quite the brain our LORD God instilled in Crows and cats.

Crows are considered one of the world’s most intelligent of animals. They can recognize human faces for two years. Furthermore, they are able to effectively communicate with fellow Crows with their dialogue of crow. They will crow-out what humans to avoid. Every Crow gets the message and stays away.

They are able to implement tools, even manufacturing their own, to reach desired food. They will drop nuts in front of cars when a signal is green. When the light turns red, they dash down for the awaiting meat morsels. It is quite the game for these birds:

While my husband and I were enjoying the beauty of Lake Payette in McCall, that lies north of Boise, Idaho, I noticed a few Crows had soared into town. They were a bit hard to miss

Crow at Lake Payette @ Val Lee

The area surrounding this lake is a abuzz with bird life. It is a blessing to walk the trials and see many birds surrounded in glorious, forested beauty.

My video of Lake Payette:

The American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) is a passerine or perching bird of the Corvidae bird line (over 120 species of bird) which includes the Common Raven. Male and female appear the same, though females are smaller, as is the case with many birds. This engulfing Crow menajerie is cosmopolitan (stretching over most of the world).

The word “crow” is derived from the British present tense word “crew,” or past tense “crowed” which means “utter a loud cry.”

The American Crow ranges between 16-20 inches long, with a 2.5 inch wingspan. It is mainly a ground feeder. Subspecies include the Eastern, Northwestern, Florida and Southern. The Fish Crow (that enjoys fishing) is another subspecies. All types of American Crow reveal slight differences in appearance and behavior. For instance, the Northwestern Crow is slightly smaller than the American and enjoys seafood and ingeniously opens shells. It will also soak bread in water (not having access to soup) for a more delightful taste. It is likened to the Fish Crow in fishing habits.

The Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) stretches across the Untied States. It appears identical to the American Crow, except it is smaller and displays more of a purplish, black coat. The Fish Crow is unique in its call, producing a nasal cry, while puffing itself up like the Red Wing Blackbirds when they are in their happy breeding grounds.

Fishers are spotted in watery habitats (saltwater and fresh). They especially enjoy the maritime districts of southern states, loving to dive for fish; and will fish for half an hour at a time. They will eat anything, but fish is their forte. These anglers also enjoy obtaining a food surplus—hiding a bit of their food, like squirrels, for a later meal. I guess its akin to marinating and hoarding.

Fish Crows are not considered a nuisance to humans since they mostly remain in aquatic areas.

All Crows will rob bird nests of eggs and young, bringing great distress upon countless birds. Bird parents do feel pain when their young are killed.

Crow thieves will steal food from other birds, even larger than themselves; yet, they never serve jail time.

European Crows are of the Corvus corone family. They are not unlike their American counterparts in appearance and habits. They are, however, a bit larger on the average—18-21 inches.

Crows in Paris, France @ Val Lee

Common or Northern Ravens can be called Crows, however, Crows can never be called Ravens. This all has to do with family proper that can leave birders scratching their heads.

All Crows and Ravens are classified as carrion eaters, meaning they are eaters of the dead. Crows have often owned the reputation of owning a “death sense,” and will encircle in large numbers (akin to the tales of Eagle-fathered Crow Indians on surrounding ridges, spying out wagon trains wheeling through their valleys), hovering over areas where animals or people are expected to soon die. Yes, scalping torment! They are prey scavengers who can act like Vultures. Ravens, being a large bird (averaging 27 inches, with a 4 foot wingspan), will wrangle with Vultures and Eagles for their fair share of tasty dead morsels.

Raven versus American Bald Eagle:

The Common Raven (Corvus corax) is present in America and Europe. Raven means “Take the spoil” and is traced to the Old French “to ravage.”

The Raven’s main cry—”Cras Cras” was interpreted by Latin scholars to mean “Tomorrow! Tomorrow!” It came to symbolize a foolish sinner who continually says, “Tomorrow, I will convert to Christ.”

Vultures at Tower of London @ Val Lee

Continued in Part 2, please click here : crows-with-bits-of-raven-and-cat-part-2