The crows know what the drinking fountains in thepark are for, but the water slips away so quickly
that they have no chance to get a drink. When a crow is thirsty, or after a meal, the bird goes to the
nearest fountain and stands there watching me until I get a dish and fill it.
There's plenty of room for several crows and a flat surface for dishes on these fountains.
Some of the crows seem to be able to get a small drink of water from the fountain, but it must be very little.
Pursuit and harassment of a hated enemy is high sport for crows. They are all eager to participate.
One morning I was playing with the crows and feeding them in the park when they started cawing and pointing
to the south. Then they started flying to the East end of the street several blocks away. A few of them
hesitated, not wanting to leave the easy food. But within a minute they were all flying to join other crows that
were forming an impromptu flock. Then they headed North, crossing Marina Parkway to the trees there. Then, they turned
West and flew to yet another park and to the large eucalyptus trees there around the boat ramp.
The crows were all gone so there was no point of my being there. I put my stuff in the car and drove back to the
marina for a while. I came back out to the marina parking lot to see that the crows were driving their enemy back East
to an old palm tree across the street from the marina. This is a vacant field of a few acres (below) still held by the Port.
I abandoned the car and walked across the street with a camera. The object of the crows' hatred could be easily seen. (right}
No more crows appeared to join the flock, and there seemed to be about thirty of them circling the old tree. Perhaps they became
tired of this and settled to the ground under the tree and rested a while. (below) Then they would start up the harassment again.
Five or six of them left together, but there was no sign that any of the others would abandon this. The hawk with nerves of steel
refused to go. I waited another forty-five minutes until the West Marine store opened and went on my way.
Sometimes I just hold the camera's shutter button down so I don't miss anything. I'm not wasting film.
When the birds drink, they take turns. Presumably, it is important to have as many eyes as possible looking up for danger. They also
maintain the same order.
The main problem with the crows in October is that they all have finished the molt and have perfect, beautiful, and shiny new feathers. And
they all look the same. The only unique characteristic is that the angelic little female crow will often come looking for me if I am at
the marina, and late to come to the park to feed them. She doesn't want to be fed, she just leads me away to the park.
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Species that seem today to be doing fine
may be sensitive to change in ways that are difficult to foresee. And we are are now changing the planet at a speed that’s probably
unprecedented in at least sixty million years. The New Yorker "Species that seem today to be doing fine may be
sensitive to change in ways that are difficult to foresee. And we are are now changing the planet at a speed that’s probably
unprecedented in at least sixty million years.”
bird lovers fume over bizarre welcome for Raghuveera - Studio N -
"The Congress flags were tied to the pigeon and it was placed in a closed cylindrical tube used for sending rockets."
LA earns NOAA grant to study ocean acidification
"UCLA is one of three colleges nationwide to be awarded a federal grant to study how
ecologically and economically important coastal habitats and marine species are
impacted by ocean acidification ”
Global Scheme to Clean up Oceans
"The Global Ghost Gear Initiative aims to bring together fishing industry leaders, governments and
environmental and animal welfare organisations in a bid to clean up the - "
Mexico Registers Huge Increase in Frozen Shrimp Exports
Mexico exports all sorts of food products to the EU
California governor signs renewable electricity bill
"California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill requiring the state to produce
half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030"
Un-Baaahlievable! Overgrown Sheep Gets Record-Breaking Haircut
"An enormously overgrown sheep that spent years in the wild and was saddled with so much wool that it could barely walk underwent a lifesaving "haircut" last month that removed more than 90 lbs. (41 kilograms) of fleece. "
The Reign of Recycling
new york times
" The slump has forced some recycling companies to shut plants and cancel plans "
USCG reaches North Pole in historic expedition
The ice up there is getting thin.
Coastal Commission to Consider SeaWorld San Diego Orca Tank Expansion
"The $100 million proposal would greatly expand the tanks SeaWorld San Diego uses to hold killer whales.
The Mad Man and the Sea: Big Blue Marlin on a Bass Boat
This spectacular season of sportfishing has presented some unique opportunities. And in the last few weeks, perhaps the most alluring of them all…the realistic opportunity to catch a large blue marlin in local water
662 pound marlin caught in San Diego; largest in last 84 years
The magnificent blue marlin is thought to be the largest marlin caught in California since 1931
El Niño on the radar: Wet winter could be in store
STATEWIDE — Weather forecasts for the upcoming winter season indicate Southern California could face a steady dose of rain.
- (note: a winter of rain won't change the drought. It will take more than a season or two of rain and snow to replenish the
underground aquifer where we draw much of our potable water. -- editor)
Crows will gather around their dead. And the reasons why are intriguing
My experiences tell me that most birds recognize people and each other by facial recognition. This BBC article goes a bit
farther and speculates into the "why" part of bird behavior.
Raven loony: Bonkers bird steals cameras to take selfies and swears at police
the sunday post
A FOUL-MOUTHED raven is leaving tourists in a flap by nicking everything from cameras to babies’ dummies!
Scandal of animal charity fat cat: Scottish SPCA chief's £230,000 pay deal as animals suffer
the sunday post
THE Scottish SPCA has come under fire after its boss was given a huge pay rise – while shutting a rescue centre to save costs.
Steps Reef Lovers Can Take as U.S. Warns of Global Coral Bleaching Event
the new york times
Federal marine scientists issued a four-month forecast (October through January) for coral bleaching
extending through many of the world's tropical seas
An “exotic, incredibly venomous” sea snake has been spotted along the Southern California coast, and a local environmental group said the creature was brought to shore courtesy of El Niño.
At least one yellow-bellied sea snake, which lives its entire life in the ocean, was recently spotted at Silver Strand Beach near Oxnard..
Australia Writes Morrissey to Defend Plan to Kill Millions of Feral Cats
New York Times
HONG KONG — Australian officials have responded to criticism from animal rights activists and celebrities, including the former actress Brigitte Bardot and the singer Morrissey, that a government
plan to protect threatened species by killing millions of feral cats is unnecessarily cruel.
(feral cats prey on more than 100 of the country’s threatened species and that they were a “major contributor” to the extinction of at least 27 mammal species in the country over the past 200 years.).
That Arctic Seed Vault Isn’t Just There for a Doomsday.
IN THE SEVEN years since the Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened, hundreds of thousands of seed samples have gone into its icy tombs. And not one has come out—until now.
Russ crow refuses to leave saviour who cared for him after falling from tree
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Orcas Take Down Tiger Shark
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Fish and Game Commission broaches fishing license reform
these guys have nothing important to do.
SeaWorld Gets Super Defensive Over 'Depressed' Mother Orca Footage
"A video that appears to show a mother orca too depressed to nurse her baby at SeaWorld San Diego made the rounds this week — and it's sending SeaWorld into a defensive spiral."
Australia plans to kill 2M cats — hear them out
"There are at least 20 million feral cats prowling Australia, and together they kill an estimated 75 million native animals every day.
Wild American crows gather around their dead to learn about danger
"we demonstrate with experiments that wild American crows, Corvus brachyrhynchos, respond to dead conspecifics"
Scientists Attempt to Launch Human Noise Monitoring Network for UK Seas
"A collaboration between the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Marine Scotland and the University of Exeter is seeking to initiate the first underwater network designed to monitor human noise levels in the sea."
The Truth about Farm Raised Shrimp
"The industry acknowledges that 5 percent of the world’s mangroves, hundreds of thousands of acres, have been destroyed creating shrimp ponds. "
16 Pictures of Bats Just in Time for Halloween
"During National Bat Week, the scariest thing about bats is how endangered they are"
From Clitheroe to Japan to raise awareness of dolphin hunts
"They're very emotional animals. They're really bonded with their pod. It's heartbreaking when one's taken for captivity and their family are being slaughtered. They can see, hear and feel all this."
New York Governor Vetoes Feral Cat Bill, Protects Wildlife
American Bird Conservancy
"(Washington, DC, Oct. 28, 2015) This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation that would have used public funds to support statewide Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) programs for feral cats. "
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a marine land, however
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to duplicate the conditions
of the sea. ”
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