Chip’s Tips For Hanging Around

It would seem that the local corvids took exception to the title of my “Boring Walks” series and have been pulling out all the stops to prove me very wrong.

Young Chip must have been especially offended, as she’s been starring in her own production of Cirque du Corvid this week.

Remember I said in Boring Walks Part One that Chip is fast and cheeky? It seems that she read that and thought, “you ain’t seen nothing yet!”

At first I didn’t notice Chip at all. It was Marvin, sitting on the fence and staring intently up at the sky.

So I looked up to see what he was watching …

In all my years of watching crows, I’ve only ever seen this hanging upside routine once before.

But Chip wasn’t JUST hanging around. Oh no.

She hung there for a minute or so and then let go, prompting Marvin to give chase.

That was so much fun, so she did it again. And again.

Looking to see if Marvin is watching


A head tuck and fiddle with the feet


And down she goes

Marvin cannot look away

Chip apparently decided that the “hang and drop” routine was too simple, and added to her routine by clambering, using feet and beak, between the multiple rows of wires.

But with the same end goal — flip, hang, drop and get chased. Woohoo!!

Down on the ground, I was literally gasping at the acrobatic skill. At the same time, I was laughing out loud at her determination to draw Marvin, who was trying to look very dignified, into her vortex of fun and games.

Chip’s family, The Mabels, weren’t even around — it was just her, having a laugh with the neighbours. She often visits the garden when Marvin and Mavis are there. They’re pretty territorial and have spent months trying to chase her off, but they seem less fussed about her presence lately.  After all, she is pretty darn entertaining — and way too fast to catch anyway.

Chip’s lesson for me this week — you can just be hanging around, being bored and a bit grumpy — or you can go ahead and make an art form out of it.




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10 thoughts on “Chip’s Tips For Hanging Around

  1. HAHA! just loved your description of Chip’s ” Cirque du Corvid “, June! She is a hoot. You really would think she been reading your entries! 😀 I love Chip’s “lesson” – I’ll take it to heart, too! <3

  2. I just love your posts so much! I’ve had a lot going on so dropped off for awhile but so glad to get back to these marvelous musings and images! Looking forward to catching up.
    Chip is a character! That’s some fancy business she’s up to!
    “an art form” indeed!

    Thank you for the smiles!

  3. What a lot of fun and inspiration. Thanks! A large number of crows, at least 100, that are part of the evening flight that passes,overhead on route to Burnaby had gatheried instead in trees nearby in North Vancouver. They perched, moved, chattered a lot had a few quiet moments then burst out again. After an hour they moved on. It was wonderful but I do not understand…a gathering before the nights flight to BURNABY to discuss some important matter? Fascinating.

  4. Oh my gosh. Your writing and descriptions of these crows totally inspires me. I’m in awe of the experiences you have with them. Jealous even. In Manitoba things are off to a very slow start so far. Your crows sound like they totally enrich your life. Thank you.

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