Some Wing Things

A few news snippets from the Wings.

1 —  Feather Gone!

White Wing shed her distinctive white feather again on June 21 — the day I took the photo of her (above) against the blue sky. The next day she was sans feather, looking just like your run-of-the-roost crow.

But, as always, she’s quickly growing a new one.

June 25, just four days after losing the white feather

Yesterday — just under two weeks of growth

2 — Mr. Wing

I recently thought that White Wing might be carrying on with Mr. Walker when I saw what looked like the two of them getting very cosy together. Scandal in the local crow world!

A Wing-Walker dalliance did seem especially unlikely with both families in the midst of nesting season. Turns out it’s something almost as crazy — Mr. Wing has damaged his eye too — the same eye as Mr. Walker.

It’s pretty confusing as both the Mr. W’s have similarly shaped beaks and are next door neighbours to the Walkers. Currently Mr. Wing has some fluffed-up chest feathers (possibly from skirmishing with other crows) which makes ID a little easier.


3 — Parenting

I’ve been hearing Wing babies since late May, but didn’t see them for the first month . I’m not sure how many they started out with, but now I regularly see them with one lively youngster.

I’m fairly certain that this duo, seen in early June enjoying the aquatic facilities provided by a thoughtful neighbour, were little Wings. I didn’t see the parents with them, so couldn’t be positive.

It’s always hard to do a definitive fledgling roll call at this time of year. The first of the summer babies (like the Wings’ and Bongo and Bella’s) are at the “teenage” phase; relatively adept flyers, often off exploring the neighbourhood. They aren’t very cooperative about staying in one place for head counts!

That being said, I’ve only seen the Wings in the company of just one fledgling in recent weeks.

One damp, blue-eyed Wing fledgling, June 10

Same day, same fledgling — now on the move!


Fluffy Baby Wing, June 20

Baby Wing, July 1

Now that Junior is getting older, the parents try to encourage self feeding, but every once in a while doting dad Mr. Wing relents. Even a teenager needs some spoiling every once in a while.

So that’s the news from Wing World for now.

White Wing leaves you with the message, conveyed via crow semaphore.

Other posts about the Wings:

White Wing (and many of my other local crow friends) are featured in the 2024 City Crow Calendar and the included Guide To Getting To Know Crows.

White Wing, modelling for the month of November in the City Crow Calendar, 2024 edition.





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7 thoughts on “Some Wing Things

  1. Thanks for the equipment suggestions, I’ve ordered an OM-1 and some lenses. The neighborhood raven population has just tripled, with a gang of very raucous fledglings. I’m going to specialise in raven photography.

  2. Hi June – for some reason I can no longer see the photos (videos, yes) that are part of your posts. Since you switched to a new program? I use Firefox on both my laptop and phone and can’t see any permissions or restrictions that might be causing this. Any suggestions?

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  4. Not sure exactly why but I have not seen any baby crows hanging with the local crow families here….very strange…usually hear and see them by now. There are many raccoons and an eagle couple living in the hood too. Feel sad thinking the babies did not survive this year.

  5. Thank you for all of these lovely descriptions & updates. I didn’t get a chance to read until today, weeks later, I’m so pleased & love your …Everything!

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