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.
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.
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 Goes Woof (May, 2023)
- White Wing: A Year in Review (March, 2023)
- White Wing The Crow (March, 2019)
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.
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