Observation Logs, Texas, U.S.A. The American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos.
Texas Crow Observation Logs
Updated: June 20, 2001
This section includes reports of various observers from the State of Texas.
Cypress, Texas: March 27, 2001
We have recenty built a large barn on our property in Cypress, Texas. We have two (2) glass doors facing east and glass window on the north and south side(all glass is on the 2nd floor. Two (2) Mexican crows (I believe) showed up about a week ago and just hung around the barn. We thought how neat, maybe they nest here! We also, recenltly hung a owl nesting box in a pine tree on the east side of the barn in a large pine tree. Anyway, these two crows have ripped and torn the screens off of the four (4) windows and I noticed from our house it looked like blood running down the white roof below one of the windows. After going upstairs to investigate I noticed they had indeed hit the window hard enough that one of the birds was injured. Investigating further I found a hugh amount of blood on the two glass doors as well. My husband and I love feeding the birds and supplying nests and houses for all. We're not as worried about the damage to the barn, but would like to know what we can do to keep the crows from hurting themselves.
Canton, Texas: April 30, 2000
Behavior: Many crows making a racket outside my house, in a rural area. I found a blue-eyed crow on my porch. It didn't fly away when I went out - and I picked it up (it did try to bite me)... I ascertained that it wasn't injured, probably just learning to fly. I took it back out in a cage and it got very excited by the other crows still hanging around... It perched on my finger then flew to the ground, hopped to a tree, and limb-by-limb went up the tree with other crows seeming to watch over and encourage it - but this morning I found the crow back in my yard looking quite lost... and wet, because we'd had a brief storm overnight. Other crows are gone. It really seemed relieved to see me (sounds silly) - I have it in a large cage in the house. We are observing each other quite carefully. Any suggestions very much appreciated. BTW - can't find references to crows having blue eyes - is this unusual? (Denise Gardner)
Austin, Texas: April 10, 2000
Location_Description: Campus of University of Texas at Austin, in the Battle Oaks area--a small plaza composed of 5-6 huge, hundred-year-old live oak trees
Behavior: There is a group of at least 4 crows which I've noticed congregated in this area for several months now. I've located a nest in one of the oak trees which I've been watching over the last couple of weeks. There are generally 3 adult(?) birds on the nest when I pass each weekday morning around sunrise. On Monday morning, 4/10, I saw one of the crows raid a nearby pigeon nest. He/she scared the pigeons off the nest and nosed around in it. I couldn't see what, if anything, the crow found in the nest, but he/she didn't linger there long. I've seen a crow hanging around this pigeon nest before, so I guess this is the crow equivalent of walking down the street to the corner store. (Lisa Longoria)
San Angelo, Texas: February 7, 2000
I live in San Angelo, Texas (Tom Green Co.) and we do NOT have crows within 50+ miles in any direction. We do have two species of Ravens and two jays. Our habitat "seems" suitable for crows - but they are not here. I'm searching for ideas as to why this is - any help would be appreciated. Why this big "hole" in the distribution map for crows???? (Gordon Creel)
San Angelo is in a 21" rainfall belt, but we are short this year. We are primarily Edwards Plateau, grass land with well forested ripariam areas. Plenty of trees in this city and surrounding towns. Considerable mesquite in the ranch lands. We have numerous lakes and rivers and spring fed streams. Everything seems right to me - but crows are not here.
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