Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"A Murder Of Crows"

There is already a stunning one hour documentary on crows called "A Murder Of Crows" that was done by David Suzuki on The Nature of Things and for those of you who haven't seen it then it's well worth taking the time to view it at
http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Shows/The_Nature_of_Things/2009-10/1456781423/ID=1385855962 as they are an incredibility smart species...

We've had three crows hanging around our cottage since the early eighties and on Sundays an additional crow would always show up, but at a distance... one of them (in the attached photo) was always ruffled and had the appearance of being quite old and this year I haven't seen him around and I'm guessing he didn't make it through the winter... but it appears the fourth crow is now part of the "murder" as there are three there all the time now... yes they "dump" all over your cars, but I kind of like them as they are quite intelligent and have interesting personalities... we should probably leave them alone...

I'm hoping these filmmakers interview our former Councillor Philip Brown for the shear entertainment to see how he's making out getting rid of them using that consultation process he always refers to...

Charlottetown crows star in documentary
Monday, December 27, 2010
CBC News
Charlottetown's crows are the subject of a documentary being made by two Prince Edward Island filmmakers.

Jeremy Larter and Jason Arsenault have received a grant from the Island Media Co-op to film the birds that many see as a nuisance.

The city has been trying to get rid of thousands of crows that roost near Victoria Park for years, including playing recordings of gunshots over loudspeakers.

Now the filmmakers are hanging around the park to interview Islanders.

"People feel like Charlottetown wouldn't be the same without them," Larter said. "Some people can't wait to get rid of them.

"The crows say something about the residents of Charlottetown and, I think, about small towns probably in general. I think in the end it may end up being a story about a small town, as opposed to being a story about crows."

Arsenault said the topic spins off into other topics, such as local politics and local art.

They wish the birds would be more a little more helpful, though.

Larter said: "I'll find a really great spot to get a great shot and then it seems like as soon as one crow sees me there, they communicate that I'm there and they're not really sure what the camera is and then, all of a sudden, they won't fly over my beautiful shot anymore."

The two filmmakers hope to be finished in time to submit the documentary to festivals in the spring.

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