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My Crow Obsession

Yesterday I mentioned my white spotted crow obsession. It’s been a couple of days since I’ve seen him, but this morning he was on the driveway again.

Today I managed to get a pic of Spot. It’s not a very good one, but at least you can see he’s not a figment of my imagination. There’s more white than I thought, though. It looks like the wing tips and the top of his tail are white.

This crow obsession took me a little by surprise. I’m not sure why I’ve become so attached to this crow, but I have. He seems to be recovering from whatever was wrong with him before, but I’m leaning toward the idea that he is a fledgling and just didn’t know how to maneuver all that well yet. Today he still looked like there was a problem with his leg, but he managed to fly from limb to limb just fine.

This crow obsession took me a little by surprise. I'm not sure why I've become so attached to this crow, but I have.

It’s not legal to trap crows to keep as a pet, but if that weren’t the case I would try it just to give him a place to live if he’s going to be unable to fend for himself with a hurt leg. I’d like to make sure he survives. So instead, I’m just dropping food out on the driveway for him. Maybe one day he’ll get to know me well enough and want to stick around.


7-25-20 I saw Spot yesterday, and he was flying with a friend. He looked good and capable. I think he was just a fledgling getting off to a rough start. Hopefully, he’ll stick around this valley and I’ll get to see him often, but he isn’t interested in getting close enough for me to entice him with treats at this point. Maybe one day.

Madison Woods is an artist and paintmaker from Kingston, Arkansas.
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In the summer of 2018 I began making watercolor paints from the rocks, clay, and other resources of our land here in the Ozarks. My artwork is made exclusively with these paints. I call them Wild Ozark Paleo Paints, because they’re made in a way very close to the same way paints were made when man first put a handprint on the wall of a cave. My specialty is painting nature, specifically the nature that surrounds me here in the remote hills of northwest Arkansas.

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1 September 2020 12:55 pm

Young crows can have white wingtips.

Nancy Hartney
15 July 2020 8:34 am

Love crows – they know how to play, recognize people, and avoid cats. This crow looks like crows (or maybe ravens) I saw in Alaska. Handsome feller. Good to keep feeding on driveway until he ‘situates’ himself. Cheers for wild things.

14 July 2020 9:03 pm

Madison, I’m thinking there may be a painting of ‘Spot’ before long. 😉 Looking forward to it!

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