American Crow, BraeBurn No, 7, December 17, 2018. What’s wrong with this picture?
 
Finally, a crow! For some reason, it took me 18 months before I saw my first American Crow at BraeBurn and I don’t understand why. You can often hear them when you are on holes 1, 8, and 9 and you might see an occasional flyover but they just don’t seem to hang out on the rest of the course. And does something look wrong with the picture on the right? Answer: Yes! The back half of this crow is missing, possibly because of a fight or an attack.
Crows are part of the Jay-Magpie-Raven family that consists of twenty North American birds. There are four crows in the family and three call part of Texas home: the most common is the American Crow (shown on the right), the Fish Crow of far southeastern Texas (east of Houston), and the Tamaulipas Crow of far southern Texas near Mexico. The American Crow lives year round in all lower 48 states and spends summers in Canada. They are easily identified by their size (18” long), their all black color, and their loud caw.
Like other birds in the family, crows are intelligent, loud, aggressive, and protect their territory. For some reason, BraeBurn is not their preferred territory but it was for a few minutes on a cloudy day last December.
Jim Frank joined BraeBurn in early 2016. He is a member of the House Committee.