Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Stone the Crows

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Stone the crows? I wouldn’t dream of it personally.

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It’s a phrase you don’t hear very often, its origins are unclear

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"What I says is crows is devils." Tom pointed at the trees, where the blue-black legions sat squabbling and blinking their wicked white eyes. …

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I came across these handsome birds, in a car park in Wales (we got about a bit last week!). Hopelessly back lit and mooching about, in and out of the shadows, they kept me entertained whilst trying to eat my sandwich in the car. I did a lot of that last week too.

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Can I encourage you to pop across to dou dou’s site and take a look at the beautiful birds there

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “Stone the Crows

  1. You’ve hit the spot here because crows are among my favourite animals. They are extremely intelligent (as I have remarked before) and show a remarkable ability to think up ways of getting food out of awkward settings, even to the point of making tools to do the job. To anyone interested in corvids I would recommend Esther Woolfson’s book Corvus: A Life with Birds.

  2. Your photos are always something to crow about :) How lovely to have spent time in Wales…looking forward to more photos and hearing more about your trip. Thanks for the link.

  3. I suppose that being big and black it’s inevitable that they’re generally cast as baddies. There are plenty here that I always look at with interest, especially when airborne. Thanks for the link. xx

  4. We love seeing food photographed well – they look very tasty!

  5. I have read that crows are able to identify human faces. I even read that they will attack those who have been unkind to them. We don’t give them enough credit.

  6. I hear tell that crows will kill newborn lambs if given the chance, whence the antipathy . I also heard it as, “Betsy, stone the crows!” — which takes only Betsy’s name in vain.

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