|You can see where the blood vessels were.|
In due to a mishap the crows in Germany are protected by law. Not that the crows really need it badly, no. The meaning was to protect all songbirds, but stupidly nobody kept in mind that crows belong to the songbirds, too xD Oh my! Now the hunters need special permission to hunt these birds. My carrion crow hide came from such a hunt. I know, it hangs on my wall in a bit macabre way, but I still like it.
In Switzerland the crows aren’t protected by law. In December 24nd I found a death crow hanging on a yarn in a tree. A hunter killed that crow and used its body for baiting foxes or other predators. The dead critter dangled in the wind and it was disgusting to watch that scene so I cut off that dead crow. I put it into a save shrubbery and left it for a few months. In summer I went back to this place and now I have a nice carrion crow skull.
I also own a second carrion crow skull. My mum found this animal lying dead in her rain barrel in the garden. I think the crow was thirsty and wanted to drink but fell into the barrel and drowned. This was definitely not a smart crow, because we have a creek and a river right nearby. My mum buried it and after a few months we dug it out and bleached the skull. Too bad that the beak sheath is missing.
Now let’s have a look to the beak: It looks very solid and big, so the carrion crow can peck wonderfully. An ideal tool for plundering other birds nest or for killing baby hares. Even the agriculture cannot bear these birds, because crows can do a lot of damage if they pitch into a field. But carrion crows can be useful animals as well! In the breeding season they eat a lot of mice and snails! And they eat even carcasses! You see, carrion crows are real food opportunists.
|Long and very strong beak.|
|Leg of a carrion crow. Got it from my trusted taxidermist.|
As you may know I love to do handicraft work. This dusky dreamcatcher is dedicated to these wonderful black birds. I got the crow parts from my trusted taxidermist, because his saker falcon hunts carrion crows. I like how it turned out.
Now let's watch some crows ;)