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Gothic birds.. [Mar. 2nd, 2011|02:15 pm]
ms_jinxme

 This curious & intriguing link has been popping up on FB the past couple of days  ~ & is certainly worth a peruse whilst having a cup of tea.  :-)

http://www.cracked.com/article_19042_6-terrifying-ways-crows-are-way-smarter-than-you-think_p2.html

It has reminded me of the tales of my paternal grandmother; a lady who I never got to know as she died when I was only three. The tales are many about her however as she comes from a strand of ancestors reputed to be 'gifted' - Ellen Ingeborg (as was her name) had the intuitive talent of knowing when people was about to come to visit. She heard what in the nordic countries is called 'fore-steps', i.e. sounds of steps on the veranda before a visitor arrived. The tale goes she would instruct member of the family to put the kettle on the stove as 'such & such' was coming. And apparantly she was never wrong...

But the tale of the crows is a different one. High up in the harsh, mountain & pine adorned north of Sweden there's never been a phletora of wildlife (aside from moose & bear!). Besides the cat, my grandmother used to feed the magpies & crows around the pretty majestic, big wooden red house. Her & the birds formed such a strong bond, that on the rare occasion when she left the house to wander down to the village shop, the birds would insist to come along, flying overhead. But ~ this the curious part ~ my grandmother used to stop, wave at them & tell them that they could not follow, that they should head back.  The tale goes, that the birds obeyed her every time...

~ There, a little slice of intriguing nordic mysteries for you, in this grey start of March!  ;-)

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[User Picture]From: erming
2011-03-02 03:55 pm (UTC)
Jodie after hearing about mum's robin thought she should feed this demanding robin she called Bip as he makes a Bip noise to her. Bip follows her about and follows her down the road sometime since she started feeding him.

Sounds like your grandmother was a remarkable lady.
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[User Picture]From: ms_jinxme
2011-03-02 04:27 pm (UTC)
She was. It's one of the great sadnesses in my life that I never had a chance to know her; there were so many stories surrounding her.

Robin's I think has quite a reputation for being human friendly ~ I do love them too. Other birds are far harder to charm! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: ms_jinxme
2011-03-02 04:27 pm (UTC)
God, don't know what is going on with my english: Robins - plain & straight!
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[User Picture]From: erming
2011-03-02 04:34 pm (UTC)
Mum has a little problem with the blue tits in the garden. They might nest in the garden and they might eat the food mum puts out for the birds, but one glimpse of her and they are off.

They are quite funny birds as they "steal" the food mum puts out for the robin. They fly up, look both ways, then grab something and quickly fly off with it to eat it.
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[User Picture]From: ms_jinxme
2011-03-02 05:00 pm (UTC)
Can't she feed both? I rather like blue tits. :-)
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[User Picture]From: erming
2011-03-02 05:01 pm (UTC)
She does feed them all, but it is the way they steal it that is amusing.
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[User Picture]From: failing_angel
2011-03-02 10:00 pm (UTC)
Impressive stories.
That was a great link, I'd heard about New Caledonian Crows being intelligent, but didn't realise all of the family were just as clever.
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[User Picture]From: ms_jinxme
2011-03-03 12:12 pm (UTC)
They impressed me when I first heard them! (I only found out through my aunts as my dad had decided to brush it aside as insignificant) ;-)

Besides the occasional fun banter, the links is the one thing FB is good for. I gathered people who are not on there would not know of it, so thought this was one was interesting enough to transfer to over here. :-)
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[User Picture]From: ms_jinxme
2011-03-03 04:08 pm (UTC)
This turned up on FB today, btw, & should be right up your street:

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/03/10-insulting-words-you-should-know/

;-D
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