Crow Collision

Yesterday when we went to leave the office I am sad to report a poor crow soul was found laying in a parking spot.

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Crow lays in parking spot

It had grown completely dark and the usual murder that flocked around our building had been gone for about a half hour. I have to assume this happened right at dusk because one of my co-workers was parked in that spot until about an hour earlier.

Blunt trauma killed this crow
Blunt trauma killed this crow

I have often been asked and myself wondered if there were mid-flight crashes when a huge flock of birds fly together. This crow probably is a fatality of a crash. From how he looks I am going to assume he was somehow thrown off course and struck the side of the building. See how in the top picture the flock hangs out along the edge? Perhaps he was coming in for a landing and was bumped or diverted to miss another bird. Then he struck the cement wall.

The other cause is a mid flight crash. Wonder if there is another bird injured or laying dead close by? We will never know why but we can see it does happen. Thank goodness it must be very rare and not a common event.

Sad no matter how you look at crows
Sad no matter how you look at crows

Watching and documenting nature isn’t all flowers and baby crows. It also includes reporting on the sad things like death, injury and misguided cruelty from humans or other birds/animals.

Having followed the Renton Murder for years I have encountered several deaths. They range from babies that do not survive to inter-tribal fights.  You can find those articles at these following links:

Crows react to Baby Crow Death

Nest in Renton and Crow Death

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