The hadedas are coming, the Hadedas are coming...  

rm_iwannatellu 45F
849 posts
7/8/2006 12:41 pm

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The hadedas are coming, the Hadedas are coming...

Today as I was driving home, I saw a crow on the road, and I immediately thought of that Gary Larson cartoon that show the “secret tools of crows” and shows them using ketchup for the road kill that is already a bit too stinky and needs a little help in the flavour department. I love Gary Larson. I think he is one of the unrecognised geniuses (or should that be genii??) of our time. Him, and the creator of Calvin and Hobbs, but I digress…

Then I got to remembering the pet crow we once had. He looked very similar, also a pied crow, alike in height, and markings. The crow we had came to us when he was very little, and was the cutest thing you have ever seen.

Like all small children do, my brother have him a truly unique name: “Crow”. He used to come to my brother when he called him, and would say his name a lot. Some days I still think my brother is really an animal whisperer…

We had to feed him three times a day, and make sure that his cage was clean. This, at any rate was not a problem. Baby crows are born with some collective knowledge - somehow knowing that they should aim and squirt any bodily functions OUTSIDE the cage as far as possible. I am not joking.

As I remember, my Mother was away during that period, and my Dad just put sheets over everything in the room and closed the door. I guess he figured that we could clean it all up at the end… You cannot believe the mess it made.

We used to teach the crow to talk to us, and always called it for food by saying “meeeeeat, meeeeeeat”. Not unexpectedly, it used to say “meeat” when it was hungry. Ha ha.

Did you know that crows are like magpies? They will steal anything shiny that you leave lying around, such as your watch, or earrings, or necklace that you take off and leave on the ground by your towel when you go swimming… Our crow had several hidey holes that we used to have to hunt for to reclaim our treasure. For years after the crow went to the big hunting ground in the sky, we used to find lost items. There may be some still hiding…

There are no crows directly near where I live, but unfortunately I have heard one or two Hadedas… One of the things I was glad about when moving into the neighbourhood, was that despite a large variety of wildlife and birdlife, there were ABSOLUTELY NO HADEDAS. Now the silly beggars wake me up at stupid o’clock. And where there is one, more always follow…

Are there humane ways to encourage them to go elsewhere? Anyone? …


rm_iwannatellu 45F
933 posts
7/8/2006 4:42 pm

Dusty, you crack me up.

Yes, the Hadeda Ibis. The Sacred Ibis is also a common resident, but they don't seem to be as much of a nuisance.

They keep calling from around and hour or two before sunrise, and don't stop all blinking day!

Here is your official invite to come over for tea and deal with them. Would you prefer jam scones or muffins?


ThickDick2323 105M

7/9/2006 12:04 am

Throw rocks at them. You will almost certainly miss, so no harm done there. Or throw firecrackers...same effect. Do one of those often enough and they'll go away.

Whatever you do, don't sacrifice your sanity for the sake of humanity. Humanity will likely not return the favor! Shoot 'em if you have to. Hadeba Ibis soup, anyone?


rm_iwannatellu 45F
933 posts
7/9/2006 2:39 am

    Quoting DustyWidget:
    Well if they're your personal stock I'm your muffin man every time. I'd love to savour your muffin dear Iwanna.

    xxx


Don't know if I will ever look at a muffin in the same away again!!!

LOL


rm_iwannatellu 45F
933 posts
7/9/2006 2:43 am

    Quoting ThickDick2323:
    Throw rocks at them. You will almost certainly miss, so no harm done there. Or throw firecrackers...same effect. Do one of those often enough and they'll go away.

    Whatever you do, don't sacrifice your sanity for the sake of humanity. Humanity will likely not return the favor! Shoot 'em if you have to. Hadeba Ibis soup, anyone?
Hey TD

Great advice!

The problem with throwing rocks is that I will inevitably miss, and what goes up, must come down... The coming down part is the problem. LOL I will just ensure that I aim away from my own windows...


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