Seattle crows are among the most famous of modern crows, owing to studies by John Marzluff which are featured in A Murder of Crows. This PBS Nature episode looks at Marzluff’s University of Washington (UW) research projects and the crows’ ability to recognize and remember human faces.
I’ve seen a few UW-banded crows around town, but they’re usually wheels up with a Cheeto before I can pull out my camera. The other day, I saw another one of these banded celebrities — bathing, foraging and preening with a huge flock of crows that often congregates at Seattle’s Lake Union before flying off to evening roosts. This time, the crows weren’t going anywhere. They had afternoon sun, placid waters, and all passing dogs safely restrained on leashes. It was a crow’s dream afternoon … even if it still amazes me that crows enjoy bathing on a 30-degree day.