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One Notorious Crow

You might have seen on the news recently that one bad-ass crow stole a knife from a crime scene in Vancouver, Canada (which was eventually recovered by police). The crow’s name is Canuck, and he is Vancouver’s most notorious bird. He has quite a reputation there and his antics are regularly chronicled on his Facebook Page. Canuck’s been known to steal small items from pedestrians in the past, including keys, cigarettes, and loose change, and he’s easy to identify by the bright red band on his ankle.


While Canuck may be painted as a “bad bird”, thieving the good people of Vancouver, he actually has a heartwarming back story and homelife. Thank-you The Dodo for reporting on it.


Long before Canuck was meddling in police affairs, he was a hatchling who had fallen out of his nest as a baby. Canuck’s “dad” is a man named Shawn Bergman.

“I’m not thrilled that he tampered with a crime scene, but what … [can] you do?” Bergman said. “He’s a wild crow.”

“He was found and raised by my landlord’s son,” Bergman wrote. ”He was no bigger than a tennis ball and was not able to fly due to his age. He more than likely would’ve died if he hadn’t been taken in, in my opinion.”

Canuck was cared for by the landlord’s son until he was able to fly and survive on his own. He was released in July 2015, but not before receiving a red band on his left foot that made him easily identifiable and signaled to others who came across him that he’d had human contact.


But even though Canuck was free to go, he never left the neighborhood, choosing instead to loiter in the yard of the building he knew as home.

“On approximately day three of his release we noticed that he was not around the house,” Bergman told The Dodo. Bergman decided to go looking for the crow himself, to see if the bird was still within the parameters of the neighborhood.

“I ended up coming across him in an open grassy area looking very confused and scared,” Bergman said. “As soon as he saw me, he ran up to me. I put up my arm and he flew up and landed on it.” ”That was the first time I had ever walked through the neighborhood with a crow on my arm. Little did I realize it would be far from the last. Now it’s an everyday thing,” he said.


While Canuck is friendly — for the most part — toward other people, he shares a special bond with Bergman, whom he greets in the mornings and follows to his bus stop when he heads off to work. As soon as Bergman steps off the bus each evening, Canuck is there to say “hello” after a long day.


Despite Canuck being used to humans, Bergman aims to keep the crow’s experience as close to the wild as possible. ”I want him to experience life naturally,” Bergman said. Well, as naturally as a bird who’s become a bit of a celebrity both locally and internationally can experience.

“He’s very mischievous and a prolific thief, but he can also be quite comical,” Bergman said. “He’s not shy.”

But no matter how far Canuck strays, he knows that he’ll always have a partner in Bergman: the person who came for him just when he needed him most.


Happy Flyday ~^v^~


Toucan Saved by 3D Printing

A chestnut-eared aracari, a type of Toucan, had his life saved thanks to the ingenuity of scientists, surgeons and a 3D printing artist. Tuc Tuc the Toucan was found injured on a street in Brazil missing a large portion of his lower beak. Cicero Moraes took a mold of the toucan’s beak and then got to work 3D printing a new one. It took two hours to surgically attach the prosthetic beak to the bird. Tuc Tuc wouldn’t be able to survive without receiving a new beak, and now he’ll live out the rest of his days at a comfy Brazilian animal shelter.

Thank-you YouTube Channel Inside Edition for this marvelous news story.


Happy Flyday ~^v^~


A Cassowary for a Houseguest

An Australian couple had a close encounter with one of the most dangerous birds in the world when a giant flightless cassowary wandered into their home, sending them running for cover.

Photo Courtesy: Sue and Peter Leach. Source:

Peter and Sue Leach were in their house at Wongaling Beach in far north Queensland state earlier this week when the bird- which can grow up to 6ft 6ins tall- sauntered in.

“My husband said, ‘look, we’ve got a visitor!’ and there he was walking into the house through the garage,” Sue Leach said. ”My husband quickly ran over behind the dining table and I went outside and stood on the driveway next to the car. At the same time, I was saying to my husband, get the camera!”

Photo Courtesy: Sue and Peter Leach. Source:

Leach said the cassowary, nicknamed “Peanut”, walked through the neighborhood regularly as it sits near a rainforest, but this was the first time she knew of it entering a home.

“He didn’t bump anything or look for food or the fruit bowl, which was good, and we didn’t spook him at all, because they’re still a wild animal and they’re spooked by dogs and things like that,” she said, adding that it was “very calm. It’s a very unusual experience.”

The southern cassowary is an endangered species found only in the tropical rainforests of northeast Queensland, Papua New Guinea and some surrounding islands. It is Australia’s heaviest flightless bird and can weigh up to 170 pounds. It has two powerful legs that end in talons punctuated by three-inch-long razor-sharp claws.

Image: Wikipedia/Bjørn Christian Tørrissen. Source:

Cassowaries are ratites, which is an ancient family of birds that includes ostriches, emus, rheas, New Zealand’s extinct moa, and kiwis. Ratites began to evolve and disperse approximately 65 million years ago, around the same time as the Cretaceous extinction event that killed all of the non-avian dinosaurs.

It’s been suggested that ratites’ evolutionary ancestors were able to thrive and succeed after the extinction of terrestrial dinosaurs due to the newfound ecological opportunities that arose when no large predators were around to eat them. Cassowaries are so reminiscent of their dinosaur cousins that biologists have studied their low, booming calls to figure out how dinosaurs might have communicated with one another.


There have been 221 recorded attacks by cassowaries. Of those, 150 were against humans, in which the birds generally chased, charged, or kicked their victims.  They can reach max speeds of 30 miles per hour. Approximately three-fourths of cassowary confrontations stemmed people trying to feed them. Moral of this story: Don’t try to feed a cassowary, just admire the closest animal we have to a dinosaur from afar.


Happy Flyday ~^v^~


Portland Puts a Bird on Bernie Sanders

Portland, Oregon is known for its unique character, which inspired an award-winning show, called Portlandia. One of Portlandia’s best known comedy skits involved putting a bird on random things, and making it into art. If you haven’t seen the Portlandia Bird Skit, click here ->

Thus the phrase, “Put a Bird on It” entered into the vernacular, or should I say, “Bernacular?”

Today at a Bernie Sanders rally in Portland, a little bird visited Bernie’s podium- a sparrow to be exact- which caused the crowd to cheer and applaud. Bernie paused his speech, smiled and enjoyed the moment with the visiting bird. As the bird flew away, Bernie said that the bird was symbolic of a dove asking for world peace.

Thank-you YouTube Channel The Oregonian for this awesome video!


The small but proud sparrow is one of the most common birds. However, it is often overlooked, its power taken for granted. Although it is small, the sparrow animal totem is both powerful and productive. It’s persistence and integrity shows us that we do not have to be big to make a difference. We also do not need to have the biggest and best things in order for our voices to be heard.


Happy Flyday ~^v^~


Are Ducks the New Chicken?

The number of people and families that are homesteading is on the rise. Whether it’s due to wanting to know where their food comes from, a desire to be more self-sufficient or to go back to the basics, keeping farm animals is very popular these days- especially backyard chickens.

a desire to be more self-sufficient or merely wanting to experience the sense of satisfaction that comes with going back to the basics, it seems that backyard chickens have become all the rage. – See more at:
Whether it’s due to families wanting to know where their food is coming from, a desire to be more self-sufficient or merely wanting to experience the sense of satisfaction that comes with going back to the basics, it seems that backyard chickens have become all the rage. – See more at:
Whether it’s due to families wanting to know where their food is coming from, a desire to be more self-sufficient or merely wanting to experience the sense of satisfaction that comes with going back to the basics, it seems that backyard chickens have become all the rage.  – See more at:

Chickens are relatively low maintenance, produce eggs pretty much daily and can be a source of meat- when the time arises- but recently there have been more and more accounts of how ducks are becoming the new chicken.


Ducks can be a perfect addition to your backyard flock if you like to garden, and love eggs. Duck eggs are even richer and contain more protein, calcium, iron, potassium, and pretty much more of every major mineral than chicken eggs. They are  perfect for baking, due to their high fat and low moisture content.


Ducks spend a lot of time in the water. This makes them less susceptible to parasites than chickens, more cold-hardy- due to that extra layer of fat they have to stay buoyant in water- and more heat-hardy, since if they get too hot, they just go spend time in their favorite watering hole.


Ducks make wonderful pest control, as they will try their darnedest to eat every insect in your yard. While they’re aggressive to bugs, they aren’t aggressive to each other, and are very welcoming to new ducks into their flock. Chickens can be more aggressive to newcomers, as they have a stringent pecking order in place, especially if there is a rooster around.


Whether ducks or chickens strike your fancy more, both ducks and chickens are wonderful birds to have around. They’re fantastically entertaining to watch, make adorable babies, and lay delicious eggs. Chickens are generally the goto bird for the backyard, so I think it’s important to weigh all the feather friend options we have to us.


Someday I’ll have a farm, and I’ll have chickens and ducks, and maybe some quail too.


1. Ducks are generally healthier

Because they spend so much of their time in the water, ducks tend to be far less susceptible to mites and other external parasites than chickens.  Any parasites that might be tempted to latch on will drown.   Ducks also have hardier immune systems, tend to stay in better general health and are less likely to contract disease than chickens.

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Happy Flyday ~^v^~

Cycling With an Ostrich

Imagine you’re cycling down the road, and an ostrich joins in and runs along side you, doing 50 mph with no sweat. That’s exactly what happened to these cyclists, who had gone down to South Africa for the Cape Argus Tour.

To stretch out their legs they went on pre-race ride to the Cape of Good Hope on a road by the oceanside, which was quiet and pretty deserted… except for one excited ostrich. What a lucky coincidence that they happened to be taking video of their ride!

Thank-you YouTube Channel Oleksiy Mishchenko  for this thrilling video!


Happy Flyday! ~^v^~