A Murder of Crows

A Murder of Crows aired (or re-aired, rather.) on PBS a while back, was an interesting study on the habits and socialization of crows. If you’re interested in crows, and ravens, do try to catch it.

The show was delightful, with some beautiful shots of the birds—including one that had (who knew?) white markings on her wings. From a mythology lover’s standpoint alone, the birds can spark ones imagination. Aside from their ominous association with death, in so many mythologies, they are associated with portents, with the future, with seers—and why can’t one take that one step further, with a nod to the intelligence exhibited by these animals—and add on poets? And you know, crows and their cousins ravens, are big in Celtic mythology? The Welsh god Bran (god of poetry, wisdom, and whole lot of other brainy things ;)) is alternately sometimes said to entertain crows as well as ravens. The white-winged crow brought to mind the goddess Rhiannon’s birds. And my goodness, who doesn’t love Stevie Nicks’ tribute to She and Her birds?

Anyway, A Murder of Crows, is a fascinating little show, so if you’re interested keep a look out for it on PBS sometimes. If you miss it on television, the PBS site has access to the full show here.