Sorry about the background noise in this clip. I couldn't resist sharing because it’s such a perfect example of crows alarming at a barred owl.
This is one of the vocal patterns we unpacked in my new book - What’s That Crow Saying? Send me an email if you don't yet have a copy...
I want to point out 2 specific auditory clues to listen for when you want to identify crow alarms.
First - The number of crows vocalizing.
Notice that it’s not just one bird. There’s a whole pack of them, which should immediately catch your attention compared to times when it’s just one or two crows making noise.
Second - There’s a tremendous amount of variation in pitch, volume and intensity of the sound.
This is a really good sign that the crows are responding dynamically to some shifting aspect of the landscape… In this case a barred owl, but it can also be hawks, eagles, cats, or rival families of crows/ravens.
Bird language is one of the best ways to train awareness and connect deeply with nature.
If you want to go deeper with this skill I encourage you to join one of my mentoring programs and I can help you unravel what the birds are saying in your neighbourhood :-)