A black bird, which looked like a crow, was gliding alone through the sky. Gliding? This caught my eye. I blocked the sun with my hand and watched it. It then suddenly tucked its wings in and rolled onto its back, its pointed beak leading the way as it began to dive down. Suddenly it unraveled its wings and effortlessly rolled back upright, catching its fall, and continuing to glide repeating this maneuver several time as it cascaded across the sky, flipping itself around with nothing but what can only be described of as joy. I’ve never seen a crow have fun before, or any animal for that matter entertain itself while so isolated and unprovoked.

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14 thoughts on “Unprovoked

  1. jamborobyn says:

    I love this story, I wish I was there. Jonathan’s alter ego.

  2. That would put a smile on my face :)

  3. I’m amazed. I wonder if this is a male or female. I have no idea why I even ask the question… This puts me in mind of Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
    Thanks for my afternoon smile. ;-)

  4. jimgramze says:

    There’s a video out there of a black bird riding a bottle cap down a snowy roof and once it slides down to the bottom it picks up its “sled” and goes back to the top in order to slide down again. Over and over. There’s no explanation apart from it having fun. I found it!:

  5. He may have just been stork, raven, mad.

  6. Lee J Dawson says:

    I’ve never heard of a crow doing that either. There are pigeons called Tumblers. I copied and pasted this for you.

    ‘The Tumbler Pigeon is a direct descendant of the Rock Dove, and has been a domestic breed of pigeon that has been one of the favorites for centuries. One of the popular breeds at pigeon shows, the Tumbler Pigeon is aptly named for its ability to “tumble” while it is flying. This means that it can tumble from side to side as well as provide entertaining tumbles backward while in flight. It is suggested that this was originally a survival skill developed to avoid birds of prey through their flying technique.’

    But, as you say, the crow you saw was alone and not being attacked so it’s curious as to why it was behaving like that. This calls for further research!

  7. Eric Alagan says:

    Animals can amaze and entertain – if we only paused to look beyond our prejudices.

    Am happy for you to have witnessed this of a crow. Perhaps one day, I might get just as lucky.


  8. The Overlord Bear says:

    This post may be serious, but when I saw the tags…

    Oh, a Starfox reference! (I’ve never played that game before, though…)

  9. tubularsock says:

    How fun ………. it is not as rare as you may think.

    • I’ve seen animals have fun with other animals, or with humans, but never just a lone bird on its own — especially a crow, an animal which is typically looked down upon, and one which i personally didn’t know could execute such maneuvers.
      I was quite pleasantly surprised, and am quite glad if this is a trend :)

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