they don’t give away much
despite seeing crows almost everywhere in our woods, and nearly every day, i almost never come across a dead crow (despite not infrequently coming across dead owls and hawks and songbirds). i have quite a feather collection in which crow feathers are sorely underrepresented. i assume this is one manifestation of their extreme intelligence. they don’t get caught very often. so it is always a particular thrill to find a crow feather. and even more so when one is gifted to you in the middle of your back yard, as this one was. thanks for the gesture, mr. crow. here’s mine in return.