Odin Drops In For A Visit

Pirates have parrots, right?  Well, what about Odin, the raven, for a Viking?  This guy is actually a crow (I think), and a small one at that.

I found him on the ground when I took Mak out to do his business. He couldn’t fly and I can’t resist helping animals. So I put Mak in the house and went back out to catch him.

IMG_4533a (2)Mak was just a tad too interested.  When Odin squawked in the house, Mak went bonkers.  Plus the only real place for a wild animal is in the wild, the home habitat.  Maybe if this guy had been permanently disabled…

Can you see how sweaty I became first from having caught him, then the “what do I do now?” stress?IMG_4530a (2)The vet was at home and admitted she wasn’t an avian vet but she graciously opened the clinic to meet us.  Odin passed a cursory exam and we let him go in the room.  He seemed to fly pretty well but I didn’t want to release him only to see him struggle but not be able to recapture him.  I suggested tying a string to his legs and letting him go just to see how strong his wings appeared.  When we released him the vet thought he seemed well enough to set free, that he’d recovered enough to make it.

Incidentally, I’ve been calling him a him but he could have been a she.  Birds have a cloaca, and I’m not expert enough to differentiate.  But check out these sexy ankles!  And I’ll tell you what, those feet were strong and the nails needle sharp!IMG_4532 (2)I brought him back home to release him in his home environment.  Odin said he wanted to stay with me and the “crazy four-legs,” but I gently encouraged him to be with his own kind.Capt19I released him and at first he refused to fly.  He seemed pretty insecure, as if his balance was off.  When I put the camera down, I inadvertently shut off the video.  I thought I’d captured great footage of him sitting on my wrist as I talked to him.  Distracted, I didn’t realize the camera wasn’t running because Mak pushed his way through the slider and came galloping over.  I was able to simply reach out, pick up the crow off my arm and tuck him back into my chest until I’d resecured Mak.

Odin then walked the railing a bit before finally fluttering to the tree you can see behind him.  He sat in the branches alternately sitting still and flapping around.  I brought a chair out so I could keep an eye on him.  If he fell, I’d have run down to rescue him.  I lit the charcoal to make dinner as I waited and watched.  Before the charcoal was fully ready for burgers, Odin flew from the tree and disappeared into the pines in back.

I’ll keep an eye out for him in the next couple of days.  Be well brother (or sister)!IMG_4548 (2)

9 thoughts on “Odin Drops In For A Visit

  1. WOW! What a wonderful experience. I am sure that he will visit you now and again. Consider it a sign that you should see what aspects of the crow are relevant to your life! Maybe Odin was there to lead you to something important in your life! Have fun.

    1. Camping in summer of 2008 I had this thought about how life is interconnected and that we’re all on this planet together in this moment in time. Within perhaps an hour, I came across a huge raven on the dirt road I was traveling. I stopped my truck and (this time I’ll call it a she) she and I had quite a long chat. Then she flew to a nearby campsite. I followed in the truck, parked and continued to speak with her. If anyone had seen me they’d have thought I was completely insane. It was amazing how long the bird interacted with me. At the time I thought I was in the twilight zone but since then I’ve read that such experiences are not uncommon with ravens. Ever since, when I see a crow or raven as I hike the woods, I always speak out loud to them and call them “brothers.”

  2. Crows are amazingly smart birds and they can also hold a grudge. So it’s a good thing you were nice to it. 🙂 Not saying you are a mean person to animals (cuz you are not in any means), it just amazes me how these birds can remember who tried hurting them. Don’t be surprised that it may come back to you to visit.

    1. If he comes back it’ll be on his terms so he won’t be stressed… then maybe I can offer him a snack! (I know one shouldn’t feed wildlife but a I do have a birdfeeder on the deck after all.) I felt bad sending him off without food because if he was partly incapacitated extra nutrients would have given him more survival time. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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