I was shooting crows this past weekend.

CrowI’ve been feeding crows for more than a dozen years. They’re interesting creatures, ones who’ll attack eagles in the sky yet race away from starlings as the small birds protect their nests. Crows are clever birds, and can use simple tools to complete tasks. They even have a unique flock name: murder.

When it comes to crows, people either love ‘em or hate ‘em. The haters usually dislike the large black birds because too many times they’ve looked out to find their garbage ripped apart and strewn about by the scavengers. I’ve never been one of those victims and probably never will be since my crows know where their feeding ground is and because I never throw away any type of food in the garbage. If it can’t be fed to the chickens and can’t be composted, I throw it to the crows.

Bologna, wieners, pasta, cake, dried cookies…you name it; they get it. It’s a great way to dispose of food instead of putting it in the garbage. My crows are usually at the feeding ground as soon as they see me approach with my offering. They call in their friends and family to share in the feast.

With a novel about crows in the works, I’ve been struggling with what to put on the cover. I didn’t have one decent picture of a crow, let alone a murder of crows. So I put out a little bait this morning, grabbed my camera and started shooting.

Here’s a hodgepodge of pictures I captured.

Diane Lynn McGyver

Diane Lynn McGyver

And here’s the mock-up of the cover for When a Boy Becomes a Crow.

When a Boy Becomes a Crow - Diane Lynn McGyver

Here’s the picture I used to create the cover.

Diane Lynn McGyver

no crows were harmed in the making of these photographs.

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Diane Lynn McGyver - Shadows in the StoneNow Available at Kindle, Chapters Indigo (Kobo)

and Smashwords (where you can read half the novel before you decide to buy).

Reviews for Shadows in the Stone can be found at Goodreads.

Learn more about the book and read the first scene on my McGyver Blog.

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9 thoughts on “I was shooting crows this past weekend.

  1. Great cover Diane. You have been very busy lately. I feature the ravens at the Tower of London in my next book Amanda in England. I find crows and ravens to be amazing creatures. BTW I posted a review for Shadows in the Stone.

    • Yes, I had been meaning to thank you personally for the review earlier this week, but things got away from me with the ending of school and the heavy rains disrupting the dial-up lines. Thank you for posting the wonderful review. I understand that a large cast is sometimes hard to follow. I tried to limit the number of characters, but…it’s hard to do sometimes. And those unfinished plots will continue into the next novel. A few questions will be answered in the first chapter, but others…you’ll have to wait until the end. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. I enjoyed writing it.

      Ravens and crows: I think just about everyone has heard of and can identify those unique birds.

      • The mulitude of characters was just me having trouble following, I am sure most others wouldn’t. Plus it entices people to read the next book to find out more. It is very clever of you. I am impressed with your marketing efforts as well.

        • Darlene, you’re not the only one who can get lost in a sea of characters. I’ve heard this from other readers, too, and it’s why I tried to focus on one (Bronwyn) and have two other minor characters (Alaura and Isla). I read a book by Terry Brooks last year that had me totally lost. There were so many ‘main’ characters, I couldn’t connect with anyone.

          Marketing is all new to me. I read what others do and try to come up with a few new things, but I really don’t know what works and what doesn’t work.

          Thanks for your input.

  2. You posts are quite entertaining, Diane. I like the line “…no crows were harmed in the making of these photographs.”
    I don’t care much for crows, but I know they are very smart – just a noisy nuisance. My last dog, a German Shepherd/husky/wolf mix, knew I didn’t like the crows at the little birds’ feeders or around our garbage set out for pick-up, so she would bark and chase them off. As soon as I said ‘crow’ she would get to work. They were never in danger of being caught, of course, but it kept her from getting bored.

  3. Crows, and their cousins, ravens, are extremely intelligent creatures. They also connect with wolves to help them find prey, then clean up what’s left. And they are tool makers. Pretty good for such a tiny brain.

    • I have one raven around here who occasionally visits. He’s a big fellow for sure.

      I didn’t know that about wolves, but I can see why. Around here, they sometimes follow the foxes and coyotes. When our chicken got killed by a fox this January, I found the carcuss because the crows were surrounding it.

      Yes, they’re very smart for having such a small brain.

      Thanks, Yvonne.

  4. Great shots of the crows, Diane. I am also a crow feeder. My compost container is about 150 feet from the house. I feed the crows right outside the door. They get most of the thrown out scraps, usually in the morning. If i put something out later in the day, I let out a few caws of my own. Not sure what I’m saying, but it does bring the birds in.

    • Thanks, Art. It is great to have the ‘disposal unit’ right outside the door.

      There was a time I had the habit of throwing out the food on my way to pick up the mail. The crows got so used to this that as soon as the mailman arrived, they were outside waiting for me.

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