Jennifer comments that the crows have learned to “adjust to my schedule.” Initially, the crows started following her on her daily walk. When Jennifer adjusted her schedule to twice a day walks, her extended crow family did likewise.
“Jennifer’s” crows do not follow anyone else. If she is walking alone, they are the friendliest, but they seem to trust that when she is walking with someone else, that they can trust the additional person as well, but they are a little more cautious. She believes that they are really helping her through this lockdown since even when she does not feel like walking, she walks anyway so as not to disappoint them.
Let us leave the final comment on the relationship between Jennifer and her crow family to corvid expert, Boria Sax (author of the volume Crow, published by Reaktion Books in 2003 and several other subsequent volumes on birds).
“If human beings can be accused of exploiting other animals, the reverse is usually the case as well. Rats thrive on human refuse, but they do not care in the least about human beings. Our relationship with the dog is arguably the most intimate of human bonds, and it is far too complex to be subsumed under the heading of “domination,” but the physical and psychological exchange at least hints at a sort of mutual exploitation. But our relationship with crows and their close relatives is clearly reciprocal. We study them, as they, perched on a branch above, constantly study us. Perhaps alone among animals, crows find us interesting, and they are able to read human body language as well as dogs. Crows scold people they do not like and bestow gifts on those they do. Groups of crows can also enter into “personal” (maybe we should say “corvid.”) relationships with individuals, families, and communities.”