For the Love of Crows

By Sheila T

I had never paid much attention to crows. I thought they were just noisy, obnoxious pests. At least, that’s how I saw them when I lived back in Ontario. But then we moved to “Supernatural” British Columbia in 2012, and a couple things changed my mind about these black rascals.

It was low tide and we were strolling along the beach out in front of the 486-ton white rock looking for interesting stones and shells. Although I heard no sound other than the light lapping of waves, I started to get an odd sense – as if we were being followed.

I stopped suddenly, turned around and saw one lone crow following in my footsteps as I picked up and discarded unwanted stones. My sudden stop and about-face caused this crow to stop suddenly as well, and he seemed to look around as if to ask, “What’s wrong – is someone following us?” It was a comical moment and I began to wonder if there was more to crows than I’d previously noticed.

Shortly after that day, we noticed a particular crow near our own home. He had a broken beak but it never seemed to prevent him from hunting for food and having success. We named him “Brokebeak” and began throwing a few peanuts out for him and a couple of his pals.

About this time, we also embarked on an intensive walking program to both lose weight and get in better shape. Our walks would usually take us from our East Beach location heading west along the White Rock Beach promenade, all the way uphill on Oxford Street, then east on 16 Avenue into town where we would stop sometimes for a cold drink before continuing the trek back home.

What we noticed when we reached the alley leading to our home – and with still about one kilometre to go – was the sudden appearance of our new friends. I commented that they seemed to recognize us. Ric threw them some peanuts that he had in his pocket and they dove for them.

Yes, they had recognized us as we’ve since learned. They can recognize faces and they know people who are kind to crows and those who aren’t. While they can be both thieves and pranksters (more on that to follow), they also demonstrate a lot of intelligence.

They tend to follow us some distance when we go for walks – even as far as the White Rock pier or farther. Often Ric has gone out among the tidal pools at low tide with his tripod and camera, and our feathered friends will show up, patiently waiting for treats to follow after he takes his pictures.

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Our crow pals also seem to watch the house, and when they spot our car pulling out, they swoop in and fly along beside the car to get our attention. They’ll often fly along side until they get their peanut rations. And they also watch for us to return home. But we have one rule: if they’re noisy, they get no reward. Only quiet birds get treats.

Edgar Allen Crow - Approved Recipes to Feed Crows

NOTE: Humans will enjoy these as long you do not add any bugs or roadkill to these recipes.

We don’t expect everyone to share our love of crows, but there’s no denying their intelligence and cleverness. While that might not encourage affection, it should at least afford them a bit of respect.

8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (ABOVE)
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8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 12.25″ x 12.25″ black aluminum frame  (ABOVE)
$135 all taxes included
8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (BELOW)
$125 all taxes included

Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

Both of these ready-to-hang framed prints are in stock and ready to purchase from

‘Empress Tree’ in Memorial Park POSTER PRINTS Available at White Rock Pharmacy


It was a sad day at White Rock Beach when we heard the news that on March 1, 2018 the Empress Tree in Memorial Park was cut down. 


For every $15 before taxes* 
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Prescriptions, medical consultations, flu shots and other medical services are excluded (as per College of Pharmacists of B.C. regulations). White Rock Pharmacy is proud to sponsor these postcards by ARTographer Ric Wallace. Most of the 125+ White Rock Beach / South Surrey postcards and greeting cards listed on WhiteRockBeach.ca are available from White Rock Pharmacy. If the design you want is not in stock, we can usually get it by the next business day. We are also the downtown White Rock location of the White Rock Beach Gallery – Wall Art capturing the beauty of White Rock Beach.
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Tiffany Gurden meets up with local photographer Ric Wallace
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He had 61 postcard designs in 2014 and wants to exceed 150 in 2018.

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WhiteRockBeach.ca postcards & greeting cards are a hit with tourists and local residents.
We have the largest selection of quality White Rock Beach postcards & greeting cards.
Our sales outperform other local postcards and greeting cards.
We promote the retailers that sell them and the businesses that sponsor the printing costs.

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White Rock Artist Walk ARTographer ~ Ric Wallace / Postcard King / Mr White RockCROWtographer / Webmaster for WhiteRockBeach.ca / AKA LUCKY, has created more White Rock Beach / South Surrey postcards & greeting cards (120+ in total). This is a record which no one has ever achieved in the past. With more postcards planned, this record will only be beaten by Ric Wallace himself. He also has a Wildlife of Canada series (50+ images), and has created other postcards exceeding 200 postcards in total. Ric’s wife said if he makes any more postcards she will CROWN him, so he took the title of POSTCARD KING and even picked up a crown.

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If you LOVE WHITE ROCK BEACH like we do and are a business owner, we would like to talk. White Rock Beach resident & photographer Ric Wallace has created a series of 120+ postcards / greeting cards of White Rock / South Surrey and 50+ Wildlife Of Canada postcards & greeting cards (he has enough COOL photos to produce over 500 postcards/greeting cards of White Rock Beach and surrounding area). We offer sales on consignment. The above postcard rack of 20 pockets can hold approximately 1,000 postcards. We also have a floor stand rack with 40 pockets that will hold 1,000 postcards. Use our contact form or call Virtual Edge Communications ~ Online Marketing Specialists White Rock / Vancouver BC Tel 604-259-0105.

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These are some of the current White Rock Beach & area postcard retailers:
    1. Save On Foods (Semiahmoo Shopping Centre) 1641-152nd Street, Surrey, BC V4A 4N3
    2. White Rock Pharmacy, 102 – 1440 George St., White Rock BC V4B 4A3
    3. WhiteRockBeach.ca- Buy Online - We ship worldwide
    4. The White Rock Beach Gallery - Waterfront Promenade Gallery – (weather permitting)
    5. Mr White Rock - Ric Wallace 604-259-0105 - VISA, MasterCard, Debit & CASH
    6. Sunnyside Evergreen Pharmacy - 2397 King George Blvd. Surrey BC V4A 5A4
    7. Whitby's Books and Gifts - 14877 Marine Drive, White Rock BC V4B 1C2
    8. Canadiana Gifts - 14853 Marine Drive, White Rock BC V4B 1C1
    9. Shefield & Sons Tobacconists - (unit 109) (Semiahmoo Shopping Centre)
    10. Oriental-Link Enterprise LTD.  14969 Marine Drive, White Rock BC V4B 1C3
    11. Heavens Angels Gifts & Gelato 15557 Marine Drive Dr White Rock, V4B 1C9
 

NOTE: Some retailers will have limited postcard selections due to space. PLEASE NOTE: The White Rock Museum does NOT sell our products (turned down 3 times) as they have no interest in our products. Please support the above local businesses that support out efforts.

This is the ONLY location you can see most of the 118+ White Rock / South Surrey postcards & greeting cards on display at the same time (even the winter and Christmas postcards - weather and time permitting).

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8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 12.25″ x 12.25″ black aluminum frame  (ABOVE)
$135 all taxes included
8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (BELOW)
$125 all taxes included

Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

Both of these ready-to-hang framed prints are in stock and ready to purchase from