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Silly Crows

The crows that we’ve been feeding for years stopped coming to the feeder place in late summer. I continued to put food out for a while, but they just didn’t come.

I still saw them around the street near the house, collecting sticks, looking for food, so I knew they were still around (adult pairs of crows are territorial and stick to their territories).

Last week, I saw one of the crows had landed on the roof of the garage, where I always scatter bird food. (I try to keep the birds feeding as high up as possible, since there are cats around. )

The crow was apparently picking the peanut halves from the bird seed. I went out and put a boiled egg out (I always just cut them in half, shell and all) and the egg halves were soon gone.

I repeated this on a daily basis, and now the crows check back throughout the day to see if anything new has been put out for them.

Did they just forget about their feeding place last year? Found enough food on their own? Gotten scared off by something?

Seriously odd. But I’m glad they’re back. And I know for a fact that they’re nesting in the chestnut alley in front of the property. Maybe there will be young to see in a month or so.

Young Crows, An Update

crow close up
One of the two young crows around the property. The eyes are no longer blue and the pink is gone from the beak.

They come almost every day, sometimes in twos, sometimes alone, to see what food we’ve put out and to romp and play with leaves and whatever else of interest that may be found in the yard. They’re usually interested in just about everything.

 

feathers
A closeup of his back. The brown feathers are slowly being replaced by truly black feathers.

 

At the bird bath, washing something edible (they like washing their food before eating it, seriously.)
At the bird bath, washing something edible (they like washing their food before eating it, seriously.)

 

Dragging half a boiled egg around the lawn.
Dragging half a boiled egg around the lawn.

Offspring – Young Crows

These are two young crows being….well, young crows.
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corvus corone eating egg
Boiled eggs for breakfast. Yum.

 

corvus corone with noodles
Dad (or maybe that’s Mom) is going to go hide the noodles for later consumption.

 

playful young crow
Oh. This is interesting.

 

playful young crow
Look, I can throw it!

 

playful young crow
On the other hand, I think I’ll…..

 

two young crows (corvus corone)
Why did you throw that on the ground?

 

two young crows (corvus corone)
O.k., let’s see what else we can get into.

Offspring (Young Crows)

There is a pair of crows (corvus corone) whose territory seem to center around our property. (Pairs of crows are very territorial and will defend their territories against other crows encroaching on them. The large groups of crows that one sees, for example, in fields, are for the most part “bachelors” that have not teamed up with a mate yet.)

We’ve been observing and feeding our crow pair for years now. I put out a halved hard-boiled egg in the morning, and in the course of the day put out noodles or nuts or meat. The large flock of sparrows (which are fed year-round here also) always scatter when the crows come to look for food, but return immediately when their large brethren leave the feeding place.

In early spring, we observed our crows building a large nest in the large poplar that towers above the garden. Assuming they were raising young, we increased the amount of food that we put out for them, and the parents came often, taking away snippets of this and that and then ascending once again to the nest.

I was delighted to discover this morning, that they had taught their newest young one about the feeding place.

young crow (corvus corone)
It’s easy to spot that this is a young bird. His eyes are still blue (they will change to black soon), the pink in the corner of his beak, and the fact that he is more of a dark brown rather than black indicate his young age.

I look forward to seeing him often in the next couple of months.

I love crows (corvus corone). They aren’t nearly as big as their larger cousins, the ravens (corvus corax), but are just as intelligent, playful and curious about everything. They are also excellent parents.

And young crows are rambunctious and love to get into everything.