bird brains at work
The experiment? We have been feeding crows on our back deck for years now. At first we had a young family - mom, dad and their son.
(we’ve learned that female crows once they reach mating age tend to fly away while the boys linger)
Now there are four sometimes six, crows swooping in at a time.
We feed them peanuts in the shell.
Peanuts in a shell require effort.
They have to put their magnificent bird brains to work in order to carry them away and open them.
This also prevents the crows fro gobbling everything down at once.
This creates a slower process and we can enjoy the crows longer with less inputs.
I started creating experiments for the crows. I’ve wanted to get closer to them.
Here's what I've learned
Initially, they would fly far away and wait on top of a more distant shed, a neighbours house or at the top of a tall tree before taking any of our offerings.
Each day I bring the peanuts, I linger a little longer on the deck. They fly closer, then I leave.
Now I find my way outside and can spread out peanuts while they wait on a nearby deck rail.
Eventually I’d be stoked if they’d take the peanuts from my hand.
We’re growing used to each other, me and the crows.
There are limits.
One day they brought us a gift. They dropped down the back end of a half eaten, fully dead rat.
I think they were trying to share something wonderful with us.
Using a shovel, I put the dead rat in the green bin.
(i hope they weren’t offended that I didn’t enjoy the gift as much as they likely hoped.)
What half eaten fully dead rats have you received in past Christmases?
How did you find a way to slid it into the green bin without offending any of your cawing friends and relations?