Jeff Sexton

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Crows - Kids These Days...

There's a family of crows leaving near the house; two adults and a juvenile.  I go out an toss them pieces of dry dog food.

The young one has been out of the nest maybe 6 weeks I'd guess.  I've watched the adults teach it to get the food itself, rather than stand there squawking for the parents to feed it.  The adults will race for the food, but then half the time let the kid get it.

Today for the first time I saw the juvenile imitate the parents by stashing food for later.  Normally crows are very careful about this.  They make sure no other animals see where they put food.  They will even fake stashing food by poking their beaks into the ground, but coming up with the food hidden in their mouths to be stashed elsewhere.

This young crow though is really bad at hiding food.  It dropped three pieces in a hole by the driveway, in plain sight.  It still has a lot to learn about the other birds and the squirrels.

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