Crows in the Backyard
Boris and Natasha
This pair of Crows had visited daily for about four years. What attracted them to the backyard? Persistence with treats in the form of unsalted peanuts. They would land on the lamp-post across the street. Tossing scraps of food at the base of the lamp caught their attention. Not wanting to just throw them anything, testing scraps of food I found they would eat peanuts. Unsalted made sense and eventually that is all they wanted. Healthy and fairly cheap crow food. Never over-feed or you could end up with a swarm. Crows do make noise, so consider if your neighbors would mind the noise and small messes on the fence. Done right, it’s rewarding in many ways.
These two were like having wild friends that interacted. So much, that when I went on vacation they would let me know they were not impressed. Ignoring the food for a while, they stood on top of the light pole, not budging to get the food. At times leaving the peanuts for up to twenty-four hours, was their signal. Normally they would sit on the fence, wait for me to come out, chat and snack. Close enough at times to see their eyes as they would pause and look. It was clear communication over time.
The University of Washington has a very good study of crow behavior conducted at various locations around the City of Seattle. Google it and take a look, the study is fascinating. Meanwhile, play the clip below made up of sessions from last winter. I would set the camera and leave for the day or just watch from the door or window. It was like loosing friends when I recently moved.
video by: shaneFx.com