Sunday, July 12, 2009

A Murder @ the Bird Bath

American crows are omnivores and will eat almost anything. During the breeding season, American crows consume insects and their larvae, worms, fruits, grains, and nuts. They actively hunt and prey on small animals such as frogs, mice, and young rabbits, though they’re more likely to scavenge carrion such as roadkill. They also are significant nest predators, preying on the eggs and nestlings of smaller songbirds. In the fall and winter they eat more nuts, such as walnuts and acorns. On rare occasions, American crows will eat from bird feeders put out by humans. Uh-huh – no kidding!

American crows store food items such as meat and nuts in short-term caches. Caches are hiding places that are scattered around, rather than in one place. They may be in tree crevices or on the ground, where they are often covered with leaves or other material….or….in my bird bath!

Crows forage primarily by walking on the ground and picking up the item, or by walking along tree branches.

Crows will hold a nut under one foot and strike it with the bill to open it. In this case, however, these two soaked shelled peanuts in my bird bath to soften them up.

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