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.