I have never seen a dead crow in my neighborhood. However, I have seen a dead baby raven in the place on the mountain where I walk every day. It was at the foot of a tall tree and I assume that's where the nest was and it did not learn how to fly fast enough. For days, I heard the parents croaking and muttering in the trees overhead.
Do they! They'll "steal" anything that interests them: food, shiny things, little bits, etc. But of course, to them, it's not "stealing" at all.
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If you leave it out, then it's really up for grabs, isn't it? Sometimes, when they're really hungry or feeling unrushed, they'll peck the peanuts out right there in the street where I've thrown them.
Other times, when there's a lot of competition for the peanuts other crows or traffic, they'll pick them up three seems to be the maximum they can fit in their beaks! The shell allows them to do that--it's like a little stay-fresh package in case they want to wait to enjoy the nut.
Of note: when I feed them boiled eggs, they eat the whole thing, shell and all. Well, that's hard to answer since there was no substantial defining moment or turning point. I'd say that it took several months to establish a pattern with the crows and set up a model of interaction. At first, it took awhile to "find" each other—I'd come out of my house, and they'd be busy elsewhere, or they'd be waiting outside for me when I wasn't coming out.
It took several months for me to learn their routine, and vice versa. I should also say that our "friendship" consists of me feeding them and them noticing me.
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I feed them because I'm interested in them and want to connect, but I can't say the feeling is mutual although they do love peanuts! I believe most corvids including crows, ravens, blue jays, magpies, etc. I don't know what they do with them, since I've never looked inside a nest to see how they've decorated. I'd like to believe that I can tell them apart, but the truth is I'm guessing.
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I can usually guess that the two or three crows that linger outside my house and caw when they see me are the mated pair and their fledgling, and that the other crows who come flying are the neighboring families. But in truth, I am only guessing based on behavior. None of the crows I see have any distinguishing marks variations in size, distinguished beaks or feathers, or other marks that would help me.
I can hear that crow's uniqueness, but I couldn't pick that strange-voiced crow out in a lineup! Is that normal to have only one lonely crow camping in my backyard? It's true that you usually see the mated pairs together, they do separate often throughout the day for a variety of reasons getting material to build nests, look for food, etc. Sometimes, mom and dad go off to look for food for the newly-hatched crow. Maybe it was the young crow you saw, waiting for the parents to come back? It's probably smartest to only give them unsalted, unsugared, chemical-free foods if you feed them.
I must say that the crows in my neighborhood show strong preferences for protein over grain, however. It sounds like a good idea! I don't have a dog, but I do have a cat. Maybe I'll try that I hesitate since I lean towards offering the crows something that looks like a food they'd find in a natural setting, but I imagine cat or dog food would be an easy, cost-effective solution!
I'm sure you can feed any bird if you want to! I imagine that ravens are the most skittish and difficult to make friends with, however, since they don't pay much attention to humans. No, they don't. There doesn't appear to be a pecking order for crows. They usually form a mated pair, and neither the male nor the female appears to be the leader. They both participate equally in raising their young, building a nest, etc. When they gather to roost, it's a complete democracy, and no one crows appears to be granted anymore or less respect than the others.
Do crows and ravens get along? I have several crows that visit me every day and a mated pair of ravens who are much larger who visit periodically. I think corvids have an implicit understanding, like they know they're from the same family. I have seen crows hanging out with both ravens and blue jays. But I've also seen crows casing blue jays' nests for eggs to poach, and I imagine that if the ravens and crows were competing for slender assets inside the same territory, they might not get along so well. I feed them off the ground, because it's a simple and no-frills method. They're certainly smart and bold enough to figure out how a feeder works, but then you'll be setting them up to compete with the other, smaller birds that might grow accustomed to the feeder.
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Yes, I have been swooped quite often. It kind of raises the hair on your head, doesn't it? But don't worry, there's no way a crow would accidentally hit you. They're way too agile and smart for that. I always remove excess skin from chicken before I cook it. Remembering roadkill, I decided to try to give it to my mama crow and two babies.
It was funny to watch the babies try to pull it and eat it till mama came and made it bite size! The next batch was cut into small pieces. Is this an okay way to make friends with crows? They loved it and my garbage is without smelly chicken skin! That's an excellent use of scraps. What a treat for those babies!
I'm sure the crow family appreciates you. It's also fine to leave it whole and let them figure out how to eat it themselves, too.
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That's a great question. It could simply mean that you are feeding the bird. But if a crow is trying to befriend you without you offering food, that would certainly be a wonderful, mysterious thing! I wonder if you or someone in your family has reached out to the bird in some way? Sometimes, at this time of year spring , I do see baby crows whose parents have left them to forage. These babies sometimes sit in the redwood tree in my back yard and cry for attention. They get a little bored and lonely. They watch you because they are extremely curious and intelligent creatures.
Their curiosity and intelligence might compel them to watch you to see what you're doing, see if you have anything like food that they want, and see if you pose any danger.
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Don't we all? Who doesn't lose it a little when they forget to eat?! The difference is that most people can just go grab a snack, but wild animals' eating patterns depend on luck and chance. Yes, it is definitely safe. Trust the crows to know what will choke their babies!