Thursday, November 20, 2008

Crows On Pie

One of the wintertime sports around the farm here at Indigo Hill is watching who and what comes to the meat pile. We throw old, freezer-burned steaks, over-the-hill chicken carcasses, and past-its-freshness-date hamburger in a big pile three-quarters of the way out our middle meadow path, along with anything else that might attract hungry wildlife, and we watch to see what comes in.
Ten days ago we put a frozen fruit pie out, along with some carbon-datable chicken fingers. Then we placed a Moultrie GameCam (courtesy of our friends at WingScapes) nearby to capture snapshots of the action. Most of the activity occurred at night and that's the stuff of another post. But we also caught some visits during the day by our local American crows.

I can just imagine how long they must have perched in the woods nearby, sure that this was a trap. They might have watched for hours before the bravest among them swooped down for a closer look. Even when other flockmates joined in, you can still see that they are wary—checking for trip wires, joy-buzzers, pit traps, Ed McMahon.

Finally satisfied that this is simply a big pile of gourmet grub set out just for them the crows tie into the pie. They look like hungry diners at a lunch counter. And I can almost hear their mealtime conversation.

Crow #1: "Hey bro! You know what would go GREAT with this pie?
Crow #2: "No idea, dude. What?"
Crow #1: "A cup of caw-fee!"
Crow #2 "Fershizzle!"

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At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Lynne said...


word verification: lutween

At 6:44 PM, Anonymous Jim McCormac said...

Wow, Bill, that joke was nothing to crow about. Time to find a new joke writer!


At 8:23 PM, Anonymous Bill of the Birds said...

This from the man who tells the round hay bales joke every single day of his life.

At 10:04 PM, Anonymous KatDoc said...

Hey, I see you go the date-time feature straightened out!

I think the crows were worried they would be caught on an episode of Candid Camera, or maybe one of those TV news-mags on pie predators.

Please, nobody ask about the round hay bale joke!

~Kathi, wondering how many black birds were in those pies

At 5:50 AM, Anonymous Bill of the Birds said...

4 and 20.

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous RuthieJ said...

Crows are so much fun to watch. They have their own feeding station in my backyard too.

At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Heather said...

Hee heeeee - yer funny! The best birders tell the WORST jokes... ;)

At 6:03 AM, Anonymous booby-breasted catflyer said...

crows are my favorite people. i keep (unsalted and unshelled) roasted peanuts on me just to feed them...should any swing down while i'm out walking.

my best crow anecdote


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