Backyard Wildlife: Crows

Posted on November 12, 2008  Comments (3)

bird dives at crow

Here is an action shot of a bird diving at a crow in my backyard, presumably to get the crow to leave. I noticed this for going on for several weeks (follow link for better view of the dive-bombing bird). The crow didn’t seem to mind too much most of the time.

I visited Madison this week and saw 4 wild turkeys wandering around in a residential area. I didn’t have my camera handy however, so I didn’t get a photo :( It was a strange and cool site.

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Crows Carry Cameras for Science:

The cameras look through the legs of the birds, transmitting what they record to a person holding a receiver several hundred meters away.

To understand more about how and why the crows use tools, researchers need a lot of details about their lives in the wild

Videos included footage of the crows using plant stems as tools to probe for food and even carrying a tool from one place to another. The images showed that birds on the ground pick up just 8 bits of food an hour.

3 Responses to “Backyard Wildlife: Crows”

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    April 1st, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

    “Somewhere between 75 and 90 percent of population has been lost within the last 40 years,’ says Ziolkowski. ‘The biggest factor is probably loss of wetland habitat…”

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    November 27th, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    Robins like to attack my holly tree and feed on the berries…

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