Friday, January 28, 2011
Clever birds, crows....noisy and annoying at times..it's true, however, I'm rather partial to them myself, admiring their determination, strength and primal beauty.
Three feeders in the back garden provide different "menus"...nuts, niger and sunflower seed. While not intended for them, the nut feeder is favored by the crows, and they will preform the greatest show and stunt exhibition, trying to please their appetite.
Where the green metal meets the plastic, there is a thin space; some crows have learned they can hook their talons in that space and hang straight down, grabbing as much food as possible, holding on as long as possible. The bird in the photo below has managed one claw around a perch while the other is clinging (unseen) to the green metal ridge.
The black beauties who don't know the "toe maneuver" (as we call it) or have the ability to actually feed "properly" as in the first photo, exhibit a little dance ... grasp two perches, giving a good flapping shake...knocking nuts to ground below. It really is quite remarkable to watch all this.
While the garden sleeps.....life goes on, waiting for winter's leaving and spring's arrival. It won't be long and crow lovers will meet and crow babies will be made....healthy offspring of mothers enriched with good winter nut protein. Crows are the first birds we see in spring flying with nesting materials; before long, they return with their young who are equally as large as themselves. You know the babies though..the're the ones crying their hearts out to be fed...more nuts please.
Feed your resident birds through the winter, and they will be devoted to you and your garden all year long.