Common Crows sometimes hang around my yards. Now that the weather is warmer, the Crows have been out and about in my neighborhood more often. I sometimes see these big black-colored birds searching on the ground for left-over bird food such as corn, sunflower seeds and nuts. The Crows also tend to come and go in noisy mini flocks of three to six in number. In addition to seeds, nuts and fruits, Common Crows will eat almost all types of meat and insects. The Crows, like the buzzards or vultures are natures clean-up squad. Yes, they are carrion eaters. Not the most wonderful (to us) thought, but that tendency to eat what is available, is a trait of these intelligent and highly social birds. The Crows here don’t cause any trouble as far as I have experienced or heard.
Although the Crows are pretty noisy at times with all of the loud “Caw-caw-caw” calling between members of the flock or “Murder” of Crows (an old term for a group of Crows), this is nothing disruptive or unpleasant. The Crows have very large nests that are high in the larger trees. Some of these nests actually are as big and well-built as the ones built by the Grey Squirrels in the trees. Once in a while, I have seen a group of the Crows chase a Hawk for the food the Hawk was carrying. These chases also were possibly due to a territorial dispute. All in all, it is interesting to see the Crows and I am glad they occasionally come to call. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!