It is really getting hot here in North-central Florida! These Common Crows really know how to cool off and enjoy a refreshing drink. Fortunately my neighbor has a nice, shaded, bird bath that is full of water. It is the same spot where I had previously photographed a bunch of American Robins bathing and splashing. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Crows have been here on my street a lot lately. I took these photographs on May 2, 2015. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
This very small flock of Common Crows was at the rainfall retention basin across the street from my home when there was still about a foot of water in the basin. This rainfall retention basin goes from wet to dry rather quickly, so there was about six of the birds that took advantage of all that water, and bathed. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Crows were seen at the larger rainfall retention basin pond here in the development where I live on Oct. 23, 2014. The Crows were hunting for tadpoles, and tasty insects. They were there at the pond along with the Killdeer and Lesser Yellowlegs. I always enjoy watching Crows. Crows are amazing and quite smart! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
All this Turkey Vulture wanted to do was get a quick drink out of the rainfall pond across the street here. No, the small group of about five crows would not have it. The crows ganged up on the poor vulture and off all flew. It sounded like the battle that happens when the crows chase the neighborhood Red-shouldered Hawk! Lots of noise and commotion. In the end, the carrion- eating vulture was the loser and has left the area – for how long, we won’t know. I took these pictures on Sept. 28, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
These Common Crows are residents of my neighborhood. I took these pictures on Sept. 15, 2014 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
These Common Crows were photographed in the last week here at the local park and along the street where I live. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
The Crows and Red-shouldered Hawk were battling close to my house very late in the afternoon on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. In fact, the hawk perched in the top of the large Sycamore Tree in my back yard! The Crows perched across the street in a similar tree. There also were a few other crows in several nearby trees. Lots of noise from all those crows, and the hawk, too! Caws and ear-piercing hawk calls filled the air for several minutes.
The Red-shouldered Hawk was the one that gave up and left. For how long, is the true question! This has been a long-term give and take between the neighborhood Crows and that Hawk. I have been hearing a hawk’s call in the morning most days now. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I watched a Common Crow take a large Night Crawler earthworm and dunk it repeatedly in my next door neighbor’s bird bath to clean the tasty morsel before eating it. This behavior is showing me that yes, the Common Crows and their cousins the Ravens, are very smart birds! Of course, the bird did not relish the taste of garden soil with its worm (yes some soil or grit is needed but I think taste prevailed in this case). The answer was to wash the worm off. Since the rainfall water retention pond across the street did not have any water in it when I took these pictures yesterday (April 11, 2013), the bird used the bird bath to do its kitchen work! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I took these pictures of Common Crows in my yard on Nov. 6, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger image. Enjoy!