Common Crows are about the only birds that I see each day here on my street now. I hear their cawing before I actually see the small group of three or four individuals. They come and go and move from tree to house and so on all down the block. They eat insects, fruits, eggs, and various carrion. We have a lot of water around with the rainfall retention ponds now having many inches of fresh water in them. Additionally, several neighbors do have bird baths.
Like the vultures, Crows are nature’s clean-up squad. I do think though, that these handsome and very intelligent birds like fresh foods best. I took these pictures from my front yard. 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!