Thursday, November 20, 2008

Crows On Pie

Thursday, November 20, 2008

One of the wintertime sports around the farm here at Indigo Hill is watching who and what comes to the meat pile. We throw old, freezer-burned steaks, over-the-hill chicken carcasses, and past-its-freshness-date hamburger in a big pile three-quarters of the way out our middle meadow path, along with anything else that might attract hungry wildlife, and we watch to see what comes in.
Ten days ago we put a frozen fruit pie out, along with some carbon-datable chicken fingers. Then we placed a Moultrie GameCam (courtesy of our friends at WingScapes) nearby to capture snapshots of the action. Most of the activity occurred at night and that's the stuff of another post. But we also caught some visits during the day by our local American crows.

I can just imagine how long they must have perched in the woods nearby, sure that this was a trap. They might have watched for hours before the bravest among them swooped down for a closer look. Even when other flockmates joined in, you can still see that they are wary—checking for trip wires, joy-buzzers, pit traps, Ed McMahon.

Finally satisfied that this is simply a big pile of gourmet grub set out just for them the crows tie into the pie. They look like hungry diners at a lunch counter. And I can almost hear their mealtime conversation.

Crow #1: "Hey bro! You know what would go GREAT with this pie?
Crow #2: "No idea, dude. What?"
Crow #1: "A cup of caw-fee!"
Crow #2 "Fershizzle!"


On November 20, 2008 at 4:08 PM Lynne at Hasty Brook said...


word verification: lutween

On November 20, 2008 at 6:44 PM Jim McCormac said...

Wow, Bill, that joke was nothing to crow about. Time to find a new joke writer!


On November 20, 2008 at 8:23 PM Bill of the Birds said...

This from the man who tells the round hay bales joke every single day of his life.

On November 20, 2008 at 10:04 PM Kathi said...

Hey, I see you go the date-time feature straightened out!

I think the crows were worried they would be caught on an episode of Candid Camera, or maybe one of those TV news-mags on pie predators.

Please, nobody ask about the round hay bale joke!

~Kathi, wondering how many black birds were in those pies

On November 21, 2008 at 9:53 AM RuthieJ said...

Crows are so much fun to watch. They have their own feeding station in my backyard too.

On November 21, 2008 at 2:49 PM Heather said...

Hee heeeee - yer funny! The best birders tell the WORST jokes... ;)

On November 30, 2008 at 6:03 AM Anonymous said...

crows are my favorite people. i keep (unsalted and unshelled) roasted peanuts on me just to feed them...should any swing down while i'm out walking.

my best crow anecdote