[Tweeters] crow playing catch

Lonnie Somer mombiwheeler at gmail.com
Thu Oct 26 15:33:49 PDT 2017

Hi tweeters,

As I was walking on the campus at Highline College (in Des Moines), I
noticed a crow swooping as if it was going to harass a raptor or some other
predator, but there were no nearby trees. Then it opened its beak and
plucked a nut-sized object out of the air. It then flew back up a few
hundred feet, dropped the object, and swooped down again and caught it. It
watched it repeat this 5 or 6 times before I had to run off to class. At
the risk of anthropomorphizing, it looked like it was having a lot of fun.
I've watched ravens chase feathers in the way, but I've never seen a crow
engage in this behavior before. It put me in a good mood for the rest of
the morning.

Good birding,
Lonnie Somer
mombiwheeler at gmail.com

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