[Tweeters] crow playing catch

ck park travelgirl.fics at gmail.com
Thu Oct 26 17:36:46 PDT 2017

i've seen crows and gulls doing this, and photographed a tree swallow doing
this with a feather...
each looked like they were having a good time. i think someone once told
me it was likely done for survival in some fashion (making sure food gets
home?), but that memory has been lost to time...

00 caren
george davis creek, north fork

On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 3:33 PM, Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler at gmail.com>

> 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

> Seattle

> mombiwheeler at gmail.com


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