Fw: [Tweeters] crow playing catch

Bill Anderson billandersonbic at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 26 18:01:11 PDT 2017

Crows and gulls will fly up high and drop clams on a hard surface to crack them.  May the crow figured it will crack a nut as well.  Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA

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From: ck park <travelgirl.fics at gmail.com>
To: Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler at gmail.com>
Cc: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:39 PM
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] crow playing catch

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> wrote:

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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