[Tweeters] crow playing catch

Duncan, Scot sduncan at bsc.edu
Fri Oct 27 07:15:51 PDT 2017

That reminded me of a video someone shot of a Eurasian species of crow using an object to repeatedly ski on a snow-covered roof. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WupH8oyrAo


Crow skiing down a roof<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WupH8oyrAo>
Crow skiing down a roof with a small lid or something.... Great Fun Skillful animal

Scot Duncan

From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu <tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu> on behalf of Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler at gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:33 PM
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Subject: [Tweeters] crow playing catch

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
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