[bcbirdclub] Re: Crow at the feeder

  • From: "Cheryl Thompson" <thompsone@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bcbirdclub@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 13:04:02 -0500

I was telling Roger and Lynda the other day I had a crow that had acquired a 
taste for the black oil seeds.

Mamaw has fed the crows for years... She says she has to feed them or they get 
into her garbage bin... She feeds them corn bread and other scraps... She says 
they even love apple peelings.

I ran out of feed a couple months back and my sister picked up a bag of mixed 
seed for me, until I could pick up my black oil seed... My feed isn't anywhere 
near where Mamaw feeds the cows, but I saw a crow coming to the mixed seed... I 
assumed he was coming for the cracked corn... Now, that I have just the black 
oil seeds out, he/she is still coming... He doesn't bully the other birds... He 
waits till the little birds leave and then eats... Btw, the seed isn't in a 
feeder... Is in on a platform and deck railing.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Bob Sweaney 
  To: bcbirdclub@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, February 15, 2008 12:34 PM
  Subject: [bcbirdclub] Re: Crow at the feeder

  I often have crows on the platform feeder that is located in my front yard. 
They also feed on the ground with smaller birds as well. Last winter one of my 
suet feeders was getting empty really fast. It was only about two and a half 
feet off the ground----one of the crows would stand on the ground under it and 
jump and flap to get high enough to get a good chunk of suet. 
  It's been moved higher.
  Bob Sweaney
  Pike County

    From: mayhorn@xxxxxxxxxxxx
    To: bcbirdclub@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Subject: [bcbirdclub] Re: Crow at the feeder
    Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 10:07:01 -0500

    In the 30+ years I have been feeding birds here on the mountain I have 
never had a crow on a feeder, though I have had them frequently walking around 
the yard.
    Don and Dawn Carrier in Bristol have crows that come in regularly to eat 
with the birds on the ground near their feeders. Maybe Don can tell us if he 
has had any actually on his feeders.

    I had 3 Fox Sparrows feeding on the ground yesterday. I'm hoping that at 
least one of them shows up today for the count. I also had one female Purple 
Finch and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

    It seems strange that you have a Yellow-rump eating suet. I suppose that we 
just don't think of warblers doing that. Of course at our elevation of a little 
over 2400 feet we don't have them around our place in winter. Of course it may 
have nothing to do with elevation, but more with a food source they prefer. 
Insects are more active at the lower elevations during warmer winter days.

    By the way, I would appreciate getting a copy of the list of birds counted 
this week-end from everyone for our growing database.

    Roger Mayhorn
    Compton Mt
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: David & Susan Raines 
      To: bcbirdclub@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Friday, February 15, 2008 8:56 AM
      Subject: [bcbirdclub] Crow at the feeder

      I had an American Crow gorging on sunflower seeds at one of my platform 
feeders yesterday. This is a first for this 30 yr veteran bird feeder! Of 
course some of my recent sightings may be contributed to my 1st winter post 
retirement from teaching. I've really enjoyed being able to relax with a cup of 
coffee & checking out the birds coming in most mornings. I also had a Fox 
Sparrow show up the last 2 days. Hope he comes around today to be counted for 
the GBBC! I just spotted the Yellow-rump coming to the suet again-Alright! Good 
luck counters! Dave R-Breaks,VA

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