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...>