Date: 10/27/17 7:19 am
From: Duncan, Scot <sduncan...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] crow playing catch
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:


Crow skiing down a roof<>
Crow skiing down a roof with a small lid or something.... Great Fun Skillful animal

Scot Duncan

From: <tweeters-bounces...> <tweeters-bounces...> on behalf of Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler...>
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:33 PM
To: Tweeters
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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