I’ve been doing quite a bit of research into Crows lately, mainly the ones in my neighborhood, the American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos. I have long been fascinated with their cousins, the Common Raven Corvus corax that I frequently encountered while working and recreating in the Mojave Desert around Las Vegas.
In accordance with what I’ve read and heard, they really like peanuts, unroasted and unsalted… Two days ago I threw some unshelled peanuts near a noisy group of about 10 birds that frequent the area between our building and the street. They dispersed and after about five minutes they flew back while I observed from about 25 yards away. After a couple of iterations of dispense, retreat, and return, they flew away after about 20 minutes. I went back inside after leaving perhaps a dozen unshelled peanuts where I was sitting.
Today (Saturday) about 10 am there was a loud chorus of Crow vocalizations that I recognized as ‘social calls’ from one of the videos I watched on Crow behavior research on the interwebs. I opened the door and there was a dozen or so Crows hopping around where I was sitting yesterday. “Hey, Peanut Human! We need more peanuts!” Not wanting them to think I was so easily trained, I waited about a half hour before going outside with more peanuts.
They won’t let me get closer than about 25 yards but they are very interested in peanuts. We’ll see where this goes.