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Freeloading crow joins squirrels for free peanuts

Freeloading crow joins squirrel to beg for peanuts. Photo by Ann & Bill, Concord, CA
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We’ve been sharing peanuts with the squirrels and bluejays for quite a few years, but the last few days a lone crow has found our backyard and decided to get in on the snacks. He sits in our cherry tree for a few minutes and caws loudly at the squirrels, but they aren’t afraid, so he finally comes down for his share. I’m going to have to buy more peanuts.
Ann & Bill, Concord, California

Ann & Bill:
Good thing you don’t live in the tropics. Next would come the parrots … and then the macaws … and then the monkeys … BUY more peanuts? Heck, you’d have to start GROWING them! /Gary

“I got my peanut!” Photo by Ann & Bill, Concord, CA
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Posted on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Under: Crows, fox squirrel | 4 Comments »

Martinez hummingbirds feed at kitchen window feeder

Hummingbird feeding at kitchen window feeder. Photo by Alice Henderson, Martinez, CA
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We truly love our birds in our yard, feeding them, watching them, etc. I wanted to share my hummers feeding at the window and also the crows that love the peanuts and share them with squirrels and blue jays. All of our hummers love all of our feeders, especially the one on the kitchen window. The hummer eats even when I’m at the kitchen window at the sink.
Alice Henderson, Martinez, California

Nothing stops a hummingbird from eating when it’s hungry. When I refill my hummer feeder and bring it back out to hang up outside, the little male Anna’s hummer that lives in my backyard will sometimes meet me at the back door and drink from the feeder as I’m carrying it in my hand, all the way down to the place where I hang it back up.

That’s a neat window feeder. /Gary

Crow sampling peanuts in Martinez backyard. Photo by Alice Henderson, Martinez, CA.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
Under: Crows, hummingbirds | No Comments »

This big lady sure knows what to do with all those backyard crows

Female Cooper’s hawk eating a crow. Photo by Bob Luis, Brentwood, Calif.
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I’ve been getting a lot of mail about crows in my column these days. Backyards are full of those big, black noisy birds. Most frequently asked question is, “What are we going to do with all these crows?”

Bob Luis of Brentwood, California, dropped me a note the other day, containing the above photo. Here’s what he had to say:
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Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
Under: Cooper's hawk, Crows, Hawks | 5 Comments »

West Nile virus is killing the crows

Be careful what you wish for. You may get it.

Authorities say 13 birds collected from Orange County have tested positive for West Nile virus. The infected birds were crows and were collected during the first nine days of May. The virus is transmitted to humans and animals through the bites of mosquitoes, which become infected when they feed on infected birds.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
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