Carrion Crow Robs Red Ribbon For Valentine's Day
February 14, 2017 1:19pm CST
It's nice to watch birds feed on fat balls hanging in front of the window. We lived in a flat/apartment with a balcony in front of the kitchen. I used to hang several fat balls on the clothes line spanning the length of the balcony. There was always action outside when we were sitting at the kitchen table. Some months ago my husband and I moved to a different flat in the same house. Now we don't have a balcony facing the garden behind the house anymore but one facing the street. There are no trees in the immediate vicinity which means no hungry birds nearby to spot the fat balls. Most important, however, may be the sad fact that this year there are only half as many birds as last year. Many died in the cold and wet weather last year which means few offspring. I mentioned this in a comment on a post on bird feeding. The member advised me to attract the attention of passing birds with the help of coloured ribbons. Birds are curious, he said, and they'd come and have a look and then start feeding. I bought some red ribbon and tied it with a knot to a hook sticking in the wall of the house. I waited for several days but no finches, great or blue titss* or other small birds came. Behind the row of houses on the other side of the street is a schoolyard with many tall trees and a big school building. The roof ridge is the meeting place of carrion crows. Sometimes up to fifty come to discuss their day. I thought if I couldn't attract the little birds, I could perhaps attract the big ones. I scattered peanuts on the balcony hoping a curious carrion crow would notice me. Lo and behold, a crow did arrive! Unfortunately, only my husband was in the room behind the balcony. He didn't call me in order not to create commotion and end the spectacle prematurely. The crow attacked the red ribbon and after fighting with it for some time untied the knot with its beak and carried the ribbon away. We wonder why? To decorate the nest for its partner on Valentine's Day? --- * Guess why I had to make a spelling mistake here! --- Photo: pixabay
24 people like this
• United States
14 Feb 17
Yes, I do believe that red ribbon is a gift of love for his special lady!! He sure worked hard to get that ribbon, so his true love must be a mighty fine gal!!! Titss worked well for the word that would not have made it through.
• United States
14 Feb 17
One cool thing about crows is that they like bright, shiny things. They are attracted to things that sparkle, too. They have actually stolen peoples' jewelry so if you leave your windows open when the weather is nice and a bird could fly in, make sure all your pretty things are put away!