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Monday, 11 January 2021

At the feeder

We had a two week shut down on Prince Edward Island before Christmas due to suspected community transmission of Covid. My husband and I stayed home during that time and the crows entertained us at the feeder. We had a suet cake in the side of the feeder facing our patio door so we could watch their efforts to eat it. The position of the cake, dangling over the deck, posed a challenge for the birds and we were curious to see how they would resolve the dilemma.





They solved it alright but we didn’t see how!


It was a calm day, without wind to blow the feeder around. The temperature had turned cold too, enough to freeze the suet hard. The birds don’t like the swinging feeder and the soft suet broke up before they could wrest it out of the metal rack. Frozen suet and motionless feeder were the ideal conditions.


While we were downstairs, we noticed a disturbance in the backyard and when we checked, the suet was gone, cleanly, without a mess on the deck or feeder. Several crows stood by as one consumed it in the yard. It left some for others when it flew off with a chunk.





We refilled the suet basket again for the New Year and the conditions haven’t been perfect yet for a crow to retrieve it. We hope to catch them in the act this time. We enjoy the daily visits of the black creatures, as they tip their heads sideways, look under the feeder and examine it from both railings! 





They are waiting for the perfect conditions again. One day soon...


P. S. For me, taking photos through the windows is a work in progress.




28 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Looks like the crows are enjoying that suet. Most of my photos are taken through the windows, some look good and other are blurry. Take care, have a great new week!

Martha said...

I love watching them too. You got some great shots, even through the window!

Anvilcloud said...

You're doing very well through the window.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Crows are very smart and resourceful!

Anita said...

what a nice black crow!We seen them not so often over here.

Wish you a good time and stay safe and happy:)

Sandi said...

Crows are really beautiful when you look closely, aren't they? Poe used them to symbolize fear but I think that may be unfair.

Mage said...

That last shot is perfect. :)

Bill said...

Crows are very smart. Your photos through the window look fine.

DJan said...

I agree that your photos through the windows are just fine. I wonder how they did it? They are very smart animals, for sure. :-)

Helen said...

Marie you have done fabulously, especially on your final image.
I wonder if smaller birds also visit.

At Home In New Zealand said...

I have heard that crows are very intelligent. I hope you manage to catch them in the act next time :)

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Any pictures of birds, are amazing, to me!!!!!! Since I never get any. -smile-

So yours, are wonderful, as far as I am concerned.

Red said...

Crows are very intelligent birds, They are very acrobatic.

Ruth Hiebert said...

If these are through a window, they look really good. You're window must be cleaner than mine.

Joanne Noragon said...

This will be a great mystery to solve.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

What fun! Crows are clever birds.
Your photos capture well their thinking about it personality.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

They are handsome, smart, delightful birds.

Liz Hinds said...

Birds are very adept. We have a seed feeder and the robin picks out the ones he wants and drops the rest on the floor, which is great for the bigger birds that can't eat from the feeders. We have squirrel-resistant feeders to stop them stealing everything before anyone else has a chance.

Tabor said...

Your crows are like our squirrels...successful thieves.

Margaret said...

Bird feeders and birds are very entertaining. I didn't know this when I was younger.

Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

Really cute post. I see that you are a blogger friend with AC. He and I have been friends for many years and I was hoping the two of you could share pictures ... both of you have a wonderful "eye" !

William Kendall said...

They make good company.

photowannabe said...

Well, I think you succeeded in your through the window photos.
They are terrific.
Very clever birds and fun to watch. I wish I could capture the hummers that come outside my dining room window..I love them but they are too darn fast and flitery..
Sue

Catarina said...

The photos came out very well. :)

Tanza Erlambang said...

we almost have no birds to visit our backyard in recent days.....
lovely crow.... great shots

baili said...

that was delightful story indeed dear Marie :)

you put good task before them and they solve it and then you made them face tougher one :)
sounds amusing ,i love observing their clever moves and how cunningly they get it right too
loved the images ,though through window they still show the story nicely along your beautiful narration :)
enjoy the moments with blessings of nature my friend!

Ginnie said...

HAHA. Clever little creatures. When there's a will there's a way!

Retired Knitter said...

Wow, those birds look blue in the pictures rather than black. Is that a trick of the camera?