Monday, May 1, 2017

Birds: The rest of the story

Good morning it is I, Madi, here briefly then I'll hand it over to Mom.

Look just a wee bit to my right and you can see our shepherd's shaft that holds
4 birdfeeders.  Mom calls this my wild life enrichment center. We have all kinds of lovely birds visiting the feeders.
I'll be quite honest, next to the humans in her life and me...birds are mom's passion.....EXCEPT for
Mom said she had always heard they were smart...BUT as you read on you will
see they are now public enemy

This is a very sturdy birdbath and has been here for as long as I can remember.
First rule for getting birds to your yard is water...CHECK!!

Now for the rest of the story

Mom will take over now: 
Last weekend at the garden store I was looking for something to replace my bird bath.  When I mentioned to the 'bird lady' the crows were using it to wash (yes who knew they washed) road kill. The her first words were take the birdbath away...that is horrid  I change the water in the birdbath daily, however,  when I went out to move the bath,  the smell about knocked me over. I even put on some gloves before I touched the rim of the thing to move it. I kept looking til I found the perfect set up.  We already had the metal pot stand. I paid 2.59 for a plastic dish that fits in it perfectly.   
The little black tray has been there for years. It is for smaller birds like chickadees and Carolina Wrens. Glory be one year we had a flock (at least 87) Cedar Wax wings stop by  our watering hole. They only pass through in the very early spring.  It is such an honor to have them too. 

The old birdbath has been moved.  
A pot of of flowers has been placed where the birdbath was located. 
A few days after I made the change,  

I was eating breakfast and nearly spit my cheerios out when I saw...... a crow come flying in expecting to land in the bird bath. It was hilarious!!
I could just imagine him squawking
 abort abort abort

I'm happy to report no more nasty disgusting crows in the yard!! 
For now I won the battle of the birds.

True story:
Crows have always reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock's 
My friend Sally and I went to see it in the mid '60's.
If you seen it, you know it is a rather INTENSE movie.
During the scene, when the man is nailing boards over all the windows to keep the crazy, lunatic  birds from flying into his house, the audio at the theater malfunctioned. About
10 seconds passed when someone in the theater started
saying, bang, bang bang as the hammer hit the nail.
It kind of released the tension everyone chuckled.  UNTIL all of a sudden the audio returned so loud with all the squawking and turmoil Sally and I were about to break each other's hands.  



  1. Wow! I had no idea crows did such a thing. That is disgusting (although I guess it makes some sense). I'm glad your human outsmarted them.

  2. I'm deep impressed... and glad that you won the battle. Maybe that crows were those alfred hitchcock had in his movie once? Phenny would like to have such crows.... he is hoping for some snacks... ewwww....

  3. 'The Birds' was on last weekend. SHE watched it again. We don't like crows--they tease us--but we never knew they did stuff like that!!

  4. Hari OM
    Oh yes, The Birds... not one to forget is it?! As to the food prep, racoons and most of the corvidae and sometimes hawks are known to use birdbaths for this purpose. In spring there is the situation of the adult female crow who tends the nest and babies all the time. She depends on her mate and other crows known as helpers to bring food for her to eat as well as the food they bring for her to feed to the nestlings. Since both she and her babies need water in addition to food, dunking the food in water provides much needed moisture. Crows sometimes dunk food in a bird bath and then carry the moistened food directly to a nest. They don't always eat it themselves.

    So yes, it's gross for us; but essential for the birds! YAM xx

  5. Ewwwwwww - who knew that crows could be so disgusting! Your birdie area is so serene and beautiful, Madi!

  6. That's funny about the crows assuming their "landing strip" was still available when it wasn't! HAHAHA on them! We hate that the crows chase every other bird away when Mom puts sunflower seeds out in the feeders. They are PIGS. Anyway, my Mom says she remembers "The Birds" and how scary the movie was. For WEEKS after that she would keep a close eye on all the phone lines!

    Hugs, Teddy

  7. We have ravens out here and we think they are as evil as crows!

  8. Those crows need to go somewhere else for their baths. Glad the Mom outsmarted them. Have a wonderful day.

  9. wow, what a creative answer to your crow problem, and the sound tract to the birds still gives me heebie jeebies... it scared me silly back when they made it... I was afraid to go outside and had been afraid of birds my whole life. I still am not in love with them like you and other bloggers.

  10. Sounds like you showed the crows who the boss is at your birdbath.

  11. We loved your re-enactment picture of the aborted landing. We have crows use our bird feeders but have never seen them bringing road kill to them. We have a neighbor that puts out bread scraps and the crows bring the dried bread to our water to soften them.

  12. I meant to say "We have crows use our bird BATH..." not feeder.

  13. Abort! Abort! Abort! Dying laughing!!! The crows didn't know they were dealing with a determined woman! Crows are very smart and they can be comical but mostly I find them really creepy and disgusting. Not too happy with blackbirds either.
    Love your picture of the Cedar Waxwings... lucky you. We haven't seen them in a couple of years. I can't watch The Birds to this day... LOL!

  14. BOL! That was a good joke you played in the crows. We've seen crows attack and kill baby birds in our area. In winter thousands of crows congregate in the City of Rochester and make all kinds of noise and mess. They have to be chased away with fireworks.

  15. Yups we're not fond of crows here either. We loved your story and the trick you played on the crows!! BOL Nothing like out foxing a crow to make your week.

    Molly and my Mom @The Fast and The Furriest

  16. Ugh, we didn't know that about crows. And to think our Mom once considered finding a way to attract them to our house... No, no, no, Mom!

  17. We don't try to attract birds, for two reasons: Sweetie and Patty O'Malley. Doesn't mean I wouldn't love to see more birds I visit the local nature centers!

  18. Ewwwww!! We're very glad you fixed that. Nasty.

  19. That is a great bird bath set up you have, although I must say my view of crows changed completely when I read a book called 'Corvus', by Esther Woolfson, a local Aberdeen writer who over the years has kept crows and other corvids as pets. Now I look at the many crows in the park and think of them as super smart and brimming with personality!
    PS And it is a long, long time since I watched the Hitchcock film!

  20. Mom says we do too much bird chasing for her to have feeders or baths in our yard. Dang it! But we really don't like those crows either - they like to sit on the rooftop and torment us.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  21. Ick, I didn't know they washed the road kill. That is funny that you tricked one by getting rid of the bird bath.

  22. Madi are you going to tell the crowd the bath moved? BOL mom always thinks of the movie the Birds too. She is going to be that lady for Halloween and already bought crows to stick on her head and shoulders
    Lily & Edward

  23. Oh dear, we had no idea crows would wash road kill in a bird bath! Disgusting! So glad you won the fight!!

  24. MOL! Your Mom just flipped them the bird!

  25. We had no idea crows washed their food....ewwwwwwwww.....your Mom did a good job winning the battle!!

    Hugs, your guy Raz and The Florida Furkids

  26. HaHa! Brians comment is funny! Glad your mom found a solution!
    Mr Bailey Hazel & Mabel

  27. Oh, wash road kill?!?! Our mom would be totally grossed out! We love your illustration of when the crow returned -- ha roo woo roo!

  28. So excited your mom found such a great way to have water for the little birds!

  29. We don't like the crows here either Madi.
    The tree rats cause enough trouble.
    The little birds are fun to watch
    from my front door too.
    xo Astro

  30. Those crows are sneaky and crafty! We get magpies coming onto our deck and they are beautiful butt gross. Water will bring them in. We like getting the Northern Flickers in the winter time. They always come back!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  31. We can't believe the crows use the birdbath to clean roadkill. Wow. You sure fooled them by moving the bath. MOL! The mom loves watching all the birds that come into our yard, too. You get some really interesting ones visiting you.

  32. Who knew they cleaned da roadkill?

  33. Those stinking crows are LOUD too! I had no idea they washed their roadkill ... EWWW and EWWW and EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! I'm glad your Mom outsmarted them - at least for the moment. I'm so jealous of the flock of wax wings! Chickadees are my favorite and I can't remember the last one I saw.


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