GR: Here’s an excellent DIY post for all you biophiliacs. We have ravens (also corvids) around Coldwater Farm, but they will probably respond just as the crows do.
Feeding and watching wildlife can be worthwhile, but can lead to problems. Here are two links to the laws and advice concerning wildlife in Arizona: FAQ (covers laws), Living With Wildlife (covers individual species).
“It’s a lot of fun to feel like you have wild friends, and feeding birds is a great way to connect with nature. I’ve been asked many times how to make friends with local corvids, crows in particular. While this post is mostly aimed at American crows in North America, it’s applicable to most corvids. However, please be aware of local laws regarding feeding birds.
“The best way to get on a crow’s good side is through their stomach. Unsalted peanuts in-shell work wonders (i.e. crow crack). The best thing you can do is put out peanuts consistently and don’t look directly at the birds when you do so (at least initially). Be conspicuous about you being the one to drop the food, but do not throw the food toward the crows or look at them initially, but do make sure they are in the area. Then, go back inside. It may take them no time at all to come to your food, or it may take them a while before they trust it. Crows are very neophobic and suspicious, and even if it’s a food they love, they will be careful simply because it came from a human. (I suspect if you live in an area with high traffic or restaurants nearby, they will take less time to come to your offering than if you live in a quiet, low-traffic suburban area.)” From: The Corvid Blog By Jennifer Campbell-Smith
I love crows, blackbirds, turkey vultures and wildlife of all sorts — animals of every kind for those who really know me. I look at them and see the beauty in every one. These days wildlife of all kinds are in trouble due to our ignorance and we need to help them wherever we can; only take pictures and leave nothing but footprints…care for the environment, pick up trash, have respect for animals and the our earth..after all we only have one. About feeding birds, I am on the East Coast, USA and I only feed birds in the winter when food is scarce as we do not want them to become dependent….& sometimes the squirrels have to have their share as well. 🙂
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