A Day in the Life of a Crow Feeder (Me)
Unfortunately, I had to stay awake the last few nights, and decided to start tracking crow activity through an entire day. Here is what happened:
- I'm only going to include this single photo (pushed through 'Pencil Sketch' for clarity) depicting the light conditions at the start... 10/31/15; 7:55 AM; Crow arrives...
Plenty of chips available...
- 10/31/15; 8:05 AM; No crow noise
- 10/31/15; 8:23 AM; Crow noise
- 10/31/15; 8:28 AM; No crow noise
- 10/31/15; 9 AM; Crows are back even though they still have chips
- 10/31/15; 9AM; I'm headed for bed
- 10/31/15; 12:50 PM; More cawing, another feeding
- 10/31/15; 4:30 PM; More noise and another feeding
- First, this is NOT a scientific study. I simply wanted to see if there was any correlation between my gut instincts and a single documented day.
- It looks like the crows prefer at least three good meals a day. What's more, they seem to be quite choosey; I've noticed in the past.
- This tiny 24 hour documented cycle could prompt so many real studies about corvid feeding patterns in backyards around the world...
- What prompts a crow to become active at any given time in the morning? Is it light angle or light density? Did the animal have a big meal the night before? Is it a function of human activities? Availability of food? Noise? Change in barometric pressure? The questions go on and on...
- Why do crows sometimes make a ruckus when there is food but are silent when the food is gone, and vice versa?
- Is there a crow 'murder alarm clock?'
- Do different murders wake up each other?
- Do crows try to awake humans? For that matter, do they try to wake up specific humans?
- Do they remember our sleep patterns?
The studies could go on and on, and might speak to the question of, "Why do primates and corvids interact so well given differing brain structures?"
Stumped by the feeders,
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