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The Crafty American Crow

Love 'em or hate 'em - crows are smart!

Crows. Large, black, noisy. The raucous birds of the neighborhood. Some people love them; others aren't so sure. American Crows are crafty and resourceful. Crows have adapted to our modern world. For one thing, they, too have a taste for fast food. Watch for crows at your local fast food joint. They've learned to pick though our trashcans. Like them or not, they're a natural clean-up crew.

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The Crafty American Crow

Written by Frances Wood

This is BirdNote!
[Crows cawing]
Crows. Large, black, noisy. Some people love them; others aren’t so sure. Just listen to these crows! You might call it a “crow caucus”!
[Flock of crows cawing]
Crows are opportunistic feeders. They can eat just about anything—snakes, frogs, fish, fruit, seeds, and carrion. They’ve also learned to peck though our trashcans and visit our landfills.
Crows may devour other birds’ eggs or steal baby birds from a nest to consume or feed to their own young. Understandably, that puts some people off. They become the “bad boys of Spring.” [Alarm call of the American Robin and crows cawing in background]
But crows are resourceful. There’s no denying that! A crow can pick a clam off the beach, fly into the air, and drop the clam on a hard surface to break it and expose the animal inside. Crows can even remove the meat from the shell of a crab.
Crows have adapted to our modern world. For one thing, they, too have a taste for fast food. Next time you’re near your local burger joint, check out the dumpster to see if crows have gathered there. You may find a crow free-for-all! [Loud crow ruckus]
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Calls of crows provided by: The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, recorded by G.A. Keller. Alarm call of the American Robin recorded by R.S. Little.
Ambient track of urban sounds provided by Kessler Productions. 
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2011 Tune In to   March 2011   Narrator: Michael Stein

ID: 030305AMCR KPLU Rev. for March 2009 AMCR-01-MS-2009-03-03-

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