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Re: Crow learning

Posted: July 10th, 2018, 9:04 am
by kiloran
Leothebear wrote:Just recently I heard persistent squawking coming from the front drive. I looked from an upstairs window to see my cat Charlie sitting and paying no attention whatsoever to a crow, literally inches behind him, making this awful racket. I assume it had a nest nearby and objected to Charlie's presence.

The crow was obviously trying to pluck up courage to have a peck at Charlie's tail but couldn't quite manage it. So the crow just kept on shouting at him from point blank range and Charlie kept ignoring it, didn't even turn to look at it (and he isn't deaf).

This went on for quite a while - a shame I couldn't have filmed it. It was very funny.

I had similar squawking from my lawn yesterday. A "baby" jackdaw bleating "Mummy, mummy, I want some food". Mum and baby were sitting in the middle of a pile of chopped apple I had thrown out. Mum picked up pieces of apple and placed them in baby's mouth, because baby had not learnt to do it itself. And baby was as big as mum, just a bit fluffier, and one hell of a lot noisier. What a racket.

--kiloran

Re: Crow learning

Posted: July 10th, 2018, 11:50 am
by stewamax
Leothebear wrote:
Charlie kept ignoring it, didn't even turn to look at it

Charlie may be both lazy (hot weather?) and subtle. Perhaps he knew that in the time it would take for him to swing around and grab with a paw, the crow would have flown. So he was waiting ...waiting until the crow hopped just a little nearer his front paws. Then whop!

Re: Crow learning

Posted: July 15th, 2018, 11:48 pm
by Leothebear
stewamax wrote:
Leothebear wrote:
Charlie kept ignoring it, didn't even turn to look at it

Charlie may be both lazy (hot weather?) and subtle. Perhaps he knew that in the time it would take for him to swing around and grab with a paw, the crow would have flown. So he was waiting ...waiting until the crow hopped just a little nearer his front paws. Then whop!


Unlikely. Charlie has never gone for birds. Rabbits are his faves, while he'll also eat bits of mice, rats or squirrels. Leaving me to clear the bits he leaves. Never any feathers anywhere.

If one pecked his tail, I think he'd whack it with a claw.