A very clever crow
One of the readers of this blog recently made a comment on a previous article about clever crows. Here is what he said:
We watched a crow today land on our mailbox (faux wooden stump) and pull out a letter from amongst a pile and fly off with it. The envelope was white with a stamp and a yellow address change sticker but nothing out of the ordinary.
The crow flew next door holding the envelope and then flew to the telephone pole where it started to attempt to Ã¢â‚¬Å“open it?Ã¢â‚¬Â rip it. It lost itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s grip and the letter fell to the ground.
Turns out it was junk mail anyway!
I wonder if we can train these birds to remove only the junk mail from our letter boxes? There could be quite a niche market for these specially trained junk interceptors.
I have written before about how clever and cunning crows and ravens can be (see the links below). The Little Ravens around our home are still trying to steal the rubber from the wiper blades on our cars. They do it when we are not looking. It is really annoying because the rubber strips are really hard to slide back into position. On several occasions they have actually taken the rubber away – presumably for nesting material. Replacing the blades is not a cheap exercise.
- Clever crows – some examples of the cleverness of crows.
- Something to crow about – an article about Tokyo crows with a liking for the internet.
- Ravens and windows – our resident ravens have an annoying habit.
- Thieving birds – more about those pesky ravens and their thieving ways.
- Corvids – an extract from my glossary of words about birds.