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i love meeting new crows.

they've heard the stories about me, who leaves peanuts and never harms a crow, and so they swoop down to the ground thinking they know the deal. breadlady gives peanuts when she sees you, right?

and then she SEES YOU and you're a tiny black bird only so much larger than this giant's hand, and its eyes are TRACKING YOU, its TEETH are SHOWING. the crow thinks OH MY GOD, AM I GOING TO DIE

so they back off to about thirteen feet and i toss them a peanut

eventually crows get up the nerve to feel comfortable at the five foot mark. then they'll look me in the eyes and go "hey"

i have both eyes on the front of my face. that's predator shit

actually my teeth are rarely showing because i wear a mask like a not-a-death-cultist

@garbados Not necessarily. It could just be for an arboreal life of fruit picking.

@garbados some day I will actually get my shit together enough to have unsalted peanuts on me at all times and I can start negotiating amicable relations with the crows on our block.

I think they have mostly forgiven me for having our trees trimmed two years ago...mostly. (They stopped yelling at me on sight, anyway.)

@courtney two years is, as i understand it, pretty much the waiting period on minor violations. i am willing to venture that they are upset with you because you inconvenienced them, but they don’t hate you like they would a crow-catcher or trap-leaver. i’m sure some peanuts will patch things right up.

i pick up a $5 bag of roasted unsalted peanuts from the store every other week, and i fill a small ziploc every time i go out. then i can grab the bag and go whenever, no hassle.

@courtney fwiw it seems crows find unshelling peanuts to be intellectually stimulating, but you can always unshell the nuts yourself and pocket the shells to reduce detritus.

@garbados @courtney do they like pistachios? I would love to share some pistachios with crow friends

Also where do I go to find crow friends

@garbados This reminds me of our robins who do the same proximity-dance..
"YAY WORM GIANT!!1"
"HOLY SHIT WORM GIANT!!!1"
"....Worm?"

@garbados

HOLY SHIT THE OTHER CROWS WEREN'T LYING YOU CAWS, THIS HUMAN GIVES FOODS OUT. THE FUN SHELL ONES INSTEAD OF THE PINCHY SHELLS OR HARDSHELLS. VERY GOOD HUMAN, WE SHOULD TRAIN HER MORE

@garbados the crows are still nervous about me and leave but I always make sure to give them something so I hope eventually they'll like me

@amsomniac i'm sure they will! they remember and they discuss, and they appreciate consistency.

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