do crows like bird baths

Crows have long been unfairly painted as lawn foes and bad omens when that is rarely the truth. While crows have been known to snack on the occasional fruit or vegetable, thats not where the story ends. Crows hang around lawns and gardens not to damage nearby plants, but to eat the bugs and pests lying under the surface, which Wild Bird World points out are often more damaging than crows could ever be.

While crows have been rumored to be an omen of bad luck and misfortune, that again isnt entirely the case. According to Crystal Clear Intuition, crows are actually a harbinger of change, transformation, and new beginnings. Crow sightings are associated with major life shifts, which can be uncomfortable or jarring at first but are ultimately omens of luck.

Crows are also remarkably intelligent animals and are believed to be in their Stone Age. This means they can craft tools without human or other guidance and pass down these skills culturally and generationally (via The Daily). Theyre also very social creatures, both with humans and other crows. They organize funerals and engage in grieving rituals for dead crows and are known to hold grudges against other animals and humans that have upset them, ScienceAlert says. They also spread that grudge to other crows. On the flip side, they can become incredibly friendly with humans if given the opportunity, bringing them small gifts in exchange for food. These are just some of the reasons to attract crows to your yard.

It’s called “table manners,” Steve,

I’m not sure how you were brought up, but my mother always taught me to wash anything I picked up from the side of the road or dragged trash out of a trash bag before eating it. (I’ve made sporadic attempts to teach my own kids this lesson.) Crows are far more tidy than humans and practice good hygiene. The next time you stroll through East Dennis, observe the people that are walking by. There will be coffee stains all over, collars covered in sunscreen, and shirts with ice cream dripping down the front. Next, observe the next group of crows you encounter. You’ll see no coffee stains, sunscreen or dripping ice cream. Crows possess an impeccable sense of style and are always well-groomed. A crow never wears pants that are excessively baggy or raised too much. They won’t have their hats on backwards or be sporting a shirt with a cartoonish dog silhouette on it. I used to believe that crows shunned people for their own safety, but now that I think about it, I realize that they are just ashamed to be seen around us.

Strangely, a lot of people dislike crows, considering how much they seem to love people. Nothing in nature gives crows more opportunities to feed than humans, making them the ultimate opportunists. We frequently smash into animals with our cars and spill unhealthy fast food in our parking lots. And who’s got the time to tidy up these mess? Yep, the crows! Crows don’t charge us for their services; they get up early every morning of the year to work maintaining our parking lots and roadways. Yet no one ever thanks them. What a shame.

Crows’ diets are ridiculously varied. We haven’t, in my opinion, yet created a food that they won’t consume. They will eat grain, fruit, and seeds in addition to fast food and road kill. They may also occasionally raid one or two nests. They will dig for clams in the mud or wade into shallow water to catch fish (without a permit, which annoys the heck out of the town). Mice, reptiles, turtles, frogs, and snakes are among the other animals that end up on the crows’ plates. Yes, crows eat snakes. The next time you are berating crows for stealing your bird seed, keep that in mind. Which would you prefer—a swarm of snakes or a few crows perched on your feeder?

Few birds, if any, are more intelligent than crows in terms of intelligence. They are able to count, solve puzzles, communicate in a few words in English, and do simple auto repairs. But just like us, their smartness varies among individuals. For instance, some people acquire the abilities required to become scientists, while others wind up in Spain being pursued by stampeding bulls through the streets. The same thing applies to crows. Some people devour food as soon as they come across it, while others take their time to prepare it. A crow may consume something right away, like a stale hamburger bun. However, some crows have discovered that it’s easier to swallow if they dunk it in a puddle or birdbath first. A spoonful of birdbath water helps the stale hamburger bun go down, as the song puts it.

Crows occasionally moisten food for their young rather than for themselves. According to some research, crows soak food to provide their nestlings the necessary moisture. Understanding crows is tricky. Despite their commonality and ubiquity, their wariness makes studying them very difficult. Furthermore, it is challenging to draw conclusions from flocks due to their diversity of behavior, and scientists dislike making things up. That’s my job.

Although the exact reason why crows dunk food in water is still unknown, Steve, increasing the food’s moisture content and making it easier to eat are the most likely theories. However, one never knows. It’s possible that crows are really neat freaks after all. Like everything else, more studies are needed. I should probably do more research on this subject, but I don’t want to miss the running of the bulls, which is currently being shown on TV. And you know who I’m rooting for. Go, bulls!.

1. Set up decoy crows

One of the first ways you can attract crows to your yard is by exploiting their social nature and instinct to gather in crowds. Wild Bird World assures that this wont scare them away, but rather mimic a real crow that will make them want to land nearby to check it out. If youve provided them with other incentives to stay, this is a great way to get them to stop by.

The more realistic the better in terms of crow decoys. While even a simple plastic Halloween decoration (like this one from Amazon for $16) will work, its best to find one with more detail. Some fake crows will have decoy feathers and strings to position them in more natural poses, like this $30 fake crow from Amazon. This method will work even better with multiple crows. Pose them like theyve gathered to eat or roost for the full effect on your neighborhood crows.

2. Make your yard crow-friendly

As stated earlier, crows are incredibly smart birds. As a result, they are aware to stay away from any places that appear dangerous or threatening. Therefore, you need to make your yard appear as welcoming and wise as possible if you want crows to visit.

Crows, according to Bird Eden, are especially leery of loud and large objects. Even seemingly innocuous objects such as barrels and ladders can be dangerous to crows. Furthermore, your neighborhood crows will not appreciate the tranquil sounds of your backyard windchimes as much as you do. Lastly, make sure the crows are unaware of any indoor pets you may have, such as dogs or cats. This entails keeping them entirely outside of the crow space you have set aside. Crows may be able to smell other large animals, so exercise extra caution even though they won’t stay in areas where they see them.

FAQ

Will crows use a bird bath?

Raccoons wash their food in water in bird baths, as do some hawks. But it’s usually the crows that people commonly see abusing the bird bath privileges. Crows can turn a pristine bird bath into a food prep sink. And they can leave a mess for you to clean up.

How do I keep crows out of my bird bath?

Crows avoid effigies of dead crows (never the real thing). Halloween décor crows, hung upside down with the wings spread, usually work. Highly reflective Mylar® tape or bird tape, hung in streamers or twisted and strung to make a temporary fence can frighten crows away.

What attracts crows to your yard?

To first attract crows, you will want something noticeable, like peanuts in the shell. Once they become regulars in your yard, you can use a wider variety of foods, including kibbled pet food or meat scraps. Crows can eat a lot of food, so don’t be afraid to spread more if they eat it all.

What animals do bird baths attract?

Other creatures that are not so mobile will simply abandon a backyard when it lacks water. You cannot overestimate the need for water. In fact, you can attract more wildlife to your backyard with water than food. Water will draw a host of animals including birds, raccoons, frogs, salamanders and others.