I'm in the process of befriending a neighborhood crow and I'm not above addicting it to my oatmeal raisin cookies in order to buy its friendship. Things are progressing nicely and I was able to introduce my camera yesterday to the scene without making the bird overly nervous.
From all the G Series challenges I've participated in here at POTN, swinging around bicycle lights at night in the front yard, to placing dozens of drinking glasses out on our gravel driveway, spraying them with the garden hose, my neighbors have come to learn that this is an odd house. Or at the very least...I am. So everyday, about late morning time, I walk out onto our front porch and start mouthing a loud clacking sound that I hope the crow will associate with my cookie offering time. I think it's a female, based on its behavior, by the way she hordes the cookie pieces and flies off consistently towards where she roosts/nests, but who knows? Sometimes her mate hangs out nearby, but only the one bird comes down to pick up the morsels. I listen for their nearby caws and walk outside, start my clacking and the cookie crumbs start getting tossed.
So I thought I'd start cataloging some of our meetings. Take pictures, test her nerve by shorting some of my tosses, but basically get the bird to recognize I'm someone it can trust. Crows are so smart and I've been watching this pair for over a year. They once tried to establish a nest in our yard, but selected a bad spot that had become sort of a squirrel super highway as the rodents navigate from tree to tree. The birds simply weren't getting the peace they needed. Boy, was I bummed when they deserted their nest and went elsewhere. There is a large patch of woods behind the homes across the street and that is generally the direction she heads towards, with her beak crammed full of cookie.
I'll occasionally fortify this thread when new and interesting events and photos occur. Come winter time, It's my hope that eventually I can just open my office window a crack and provide my clacking, toss some cookie chunks, and take some photos from the comfort of my office chair. Now how cool would that be?