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Is the crow that visits our bird bath killing our backyard birds?

  1. purl3agony profile image96
    purl3agonyposted 2 years ago

    Is the crow that visits our bird bath killing our backyard birds?

    We have a crow that visits our bird bath a few times a day.  Yesterday, he had the carcass of a dead bird in his mouth, and he was dipping it into our birdbath (gross, I know).  We are concerned that this might be the offspring of some of the birds that have nested in our backyard.  Could this crow be killing and eating our backyard birds?

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  2. Omeva profile image72
    Omevaposted 2 years ago

    That looks like a pretty big bird, so either the crow scared them away( I would run too if I was a bird), or the crow pecked them to death on the spot, so lets analyze this. Do you see any dead bird bodies by the fountain?if so, then its probably the former, if not, then probably the latter. Anyways, that's my speculation.

    Good luck in solving this mystery.

    Best Regards,

    1. purl3agony profile image96
      purl3agonyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks!

    2. Omeva profile image72
      Omevaposted 2 years agoin reply to this
  3. tosha11 profile image76
    tosha11posted 2 years ago

    Not likely as they prefer an already dead meal since they are scavengers. I would assume it was just enjoying his feast in a spot he visits. So no to killing and yes to eating. Do you have an hawks? They are known for killing other birds. Hawks used to always get my dads pigeons that he raised.

    1. purl3agony profile image96
      purl3agonyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      We had a hawk in the yard a few months ago.  I feel better knowing that this crow isn't killing our birds.  I guess we'll empty the bird bath and hope that the crows and hawk will move on in a short time.  Thanks for your help and for the info!

  4. Venkatachari M profile image41
    Venkatachari Mposted 2 years ago

    I believe crows do not kill birds. They may swallow worms but not birds. So, it must be an already dead bird that s/he was enjoying. Regarding bird bath, you may temporarily empty it to drive away the hawks and birds. But you do a generous act by feeding water to the birds.

    1. purl3agony profile image96
      purl3agonyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I hate to take away the water source from our other backyard birds, but the crows have made a real mess of our bird bath.  We haven't seen any other birds at it for a long time because of the crows. Thanks for your help and comments.

  5. chef-de-jour profile image97
    chef-de-jourposted 2 years ago

    Crows are highly territorial in my experience and will 'have a go' at other birds if the opportunity arises. There's no doubt - I have seen them in action here in the UK locally. Gangs of crows regularly hassle young buzzards, perhaps not injuring them but letting them know who is boss! A little owl that set up nest in an old oak close to a family of crows was definitely knobbled - we saw that for ourselves - one evening back in April.
    Crows are clever, opportunistic birds and I would not be surprised if the one who has chosen to frequent your garden is slowly getting rid of competition - either by threatening them or actually doing them in!! Unfortunate but true, nature doesn't give a fig about living in harmony on occasions, especially when crows are involved.
    If you want to get rid of the crows hassle them - go outside when they're around and shake your fist, put up a scarecrow or other figure, chase them away. They do not like being driven off but eventually they'll go.
    I still like them though, even if they have an aggressive streak.

    1. purl3agony profile image96
      purl3agonyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for all your information.  I respect the crows "nature", I just want them to move on from our little backyard.  Thanks again!!

  6. connorj profile image77
    connorjposted 2 years ago

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    It is highly unlikely that a crow would kill; however, they are indeed clever and persistent scavengers. Perhaps your bird bath has become a cleaning and tenderizing area for a wise scavenger...

    1. purl3agony profile image96
      purl3agonyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I think you are right.  Thanks for the info and the illustration.  I thought crows and ravens were the same thing.  Now I see our bird was definitely a crow.  Thanks!

    2. connorj profile image77
      connorjposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      The difference is slight; except in size...

  7. MonkeyShine75 profile image74
    MonkeyShine75posted 2 years ago

    Crows are predators and scavengers, which means that they will eat practically anything. Their diet consists of various road-kill, insects, frogs, snakes, mice, corn, human fast food, even eggs and nestlings of other birds
    But research demonstrated in A Murder (Group) of Crows proves crows are actually very social and caring creatures, and also among the smartest animals on the planet.
    Although the other birds “might” leave when a crow is present (because they're loud), they don’t kill other birds.

    These Birds do kill other birds

    African Crowned Eagle
    Golden Eagle
    Harpy Eagle
    Martial Eagle
    Philippine Eagle
    Steller’s Sea Eagle

    Blakiston’s Fish Owl
    Eurasian Eagle Owl

    Bearded Vulture
    Lappet Faced Vulture



    These have injured, and/or killed humans

    African Ostrich

    Australian Magpie

    Barred Owl

    European Herring Gull

    Great Northern Loon

    Lammergier

    Mute Swan

    Red-tailed Hawk
    Injury

    Snowy Owl

    Southern Cassowarry

    1. purl3agony profile image96
      purl3agonyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks.  I think our other backyard birds left the crow alone because he made a mess of our bird bath.  I appreciate all this information.  Thanks!

    2. MonkeyShine75 profile image74
      MonkeyShine75posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Donna. No problem, I just did a little research for you smile

 
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