I took the opportunity of a quiet day at work to watch the video .. thank you for that!
Betty is a very clever girl!
The surfing and sliding was pretty cool!
As you asked for my opinion after I had seen the video, I will share honestly …. I think some of the assumptions and probabilities could be stretching it a little; the encouraging dogs to knock over students so the Crows could have the food they dropped was one of them.
I had seen the Professor’s Cave Man experiments on another video during my countless hours of research.
I do not argue that the Crows are very intelligent birds and have seen numerous documentaries and read many articles to that effect.
I guess, for me, it is like trying to convince a cat or dog hater that they need a pet cat or dog.
While I understand how people can become attached to Crows, are fascinated by them and their intelligence and love having them around; I do not. Not only are they destructive, they are a threat to my chicks and the constant noise drives me to distraction while I am trying to work.
I had someone on another thread in which Crows were being discussed advise me that I needed to make friends with these Crows; find a designated spot, feed them every day at the same time and train them to not make noise. She also added that if she did not feed her ‘pet’ Crows she has around the property on time they start “busting up the place” and raiding the shed etc.
I believe encouraging them is just going to increase numbers and unless I can train them to caw softly, not going to happen.
I also used to have a bird feeder in the tree for the Rosellas and 6 or 7 would come down every afternoon … 6 or 7 Rosellas then turned into 6 or 7 Rosellas with 30 odd accompanying Turtle Doves!
Having experienced a mite infestation from a visiting bush turkey, I am not going to encourage high numbers of possible parasite and disease carrying wild birds into close proximity of the gals; I only live on a small, residential block.
I have been ‘corrected’ that healthy birds and Crows are able to keep their mite/lice populations under control in the wild but more research indicates that lice and mite enjoy the comfort of a warm nest and the parent birds sitting on it and subsequent chicks. When the nest is vacated by the parents and chicks when grown up, the lice/mites remaining in the nest look for another host.
Encouraging multiple wild birds to your garden may increase the chances of them nesting in your garden, close to the food source and then, when they vacate the nest, there are some rather inviting, permanent resident chickens that the lice/mite can move on to.
I actually love birds of the non cawing type and enjoy watching them splash around in our upper pond etc. Any birds that visit per chance are welcome and definitely would not be harmed but I am not going to send out an open invitation to the masses.
There is a house a short way from here that feeds the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos every afternoon and around 4pm 100-150 cockatoos fly over on their way to be fed .. I have seen them feeding on the front lawn of this house and have wondered just how much it is costing the homeowner to feed them all every afternoon…while I am sure they get enjoyment out of it, it must be draining on the purse strings and again, might get to the point where you are feeding them because you have to, not because you want to.
Call me stubborn but I am not going to be bullied into giving in to the demands of something I do not want here and especially something that is going to wake me early, disrupt my work, invite more noisy friends and have a hissy fit if I do not give in to their demands