Interesting recent stuff - Strange Birds!

I've enjoyed some interesting birds recently. The first was a second-year female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) that was all black and white, missing it's red and yellow. My guess was that the bird was not incorporating any carotenoid pigments into its feathers, but I really don't know much about this sort of thing.

The second interesting bird was this American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) that followed me around in the woods while I was working for an hour and forty-five minutes, and for over half a mile from where it first found me. The video is somewhat long, but pretty interesting. You will need to have the volume up pretty high to hear the odd sounds the crow makes. This video is pretty representative of how the bird was acting around me for most of the time. I was dressed like a hunter, so my hypothesis is that the crow has ended up getting a pile of deer guts from the last person that looked like a hunter, so it thought it would get the same prize if it followed me around. That's just my guess.


ben said...

I think I would have been tempted to leave him some food, just for all his persistence. It was funny how he knocked the pine cone off the tree.

Filatore said...

He was definitely trying to tell you something. Maybe he wanted to trade that pine cone for some food?

I had a similar experience years ago in California--we were trailed for an hour by 2 or 3 crows. It was winter, lots of snow on the ground, and they were making similar noises.

By the way, I love the bird posts....

Kelly said...

I know it goes against what I'm "supposed to do," but if I had had food with me, or if the crow had followed me the extra half mile back to my truck, I don't think I could've resisted sharing.
I agree. He seemed to be bursting at the seams waiting for me to respond in the way he wanted me to... probably with giving him food. Very cool that you got to have a similar experience, and with more than one bird. They are very intelligent, and it's neat to see and hear some of the more unusual facets of their behaviors. Glad you like them.