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a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Roadkill cardinal is crow's lunch

While all my common feeder birds seemed to be tucked in some shelter away from the high winds on Sunday, I watched a family of American Crows dancing around the Wild Birds Unlimited, East Lansing parking lot. They were riding the winds, bouncing around in leaf piles. Then all of a sudden there was a lot of caws.

One crow was bouncing from tree to tree trying to keep something away from his nosey siblings. I grabbed my camera and snapped a picture of the crow with something flattened, floppy, round and red. Yikes! Perched in the tree, feathers began to fly as the crow picked at a roadkill cardinal.

I was sad the cardinal was killed but happy the crows could utilize the roadkill to sustain themselves in this cold weather. Crows are remarkably adaptable birds that will feed on a wide variety of foods, including seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, bugs, worms and many kinds of animals such as mice and roadkill.

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