whilst at work on site at the m74jv project, to relieve my boredom I threw a couple of beef hula hoops out the van window to see what it attracted to the dinner table. Within seconds a carrion crow appeared and scoffed them. I then threw out another couple with the same result. By this time the bag was finished and 30 seconds later the crow flew off in front of the van to the near side verge to watch. So, on to the next packet which I retrieved out of my rucksack with much rustling of the packet. On hearing the rustling the crow was instantly back at my window full of expectancy, so birds do have lugs, and a brain to back them up.

4 Responses to “clever crows”

  1. July 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    You not got any work to do?

  2. Ian July 8, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    It would be very interesting to see if said crow had a preference. Put out a pair of hula hoops at the same distance from the van of say three flavours (6 hoops) and observe if the crow has a preference. If it takes the nearest ones to where it lands, repeat the experiment swapping flavours. They you could state it can hear and has a taste preference. I am willing to sponsor the hula hoops, how many flavours can you get? If it does have a preference you will have to decide if it chooses by taste or by smell or both. It is a carrion feeder so I guess beef over chicken over the others. Remember to assume the null hypothesis and get 30 observations or use students T to analyse the data.
    THIS AT LEAST WILL KEEP YOUR LUGS AND BRAIN BUSY 🙂

  3. July 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    waiting patiently! for the arrival of concrete. It was only two hours late from tarmac.

  4. September 3, 2010 at 6:50 am

    The arrival of concrete may be slow in Algeria but you don’t know if it is wot U asked 4?

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