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John Lippincott

Wesley Hills, NY, United States


Ever since a neighbor cut down some trees and spread the wood chips around in the woods behind my house, I’ve seen crows congregate there. Sometimes it seemed they were there to enjoy the water that accumulated there. Then I noticed that they liked the wood chips too. Even ate one. I don’t get it. Crows eat wood chips? Big chunks? Is this how they get their fiber? 🙂



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Species: American Crow

Crows and wood chips

One response to “Crows and wood chips”

  1. Robyn Bailey says:

    Hi John, I showed your video to our resident crow expert Kevin McGowan. He interprets the video (7/13/14) as a crow retrieving a cached food item that it previously had stored in the wood chips. Although it looks like it’s eating wood, if you watch carefully, you can see it pushing wood chips aside and pulling up something (bread?) that it had buried there. Food caching (hiding food items to eat at a later time) is a common behavior of crows. They are not known to eat wood, but a pile of wood chips does seem like a convenient place to hide something quickly.

    Crows are very intelligent creatures, and it’s fun to watch them take advantage of new situations in their environment. I’m sure there are many little bugs crawling around in those wood chips, too.

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