Peculiar crow behaviour.

Hello everyone - I registered for this discussion group to see if anyone can answer a question I have regarding the behaviour of crows.

We live in an urban environment and despite having a very small front garden, we have three crows who visit regularly.  Two seem to be a couple and one is a loner - the other two normally see the loner off if they're around when he visits, however a few days ago, we noticed some strange behaviour on our CCTV cameras.

We have a box with rat poison located in the garden - normally the crows ignore this, however on this occasion, while the couple of crows were in the garden, the loner came down, grabbed hold of the rat box and started throwing it around the garden.  The couple then seems to join in on this "game".  My wife went out, took the box off them and placed it back in situ, but within minutes the crows were back throwing the box around and then they were joined by a group of the local pigeons!

Was this some sort of pigeons vs crows game or what exactly was happening here?

  • Hi WilsonJO welcome to the community.
    The only thing I can think of is can they hear it rattling?
    Just hope none of the poison can get out.

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  • In reply to Alan.:

    Or they can smell the contents,
    if the rats been near recently, and they smell that and think 'Ah!! Food'

    and like Alan........ hope the bait is secure...


  • In reply to SunnyKate2:

    Actually, it was empty - the rats had taken all the bait out of the box. There was nothing to rattle. Perhaps they could smell some residue, but it's strange that they have waited weeks before behaving like this. I actually have some CCTV footage if I can figure out how to upload it!
  • In reply to WilsonJO:

    Have you got the clip uploaded somewhere Wilson, and welcome to the forums.


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  • Upload your clip I use Youtube, then click were the arrow is pointing

    Then click were this arrow is pointing and click the second option

    Get the address of your clip on youtube and copy to were I have placed mine then hit enter.

    You should then see your clip when its ready hit reply and it should show in your post.


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  • In reply to James:

    I think I have it on Flickr - no I don't - I think it's here!:

  • In reply to WilsonJO:

    Sadly I would not like to say what it is WilsonJO, best if you could get a picture to show and it does not seem to be afraid of humans.


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