The weekend had the feeling of a powwow – a gathering of the tribe. To celebrate life, beauty and being with others of our kind. A weekend to share stories, to smile, to help each other find and identify birds.
An email with a link to a sensational web video buzzed around the Audubon magazine office last week. The clip featured crows in Japan dropping nuts into a busy intersection, waiting for them to be crushed by cars, then retrieving the bits. Some editors were skeptical and I was assigned to investigate. What I found is fascinating; what is now known as “avian prey-dropping behavior” was first documented by a 19th century London banker-turned-ornithologist named Howard Saunders.