I woke around 630 in the morning first time in several days that I didn’t wake much later. I obviously had needed to catch up on some sleep. I am wide awake. I go downstairs and start a pot of coffee and some oatmeal. I see that crow on the back lawn. I feel kind of bad because I found the suet feeder buried in the snow, an obvious attempt at theft from some creature, yesterday I resurrected it and hung it from the shepherds hook, and watching her now, I realize she cannot reach it. I will have to try and remedy this today. She is wary of the squirrel who tries to get to the suet but gives up and instead goes to the black oil sunflower seeds in the feeder, hanging upside down to reach them. I call the crow a her because she is slender looking and graceful, another crow lands beside her, he is bulkier and thicker. I imagine them as a mated pair.
I watch her taking two steps towards the feeder and then looking up at the squirrel, two steps more, and eventually she is right beneath it and leaning way back with her body away from it, she darts her head forward and takes a peanut, and jumps back again. Again now she has three peanuts stuffed in her beak and she flies away. I let the dog out and the squirrel is scared away from the feeder. I stand now coffee in hand, peeking through the curtains. The squirrel returns and then so does Ms. Graceful Crow. Again she heads for the peanuts, this time less wary. She again flies off and this time I open the back door, I don’t want the squirrel eating all the sunflower seeds. After a minute the squirrel goes and starts taking peanuts one by one, caching some in the snow under the cedar trees, and going off and caching others someplace else. I hope the crow is watching to see where he has hidden all the peanuts.
After an hour I look out again and the entire one pound bag of peanuts is completely gone.