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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Of Kabobs And Crows

By Laura Doering, Editor of BIRD TALK and BirdChannel.com
Join in on Laura's fun and experiences of bird ownership, and share in her adventures as the editor of BIRD TALK in Wayward Feathers.

fruit-and-veggie kabob
Photos courtesy Laura Doering
I wanted to come up with a fun, edible playgym for the July issue of Bird Talk.

For Bird Talk magazine’s July issue, I wanted to come up with a fun, edible “playgym.” It had to be something colorful, yet healthy and, of course, easy to make. After perusing the fruit and vegetable department at the grocery store, the idea started to fall into place: cucumber for the base, wooden kabob sticks to hold a selection of sliced vegetables for one side of the gym and a selection of fruit on the other side.

Then it was off to the photo studio. As our team of professional photographers snapped away

Can you find all the editors and the kabob?
We editors really know the meaning of covert-ops while we wait for the crow to eat the kabob.
(yes, even a fruit-and-veggie kabob gets the celebrity treatment of a backdrop, lighting to compliment its best features and a variety of camera angles for that perfect shot), I noticed that something was missing.

“Jessica, what would be really cool is a string of Cheerios tied across the top to give it symmetry and a little more munchable pizzazz,” I said to Bird Talk’s associate editor. (OK, my actual words were probably something more along the lines of “Hey Jessica, do you still have some of those Cheerios you were eating at your desk?”)

Where's Laura?
Another example of our ex-military background in action. Crows-2. Editors-0.
Satisfied with the dozen or so photos of the kabob, we called it a wrap. However, we couldn’t bring ourselves to just dump our kabob in the trash, and it wouldn’t survive the entire workday plus long commute home to serve to my flock. I then thought of the crows.

On any given day, there are half a dozen crows landing in the trees outside our office building. I’ve seen them rummage through a McDonald’s bag left in the parking lot, so I figured we’d give them something healthier to sample. We were certain the crows would flock down to our edible playgym. BirdChannel editor, Harry Robbins, Jessica and I gleefully waited nearby to capture some never-before-seen footage of crows eating a one-of-a-kind fruit-and-veggie kabob. We hid behind foliage (OK, so maybe it was just  Jessica and me holding up bouquets of weeds that we pulled and Harry hiding behind a light pole), but not a crow came into sight. We moved the kabob off the dirt median and onto the parking lot to give it more of the “road-kill” appeal crows seem to appreciate. This time we “hid” behind a tree, well, more like a sapling. Apparently, our crows are more of the shy suburban types than the brash city crows that practically steal food from your hand. We finally had to give up our crow photo op. Who knew crows could be so picky?

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I know why the crows did not eat the Kabob...it takes a long time to earn there trust. Years. They do not trust humans because most of us do not like them and they know it. I started feeding mine in the yr. of 2006 and it is 2013 now and my crow family rely on me throwing leftovers out and all I need to do is whistle and a minute or two hear they come! It makes me so happy they trust me and even in the spring they bring there new babies to show me! And another generation can know that all humans are not out to hurt them. If you start small and through out some bread and have fresh water leave them alone. Just peak through the windows but do not let them see you. You will eventually be able to tell one from another. Wisconsin
Tamara, Holmen, WI
Posted: 1/11/2014 11:33:28 AM
Too funny!
Ginger, Lakeland, FL
Posted: 5/7/2009 11:51:17 AM
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