Have you ever seen crows or rooks killing rabbits?
One for the birders among you.
Yesterday, I was out and about footpatyh-walking across farmland here in the midlands.
Driving home along a country lane, I saw a very young rabbit dash across the road pursued by a crow or rook. I couldn't see its face or legs so it could've been either. It was flying very low directly above the rabbit.
As the rabbit gained the verge the bird attacked it and the pair of them tumbled out of sight into the ditch beyond the verge. Unlike a hawk or falcon, the corvid appeared to attack with its beak not its feet.
I've never seen that before. I know that crows, rooks, magpies and jackdaws eat meat (I often see them devouring roadkill) but I had no idea they also killed live quarry. I thought they were purely scavengers.
Have any of you seen corvids taking live prey?
I've seen Magpies trying to get nestlings - wouldn't be surprised to hear crows do too.
A farmer friend reckons crows will have the eyes of new born lambs if they can get to them. But then I've heard him tell townies the crows gang up on lambs and take a leg each then fly off with them. If I didn't know him better I would have believed him.
Seen crows take blackbird, thrush and lapwing chicks. Also the eyes and navel from new born lambs and the eyes out dying sheep. Fairly resourceful creatures but ruthless.
I would have thought a young healthy rabbit would be to agile to be caught by a crow.
I think a young rabbit may sit tight if it thinks it's safe too, in the hope it's not seen.
I know Shepherds don't like crows anyway.
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