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October 08, 2009

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Tim Abbott

Mobbing behavior by crows and ravens appears to be innate, and probably has more to do with purging their territories of potential predators (especially Great Horned Owls) than high jinx. On the other hand, if they are hardwired to do so, they may not give much thought as to why, and are certainly smart enough to have fun while they are doing it.

Terry Cowgill

Tim, a nature question: why do crows scold hawks and eagles? Is it territorial instinct? Crows love to chase the big birds all up and down the Salmon Kill Valley. They almost seem to be having fun.

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