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Green Heron vs. Crow at Lake Merritt: Now with video

Hilary Powers
 

On 5/1/2020 7:31 PM, Hilary Powers wrote:
Walking along the path on the Bellevue side of the lake below the Nature Center, I found myself following a Green Heron that was prospecting along the low-tide mud.

Crow walks toward heron. Heron hunches and points beak at crow, who withdraws.

Repeat.

Crow backs off, then flaps up and over heron, as though planning to dive. Heron raises beak as high as possible (growing about a foot taller) and snaps at crow.

Crow lands a few feet away, then tries it on again. Heron's response is the same.

Three or four times. Then the crow wanders off a ways and flies down the lake looking innocent....

Never saw that before!

Lyla Arum caught part of the encounter on her phone: https://www.facebook.com/hilary.powers.16/videos/2886075981507787/





    


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