Being shrewd, adaptable birds, crows’ numbers in Georgia fluctuate little throughout the year. They are omnivorous and opportunistic, eating nearly everything that the changing seasons bring — carrion, mice, other birds’ eggs and nestlings, insects, berries, nuts, seeds and food that humans spill or throw away.
Most people have an opinion about crows, ranging from disgust to bemused admiration. I am among the admirers because crows are perhaps the most adaptable of all our native birds and are good learners and problem-solvers. In recent decades, crows, which once were typically rural birds, have begun thriving in cities. One possible reason, say ornithologists, is that urban areas offer protection from hunters. (Nov. 6 was the start of this year’s legal crow hunting season in Georgia.)