On an entertainment scale of * to **** it is a *******
But then it's never taken much for me to be entertained by the simplest of things, not a bad characteristic to have. Take for instance watching a crow pick up half of a "smart bagel" (a whole one is the same thickness as half a standard size bagel), and fly off with it. I was so engrossed in watching it try to figure out how to balance this round object on a tree branch, hold it down with its claws and peck at it, that I didn't think to video it. But I did find a video on YouTube of a crow with a chunk of bread that's too thick or dry for it to eat...so he/she dips it in water....
And then there's the leftover bowl of pasta - vermicelli - that I didn't wrap well. The top layer was like corrugated pasta that had reverted to its original desiccated state. Instead of tossing into the trash, I flung the matted mass like a Frisbee into my garbage disposal, aka back yard. It thumped and rolled and landed on the dried side, tender strands facing upward. Not a minute passed before a pair of crows dove for it, but instead of picking it up, they pecked it enough to loosen full length strands. Envision this: dinner at an Italian restaurant, one plate, two diners having a pasta tug-a-war. Hilarious.
Again, I didn't think to video this comedy act but I found a video - thank you again YouTube videographers - of a hamster eating pasta. Next time I prepare something Italiano, I'm going to share leftovers with my hamster, Clive just to see if he'll do this:
One of my dad's stories of his early childhood was about Blackie, a crow, that showed up at his bedroom window one day and began coming to visit on a regular basis. I don't remember how long the crow did that, or if Dad fed it, but I would think so. Like any animal, you keep feeding it, it will stick around.
I'd rather it not be the squirrels, but when one of those fluffy tailed rats grabs up half a rotten mango and runs off with it, head held high to keep from plowing it into the ground, there's my entertainment for the day. True story.
By feeding backyard critters I figure I'm helping the environment in multiple ways:
A) not adding to the rotted food heaped onto the local trash dump
B) feeding the fauna fortified foods that they likely do not ingest with their standard diet
C) my mini smorgasbord of leftovers are opportunities for said fauna to fill up when food is scarce in the winter
But I'm really the one who benefits the most.
A word of caution to those of you who live in high rise apartments: check for pedestrian traffic before hurling food out of your windows. Eggplant Parmesan thrown from a great height could really ruin someone's day.