|Common Name||Fish Crow|
|Scientific Name||Corvus ossifragus|
|Type of Report||Rare Species|
|Date of Observation||05/07/2020|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Gretchen Nareff|
|Mailing Address||301 Elm St|
Bennington, VT 05201
|Latitude of Observation||42.8776694|
|Longitude of Observation||-73.203339|
|Vermont eBird Checklist URL||ebird.org|
|Time of Day||03:15 PM|
|Length of Time Observed||2 min|
|Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||400|
|Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||125|
|Optical Equipment Used for Observation|
Swarovski EL 8x32 (ID was aural)
|Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species|
I have lived and worked as a wildlife biologist or as a graduate student in wildlife biology (studying birds) in the following locations where FICR are common year-round: Cumberland and Cape May counties, New Jersey; the ACE Basin in South Carolina; New Orleans; and across central and southern Florida.
|I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event.|
|Description of Habitat|
"Vermont urban." Flying around houses, small businesses, traffic. Deciduous and coniferous trees.
Two birds flying around together. I would characterize them as a pair. They were not courting or showing signs of breeding, but they were not agonistic either.
|Description of Vocalizations|
Three-part nasal call: ah-ah-ah
|Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation|
I was sitting at my computer in my living room as I was working remotely. I heard the Fish Crows call and immediately identified them without needing to consider it; there was no doubt in my mind what they were. I stepped outside to record their calls. I observed them flying around the neighborhood, between Main St. and Elm St., where I live.
|Relative Size & Shape|
|IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?|
The distinct call eliminated American Crow.
|Other Notes & Comments|
As a wildlife biologist, I characterized these two birds as a bonded pair during the time of the observation. I later observed them carrying nesting material (recorded on eBird here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69162140)
|This report was written from notes taken:||Written from Memory|