• Fish Crow

    Common NameFish Crow
    Scientific NameCorvus ossifragus
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation05/07/2020
    Number Observed2
    Reporting Observer's NameGretchen Nareff
    Mailing Address301 Elm St
    Bennington, VT 05201
    United States
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    Date Completed03/04/2021
    Latitude of Observation42.8776694
    Longitude of Observation-73.203339
    Place Namehome
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day03:15 PM
    Length of Time Observed2 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.

    Behaviors Observed

    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

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