• Fish Crow

    Common NameFish Crow
    Scientific NameCorvus ossifragus
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation04/29/2017
    Number Observed3
    Reporting Observer's NameMichael Blust
    Mailing Address271 York St.
    Poultney, VT 05764
    United States
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    Date Completed04/30/2017
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

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    Latitude of Observation43.5213
    Longitude of Observation-73.2394
    Place NameYork Street
    TownshipPoultney
    CountyRutland
    Time of Day10:30 AM
    Length of Time Observed5 seconds
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)200
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)50
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    Partly sunny, clear

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    NA

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    I frequently see/hear fish crows in SE Pennsylvania where I have relatives. Large flocks of American crows roost in the area and smaller groups of fish crows are around or mix with the American crows. Usually it is the calls that alert me to the presence of fish crows.

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    Behaviors Observed

    Flying overhead towards the north.

    Description of Vocalizations

    Higher pitched than american crow. More nasal. I immediately pulled out my iphone and played the fish crow recording from iBird Pro and it was exactly what I had just heard.

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    As I was walking in town, my attention was grabbed by the nasal call notes of Fish Crows. I looked up and saw 3 crows passing overhead, partially obscured by trees.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Typical crow size. Hard to say if they were any smaller than American crows as there was not much to compare to in flight. Flapping did seem somewhat faster that American crows but the brief view made that difficult to judge. The call however was clear and distinctive.

    IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

    American crows were eliminated due to call and time of year (no young crows yet).
    Ravens were eliminated on basis of small size and rapid flapping.

    This report was written from notes taken:Written from Memory

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