|Common Name||Fish Crow|
|Scientific Name||Corvus ossifragus|
|Type of Report||Rare Species|
|Date of Observation||04/29/2017|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Michael Blust|
|Mailing Address||271 York St.|
Poultney, VT 05764
|Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers|
|Latitude of Observation||43.5213|
|Longitude of Observation||-73.2394|
|Place Name||York Street|
|Time of Day||10:30 AM|
|Length of Time Observed||5 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|
|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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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).
|This report was written from notes taken:||Written from Memory|