April 23rd – A Cachophony of Crows

The pastoral and tranquil setting that Ruthven usually is was shattered this morning by Crows, 6 or 8 of them cawing and chasing each other around the park. The game was still in play when I left at 1:30pm. One crow has lost all its rectrices (tail feathers) and makes a most comical sight flying overhead. I wonder how his steering is, with no rudder?

Banded 9:
1 Mourning Dove
1 Tree Swallow
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Junco
1 Red-winged Blackbird
2 American Goldfinches

Retrapped 16:
2 Black-capped Chickadees
3 Chipping Sparrows
2 Field Sparrows
2 Song Sparrows
4 Dark-eyed Juncos
3 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 37 spp


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