Wed, 23 Jan, 2013 -- Mid-morning today I carefully watched an AMERICAN CROW
just west of Hwy 1, a little north of the Cleone Grocery on Ward Ave. I was driving
slowly on Park Ave and turned onto Ward Ave, only 1 1/2 blocks from Hwy 1. The
American Crow was eating an earthworm on the pavement, and was undisturbed by
my stopping about 15 ft from it.
I could easily see several field marks for AMCR: The size of the bird was notably
smaller than several Common Ravens moving about the area. The bill was slim
and had NO feathering on the upper part of the bill (culmen). The bird hopped up
to a fence wire, and several seconds later, it flew back down Ward Ave. I could see
the tail very well - short, blunt and squared off at the tip. This was unlike a raven's
diamond-shaped, longer tail.
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, Ca
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]