Date: 10/31/17 2:30 pm From: Duncan, Scot <sduncan...> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Montlake Fill - no ATSP, but SEOW duel and EUWI
Thanks for the reply and suggestion. I went back and examined my photos closely considering the possibility of raven, and I am still convinced it was a crow. I realize one of the shots I posted shows a wedge-shaped tail, but that is a sidelong shot, whereas the many other shots I took and didn't post show a typical crow tail. In addition, the bill doesn't seem as robust as what a raven would have.
I also looked up sizes of the three species. The two in the photo are very similarly sized. It would have to be an extremely small raven, or a very large SE owl. The typical American crows I see around here are about the size of the bird in the photo, and match the size of an SE owl. Finally, while "likelihood" isn't a field mark, Ravens appear to be very rare at the Fill and surrounding neighborhoods.
All that being said, I admit to having only limited experience with ravens, and I am open to further consideration.
At any rate, I appreciate the opportunity that arose to study crows vs ravens in more detail than I've done before.
:-) Thank you,
From: Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...>
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2017 4:40 PM
To: Duncan, Scot; Tweeters
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Montlake Fill - no ATSP, but SEOW duel and EUWI
Wow, what a great interaction and excellent photos! But Iíd guess thatís a Raven, not a crow. Iím so envious you got to see a Shorty there Ė Iíll have to head over one of these days.
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Trileigh Tucker, PhD
Professor Emerita of Environmental Studies
From: "Duncan, Scot" <sduncan...><mailto:<sduncan...>> Date: Monday, October 30, 2017 at 11:42 AM
To: Tweeters <tweeters...><mailto:<tweeters...>> Subject: [Tweeters] Montlake Fill - no ATSP, but SEOW duel and EUWI
I abandoned all responsibilities and headed this morning to Montlake Fill to twitch the American Tree Sparrow. I dipped on the sparrow, but was treated to one of the most epic aerial duels I have every witnessed. High above the fill I spotted in the dawnís golden light a raptor being harassed by crows. Expecting it to be a Red-tail, I was delighted to see it was a Short-eared Owl. This alone would have been quite rewarding for me since this is a species very uncommon in the Southeast US where I am from. But I then watched for several minutes as a very persistent crow and the owl fought several hundred feet above the Fill. I took some shots with my camera and you may enjoy seeing them on eBird (see link to checklist below). (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40213005).
I was able to relocate the Eurasian Wigeon, but then gave up on waterfowl as the light was atrocious and duties were calling me away.