Date: 3/30/18 9:44 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Topsfield Fish crows and breeding American crows

We have had Fish Crows nest near the intersection of Plymouth and
Woodward streets in Newton for three years. This year, all of a sudden
there have been up to 12 Fish Crows, and some moves to keep Amareicam Crows
away. The Fish Crows that I imagine are our “core” pair have not settled on
a spot yet to nest, as I watch. It is a different year for Corvids near

Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA

On Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 8:33 AM James MacDougall <jm3...> wrote:

> Hi,
> For over thirty years now, we have had a group of Fish crows visit our
> yard in Topsfield during the week of Easter. And only on Easter. A group of
> 12 flew over yesterday and the local pairs of American crows challenged
> them to move on.
> I have made it a rule to only use the two note nasal call of the Fish crow
> for identification at this time of year. I have been fooled by an American
> crow doing a single nasal call during nest building that is nearly
> identical to that of a Fish crow. I read that the female American crow does
> this food begging call during the initial days of breeding. I assume the
> Fish crow has a single nasal call, but for the next couple of weeks, I find
> I canâ~@~Yt trust my ears to tell them apart.
> Jim MacDougall

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