Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Wild Bird Wednesday 393 - Hooded Crow

I was keen to catch up with few 'northern' species when I was in Europe - but if the truth be told I spent most of my time in urban areas, and birding was not a key aspect of out trip.

When we were in Oslo we visited the National Opera House which fronts onto the river.  At at the edge of the river a small group of Hooded Crows (Corvus cornix) feeding on what I think is the remains of a cod.  This crow species was considered a subspecies of the Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) when I was a kid - but it has gained full species status since then.  I only ever saw these birds when I was in Scotland and when I lived on an island in Ireland.  It was nice to catch up with them again!







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22 comments:

Ludmiła Jabłońska said...

Piękne zdjęcia wrony siwej. U nas jest ich coraz więcej, ale były lata, kiedy ich w ogóle nie widziałam. Są dość płochliwe. ja mam tylko dobre zdjęcia młodych ptaków.

Brian King said...

Beautiful! I like the combination of black and gray. I'm used to our all black American Crows.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
We have a fair few around my place in Dunoon... I have a soft spot for the corvids! YAM xx

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I am very fond of corvids and I always enjoy seeing Hooded Crows. My first encounter with them was in Scotland. Then I saw them daily in Slovenia and Croatia.

Rhodesia said...

I have never seen Hooded Crows that are quite attractive birds. I see they are in Italy and we hope to visit the North later this year, fingers crossed I may see them there. Cheers Diane

Megy Maia said...

Fascinante trabalho de cores.
Magnifico.
Cumprimentos,
Megy Maia

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Handsome crows! You captured the texture of their black heads very nicely.

Nathalie SANTA MARIA said...

Very good meeting ! I have nerver seen this bird in France. Nice at edge of the ocean.
See you soon.

Rohrerbot said...

This was one of my favorite crows to have seen in Wales. Such a great bird. We found ours in a McDonald's parking lot:)

Ranten said...

A familiar bird to me. We have them in the garden daily looking for food. They are much more shy than those living in cities :-))

Richard Pegler said...

It's always a pleasure to see a Hooded Crow, Stewart. Until last year, I'd only ever seen them as single birds. However, when I was on North Uist last year, I was quite surprised (and delighted!) to see a flock of around 20 birds. I guess I shouldn't really have been surprised as it's not unusual to get a flock of a couple of hundred of the closely-related Carrion Crows in this neck of the woods.

Best wishes from UK - - - Richard

Marie Smith said...

Great name for these crows. I have never seen them.

This N That said...

Interesting colors..Much nicer than our plain old Black Crows..Are they as noisy??

Shiju Sugunan said...

Stylish among the crows :)) Great shots!

Lea said...

Handsome birds!

italiafinlandia said...

Very common birds in Finland as well as in Italy.
All the best!

Cloudia said...

Oh a first sighting for me, E!

Linda said...

Neat looking crow!

betty-NZ said...

Wow, I had no idea there were different kinds of crows, but then I don't think 'outside the box' :)


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A Quiet Corner said...

I think this is the most beautiful Crow I've ever seen, Stewart!!!...:)jp P.S. Your suggestions for me regarding the bean bag have proven to be terrific!!

Elkes Lebensglück said...

this birds haven a wonderful black and white feathers!great photos!!

ZOOLATRY said...

How beautiful, we have only a few and random images to share from time to time (we are only beginners) ... but are falling in love with birding. Happy to have found this wonderful site to visit.