The crow family is not universally popular, and yet for me it contains some of the most interesting and enigmatic birds of all. There is no doubting their intelligence and ingenuity, even if their omnivorous habits and look-at-me antics attract the disgust of those who want to protect their smaller, more vulnerable garden birds. But can we tell them apart? And, trickiest of all, can we identify them by call alone? Hah! Here’s a challenge for you all.
Firstly, what crows are these? Some of these are my personal photographs and, just to make it a bit trickier, they aren’t always the best of shots. I know you’re up to the task.
Ok, so as if that wasn’t tricky enough, have a bash at identifying these crows by call alone. Good luck! NB All of the calls below were made by one of the birds in the photos above.
9. An ‘easy’ one to start 🙂
10. Often heard in autumn in oak woods…
11. Is this the most evocative call of all?
12. You country folk will be familiar with this sound…(not the woodpigeon in the background, that was last week 🙂 )
13. Sounds familiar?
14. If you think this sounds almost identical to (13) you’d be right…
15. What a cheerful bird!
16. This bird is said to say its own name, though I’m not sure I can hear it…
So there we go. As some of this is extremely difficult, I am going to give you until Tuesday to come up with your answers. Good luck!
And I would love to find out what other quizzes you would like, so for the first time ever I have added a poll. I have no idea if it’s going to work, but give it a go! You should be able to choose multiple subjects, or add some thoughts of your own. Let me know in the comments if you’re having any problems
Photo One by David Hofmann / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)
Photo Two by gailhampshire from Cradley, Malvern, U.K / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)
Photo Three by By Andrew – originally posted to Flickr as chough, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7204919