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22nd-Dec-2012 12:11 am
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I was outside around sunrise this morning and two corvids (I think) flew over me at one point. They were both largish (much bigger than a jay) and black, and made calls that sounded like generic cawing to my uneducated ears. Based on preliminary googling, I suppose they were either American Crow or Common Raven (I'm in SFBA at the moment). Alas, I saw them through thick foliage and far too briefly to photograph.

One of these days I'm going to learn some birds. But I'll probably learn some trees first. They're easier to spot :)
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22nd-Dec-2012 06:36 am (UTC)
Whoa, neat website. *makes note*
23rd-Dec-2012 12:08 am (UTC)
Whatbird rocks, although their filtering is sometimes too strict (something to watch out for).

Regarding the corvid... are we talking somewhat larger than a jay (e.g. somewhat smaller than a redtail) or very large (e.g. really big seagull or goose size)? And what kind of terrain... city or more open wilderness area? I'm guessing crow, given your description (ravens don't do the "caw caw caw" thing, they "hronk" instead most of the time)?

Yaaaay corvids! Corvids rock.
23rd-Dec-2012 03:05 am (UTC)
I'm not quite certain on the size, but I'd say they were larger than "somewhat larger than a jay". But definitely smaller than a goose. The terrain was a forested area adjacent to suburbs (gmaps "water dog lake belmont ca" -- I was in the backyard of one of the adjoining houses).
24th-Feb-2015 06:10 pm (UTC)
I realize I'm like three years late on this one, but if it sounded like "generic cawing" it was probably American Crow. Like, bearing in mind that both species have a hilariously wide range of vocalizations, the raven's standard "Hey! Hey! I'm here! I'm yelling!" call tends to be described more as a "Croak"

Also, it's just a fair bet anyway. Corax has been expanding its territory into boston of late, but they're still *way* outnumbered by brachyrhynchos.
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