Carrion Crow – forty years ago in my nature notebooks

Forty years ago I was a young boy with a fascination for nature and was dedicated to filling in my nature notebooks. Here’s my entry for the Carrion Crow I saw:
Carrion Crow - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Today I’m just as fascinated by these Carrion Crows in the park in Devon. If I was in Orkney I’d find it very difficult to find the black form of the Carrion Crow but would be looking at a grey-backed Hooded Crow instead.

Carrion Crow - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Carrion Crow - The Hall of Einar - (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are magnificent birds; they look so large until you see Ravens. Persecution by humans mean that only the genetically wary ones have survived.

Carrion Crow - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

As this one flies to a tall tree in the park I see it flap its wings with long, slow beats.

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