American Crow

COMMON NAME: American Crow
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Corvus brachyrhynchos
FAMILY: Corvidae

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On the first day of 2013 this crow flew overhead, a rare thing since they usually fly everywhere around here except overhead. It was a very cloudy, overcast day, otherwise the photos would have come out more clear.

Here it is as it gets closer.

Almost straight overhead of where I’m standing.

Straight up overhead.

And goodbye.

I’ve only recently been learning that not all the blackbirds I’ve captured around here are crows. I find myself having difficulty distinguishing details on the black birds in my photos because the solid color. With help from experts at, I’ve been learning that I also have photographed Common Grackles and European Starlings which I had previously assumed to be crows. European Starlings do have purple and blue and green blended in to their plumage, but angle and lighting didn’t allow me to decipher those colors, only the red feet and seasonal yellow beak.

By far, though, Crows seem to be the most common black bird around this particular spot of land. I’m still awaiting an opportunity to get some more excellent, clear, detailed shots of them from here.

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