House Crow and its arrival

To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: House Crow and its arrival
From: Alan McBride <>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 20:02:12 +1100
I tried to send this last Weds but failed miserably somehow so here it is again. Ignore of course any referneces to last week though I do know the bird was seen in the car park at 4.30 today Weds. 26 March.

In days of old, before ships were invented, you would have the peoples of various countries felling trees, clearing lands and generally doing anything to make their lives easier.

You would also have had wild storms (as Sydney does now) that knocked down trees and carried other flotsam and jetsam (F & J) items to the rivers and out to the oceans.

Many years ago a House Crow jumped on a piece of F & J and thus established the first movement of House Crow from wherever it was they first lived on this planet (appeared, were made, constructed, created, etc., no religious intent here). Enterprising little devils they are.

When it reached it's new land, say Burma from India for the sake of it, the Burmese records committee of 3,000BC went ooohh goody an addition to the avifauna of our splendid country I wonder how this was created? They didn't go, "Oh pooh that's no good its F & J assisted"!

To a bird (with wings for flying) and particularly an enterprising bird such as a HC, a ship is merely F & J. Even if it's fed on the ship, it would be no different than the people who were throwing out bread to attract it yesterday, after all it is enterprising and a girls (guys) gotta eat.

If it was a pet, taken onto the ship and it escaped, well, what an enterprising little HC, good luck to it, you will never know nor should you care:-)

Man has a long association with the desire to feed the birds and long may it continue (though not with cockatoos)!

BTW I saw it at 5.15 yesterday at the western edge of the playground for a NSW tick only:-) I also saw a blue budgie in a cage of one of the flats there which may give you something else to chase while waiting for the HC. Tony Palliser was photographing it at 10.30 today Weds, again at the playground although it took a while to come back this morning. Obviously becoming wary of people who may be arriving with traps!

I may add it's a neat looking House Crow too, looks very fresh and smart, good call too, albeit a bit forlorn in the circumstances.


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