House Crow on Phillip Island

Subject: House Crow on Phillip Island
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 15:42:47 +1100

    Those wishing to twitch the House Crow should search the far western tip of Phillip Island. Anywhere within 2.5 km of the Sea Life Centre which is on the headland which overlooks The Nobbies. It has not yet been seen as far east as the Penguin Parade. This is not a particularly large area and fairly easily patrolled by car, especially high 4WD's, from cliff top roads along both shores. Best time is early morning when it joins groups of Little Ravens scavenging in the penguin and shearwater colonies among tussock grass. There are 60 to 100 Little Ravens in the area. The smaller size of the Crow is obvious in direct comparison when perched, but less so in flight. Against the light, head/bill shape is the best identification character. The lower mandible "undulates".

    I saw it four times between 07.40 & 09.40 this morning, 25 January, and departed when I hadn't found it again after another hour. By then, the Ravens were less in evidence.

                        Mike Carter

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