Ravens in Sydney - June 2016

To: Andy Burton <>, Martin Butterfield <>
Subject: Ravens in Sydney - June 2016
From: Tom Wilson <>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:01:33 +0000
Martin/Andy (& list)
the big flock I didn’t check in detail as I was outside with no bins and was 
heading off somewhere – late as usual; the size of flock did make me think 
Little Ravens but the calls seemed quite deep – if they show up again I will 
see if I can check them out, esp if they land where I can see if there’s any 
wing shuffling.  (For Martin – a Little Raven would be a good BaD bird for me – 
not on my list of possibles...)
The smaller flocks are Aust Ravens – the ones that hang around at work and sit 
in the trees near my house have big throat hackles and a deep caw.  They are 
also in looser flocks than the mob I saw this morning.

From: Andy Burton 
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2016 6:06 PM
To: Tom Wilson 
Cc: Birding Aus 
Subject: Ravens in Sydney - June 2016

That’s an unusual size for a flock of Australian Ravens in Sydney. I suspect 
that small numbers of Little Ravens might be moving in to Sydney but can’t 
prove it. I have possibly been hearing them in west Roseville over the past few 
years. In my experience Little Ravens are more likely to flock in large numbers 
than are Aust Ravens.


> On 26 Jun 2016, at 5:15 PM, Tom Wilson <> wrote:
> Hi All
> if anybody has lost their Ravens, I’d be much obliged if they came round to 
> my house and reclaimed their birds!  Clearly the local Australian Ravens had 
> a good season – I saw a gang of about 30 earlier today and I have observed 
> several groups not much smaller than that around my house (North Turramurra), 
> work and where I swim 2x a week (Macquarie Park).  They seem to be a lot more 
> prevalent (or obviously present) than in previous winters - any suggestions?
> Cheers
> Tom Wilson
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