Image from page 751 of "Bulletin of the U.S. Department of Agriculture" (1913)
Authors: United States. Dept. of Agriculture
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s most badly decom-posed. Crows in almost as large numbers and several crow blackbirds werealso feeding, but they commonly took that which was less decayed. Severalcrows came repeatedly to the shore of lot 1, picked up fish, and carried themto their nests in the woods. By abating this nuisance crows and buzzards doa service that is appreciated by the occupants of the farmhouse. P. S. Farnham, of Owego, N. Y., has written to the BiologicalSurvey, stating— From pollution or other cause a great many fish die during the summer inthe Susquehanna River here. The crow keeps these dead fish fairly wellpicked up. During a rise in the river this last summer I sat upon the banksnear Campville and watched the crows. The dead fish were floating down andas soon as a crow saw one he would fly out, pick up the fish, take it ashore, andeat it. (1911.) i.ludd, S. D., Birds of a Maryland Farm: Bull. 17, Biological Survey, U. S. Dept. Agr.,p. 53, 1902. 42 BULLETIN 621, TJ. S. DEPABTMENT OF AGBICULTUEE.
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aoay 7pa//ajp UJ3JM THE CROW AND ITS RELATION TO MAN. 43 Eegarding the winter feeding habits of these birds in the vicinityof Geneva, N. Y., Prof. E. H. Eaton, of Hobart College, reports thatin the winter of 1911-12 there were hundreds of dead ducks on theice of Seneca Lake, which, was frozen for the fourth time in itshistory. These attracted considerable flights of crows. The crowsfed also on the garbage which was carried from the city of Genevain various directions to the north and northeast, and they followedthe line of the Seneca River, evidently attracted by dead fish, craw-fish, frogs, and other creatures which they were able to pick up alongthe margin. Slaughter houses, fish and lobster canneries, and the mouths ofsewers are favorite rendezvous of crows. Here these birds areassured an ample supply of food even in severe weather. Undersuch conditions their presence is highly desirable. Vegetable Food. Examination of stomachs has shown that the crow is large
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