In spring, crows and ravens get jealous of all the attention that wood-warblers receive from birders.  Sometimes the jealousy overwhelms their big corvid brains and they come up with crazy schemes to win the attention that they believe they deserve.  For example, Fish Crows will actually swoop in and eat warblers you are trying to watch.

Don’t believe me?  Well, I managed to digiscope this behavior at Jamaica Bay this past Friday. Check it out!

So, North American birders, help save a wood-warbler and boost the self-esteem of a corvid this spring by paying some attention to your local crows and ravens.  You, the wood-warblers, and the corvid will be glad you did!

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.