From a post on the New York State Birding listserv (NYSBirds-L):

…two people who had traveled from PA to see the bird. The PA people had found the Hooded Crow approx 6am entangled in fishing line around its feet, and it was stuck in a tree.  The younger person had thought at first the crow was flycatching, but they soon realized it was stuck in the line and the line was somehow wrapped around the tree.  They were able to get the crow in hand and cut the line loose.  They took pictures of the bird in hand and of the legs and feet showing there were no bands.  They also were able to get a feather that could possibly be tested…

If you are the person who got the feather or if you know who the person is please make sure that feather gets into the right hands. It might be used to help figure out from where the bird came.

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.