Several people immediately offered help in retrieving the “raven” reported from the Enfield area. We were organizing capture, but after I got back from Binghamton around 630 pm, I called the homeowner, who went out to find that it was now dead.
This morning Nancy Cusmano very kindly retrieved the body for a hand-over downtown—and yes, it was NOT A RAVEN, it was an American crow, an adult, very unlikely to have been hit by a car and thus a good West Nile Virus candidate. It was reported to have “dropped from the sky”, similar to what people told me back in 2002-2006, when I was doing surveilance for Broome County. The crow will be tested for WNV. Be aware that West Nile has already killed some of our crows in the Cayuga Heights areas and is of course widespread, if not intense. Avoid dusk biting mosquitoes and please dump those warm, stagnant bird baths and buckets from last week’s rain! Thanks to all who called or emailed. I really appreciated the offers. Anne Anne B Clark 147 Hile School Rd Freeville, NY 13068 607-222-0905 anneb.cl...@gmail.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --