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 B Clark
147 Hile School Rd
Freeville, NY 13068


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