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West Nile Virus went way beyond what it's creators intended (and it was in deed created! It reduced or all but exterminated  all kinds of previously abundant birds including but not limited to various hawk species and everything but robins it appears....and it was some one in or from Long Island who told me it was sued to reduce the crow and gull populations leaving calling cards everywhere concerning the people who lived there....I've noticed the crow reductions in this area and frequently complain about the lack of crows.In any case winter birds are  greatly reduced notably the titmice species meaning the chickadees and of course their close relative the titmouse which resembles a tiny bluejay minus the otherwise colorful markings.....most sparrows and warblers now gone but few remaining.....

I have seen a whacked out crow I was tempted to catch but I remembered the West Nile Virus more than likely invented in Plumb Island New York on Long Island across the bay from Connecticutt….something else wiped out 99% of the insect populations as well notably bees and so too was the flora they depended on....who misses spiders which also took a huge hit? Indoor dwelling spiders anyways not exposed to the sky....in  general haven't suffered too much such as the cellar spider...."Daddy long legs".....but this all adds up to what reduced the crow populations formerly abundant around here? but how many can you get? 1 or two if they happen to fly over properties that allow it abundant species were the pigeons and starling...the English sparrow which was the most commonly heard bird in Jaffrey now rarely seen and only a couple of crows only seen down town these days....true you can see more crows in migration but that is about it. The Connecticutt river area is now devoid of the common crow....!! In fall a flock might pass through but I saw too few to even set up much.....but the locals produced no rookery flocks late summer groupings of that years young....so none locally in any numbers.....now near as I can tell Canada won't introduce that "West Nile Virus" so far as I can tell.

 



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There is no doubt that there was a significant change in the number of crows we have to shoot in southeast NH around 2002/2003.  There have been many good years since then and it seems the number of crows we have to shoot at goes up and down from one year to the next. '17 was bad, '18 was a fantastic year, '19 was bad and spring '20 was bad.  I have no idea why this is happening but prior to 2002/2003 you could go anywhere anytime turn on a caller and shoot at a some crows.  In the bad years you can run a caller for hours and sometimes and not get a shot.  Weather patterns, closure of open dumps, farms continuing to disappear, changes to migratory flight paths?  We have seen the same thing with ducks and sometimes with geese, but that seems to be directly related to weather. So even in a bad year we still get quite a few good days in the fall when birds are migrating but in a bad year you pretty much wasting your time until the birds start moving south.

 



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I agree with that alright-I saw more Canadian geese than I saw much of crows last year in an area where there was quite a lot given NH. And they did seem to put in an appearance here and there in numbers up to 50 birds where one would least expect it working their way through NH and in one case where I hadn't seen any in years! And -you might have guessed it-I was far from ready having called it a day due to the rain ……
On another note I never saw that many geese anywhere but youtube and Canadians at that formerly where you would see snow geese like that but this was incredible!!




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Demi, if you are 30 feet in front of the bird it has to be feel because you are so far out in front that you can't see the bird anymore? I experience that with very long crossing shots on crows where you have to force yourself to get a pickup length out in front of them in order to connect with them.

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boba wrote:

Demi, if you are 30 feet in front of the bird it has to be feel because you are so far out in front that you can't see the bird anymore? I experience that with very long crossing shots on crows where you have to force yourself to get a pickup length out in front of them in order to connect with them.


 Bob,

First, I think we are on the wrong thread. Look for my response on the other thread. 

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You are quite correct Demi.

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My thinking right now given last year is that we didn't really have a decrease in the crows migrating rather they took a different route to New Englands' biggest winter roost …..and they came down later than usual and have been since I hit this new area that was highly productive and at that trickled down in relatively small groups basically little more than handfuls up to 50 (est)from reports across the state.....at the time and from what I saw....they will drag their bacon so long as food is plentiful along the route as crows are some what lazy and like easy pickings. They'll even hang out awhile until all the pickings are used up.

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Right but they were there at times explaining why they often flew over in fall and spring migration now it's a matter of becoming accustomed to their new patterns coming and going. Was a lot easier when I was high school as the bus rolled right underneath their habitual hang out areas and on week ends living in a very rural area known generally as the "barrens" due to tons of pines but up the road was a this large corn field and across the way to the east was yet another fairly large field not easily seen by the casual observer. A good point to keep in mind is :"Do I know all the areas they hang out in?" One could be quite surprised even if you cannot specifically shoot at them there crows do like variety as to where to eat.So maybe you can get them across town at times. I used that very technique before the money bags crowd moved in with their street light on every corner mentality...million dollar two car garages..(environmentally "concerned" even)…..higher taxes and that third cruiser!!

Next it'll be everyone testing for that phony baloney "Carona bona" so called "virus" that beat that cruise ship in China here to infect "everyone" as gadzillions of people lose their jobs and the economy becomes the 2nd depression-what a "coincidence" huh? Think I believe everything government says after it's s ad sorry history getting thousands killed in forever wars like Afghanis-nam and Iraq-nam and Get the Syrians before the Russians do game?

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