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My first ever Hooded Crow

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Took a few hours off this afternoon to get on some pigeons over some barley thats just a couple of inches high, stuck out 15 dead birds, 1 flapper,2 floaters and 3 lofters,plus my 4 flocked crows which I stick out at about 50 yards and hope they crows circle in over my hide, to my surprise they started coming as soon as I sat down, had a huge carrion and 3 pigeons in the first 5 shots, just under 5 minutes from starting, then it slowed but they kept coming , not in big numbers but steady, I added more to the pattern as I knocked them down , about 3 oclock , 2 hours into the session, I had a pair of large crows come in over my left shoulder, in silhouette they looked like carrions, I pulled up quick and ripped into the nearest one which peeled away hit hard, managed to wobble its way 100 yards down wind before falling stone dead into the crop, I had a couple of pigeons to pick so I walked out to collect the crow, at first I thought I had just shot the largest jackdaw I ever saw, but when I picked it up I realised it was a hooded crow, Seen loads on youtube in Ireland and Scottish borders, I remember seeing one 2 years ago in the local Tesco car park while waiting for the wife, but only that once, it just shows how a species can spread out and inhabit new areas, I am as near to the north sea as you can get without falling in, on the Norfolk coast , the bit that bulges out above Great Yarmouth, Interested to know if any other local shooters have encountered this relatively rare visitor to these parts. Oh yes! my total for the session 1.00 till 4.30 was just 15 pigeons and the 2 crows.   

 

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Never seen a hooded crow in Hampshire, it's the other way round in Scotland, all the crows are hooded and you never seem to see a carrion crow.

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It will be a migrant from Scandinavia, they used to winter on the east coast in quite big numbers but only a fraction of numbers past cross the North Sea now

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