BOB'S BLOG Bird of the Month: Fish Crow
June 06, 2013
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PHOTO: Not your average crow. Fish Crow photo by Graham Wood
The Fish Crow is our bird of the month for June and it has a nostalgic connection which will interest some readers.
This bird is almost indistinguishable from the American Crow, which is, of course, quite common in southern Ontario.
The way to tell them apart is by the Fish Crow’s nasal call. According to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
these birds “have expanded their range inland and northward along major river systems in recent decades.”
They’ve been seen around the Toronto area over the last few years but now there is actually a nesting pair (the first ever in Ontario, I’m told) set up in southeast Burlington close to Lake Ontario on the Oakville/Burlington border.
Many readers will remember the historic Pig and Whistle Inn. The Fish Crows are nesting just metres from “The Pig’s” former location. I grew up quite close but have no real memories of it until the last few years before its closure. My wife’s late great aunt, however, used to share memories of Friday night trips from Toronto (Yonge and Eglinton) to enjoy the best fish and chips around.
A popular watering hole and dancing spot for nearly 70 years, the Pig and Whistle was built in 1929 is designated as a structure of historic and architectural significance. Now restored and preserved, the site has been renovated and is now known as the Hearthstone-by-the-Lake condominium community.