Thanks for your response.
The web references I found for molting crows speaks of brown and ragged
feathering. The pictures I took clearly show white feathers, not just
white feather shafts (if I understand what you are saying correctly).
There are some white feathered crows found in the Boxley Valley in AR
which look similar to my pictures (.
Richard Guthrie wrote:
> I'm thinking that what you saw was likely a bird in molt. The primary and
> secondary coverts are molted off, exposing the feather shafts of the
> secondaries giving a white-winged look.
> Given the contrast and occasional reflection of sunlight, it can very
> conspicuous in crows this time of year.
> Rich Guthrie
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> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] White Feathered Black Crow almost in Vermont.
> Late this afternoon I spotted a white feathered crow in a field just
> across the river in Lancaster NH (44.538466, -71.568332). I thought I
> would sneak up on the by rolling up on the side of the road....well they
> were crows and the were not fooled. They headed for the trees before I
> could get my camera up.
> How common are these? Does this occur in other black birds?
> The following is a link to a few pictures.