Dec 31 Common Redpolls in Grand Isle on Monday included one large, dark redpoll -- the GREATER subspecies (rostrata), crunching down black oil sunflower seeds. Dec 26 Photos taken at another feeder show one COMMOM REDPOLL feeding thistle seed to another -- maybe courtship feeding, but early? http://www.flickr.com/photos/25681757@N00/8333852108/ First bird of 2013, at 07:30. CAROLINA WREN contact calls, indicating that a pair of wrens are present. Second bird, a pair of late-rising crows on their morning check of the shoreline. Dave Hoag, Grand Isle > Crow Mortality Rate Study: >> They just recently found over 200 dead crows near Halifax >> N.S., and there was concern that they may have died from the Avian >> Flu virus. >> A Bird Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and >> he confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu, to everyone's relief. >> However, he was also able to determine that 98% of the crows >> had been killed by impact with large trucks, and only 2% were killed >> by car impact. >> The Province of Nova Scotia hired an Ornithological >> Behaviourist to determine the disproportionate percentages for the >> large truck versus car kills. >> The Ornithological Behaviourist determined the cause in short >> order. >> When crows eat road kill, they always set-up a look-out Crow >> in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger. >> His conclusion was that the lookout crow could say "Cah", but >> he could not say "Truck." >> Now you know!