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Beach crows

The beach crows eke out their living by scavenging and foraging at the water’s edge and in the strandlines. They’re just regular carrion crows (Corvus corone) but have carved out a specialist niche for themselves at the beach.

Beach crows are quite happy with their feet in the water

Beach crows are quite happy with their feet in the water

Beach crows spend a fair bit of time picking sand hoppers and sand flies from sea weed that washes ashore.

Beach crows spend a fair bit of time picking sand hoppers and sand flies from sea weed that washes ashore.

Sometimes they find a piece of crab or a shellfish and they'll fly up and drop it on the rocks to break into it - just like the seagulls do

Sometimes they find a piece of crab or a shellfish and they’ll fly up and drop it on the rocks to break into it – just like the seagulls do

Beach crow strutting

 

Hooded crow – Corvus cornix

Although hooded crows are more usually associated with Ireland and Scotland, there are usually one or two around about Newborough, feeding in the fields at the edge of the forest. They seem to have paired up with regular carrion crows, so there are probably hybrids around too.

A hooded crow (Corvus cornix) with its carrion crow partner.

A hooded crow (Corvus cornix) with its carrion crow partner alongside Newborough Forest..