Corvus cornix under anthriscus sylvestris

Saturday, 1 June, 2019

Cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) is a short-lived perennial plant that’s native to Europe, northwestern Africa and western Asia. It’s ability to spread rapidly means it is defined as “an invasive species” in many parts of the USA and, in Iceland, cow parsley has been classified as an “alien invasive species”.

The hooded or grey crow (Corvus cornix) has a distinctive grey and black plumage. It’s an omnivore and will eat practically anything, including insects, other birds’ eggs, berries, fish and carrion. Widespread throughout Ireland, where it is known as the “scawl crow”, the bird has endured centuries of persecution, largely due to the belief that it kills young game birds and harms livestock — especially lambs.

Gray crow

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