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They are of the same genus (Corvus) but are not the same birds, like the difference between a wolf and a coyote. He said they're not much for sage brush and thus aren't likely a threat to sage grouse.
More and more studies are putting tiny cameras on nests to find who is stealing eggs.
The North American Breeding Bird Survey, which covers 1966 to 2010, finds a statistically significant increase in crows in Nevada over that time frame but also an increase in such songbirds as robins.
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especially not those that are likely to be found around people's houses. When crows move in, the other birds don't leave."
A study done by the Nevada Department of Wildlife and published in 1990 looked at what's killing sage grouse. The findings say, "Ravens were observed removing eggs from the artificial nests on the Washoe County study area."
frequently asked questions says, "Crows are predators and scavengers, and will eat anything they can subdue. That said, the bulk of their diet in (New York), anyway consists of waste grain in winter, and earthworms and other terrestrial invertebrates in the spring and summer. Crows will eat eggs and nestlings of songbirds, and in some areas might have a Adidas Eqt Olive Green significant impact of a local population of birds."
He said people sometimes people complain about larger birds harming or picking on smaller, "cuter" birds. So he looked at their numbers, too, in the Truckee Meadows and concluded:
Is the number of crows increasing in Nevada?
"For most birds with open cup nests hidden in bushes and trees, they're not really affected by crows," he said.
For example, Liana Zanette of the University of British Columbia monitored how predators reacted to eggs in artificial and natural nests. She and others found that large birds behaved differently toward artificial nests raiding them more often than natural nests and therefore "inferences about predation on natural nests based on artificial nest studies should be avoided," as Zanette wrote in 2002 publication.
Linda Harrison of Washoe Valley wrote to the Reno Gazette Journal:
"Usually squirrels and snakes are the biggest predators on bird nests," he said and then laughed, adding, "Sheep and deer show up on camera eating eggs as much as crows and jays."
just drive past Wooster High School fields in the afternoon! There are dozens of them and they are huge. They eat more than worms and bugs to get that big! They eat the eggs of other birds. When we visited our daughter in Southern California, there were very few small birds just huge crows perched EVERYWHERE! And they are here in Reno now. People here better pay attention now rather than later or we won't have any other birds here either."
Even if there has been a small increase in crows, there's no evidence they're harming smaller birds or bigger birds such as sage grouse. In fact, crows don't typically share the same habitat as sage grouse.
Later, they say, "Ravens were the main predator in 1988, however when detailed studies of raven predation were made in 1989, results were inconclusive."
Careful readers might have noticed that the NDOW study mentioned ravens, not crows. People often mix them up.
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Even if we stick with just the 1988 results finding that ravens were the main sage grouse predators, there's a problem. Thanks to the scientific method of testing others' results, later researchers discovered that using artificial nests caused egg stealing by ravens to be overestimated.
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McGowan has been scouring such footage looking for crows and they are not the main predators.
Alan Wallace, a member of the group and west Reno resident, wrote, "The data show no evidence of an increase in American Crows in the Reno Sparks area over the past two decades."
"I don't see any evidence in these data of a systematic decline of these 'prey' species."
In his crow FAQ, McGowan concludes, "Although you might see a crow eating a baby robin, that is not bad. Most baby robins die before reaching adulthood. That why the robins nest so many times during the summer. The presence of crows in an area will not mean all the robins and cardinals will disappear. In fact, despite a slight but significant increase in American Crow populations in North America since the mid 1960s, American Robin populations have increased (nearly identically to crows) and those of Northern Cardinals have stayed steady.
For a more local perspective, the Lahontan Audubon Society supplied Fact Checker with 20 years of numbers based on its annual Christmas Bird Count part of a national effort on crows and ravens in the Truckee Meadows.
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