RECORD: Fox, William Darwin. '3 crows to a nest' (5.1868) CUL-DAR84.1.119 Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker (Darwin Online, http://darwin-online.org.uk/)
REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, corrections and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2010. RN1
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"3 crows to a nest. A fortnight ago I shot one of a pair of crows which had hatched & were feeding young ones. A few days afterwards I found 3 old Birds busy about the nest, & watching them, there was no doubt they were engaged in feeding the young ones. They have since been too wary to fall to gun or trap; and as the young Birds were nearly ready to fly I have destroyed them. I have known instances before, when a Bird either with eggs or young had lost its mate, of its finding another, but I never before knew or heard of one bringing a pair to its assistance. Did any of your correspondents."
in Field 415 Page - May 23. 1868
This item was incorrectly catalogued as written by A. R. Wallace. It was, however, written by W. D. Fox. See Darwin to Fox 14 May  Correspondence vol. 16, p. 498: "If you can find the mem. about the carrion-crows pray do so." The information about crows was used in Descent vol. 2, p. 104: "The Rev. W. D. Fox, Mr. F. Bond, and others, have shot one of a pair of carrion-crows (Corvus corone), but the nest was soon again tenanted by a pair."
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