A Hooded Crow had been seen in the fields bordering the Haydock Park Racecourse for a couple of weeks before Christmas 2017 and then the reports went quiet. I had previously stopped in a lay-by on the East Lancs Road to have a look for this bird but failed miserably, and with no further sighting reports I thought the bird had long since gone.
However this week the reports started again and it was being seen in a much more accessible place on a small heath on the other side of the racecourse. And better still, this side is in Greater Manchester rather than Warrington or Merseyside.
Here's a couple of comparison shots with a Carrion Crow, with which it seems to have become very friendly.
Now you may have been wondering what on earth the title of this post meant - well, I took the photo below as the bird flew into the trees and into the light. Except for the added text, the photo is exactly as shot straight out of the camera with no post-processing at all, not even cropping. Now many people might think that this is a poor photo, but I saw a sort of artistic quality in it and so decided to turn it into a mock film poster entitled 'Revenge of the Hoodies'.