About the Blog

About the Blog 2018-11-14T12:50:09+00:00

ABOUT THE BLOG

The city of Lawrence, MA lies in the heart of the Merrimack Valley near the border of southern New Hampshire. It is located in Essex County, along the Merrimack River, and is about twenty-five miles north of Boston. Lawrence enjoys a rich history as a city of immigrants, and has a large number of massive old brick textile mill buildings.

For decades, the city has hosted a significant winter crow roost. The winter crow roost consists of mostly American Crows, along with a smaller number of Fish Crows. Typically, an hour before sunset, the crows gather in smaller pre-roost groupings. These pre-roost (staging) locations may change on any given night. The crows then converge about a half hour after sunset, into a final roost location. For many years, the final roost location had been along the south side of the Merrimack River, by the New Balance building complex. Over the winter of 2017-2018, the final roost location changed many times. The size of the winter roost typically grows from an initial group of 2,500 in October to over 15,000 crows in January and February.

It is an amazing sight to see and you are invited to take a closer look, through this blog, to learn more and enjoy this awesome avian experience.

Members of the Crow Patrol

Dana Duxbury-Fox

Dana Duxbury-Fox

Dana Duxbury-Fox became fascinated by birds at the age of eight; a fascination that continues today. Over the years, she has travelled widely to see birds, led bird trips, written articles about them, given talks, joined many ornithological organizations, and monitored many species of concern including the Common Loon, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Purple Martin and Common Nighthawk.

Over the past few years, a winter crow roost in a neighboring town caught her fascination. This past winter she and her husband, Bob Fox, with the help of Craig Gibson have monitored and documented this roost. As a result, she has written an article about crows and this roost, raised awareness about the roost and promoted extensive media coverage.

Bob Fox

Bob Fox

Bob Fox also developed a keen interest in watching birds at an early age. Throughout his life he has been an active bird watcher. Since retirement, he and Dana have travelled the world to see birds. He was the co-author on the Birds of New Hampshire which documented over 100 years of bird sightings in that state. He has also become a member of many ornithological groups, led trips, given talks, and monored species of concern.

At the Greater Lawrence Roost, he has become the official note taker and crow counter.

Craig Gibson

Craig Gibson

Dana Duxbury-Fox, and her husband Bob, encouraged Craig to join them in the fall of 2017, as they spent more time observing the winter crow roost phenomenon in Lawrence, MA along the Merrimack River. In the weeks that followed, the three met many nights to observe, monitor, and photograph the winter crow roost. Craig has been observing and monitoring the local nesting peregrine falcons nearby, and maintains a blog tracking the annual life cycle of the peregrines. He is a well-known local bird photographer, and a member of many birding clubs. Craig is always working with conservation groups, and providing bird images to help them better communicate and advance their mission. His images regularly appear in newspapers, magazines, and books.