They were black silhouettes scattered among a maze of tree limbs set on a backdrop of blue sky. What were they? Crows, and lots of them, and with more to come.
It's an hour before sunset on a January afternoon as Bob and Dana Fox step into their Subaru carrying binoculars and notepads to pursue the massive flock of crows about to descend after a day foraging as far away as Plum Island and beyond.
On most winter nights, 30,000 to 40,000 crows fill Hill District trees overlooking Bigelow Boulevard. It's a loud, dramatic spectacle that obviously brings to mind Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 movie, "The Birds."
NAMPA — In recent months, hundreds of crows have been spotted perched on power lines running next to Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard or gathering in the parking lots of local businesses.
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Another winter. Another congregation of crows in Terre Haute. The city continues its annual struggle to cope with an influx of thousands, and often tens of thousands of American crows, from their October arrival to their March departure.
Crows make tools. Understand stoplights. Mate for life. Hold funerals. Remember a face. And wreak havoc on our cars and sidewalks.
What are crows saying when their loud cawing fills a dark winter’s evening? Despite the inescapable ruckus, nobody knows for sure. Birds congregate daily before and after sleep, and they make some noise, but what might be happening in those brains is a mystery.
ITHACA, N.Y. — If you've been in Ithaca any evening this winter, you've likely heard the eerie sound of thousands of crows overhead filling the winter sky as they head to their roost for the night in the south of the city.