Sept. 30, 2021: mostly cloudy, wind W at 6MPH, temp at 58F; sunset time 6:27PM
Out on Crow Patrol with first stop around the south end of the Casey Bridge with Crows arriving into this regular staging area. In this location, it was mostly Fish Crows based on vocalizations. Once again, the Crows were seen perched in tight formation on the nearby utility wires, with just under an hour until sunset time.
In addition, many landed and mulled around on the ground across the street on the west side of the Casey Bridge. They lifted off and returned a number of times in response to loud noises.
During the staging process, they have frequently perched in a nearby tree that is located just on the west side of the bridge at the south end. They land and take off quite a bit.
About 20 minutes before sunset, the Crows began moving from this area, and towards the overnight roost. They were seen perched side by side along the outer roof edge, atop the red brick CubeSmart storage building on South Canal Street.
During this time frame, more and more of the Crows were flying over, and then landing on the extended roof area of the B&D Advanced Warehousing complex. This has been a consistent final staging area, at this point in the fall season, over the past many years. Had a chance after dark to observe and capture a video of the Crows settling down in the overnight roost. Fun outing!
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Photo gear used for this outing:
Canon EOS 80D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Canon EOS 80D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (Infrared)
Canon 1DX MK II with Canon EF Telephoto Zoom 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
ATN BinoX 4K Smart HD Binoculars with photo/video
SiOnyx Aurora Pro Digital Color Night Vision Optics
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Blog post and photos by Craig Gibson, 2021 Crow Patrol, Lawrence, MA