Crow Patrol

Crow Patrol 2018-12-21T16:29:53+00:00


The Crow Patrol was established during the 2017-2018 winter crow roost season. Dana Duxbury-Fox and her husband, Bob Fox, got the ball rolling
with an expanded fascination of the local winter crow roost along the Merrimack River in Lawrence, MA. They invited Craig Gibson to join them,
and to help with observing, monitoring, and photographing. Many others have participated, and all are welcome to become members of the Crow Patrol!

Crow Patrol: staging at IC Cemetery

Sunset time at 6:54PM under clear skies and late day sun, winds NW at 9MPH, with gusts to 17MPH, temp at 39F. Out on solo Crow Patrol tonight with only stop at Immaculate Conception Cemetery; the only Crows found upon arrival just before 6PM, were in smaller numbers at the northern end. Crows were seen on the ground, in [...]

Crow Expert: John Marzluff in June

Nuttal Ornithological Club presents: Dr. John Marzluff – Gifts of the Crow June 3, 2019 Crows are mischievous, playful, social, and passionate. They have brains that are huge for their body size and exhibit an avian kind of eloquence. They mate for life and associate with relatives and neighbors for years. And because they often live near people—in our gardens, parks, and cities—they [...]

Research report: Crow vocalizations near food

The following is a nice review by Kaeli Swift, Ph.D., of a recently published research paper by Loma Pendergraft on vocalizations by American Crows around food! Background on Loma: Loma is a graduate student working in John Marzluff's lab at the University of Washington and studying crow communication and cognition. Loma earned his undergraduate degree in wildlife ecology at Oklahoma [...]

Crows & Breadloaf: Boys and Girls Club

Getting to know crows; Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence hosts art and writing program around annual visit Boys & Girls Club Lawrence hosts art/writing program around annual visit A teen writing leader from the crow program read his poem to the room at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, telling families he's a collector of experiences, especially firsts. John Omosefe, a [...]

Crow Patrol: staging at Immaculate!

Sunset time at 6:47PM; clear skies, late day sun, wind from the NW at 9MPH, and temp 39F! Met up with Dana and Bob atop the hill on Augustian Way at Immaculate Conception Cemetery with lots of staging Crows around on the ground, in trees, and again, on headstones. Offered up cracked corn and some remaining corn curls and [...]

Crow Patrol: Immaculate Conception Cemetery

Sunset time 6:46PM under clear skies, dazzling late day sun with spectacular pastel sky colors, wind from the W at 24MPH, and strong gusts up to 35MPH, temp at 42F. Out on Crow Patrol with Dana and Bob as the Crows began staging in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery; we were located about 250 yards in from the main entrance [...]

Crow Patrol: Haverhill St. area

Sunset time 6:44PM under dark overcast skies with rain and fog; wind from the NE at 6MPH,  and temp at 36F. Out on solo Crow Patrol near sunset; headed up Reservoir St. from Haverhill St. in search of Crows with first sightings at southern end of Bellevue Cemetery. Bellevue Cemetery is a historic cemetery in Lawrence and Methuen, Massachusetts. [...]

Crow Patrol: shelter from big NW winds!

Sunset 5:40PM under partly cloudy skies, wind from NW at 15MPH, and gusts to 25MPH, temp at 21F and wind chill 9F.....bone chilling cold, especially with wind off the water! Before meeting up with others out on Crow Patrol; made a pass by Bodwell Street and Guilmette School area. This location has been used as an overnight roosting area [...]

Crow Patrol: Boys and Girls Club

Sunset time 5:38PM under clear skies, setting sun, wind from S 9MPH, and temp at 26F with 18F wind chill...brrrr Happy to have Dana and Bob back out on Crow Patrol and what a welcome back the Crows provided! First stop was the Boys and Girls Club and the lookout area at back corner of the Club; scanned the [...]

Crow Patrol: Riverfront State Park

Sunset time at 5:37PM under partly cloudy skies, wind NW 9MPH, and temp at 35F....but wind off the water made it feel much colder! Out on solo Crow Patrol starting almost 40 minutes before sunset; Dana and Bob will return to patrol duties Tuesday night after trip to Peru. Arrived at Riverfront State Park, and observed a few Crows [...]

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