Crow Patrol

Crow Patrol 2018-05-15T10:39:07+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 other have participated, and all are welcome to become members of the Crow Patrol!

Staging: South Canal Street

Crow Patrol resumed tonight just after 4PM, with first stop along South Canal St. with both American and Fish Crows streaming in from the W, SW, and SE. Sunset time was at 4:27PM; weather conditions were overcast skies, wind: E 8MPH, 50F. Squadrons of Fish Crows were perched on utility wires and poles; both American and Fish crows were [...]

Crows staging in North Andover!

While driving south on Rt. 114 after turning off of Rt. 495, noticed streams of crows heading SE over North Andover Mall.  It was overcast skies, with wind from the E   at 8MPH, and temp at 50F. Scanned in every possible direction, and tracked the crows into Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on Waverly Road in North Andover. After driving [...]

Sunrise at Crow Roost!

Arrived at Duck Bridge about half hour before sunrise to observe overnight roost breaking up after first light and dispersal for day ahead.  The photo above is from the Duck Bridge looking east over the Merrimack River with spectacular morning colors! Intense vocalizing by Crows as they departed in all directions. Sunrise was at 6:27AM under clear skies, wind at [...]

Crow Patrol welcomes Dennis and Jamie!

Out on Crow Patrol with Dana and Bob along with Dennis Hlynsky and his wife Jamie. Dennis is a professor and head of the film and animation department at the Rhode Island School of Design. Using high-speed video cameras, Dennis captures the unusual and very dramatic aerial ballet of crows and starlings — and the interest of scientists. He [...]

The Roost After Dark!

With Daylight Savings Time now in force, it is usually only possible for me, to check out the roost after dark!  Tonight, with sunset at 4:31PM, made a pass by well after dark, about an hour after sunset.  It had been heavy overcast, with light rain, light wind, and temp at 52F. Walked well out onto the Duck Bridge, [...]

Staging at Valebrook Apts!

While heading home from the hospital tonight, minutes before sunset time, under overcast skies, light wind from the NE, and temp at 45F, and sadly, no time to spend on Crow Patrol;  looked to the SW and spotted a few Crows.  Over 50 were seen perched all over two antennas atop the Valebrook Apartment complex on Summer St. in [...]

Book Review – “Ravenmaster”

" Ravenmaster" book review - submitted by Bob Fox “Ravenmaster, my life with the ravens at the town of London”, by Christopher Skaife, published in 2018, is an easy read book filled with information about ravens but also applicable to crows. Two reasons why someone interested in crows might read this book. Crows and Ravens are in the same scientific [...]

November 4th, 2018|Categories: Crow Patrol|0 Comments

Crows from Pacific Mills complex!

Out on solo Crow Patrol under mostly cloudy skies, wind from south at 7MPH, temp at 53F, and sunset at 5:38PM; observed Crows from the Pacific Mills complex at 300 Canal Street, facing south and overlooking the Merrimack River with views to the west of the Casey Bridge, and then views to the S & SE towards the New Balance [...]

October 31st, 2018|Categories: Crow Patrol|0 Comments

Crow Patrol: Lawrence Municipal Airport!

Submitted by Craig Gibson, Crow Patrol 2018   With darkening skies, storm warnings, distant lightning, and under very forboding overcast skies, wind from E at 3MPH, and temp at 56F, the Crow Patrol was out in full force last night. In an effort to search for staging locations to the east of the overnight communal roost, headed east, around 5:15PM, [...]

Crows raiding the Heavenly Donuts dumpster

The full Crow Patrol was back on duty tonight!  Dana Duxbury-Fox and Bob Fox were already making initial initial sightings on the south side of the Merrimack River in the South Canal Street area.  Got started at 5:15PM with a 5:57PM sunset time, under clear skies, wind from west at 10MPH, and temp at 44F. While heading to meet them, stopped [...]

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