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 Bulfinch Drive

Sunset time at 7:10PM under clear skies, wind W12MPH with gusts 21MPH, temp at 40F....posting and photos submitted by Craig Gibson A brief solo Crow Patrol visit along Industrial Way and Bulfinch Drive to look for staging Crows. Small numbers seen one hour before sunset time. Crows were starting to gather behind Joseph's Middle Eastern Bakery and along the [...]

Crow Patrol: Joseph’s Middle Eastern Bakery

Sunset at 7:04PM under mostly sunny skies, wind S at 7MPH, and temp at 42F Out on solo Crow Patrol and headed directly one of most recent staging areas along Industrial Way. Found small number of Crows in a round the Simpsons/Affinity buildings as well as in the rear parking lot of Joseph's Middle East Bakery. Arrived at early [...]

Crow Patrol: much smaller numbers

Sunset time 7:03PM under clear skies and late day sun, wind N12 MPH, and temp at 40F Out on solo Crow Patrol for a short while tonight; checked a number of prior staging areas after looking at the Great Blue Herons setting up nests at Nevins Bird Sanctuary; rolled along Grove St. onto Railroad St while looking for Crows [...]

Crow Patrol: staging International Way!

Sunset time 7:02PM under clear skies and late day sun, wind NW at MPH, and temp 45F; post and photos submitted by Craig Gibson Out on solo Crow Patrol with short time window to view one of the staging areas. The general area around Industrial Way continues to be a reliable location to look for staging Crows, especially 90 [...]

Crow Patrol: Wall Experiment Station

Sunset time at 6:57PM under overcast skies, wind ESE 6MPH and temp at 47F; posting and photos submitted by Craig Gibson Out on solo Crow Patrol tonight with a bit a of a later start. Made a pass by the extended cemetery complex, and not a Crow in sight at 6:10pm; made my way down to Boys and Girls [...]

Crow Patrol: Buddhist Temple!

Sunset time at 6:56PM under clear skies and dazzling bright orange late day sun, wind E 8MPH, temp at 46F; altitude approx. 142' above sea level; post and photos submitted by Craig Gibson Initially out on Crow Patrol solo at IC Cemetery; initial observations from very back of cemetery, watching slow trickle of Crows coming in; Crows were in [...]

Crow Patrol: more staging action

Sunset time 6:55PM under mostly sunny skies, wind NW at 8MPH, gusts to 21MPH, temp at 42F; post and photos submitted by Craig Gibson. Made a short ten minute visit in search of staging Crows and located small numbers in the back of the cemetery; due to the time, they were just starting to arrive at this regular staging [...]

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; post and photos submitted by Craig Gibson 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 [...]

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; post submitted by Craig Gibson 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 [...]

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