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THE 2020 CROW PATROL BLOG

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Winter Crow Roost: arriving later!

Conditions: heavy overcast with light rain, wind SW at 6MPH, temp at 41F; sunset time 5:27PM Out on Crow Patrol with first stop atop baseball field on Incinerator Road with Crows staging in trees on both sides of Merrimack River, mostly downriver, and in trees along Sutton Street in North Andover. As in past years, the Crows are staging [...]

Winter Crow Roost: yes, two roosts!!!

Conditions: clear skies, wind NW 8MPH, temp at 26F; sunset time 5:11PM Out on Crow Patrol with initial stops looking at staging areas east of the Rt. 495 Bridge. Crows seen staging in trees along both sides of the Merrimack River for more than 1.5 miles downriver. By 10 minutes after sunset time, the Crows were just starting to [...]

Winter Crow Roost: two roost locations?

Conditions; mostly clear skies, wind NW 7MPH, temp at 26F, sunset time 5:10PM Out on Crow Patrol with first stop at north end of Rt. 28/O'Leary Bridge, observing Crows starting to gather on the ice and in tree tops along southern shore line near the Experiment Station with lots of growing vocalizations as more Crows began streaming in. At [...]

Winter Crow Roost: all quiet on the ice!

Conditions: mostly sunny skies, wind W 6MPH, temp at 24F; sunset time 5:07PM Our on Crow Patrol with initial stops at Incinerator Road ball field, Great Dam, Riverfront Park and Bashara Boathouse while observing staging action in all locations. Thanks to a staff member, had invite inside parking lot and grounds of the William Wall Experiment Station along south [...]

Winter Crow Roost: off ice and into trees!

Conditions: overcast skies, wind NW 5MPH, temp at 32F; sunrise time 6:55AM Out on Crow Patrol early bird edition, about an hour before sunrise time, to see if Crows stayed overnight on the ice. Upon arrival, well before sunrise time, found a small group on the ice at very north end of Dam area. So, it looks like the [...]

Winter Crow Roost: overnight on ice?

Conditions: overcast, wind W 7MPH, temp at 34F; sunset time 5:01PM Out on Crow Patrol with initial stops at Stone Dam, Riverfront State Park, and then the Bashara Boathouse. Crows were starting gather on the ice and in nearby trees about 30 minutes before sunset time, with lots of vocalizations and playful flight action. After a number of incoming [...]

Winter Crow Roost: major snow storm!

Conditions: heavy overcast, start of major snow storm, wind NE 17MPH with gusts to 32MPH, temp at 32F wind chill 21F; sunset time 4:58PM Out on Crow Patrol with initial observations of staging area behind Lawrence General Hospital in the hillside trees along Prospect Street with hundreds of crows perched and in playful touch and go flight patterns as [...]

Winter Crow Roost: on the ice!

Conditions: overcast skies, wind SW 3MPH, temp at 24F; sunset time 4:57PM Out on Crow Patrol with first stop along the Merrimack River at the Bashara Boathouse while Crows were streaming in from upriver, with smaller squadrons assembled on the ice. Next stop at Riverfront Park with views out over ice towards the Dam with Crows on the ice [...]

Winter Crow Roost: aerial images

Conditions: overcast skies, wind SW 8MPH, temp at 29F, wind chill 22F; sunset time 4:44PM Out on Crow Patrol with first stop along NE corner of the campus at Lawrence General Hospital with Crows staging in the hillside trees along east side of Prospect Street. This image with the Crows swirling in flight well before sunset time. Next stop [...]

Winter Crow Roost: massive flight swirls!

Conditions: overcast skies, wind W 6MPH, temp at 37F; sunset time 4:41PM Out on Crow Patrol with initial scouting for staging activities, mostly south of overnight roost area. Observed staging Crows, streaming in by flight, perched in trees, and vocalizing loudly. Next stop was the top of the McGovern parking garage with excellent views to S/SW/W/NW. Large numbers were [...]

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