Crow Patrol

Crow Patrol2020-03-10T21:40:08-04:00


The Crow Patrol was established during the 2017-2018 winter crow roost season. Craig Gibson, Bob Fox, and his wife Dana Duxbury-Fox got the ball rolling with an expanded fascination of the local winter crow roost along the Merrimack River in Lawrence, MA. They spent over 160 observation nights during the winter of 2018-2019 observing, monitoring, documenting, and photographing the amazing crows. Craig has already had over 60 observation nights, with a constant eye on both staging and roosting patterns, during the 2019-2020 season. Many others have participated, and all are welcome to become members of the Crow Patrol!

Crow Patrol Outing: Sat. Feb. 22, 2020

Conditions: clear skies, wind from W at 9MPH, temp at 42F; sunset time at 5:24PM We had a full Crow Patrol outing with over 30 attendees. Prior to meeting up with the group, we made a scouting run by the airport, over one mile away, and observed 3,000 Crows staging in and around the NE end of Runway #23. [...]

Winter Crow Roost: into the roost!

Conditions: mostly sunny, wind W 10MPH, 29F/20F wind chill; sunset time 5:22PM Out on Crow Patrol with small group of patrol members, start time just after 5PM, on north side of the Merrimack River. Over 2,000 Crows staging in fields by the Essex County Pre-release Center. About 15 minutes before sunset, an endless flight stream of Crows went by [...]

Winter Crow Roost: staging and roosting

Winter Crow Roost: staging and roosting action on a mostly cloudy night Conditions: mostly cloudy, wind SW 6MPH, temp at 39F; sunset time 5:11PM Upon arrival at North Main St., east of Rt. 495 Bridge, at sunset time, Crows seen streaming overhead in flight and heading downriver. Crows were staging in growing numbers almost 1/2 mile downriver. [...]

Winter Crow Roost: delayed arrival into roost!

Conditions: mostly cloudy, wind from SW at 5MPH, temp at 42F and sunset time at 5:09PM. Out on Crow Patrol with members of the Green Team from Groundwork Lawrence. The GWL Green Team is a year-round program for 40 Lawrence high school aged students each year to help learn about and lead local environmental and healthy community initiatives, grow [...]

Winter Crow Roost: 20,000 Crows!!!

Conditions: partly cloudy, wind NW 3MPH, 43F; sunset time 5:01PM Out on Crow Patrol just after sunset time at end of North Main St. in North Andover. Crows seen 1/2 miles in distance staging in trees downriver about 5 minutes after sunset time. This has been a regular staging area as the Crows start the process of gathering in [...]

Crow Patrol: 25 people from Merrimack River Watershed Council!

Conditions: mostly cloudy, calm, 36F; sunset time 4:58PM Out on Crow Patrol with a group organized by the Merrimack River Watershed Council. We started to gather along south side of Merrimack River just after 4:30PM. In smaller numbers, the Crows were streaming in overhead and flying downriver. The Crows assembled in staging mode in treetops about 1/2 mile downriver, [...]

Winter Crow Roost: back to north side?

Conditions: mostly cloudy, wind SW 5 MPH, 39F: sunset time 4:56PM Out on Crow Patrol with John and Dugan starting just after 4:30PM. Steady light stream of Crows incoming from the SW and NW, moving in flight from upriver towards staging area in trees on the south side of the Merrimack River and in the trees along the railroad [...]

Winter Crow Roost: roosting south side!

Crows streaming into the roost on south side Merrimack River! Conditions: partly cloudy, wind SW 3MPH, 31F; sunset time 4:54PM Out on Crow Patrol starting just before sunset with first stop along the north side of the Merrimack River by Incinerator Road. Crows seen staging in trees downriver from pump house. This has been regular staging area [...]

WBZ: Thousands Of Crows Winter In Lawrence Every Year, And No One Knows Why

WBZ NewsRadio 1/30/2020 LAWRENCE, Mass.  — It’s not an Alfred Hitchcock movie. It’s a natural phenomenon that thousands of crows winter in Lawrence every year. Read Full Article

Winter Crow roost: split into two!

The video shows the Crows streaming and swirling in flight! Conditions: clear skies, wind NNW 8MPH, 34F; sunset time 4:53PM Out on Crow Patrol along north side of Merrimack River starting minutes before sunset time. Initially observed Crows mulling around on the grounds of the Essex CountyPre-release Center at start of Incinerator Road. This image below was [...]

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