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THE 2021 CROW PATROL BLOG

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Winter Crow Roost: all calm after dark!

Dazzling flight action before entering roost! Conditions: clear skies, wind SE 7MPH, 51F; sunset time 5:45PM Out on Crow Patrol along south side of Merrimack River with Crows seen in flight moving downriver and towards extended airport area. It became all quiet just before and after 6PM until the first scouting squadrons started to arrive at 6:03PM. [...]

March 10th, 2021|

Winter Crow Roost: flight frenzy!!

Conditions: mostly clear skies, wind W at 8MPH, temp at 31F, sunset time 5:40PM Out on Crow Patrol with first stop along Incinerator Road. Crows were seen streaming in, romping around in playful flight, and perching in trees on both sides of the Merrimack River. Many more Crows were seen up on the flat level ground at west end [...]

March 6th, 2021|

Winter Crow Roost: loud vocalizations!

Conditions: clear skies, wind W 20MPH, gusts 36MPH, temp at 25F, wind chill 11F; sunset time 5:35PM Out on Crow Patrol with first stop again along Incinerator Road and baseball fields. Crows seen staging in trees along Marston Street between Dunkin and Commonwealth Motors, and also on the ground on north side of the Essex County Pre-Release Center. Moved [...]

March 2nd, 2021|

Winter Crow Roost: massive flight swirls!!

Conditions: mostly clear skies, wind W at 15MPH with gusts to 32MPH, temp at 41F; sunset time 5:34PM Out on Crow Patrol with first stop along Incinerator Road by the Essex County Pre-Release Center with Crows perched in trees all around the extended area with active, and at time, intense vocalizations. Many Crows mulling around on the ground at [...]

March 1st, 2021|

Winter Crow Roost: bonfire on the Merrimack?

Conditions: clear skies, wind W at 6MPH, temp at 29F; sunset time 5:24PM Out on Crow Patrol after being away for a week. The Crows are still roosting in the same area on the east side of the Rt. 495 Bridge in Lawrence. Upon arrival before sunset time, a steady flight stream of Crows were observed coming in from [...]

February 23rd, 2021|

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 [...]

February 21st, 2021|

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 [...]

February 12th, 2021|

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 [...]

February 10th, 2021|

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 [...]

February 8th, 2021|

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 [...]

February 4th, 2021|
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