Crow Patrol

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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!

Winter Crow Roost: staging Lawrence Sanitary District Plant!

Conditions: overcast skies, calm, 36F: sunset time 4:27PM Out on Crow Patrol with initial stops along extended Marston St area, along the Rt. 495 Interchange, and along Sutton St. in North Andover with no Crows in sight. Parked at end of North Main St. and worked my way down to edge of Merrimack River. Hardly a Crow seen or [...]

Winter Crow Roost: staging changes!

Conditions: mostly cloudy, wind at 5MPH, 32F: sunset time 4:25PM Out on Crow Patrol with initial stops along Marston St. with Crows staging in multiple locations between Prospect st. and Rt. 495 Interchange. Crows were gathering in trees, on roofs, and on the ground, around the general area just on the east side of the Marston Medical building, and [...]

Essex Art Center: “Celebration of the Winter Crow Roost”

Essex Art Center hosts crow roost Jan 6, 2020  LAWRENCE — Essex Art Center celebrates the annual return of more than 20,000 American Crows and Fish Crows to Lawrence for their winter roost between October and early April. The center will host an opening reception for three related exhibits Friday, Jan. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 56 [...]

Winter Crow Roost: 2020 Happy New Year!

This video was taken 30 minutes after sunset time as the beautiful dusk colors were diminishing before the darkness of night time. As the Crows surge towards the roost, it is always exciting to watch and hear the action! Conditions: clear skies, golden sunset light, wind W at 10MPH, temp at 36F with wind chill at 29F; [...]

Winter Crow Roost: rain, sleet, and snow!

This video was taken about 40 minutes after sunset time on a winter night with rain, snow, and sleet. Crows were perched and on the ground nearby while others were streaming towards the roost out over the Merrimack River. A passing train with a loud horn prompted a number of Crows to lift up into flight! Conditions: [...]

Winter Crow Roost: delayed arrival into roost?

This video was taken almost 30 minutes after sunset time on a heavy overcast night. The Crows had been staging downriver from the normal overnight roost nearby. They kept launching into flight, swirling around over the river, and returning back to the perches in trees nearby. Conditions: overcast skies, calm, 37F: sunset time at 4:18PM Out on [...]

Winter Crow Roost: morning dispersal!

This a 14 second time lapse video recorded over a 90 minute period of time prior to the moment of sunrise time at 7:13AM. Based on prior observations at this roost location, the Crows typically "wake up" and start to vocalize around 90 minutes before sunrise time. As the skies slowly start to lighten, the Crows begin the [...]

Winter Crow Roost: all calm, some bright lights!

Conditions: clear skies after dark, calm, temp at 28F; sunset time 4:16PM Out on solo Crow Patrol with initial stop along south side of Merrimack River just east of the Rt. 495 Bridge. Parked at end of North Main Street, and hiked very icy path along the edge of river on the south side until finding open views [...]

Winter Crow Roost: days are getting longer!

Conditions: clear skies, setting sun, wind SW 8MPH, 49F, sunset time 4:14PM Out on solo Crow Patrol with first stop along the north side of the Merrimack River at the end of Incinerator Road. Crows started streaming in from all directions and began to perch and vocalize along tree tops on south side of the river, to the [...]

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