Conditions: overcast skies, wind SW at 5MPH, temp at 33F; sunset time 4:32PM
Out on Crow Patrol just after 4PM with earlier look at Crows on trees along Prospect Hill. After scanning multiple prior staging locations, but more importantly watching initial incoming streams of Crows, made way to neighborhoods on both sides of Mass. Avenue heading SE towards Rt. 495. Massive staging area discovered on both sides of Mass. Ave close to 3/4 of a mile SE of roost location. Image captured about 11 minutes after sunset time.
Numbers grew substantially before they began normal flight dispersal towards overnight roost about 20 minutes after sunset time. This image below was captured along Market Street about 24 minutes after sunset time.
Again, close to roost area, massive swirling flight of Crows, with many making a final staging visit to the B&D rooftop area about 30 minutes after sunset time. This view is from top of parking garage looking west and out over the B&D warehouse complex rooftops with over 6,000 Crows!
Tonight the roost was tight in the trees from the Duck Bridge west down towards Casey Bridge, but only to trees behind the National Grid substation. Vocalizations were loud and intense and then subsided about 60 minutes after sunset time. Another spectacular Crow show outing!
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Photo gear used for this outing:
Canon EOS 80D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Canon EOS 80D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (Infrared)
Canon 1DX MK II with Canon EF Telephoto Zoom 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
ATN BinoX 4K 4-16x Day and Night Smart HD Binoculars with photo/video
SiOnyx Aurora Pro Digital Color Night Vision Optics
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Blog post and photos by Craig Gibson, 2020 Crow Patrol, Lawrence, MA