Boston Globe | By Annika Hom | Globe Correspondent | January 16, 2019

It’s almost sunset in Lawrence when thousands of crows flock across an orange sky and land in the Essex Art Center parking lot.

From there, they fly into leafless trees along the Merrimack River, where they will roost for the night. The ritual is repeated from October to April, with as many as 26,000 crows observed this month.

For more than two decades, visitors and staff at the art center have stopped to gawk at the annual phenomenon. This year, it’s been turned it into art.

On Jan. 11, the art center opened three exhibits devoted entirely to crows. “Murders and Other Flying Things” and “Celebrating the Winter Crow Roost” feature video and photographs, while another displays crow-themed art by local artists.

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