Crow Patrol2022-01-09T14:31:45-04:00



Winter Crow Roost: lower numbers!

March 30, 2022: mostly cloudy, wind SW 6MPH, 47F; sunset time 7:08PM Out on Crow Patrol with brief  15 minute stop along Marston Street to observe Crows converging into overnight roost trees at the corner of Marston and Prospect Streets. Walked around the side on NE side of the corner with looks straight up at groups of Crows densely [...]

March 30th, 2022|

Winter Crow Roost: big winds

March 13, 2022: clear skies, wind SW 13MPH, gusts 22MPH, temp 34F; sunset time 6:49PM Out on Crow Patrol with main action along in the treetops along the hillside on Prospect Street opposite 38 Prospect Street brick building. By 15 minutes after sunset time, the Crows came streaming into the tree tops and started to settle in with raucous [...]

March 13th, 2022|

Winter Crow Roost: Airport to roost!

Crows arriving the roost! March 10, 2022: mostly cloudy, calm: sunset time 5:45PM Out on Crow Patrol with first stop atop baseball field on Incinerator Road with views to the east and towards staging Crows around the extended airport and above the downslope to the Merrimack River. Image below at just over 30 minutes before sunset time. [...]

March 10th, 2022|

Winter Crow Roost: Crows in the Snow!

March 9, 2022: heavy overcast skies with snow, fog, visibility 3/4 mile, wind N at 5MPH, 32F; sunset time 5:43PM Out on Crow Patrol with stops in the hospital parking lot, atop Prospect Hill, and back along west side of Prospect Street. This view is from General Street looking to the east and skyward as the Crow settled in [...]

March 9th, 2022|

Winter Crow Roost: flight bursts!

Sensational flight bursts! Conditions: clear skies, wind W at 6MPH, 41F; sunset time 5:35PM Out on Crow Patrol along Marston Street with Crows streaming in over Marston and Prospect Streets towards the top of Prospect Hill, with one congested flight wave after another arriving from the south out over the Merrimack River. This image below almost 20 [...]

March 2nd, 2022|

Winter Crow Roost: sunset flight swirls!

Sunset flight bursts! Feb. 28, 2022: clear skies, wind W 12MPH, temp at 26F wind chill 15F; sunset time 5:32PM Out on Crow Patrol with Crows staging on the Riverwalk complex rooftops along Merrimack Street on the south side of Merrimack River. Even from a distance you could hear them vocalizing and then minutes after sunset time [...]

February 28th, 2022|

Winter Crow Roost: sunset colors!

Entertaining time lapse!! Sat. Feb. 26, 2022: clear skies, wind SW 6MPH, temp 29F; sunset time 5:30PM Out on Crow Patrol with first stop up and around Prospect Hill, Ferrous Park, and then along Marston Street under stunning clear skies. The Crows have been staging atop the east end of the Riverwalk complex, and were gathering there, [...]

February 26th, 2022|

Winter Crow Roost: flight bursts!

Amazing flight bursts! Conditions: clear skies, wind NW 5 MPH, temp at 27F; sunset time 5:27PM Out on Crow Patrol with first stops along Prospect Street, up by the water tower, and then in place at west end of Marston Street. The Crows arrived much later than normal with the first waves streaming in from the south [...]

February 24th, 2022|

Grade 3: Parthum School, Lawrence, MA

On the morning of Feb. 2, 2022, an email arrived in my inbox from Lisa Apovian, a local grade school teacher in the Lawrence Public School system.  She had participated in a recent online program on the Winter Crow Roost hosted by the Merrimack River Watershed Council. Lisa requested a presentation about the local Winter Crow Roost for young [...]

February 24th, 2022|

Winter Crow Roost: before sunrise in the roost!

Fascinating video at dawn! Feb. 20, 2022: clear skies, wind W at 8MPH, temp 14F, wind chill 3F; sunrise time 6:34AM Out on Crow Patrol at dawn, about 60 minutes before sunrise time. This time is usually referred to as nautical twilight. It occurs when the center of the Sun is between 6 degrees and 12 degrees [...]

February 20th, 2022|
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