Nov 19 2008

They’re Back!

Published by at 7:21 am under Crows & Ravens,Schenley Park

Winter Flock of American Crows (photo by Tom Merriman)I knew the crows were back in town for the winter but there was no doubt late yesterday in Oakland.

Around 4:20pm thousands of crows started passing WQED, heading for Schenley Heights.

I wish I’d thought to count them but I missed my chance.  Not a big loss though.  They’ll give me ample opportunity in the days and weeks ahead.

Here’s what they looked like last winter as they passed Carnegie Mellon University.  Click on Tom Merriman’s photo to get a better idea of how they fill the sky.

(photo thanks to Tom Merriman, who knows about my addiction to crows)


p.s.  If you read “Hope is the bird…” November 15th but didn’t find out if I saw tundra swans, read the answer at the end of that post.

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2 Responses to “They’re Back!”

  1. Libby Strizzion 19 Nov 2008 at 6:40 pm

    In Marshfield MA, where I lived for 15 years, there’s a great big rock formation in the ocean. It’s named Brant Rock, and the section of town in which it is located has the same name. That’s because of all the brants that landed there. Apparently, they are still there, according to a friend. I never saw one while there.

  2. Kallenon 20 Nov 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I was so happy I read your post a while back ago on how crows flock together to roost somewhere in the winter. Every night when I drive home (around 4:00 to 4:30), I see hundreds of crows all flying past me. All you see are flocks of crows all flying to one destination. I would have had no idea what they were doing if I had not read your blog.

    It is very cool to watch. I just have to make sure I am keeping my eyes on the road because I am on a highway. ;p)

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