Oct 23 2013

The Crows Are Back In Town!

Published by at 7:00 am under Crows & Ravens

Two American crows ook intently at... (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Guess who’s back?

Their numbers grew quietly this month, gathering at the edges especially near Wilkinsburg.  Last night it was official.  The crows are here.

Peter Bell and Anne Marie Bosnyak emailed reports from Oakland.  My husband called from Squirrel Hill.

Anne Marie said, “Saw a murder of crows at the playground across the street from the Church Brew Works last night and a coworker saw them this morning in Schenley!   Borrowed from Thin Lizzy (source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/)

The crows are back in town! The crows are back in town!

Guess who just got back today?
Them wild-eyed crows that had been away
Haven’t changed, haven’t much to say
But man, I still think them cats are crazy.”

Silence isn’t their strong suit.  The crows will have lots to say in the days ahead.

Let me know when you see them.

(photo from Wikimedia Commons. Click on the image to see the original)

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “The Crows Are Back In Town!”

  1. Mary M. Mazziottion 23 Oct 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Heard them before I saw them. Was working today at my studio in Lawrenceville by a window that looks out towards the river at the 40th St. Bridge. Only saw a few dozen fly by. Will expect to see many, many more as the days progress.

    So happy that they’re back! The crows are one of my favorite things about being at this location.

    Mary M.

  2. Janet Campagnaon 23 Oct 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Ah, crows! The smartest birds, I love them. We have them all year. They open the consoles on golf carts and steal snacks when the golfers get out to hit. They open trash cans, and the raccoons get blamed. If you leave leftovers from a barbeque for them they’ll gather in the trees during the party, lending the perfect touch of noir. They take fruit from the trees, then drop the leftovers-“fly-by fruitings.” Totally family-oriented,too.

  3. John P. Englishon 23 Oct 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Just in time for Halloween! I’ve seen sole or paired crows for several weeks, but no murders yet. Will keep my eyes peeled over the Waterfront.

  4. Kate St. Johnon 23 Oct 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Twenty this evening flying northwest above Craft Ave in Oakland. 33 over Greenfield heading northeast. There are too few to follow yet but some time this season I will find out where they’re going… Why two different directions?

  5. Sandra F.on 23 Oct 2013 at 9:40 pm

    For the first time, I was disappointed that I had the green light. The crows were soaring above the intersection of South Aiken and Fifth Avenue!

  6. John P. Englishon 24 Oct 2013 at 9:21 am

    Saw about a half dozen this morning in the back lot of the old Shop’n’Save in Homestead at 8th & Dickson. Looked like they were feeding on a spilled bag of popcorn?

  7. Chadon 26 Oct 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Wonder if they roost in town to be able to see (by streetlighting) the GHO’s that hunt them?

  8. Peteron 27 Oct 2013 at 5:39 pm

    They’ve spent the last two or three nights at Soldiers and Sailors in the big oaks along Bigelow. I could take pictures to share, but they’re pretty crappy, if you know what I mean… Watch your step!

  9. Anne Curtison 31 Oct 2013 at 5:28 pm

    We got ’em! And too many to count. They gather in the top line of the trees opp. Beeler St. around 5, and head east (toward Oakland) by 5:15.

    I miss “our” turkeys. We haven’t seen any all summer.


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