Welcome to Crows in Vermont!

It's a phenomenon that grabs your attention during the winter - massive flocks of crows at dusk. And your brain starts cycling through all kinds of questions as you watch...why are there so many of them? What are they doing? Why this spot?

So, let's help each other answer some of these questions and come up with new ones to explore. Here's how to start:

1. Get outside between 4 pm and 6 pm which is peak activity time for crows coming together to roost for the evening.

2. There are three things to look for: streaming, staging and roosting.
Streaming: this is best described as a line of crows all coming from one direction and heading in one direction. Please share location and direction the crows are coming from or going to.
Staging: these are groups of crows gathering prior to sunset. Typically, crows will stage in one area and then at dusk (after the sun sets) as it gets dark, they will move to a final roosting spot for the night. ...more ↓

Posted on February 02, 2013 01:17 AM by bridgetvt bridgetvt | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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American crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

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charlie

Date

March 15, 2014 06:58 PM EDT

Description

So many!

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American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

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charlie

Date

January 29, 2014 05:13 PM EST

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Square

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American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

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charlie

Date

January 22, 2014 05:05 PM EST

Description

Roosting right outside national life tonight.

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American crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

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charlie

Date

November 19, 2013 04:04 PM EST

Description

Seem to be forming a winter roost. First time I've seen them do that this year.

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No photos or sounds

What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

juliefiliberti

Date

March 31, 2013 06:15 AM EDT

Description

About 20 vocal crows streaming north over me.

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No photos or sounds

What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

charlie

Date

March 20, 2013 08:16 PM EDT

Description

Heard roosting nearby.

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No photos or sounds

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American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

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juliefiliberti

Date

March 8, 2013 05:50 AM EST

Description

45 crows streaming out of the east! This was the 1st notice of any quantity of streaming crows on my early morning run.

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No photos or sounds

What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

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juliefiliberti

Date

February 5, 2013 06:49 PM EST

Description

Roost in Taylor Park. Too dark to count, but a certain plethora (100's? 1000's?) roosting in 2 or 3 trees in the park. Definitely disturbed by my presence and my light.

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No photos or sounds

What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

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juliefiliberti

Date

February 5, 2013 05:09 PM EST

Description

Sitting in One Federal gazing out the window...Over 2700 up to as many as 3000 streaming from the west. Headed NE. Could not make out where they were headed, possibly the vicinity of Haardack. Stream lasted 25-30 minutes, from 4:40 to 5:10.

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No photos or sounds

What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

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juliefiliberti

Date

February 5, 2013 04:26 PM EST

Description

Counted over 100+ streaming NE fairly high. Headed in the direction of Haardack.

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No photos or sounds

What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

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bridgetvt

Date

January 31, 2013 06:52 AM EST

Description

2,000 crows in roost. Started leaving as sky lightened. Strong stream of crows heading southwest, another stream heading west.

bridgetvt Project curator ID

Corvus brachyrhynchos

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No photos or sounds

What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

bridgetvt

Date

January 30, 2013

Description

Final roosting spot. 500+ crows.

bridgetvt Project curator ID

Corvus brachyrhynchos

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What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

nato

Date

January 26, 2013

Description

I was walking my dog down west on Birchcliff Parkway at 4:34pm EST when I came upon a large group of hundreds of crows streaming from north to south in a flight path roughly across the Champlain Chocolates parking lot. I had intentionally picked this time to go for the walk as I had seen another steam in the neighborhood a week before at roughly the same time (actually, more like 50 minutes earlier). Aside from recognizing their silhouettes in the sky (see pic), I also heard enough tell-tale cawing to make me believe these were indeed American Crows that we were seeing.

Follow-up: A few minutes later, we walked north on adjoining Cherry Street, and, as we rounded the corner (the street turns east), I saw another large group of crows --not as many as this group, I'd estimate closer to 50-100-- flying *north* from the south. It appeared as though they were flying into next-door Calahan Park, although they could have easily kept flying over the park for all I was able to discern due to the houses & trees blocking my view.

At any rate, I thought this an interesting observation, as it implied that the south-bound stream I'd seen at 4:34 wasn't going in a "canonical" direction, and either part of it or maybe a completely different group were going in roughly the opposite direction. Obviously, Calahan Park bears further investigation around dusk!

bridgetvt Project curator ID

Corvus brachyrhynchos

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No photos or sounds

What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

bridgetvt

Date

January 19, 2013 05:00 PM EST

Description

Final roosting site for the night. Crows from all other sites started moving to Taylor Park in the center of town by 5:43 pm streaming from these sites had stopped.

All roosted in deciduous trees at the south end of the park.

Approximate count at 1,550 crows.

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Square

What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

bridgetvt

Date

January 19, 2013 04:48 PM EST

Description

750 crows, lots of vocalizations. Streams of crows coming in from the southeast.

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What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

bridgetvt

Date

January 19, 2013 04:38 PM EST

Description

Possible staging roost. Approximately 175 crows using four deciduous trees. Occasional vocalizations.

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What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

bridgetvt

Date

January 19, 2013 04:23 PM EST

Description

Stream of crows out of south/southeast. 4:23pm

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What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

bridgetvt

Date

January 19, 2013 04:02 PM EST

Description

13 in a deciduous tree at 4pm. Possibly staging?

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What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

nato

Date

January 20, 2013

Description

10:37am EST: Spotted three crows walking about the green by Lake Champlain Chocolates, south side of Birchcliff Parkway (Burlington, Vermont, USA). Two things to note:

- There were also a couple of squirrels around, and all the animals appeared to be doing the same thing, searching about for something edible. I was struck by the degree to which the animals were able to "work" in proximity to each other, though there was an incident in which one of the squirrels charged one of the crows, which flew off a short distance.

- The crow in this picture had something small and bread-like in its beak. It walked a couple of feet over from the lawn to a puddle, then (apparently purposefully) dropped the piece of food into the puddle, picked it up, then dropped it again. Might it have been using the puddle to soften the food to make it easier to swallow and digest?

If you look closely, you can see the piece of food in the puddle; it's more-or-less in a straight line from the tip of the crow's beak. (Picture taken through window of my car.)

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What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

nato

Date

January 19, 2013

Description

This picture represents hundreds of crows flying from north/northeast to south/southwest, January 19, 2013, 4:10pm EST. I was walking my dog east on Cherry Lane.

I also posted a 2:30 video of this murder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ujlDwyyfY

bridgetvt Project curator ID

Corvus brachyrhynchos

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No photos or sounds

What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

edwardshepard

Date

January 18, 2013 11:06 AM EST

Description

2 crows on a roof

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No photos or sounds

What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

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edwardshepard

Date

January 18, 2013 12:08 PM EST

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No photos or sounds

What

Crow Family Corvidae

Observer

edwardshepard

Date

January 18, 2013 10:30 AM EST

Description

A small crow scratching up an old frozen dog bone in a condo development

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No photos or sounds

What

crow

Observer

edwardshepard

Date

January 17, 2013

Description

A large murder of crows flocking above UVM

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What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

bridgetvt

Date

January 11, 2013 04:42 PM EST

Description

200+ crows streaming from the west at 4:42 pm

Seemed to be moving from a preliminary gathering spot two blocks over to the west, heading east for final roosting spot.

bridgetvt Project curator ID

Corvus brachyrhynchos
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About

Crows In Vermont grew out of the public's interest in the winter flocks of crows that form at day break especially in urban areas.

Crows exhibit a number of fascinating behaviors, and beginning with winter flocking behaviors, we'll endeavor to track and map them here.

A couple of observations we are particularly interested in are:

Count: individual or small group ...more ↓

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