Saturday, October 26, 2013
Crows Flocking in the City
I think one of the reasons that I enjoy watching the crows streaming into and out of the city is it's such a lively activity during an otherwise mostly quiet time of the year. I find it a welcoming and warming commotion on a frigid winter morning, and in the evening it's something to look forward to, instead of just grudgingly accepting the fact that the sun really is just making a brief appearance, again, for the day.
Minneapolis is home to a few winter crow roosts every year. My understanding is that the location of these roosts isn't always the same from year to year. A website called crow.net has maps of reported crow roosts from around the country. I think there's usually a roost somewhere along the river in my neighborhood of NE Minneapolis, but it doesn't seem to be reported; I'm not sure where it is exactly - I might have to look for it this year. For some information on why crows roost in large winter flocks, and why they might do it in the city, visit the Frequently Asked Questions About Crows page from the Cornell Bird of Ornithology.