A murder in my neighborhood…

…of crows, that is. For the past couple of days, there’s been a huge murder of crows filling the trees around the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, when I’ve been waiting for the bus in the morning. Almost like something out of Alfred Hitchcock. It’s kind of eerie standing there in the freezing cold, the light is still pretty dim, and hearing the loud caw-caws of the thousands of crows. Seems an odd time for them to be migrating, but I can’t think of any other reason for them to be flocked together like that. They’ve certainly seemed to run out any other winter birds right now.

4 Comments so far

  1. Phenology Phan (unregistered) on February 1st, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

    Actually, this wintertime sight of crows in large flocks is a predictable annual thing, which I’ve learned, over the years, to expect to start seeing here around the first week of February. And it is part of their migration pattern.

    It’s especially noticeable over Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet, at sunrise. Wave after wave of bunches of crows all flying in one direction, to some favored food location.

    You could look it up. (The truth is out there; not that hard to find.)

  2. Joanna (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

    I love to see them start to gather at twilight, and sometimes I’ve come across huge roosts at night. I don’t know if they return to the same spots every year, but I have seen crows gather near I-35/94 late afternoon, before going off to roost. A big bunch used to roost in Loring Park, and I’ve heard of roost near the MIA and also Wirth Park. Here’s some more information on urban roosts: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/crowfaq.htm#urban

  3. Ray (unregistered) on February 4th, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

    I just posted a short video of these crows from Saturday morning near Abbott Northwestern Hospital. http://story-night.blogspot.com/

  4. Rachel (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

    I’m so glad I found your post – I googled "thousands of crows in Minneapolis." I live near the MIA and I noticed the CRAZY number of crows in the sky and in the trees on 1st. Ave. on my drive home from work today. I called my fiance, asked him if he liked Alfred Hitchock and told him to come down to the car because I had to show him something – then I drove him down 1st Ave. so he could see the birds for himself. Thanks for the info!

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