Greetings Corvid Fans,
Yesterday afternoon, at 3:45, I decided to look for a place to watch streaming corvids as they headed to their roost on South Cove Road in South Burlington. Thoughts of "Snagglepuss" came to mind as I saw them staging from three directions. A small group of crows heading north led me to a point where I struck gold. The new City Market, at the end of Ferguson Avenue, was a great place to watch. Streams of crows from the east (1,200), then north (1,500) and south (300), counted by 5's, gave me an estimate of 3,000. It was easier to count them in flight than to try and get a total at the roost where many were hidden from view in backyard trees the previous night (reported 1,225). I stood in awe of the crows when a young guy, Dominik, came off his work shift at City Market. He joined me, marveling in the moment while a constant stream flew just above our heads. Talking about the crows for a good ten minutes, many crows went uncounted, but hearing Dominik share stories and his love for the birds was just as rewarding.
On Sunday afternoon, for the Burlington CBC roost count, there will be more eyes looking to the skies, for streams of crows ("exit, stage left," "exit, stage right") coming from three directions. We will get a better idea of how many crows there really are...if the crows cooperate and keep to the same roost!