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Subject: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 12 Dec 10 - 04:01 PM

We have birding threads. We have weather threads. I have commented on both types regarding birds & weather.

I have witnessed bird migrations that were spellbinding and I hope to see another soon. We have a storm coming in. Usually, at this time of year it would be a wicked snowstorm and the crows would be long gone BUT they are still here. Unfortunately, the next storm will not bring rain, high winds and 12C temps as this one is forecast to do.

I know this because the crows are massing. There are hundreds of crows in my pines. I expect there will be a thousand crows in my front yard and the same in my back yard view by dark. And, I live in the city. Not a lot of trees. Many will perch on the apartment building rooves out back.

My camera is ready. The camcorder battery is on charge. I got amazing video a few years ago of the spring migration. I missed a fall migration a couple of years ago as I was spellbound and didn't even think of the camcorder to record what I saw by chance.

As I type, I glance out my office window and see more swoop in and land in my pines. Unless you are a birder or some such, you have no idea of the thrill I am experiencing.

Jaysus! There are well over a thousand in view from my office window but the onset darkness makes recording useless... winter is nigh... the crows don't lie.

I hope I get video in the morning... seriously, this is like "a kid at Xmas stuff" for me!

Holy moly! About 40 just lit on the power and telephone wires leading to my house. I think I gotta pee! Hehehehee. Gosh I hope I can get pics and vids in the morn.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Dec 10 - 04:02 PM

We wish you a merry crowmass g


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: Ebbie
Date: 12 Dec 10 - 04:28 PM

So. Are you calling this a spring migration? If you don't expect high winds and low temps, what are you forecasting?


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 12 Dec 10 - 04:28 PM

Hahahaaa... thanks, G.

I called Mum... there were about two hundred in her apple tree and on her garage... more on the ground pecking at apples, which ya just don't see every day. I went out to try to get pics as there is a street light that lights up her back yard... I hope some turn out okay but ya just don't know with these LCD screen cameras. This is the first time Mum has seen this in her 84 years. I'm glad she got to see this. I know she doesn't share my true excitement and joy, but I am sure she felt some of it.

Ebbie... if you read this... made me think of you. Not ravens, but kinda close.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 12 Dec 10 - 04:30 PM

Ebbie! You did read this. Cross posted. Spring migration? I WISH!


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 12 Dec 10 - 04:34 PM

Ahhhh... missed that Ebbie... "If you don't expect high winds and low temps, what are you forecasting?"

We have 90kph, rain and 12C forecast for tomorrow and Tuesday. The crows are massing. They will leave. The NEXT storm will be a winter storm. The crows don't lie.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 12 Dec 10 - 04:39 PM

Are you Alfred Hitchcock Gnu?


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Dec 10 - 04:53 PM

That's a bit personal innit?


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: Ebbie
Date: 12 Dec 10 - 05:37 PM

lol


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 07:11 AM

They left just after dark. Dunno if they are "gone" or not.Sniff.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: My guru always said
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 08:13 AM

Hope they haven't gone yet Gnu, please kep us posted....


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: bubblyrat
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 08:29 AM

It should be "The Crows Are Murdering ".


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 08:52 AM

The Birds

I hope you are safe Gnu?


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 10:03 AM

Hehehehee. Loved the ducks!


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: Ebbie
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 11:49 AM

The ducks?


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 02:53 PM

Well, they looked kinda like geese, but there was definitely quacking.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 02:56 PM

Watched it again... no ducks... sorry... stand down... smoke em if ya got em.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 03:32 PM

I was just out for a walk in the balmy weather and saw a half dozen crows fighting the gustywinds so I am hopeful the migration is yet to come. Odd that they would mass up here that way they did if they weren't going south.

BTW, for those who have not read my posts about the spring migration I saw... it's like they come here to say hello (goodbye in fall) to a pair that stay here all winter. The female is lame and doesn't fly well and I assume the male stays with her over the winter because they are a mated pair or at least the way I "like" to think of it. I feed them through the winter and I have excellent pics and videos of them. I like this pic.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: Little Hawk
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 03:39 PM

The crows are massing because I have asked them to gather in their millions and go and punish Amos for his many sins and omissions. I expect they are on their way to California by now. ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 03:45 PM

Did you tell them to bring snow in their backpacks?


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: Little Hawk
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 04:16 PM

No! I did not. But what I should tell them is to take all that snow straight to Amos.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 04:50 PM

The crow migration was on over the past few hours. I didn't notice it until about an hour ago. AMAZING. I got some video but my vcam is a cheapo and the stuff that was amazing was too far away for the vcam to do it justice. I saw at least ten thousand within 500m of me.

This date is goin on the calendar! Made the day worthwhile!


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: Beer
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 04:55 PM

The only crow I heard was about ....effing 5 a.m. this morning. Cawing away. Why does it have to pick the tree right besides the house.
Sounds as if it was a great scene Gnu.
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 05:19 PM

We see formations of geese flying at this time of the year in North Norfolk UK. They make a trip out to the coast in the morning and come back in land in the evening.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 05:20 PM

missed name above.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 05:24 PM

The Alice's Restaurant Massacrow, with four part harmony.
Yea, we're back to father rapers again!


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 07:29 PM

Oh, gnu, that must've been an incredible site! We have lots and lots of ravens, here, but they don't do much en masse. We do get geese travelling here from the north and/or to parts further south. The smaller birds have come back to twitter in the neighbour's evergreens, so it's time to start putting out the seeds. We spread it on a table outside the living room window and put some in feeders. Makes great cat TV!


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 07:31 PM

Many of those crows winter around here. One of the largest wintertime flocks in North America roosts in the trees at Pensacola State College. They fly off to the regional landfill, about fifteen miles away, each morning and feed during the day. Then they start heading back an hour or so before sundown. Their flight path is fairly close to Interstate 10, and if you're driving down that highway at the right time, you'll see an unending string of crows a hundred yards wide. Then, when they get to their roosting are,a they circle around the trees waiting for the day to end before bedding down. I've seen those swirling masses of crows so thick that they block out the sun.

Ironically, their chosen roosting area is in one of the most highly developed areas of town. The college's campus is sort of an oasis where they can roost, but the airport adjoins the campus on the east, the area's largest shopping mall is to the south, and the road on the west side is basically a three-mile long strip mall. Why the crows chose to roost in what seems to be an ill-suited spot, given that there are acres and acres of open forestland much nearer to their feeding grounds, is a mystery.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: bobad
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 07:42 PM

Check out this vid of a pretty impressive murmuration of starlings: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/11/starling-flock/


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 09:37 PM

BWL.... the cityscape is actually warmer... by a few degrees... than the forest roosts.

Bobad... cool.

kat... I have video of the spring gathering in my backyard starting before dawn... thousands in my pines and on the rooves of apartment buildings next to me. I really take joy in witnessing such things. Why they choose this spot is a mystery, I am just glad they do.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 09:49 PM

Note the time shift from last year when I started this thread. Long, cold winter with not much snow? I saw this trend start back in August. Early bluejays, woodpeckers, chickadees, blackbirds, starlings... hornets becoming aggressive when the flowers started to wane early this year. And all of this without being up in the woods... just observations in my backyard in the city.

We'll see. I am VERY intrigued. I expect one more warm rain on or just after the full moon... then, the next few weeks should tell the tale of the winter to come.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: Beer
Date: 09 Nov 11 - 08:28 AM

That was amazing Bobad. Just imagine being the youngsters in that canoe. Something that they will never forget.
Ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: GUEST,999
Date: 09 Nov 11 - 10:26 AM

Over the past week, literally thousands of snow geese have been massing on the river just out back. Thousands of Canadians, too. Quite a sight to watch the continuing 'education' of the juveniles in preparation for the long flight south.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 09 Nov 11 - 02:02 PM

I'd love to see that 9. All I got to see today was hatch of Blue Arsed Flies. Damn things are everywhere... had one get in me eye.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 09 Nov 11 - 02:07 PM

In the Manchester, UK suburb where I live we've got a huge resident flock of Jackdaws (another species of corvid). On winter evenings they gather in tree tops making their excited "chack, chack" sound (presumably the origin of their name). Smaller flocks build up, converge into one big flock and then they fly off to their roost somewhere (no-one seems to be sure, exactly, where this is).


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: olddude
Date: 09 Nov 11 - 02:36 PM

One of the fuckers ate my FROG !!


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: My guru always said
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 03:56 AM

Sorry to hear about your frog, olddude!

Fantastic video, bobad, many thanks for pointing us at it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 12:48 PM

Dan... I nearly spit my tea!!! Hahahahaa. Thanks, I needed that laugh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 01:05 PM

That was me... tossed my cookie.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: olddude
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 01:26 PM

sorry about that, I am still in mourning sniff- sniff
dang crow, I liked my Frog ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 01:29 PM

Maybe if you get a bunch of frogs you can have a crow as a pet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: olddude
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 01:35 PM

I am going to find one of those huge African tree frogs that eat birds. That will teach them a lesson


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 02:18 PM

If there's a crowd of them , they aren't crows, they are rooks. Of course that's in the British Isles. It may be different in Canada.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: saulgoldie
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 02:27 PM

Crows may be massing. But bats are dying off.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7373051n


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/31/bat-fungus-dc-extinction_n_1067478.html


Saul


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: Beer
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 03:14 PM

I have 4 bat house and haven't seen any for about 4/5 years. I'm in Quebec which is just a little north of New York State. I'm beginning to think this bat problem is here as well.
Impressive video's.
Thanks Saul.
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: SINSULL
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 03:21 PM

Walked outside today to watch two crows trying to open my neighbor's trash can and get at the garbage. He drove up and I pointed them out. He pointed at my yard - full of turkeys. Plus the crows have gone grubbing on the front lawn leaving devastation behind.

Sorry about the frog, Dan. A shame he never had a chance to kiss a princess.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: MartinRyan
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 03:30 PM

That starling video was on Lough Derg on the River Shannon in Ireland. I used to live and birdwatch in that area for many years and saw some extraordinary sights. Apart from starlings, I would occasionally meet vast flocks of Golden Plover in winter - which can produce some of the same smoke-like effects. One of the tributaries of the Shannon - the Little Brosna River - held a huge flock of Blacktailed Godwits every winter; I remember being down by the river early one spring, with the flood plain still inundated and finding several small islands (say a few acres each in size) simply black with birds gathering before heading off north en masse . Beautiful.

One of the great joys of birdwatching is that mix of individual and mass treats, so to speak.

Regards


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: Bettynh
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 03:40 PM

There's progress on identifying the bat problem


The news isn't good, and there are still a lot of unanswered questions.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: gnu
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 04:15 PM

Thanks for the links. Very interesting. And impotrtant.


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Subject: RE: BS: Birds & weather. The crows are massing.
From: olddude
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 05:41 PM

I had a lot of bats flying around the yard this summer .. more than I generally see. I had a little brown bat fly in an opened back door ..
chased him around and he flew back out ...

I am glad to see so many this past summer. I hope it continues


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