1. By marge
    January 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm | permalink

    Yesterday the crows were flocking – what’s going on??

  2. By George Hammond
    January 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm | permalink

    ^Um, birds doing what birds do? Both crows and robins spend the winter in flocks. Locally the crows form very large flocks that roost togehter overnight in stands of tall trees, and then break up into smaller groups to forage during the day. For years now there have been flocks of robins that stay in the area over the winter. They are often seen along the river, but they move around looking for berries and other fruits to eat.

  3. By Jack N
    January 19, 2011 at 1:54 am | permalink

    Notably, robins – members of the thrush family – do often move out into the woods for winter. Most never migrate as the legend has it. The “first robin of Spring” merely signals a shift from nearby wooded areas to the lawns where, in a change of diet, the robins look for (don’t listen for) earth worms.

  4. By Beth Manuel
    January 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm | permalink

    We saw hundreds of crows flying and cawing cacophonously on January 15 near Stadium and Pauline. It was an Hitchcockian sight!

  5. January 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm | permalink

    Crows cawing cacophonously? Was it a concatenation of the crows?

  6. By Rod Johnson
    January 19, 2011 at 7:09 pm | permalink

    …and causing consternation!

  7. By Eric Boyd
    January 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm | permalink

    I believe the proper term of venery is a “murder of crows,” in honor of Edgar Allen Poe.

  8. January 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm | permalink

    I was trying for an alliterative corollary of “tintinnabulation” in honor of same.