The Bothell Crows

Thousands of crows roost on the University of Washington Bothell campus every night.
Thousands of crows roost on the University of Washington Bothell campus every night.

I have always loved crows. And recently I learned about the tens of thousands of crows that roost at the Bothell campus of the University of Washington. Of course, I had to go check it out. I don’t think any number of pictures or videos I share will help share the experience with you. It is just something you should experience for yourself. They covered trees. They covered rooftops, they filled up light posts, the goal posts on the field. They flew around by the hundreds. There were literally crows everywhere. After dark, they descended upon the field itself with the lights shining down on them. It was like the most raucous, fun bird party ever. And they do this every night! The sounds they made are indescribable. It was really amazing to experience.

Some might think it is straight out of a horror movie, but for me, these crows are fascinating. I was in awe for hours watching them gather. They met up like old friends and family at the end of their day. They flew in from every direction–from far away. While I was on my way to the campus I felt like one of the crows going towards the great meeting place. It was just really something I cannot explain well enough. I can’t do it justice.

I think I’ve found the place I will visit as often as possible.

That said, here are some links for more information.

  • Crows on Campus (University of Washington page on the crows)
  • Bothell Crows Facebook page (They have their facebook page…they are that big of a deal!)
  • A great video of them (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X98N18-Kp88)
  • The Experience of 10,000 Crows (The Metropolitan Field Guide)
  • A video about the crows made by The Metropolitan Field Guide (https://youtu.be/T6MFRpwiZ7A)

Make a Joyful Noise Audio Recording

Make a Joyful Noise by Charles DeLint

A few weeks ago I posted about Make a Joyful Noise written by Charles de Lint (read post here). I enthusiastically shared two of my favorite literary characters, the Crow Girls, Maida and Zia. This story is not available to purchase anymore but since I had a copy I thought I would ask the author if I could record it and post it on Corvid Corner to allow other crow lovers to enjoy it as well. Much to my surprise, he said I could! =)

And without further delay here is the story…(don’t forget to bookmark it!).

Make a Joyful Noise (Part 1)

Make a Joyful Noise (Part 2)

Make a Joyful Noise ( Part 3)

Make a Joyful Noise (Part 4)

Make a Joyful Noise (Part 5)

Make a Joyful Noise (Part 6)

A friend made the following graphic to go with this audio recording. Thank you.

Please do NOT redistribute this recording elsewhere or re-post it on other sites. If you enjoy it and wish to share it you can send a link to this post to as many people as you would like. We want to be respectful of copyright laws and issues and not take advantage of the kindness of Charles de Lint in allowing me to share this here. =) Thank you and enjoy!

Update 1/10/2011: I started a new post for more information on these two beautiful characters, the Crow Girls here. Perhaps together we corvid lovers can find all references to them and share them with the world.

Crow in Hell 2

Well, well, well…before you (and I)¬†even get the chance to complete the original game, Crow in Hell, I found a sequel…

Click on any of these pictures to play this game for free!
Click on any of these pictures to play this game for free!
Click on any of these pictures to play this game for free!
Click on any of these pictures to play this game for free!

And the screen I saw the most of…

Click on any of these pictures to play this game for free!
Click on any of these pictures to play this game for free!

Can you play it better than me? If so, send me a screenshot or two and a description…if you will!

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Crow in Hell (game)

Click on this picture to go to the site to play the game!

All things corvid. Including games. This flash game is free and found online. It is called “Crow in Hell” and you must navigate the depths of hell without flying into walls or skeletons or being smashed by falling rocks to find the keys to hell…

Click on this picture (or the other one) to play the game online!
Click on this picture (or the other one) to play the game online!

Click on either picture above to play the game or go here. It is free, for everyone!

Rook

For those of you who like corvids and card games—Rook is for you! I got it yesterday and it is so fun! =) It is a game of math, patience, memory and skill. It can be simple or complex, however you’d like to play it. It did not cost much — under $10 and you can have hours of family fun. This is a game worth having.

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