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)

Crows are moving in…

I read this news story and thought it was worth sharing... check it out! =) (If you go to the original source page -here- there is a video too!) It's almost a scene out of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" in Rochester . Well, sort of. It's not quite as scary. Rochester resident Jason Buck says, "It's just basically a big blob of black birds. It's kind of weird." Rochester resident Brandon Icenberg says, "It's the sounds of crows.  You know, their CAW! That's all you hear." Hundreds of crows have moved in to the grounds of the Fulton County Courthouse and it's the first time this has ever happened. Icenberg says, "I was kind of freaked out by it." Fulton County Commission Roger Rose says, "It really started when we had that real bad cold spell and it got way down below zero. That's when the crows decided they wanted to roost here." The crows actually leave during the day and return just as the sun is going down. While they may not be around, they sure do leave their mark. Bird dropping are on signs, the trees and even the lights. Fulton County maintenance supervisor Randy Grundrum says, "They're making quite a mess on the side walk." Grundrum is the man tasked with getting rid of the birds. Grundrum says, "I was going to get some goal ol' boys with some 12 gauges to come out some night. That was met with mixed reviews." Don't worry, nobody's going to murder this murder of crows. The county prefers a more humane approach, like trying to scare them off with loud sounds. Another idea, the county is looking at, is turning of the spot lights that shine on the courthouse. The thought is by turning them off,  the birds will lose their protection. Grundrum says, "There seems to be some opinion out there that the light makes them feel more secure because they feel like hawks can't swoop them as easy." They think the crows will eventually fly the coop on their own. While they may be annoying now, one resident says he will be sad to see them go. Buck says, "It's just soothing. It's weird to hear birds in the middle of winter." There is some concern that there could be some health issues from the bird droppings. The Fulton County Health Department says there really shouldn't be a problem. They say the birds would have to be there for two or more years before there would be any concerns. Direct Source: http://www.fox28.com/Global/story.asp?S=9782514