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Crow migration in the city

Posted: Nov 19 8:12 am
by teddtucker
Hello

I'm new to vancouver. I've noticed there is a lot of crows flying from west to east in the early evening. Why is this? Where are the crows going? Where did they spend there day?

If someone could please inform me with some local knowledge I would really appreciate it

Re: Crow migration in the city

Posted: Nov 19 9:31 am
by Guy L. Monty
What you are seeing is birds moving to and from a night roost.

Outside of the breeding season, Northwestern Crows roost together at night, and then spread out across the landscape to go about their daily activities in the morning. In the late afternoon they begin gathering together to make the flight back to wherever they roost at night.

I don't know where the roosts are over there these days. Years ago I did some work monitoring a large roost near Burnaby Lake that was going to be impacted by highway expansion. It was amazing how many birds used it. The ground underneath was inches deep in droppings.

Where I live in Nanoose Bay on central Vancouver Island, crows from about 10 miles north and south of here gather together each night to roost on a couple of islands a few kms offshore.

Guy L. Monty
Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island, BC

Re: Crow migration in the city

Posted: Nov 19 6:37 pm
by teddtucker
Thanks for your reply. I will let you know if i track them down to find their roost and become the CROW king!! :twisted:

Re: Crow migration in the city

Posted: Nov 20 10:05 am
by Guyzerr
Guy I always wondered why they form such large groups. Thanks for the info.

FYI I've seen some massive flocks on the Sumas Prairie over the last week or so and it's a fun thing to see.

Re: Crow migration in the city

Posted: Nov 20 10:15 am
by Larry Cowan
There is a large long time roost near Willingdon & Stillcreek in Burnbay. Essentially near the McDonalds head office. This roost has been in this location since the 90's.

Re: Crow migration in the city

Posted: Nov 26 11:03 pm
by Doug
Every evening in Burnaby and parts of Vancouver starting around 5 or dusk crows start gathering together and making their way to roosts around Willingdon around Stilll Creek, where they roost on all the trees and wherever else.
I've lived in Burnaby all my life pretty much and have seen this for so long.
I see them starting over my house in large groups squawking away in the tall fir trees then heading off. People have mentioned in local newspapers that they want something done about it, because they were angry that the crows were messing up the roofs of the cars.
ha!!!! I think it is a fantastic sight and it's amazing to hear them as if they are all talking and saying let's go.

Re: Crow migration in the city

Posted: Nov 30 11:50 am
by Sam Salmon
Doug wrote:Every evening in Burnaby and parts of Vancouver starting around 5 or dusk crows start gathering together and making their way to roosts around Willingdon around Stilll Creek, where they roost on all the trees and wherever else.I've lived in Burnaby all my life pretty much and have seen this for so long....
Larry Cowan wrote:There is a large long time roost near Willingdon & Stillcreek in Burnbay. Essentially near the McDonalds head office. This roost has been in this location since the 90's.
Some of those Still Creek bound birds have a sort of 'muster point' just east of the Cambie St bridge it seems they meet there every late afternoon before continuing on en masse to Still Creek.

Re: Crow migration in the city

Posted: Feb 17 7:20 pm
by SueCoastalObserver
I came upon this scene a few weeks ago in South Langley, perhaps these were American Crows headed towards the US for their nights roost. Pretty shaky video but not a sight I could drive past.

https://youtu.be/abPFhC5snws

Re: Crow migration in the city

Posted: Feb 17 8:55 pm
by birdergirl
They would be Northwestern crows heading to their night roosts Sue. Americans are not present in Langley.

Thanks for sharing the vid. Quite a sight!

Mel

Re: Crow migration in the city

Posted: Feb 17 9:43 pm
by bird99
Hi,
Is this on 16th ave? There is a crow roost there. Its quite fun to watch them flying in every evening!!


Viktor

Re: Crow migration in the city

Posted: Apr 10 8:17 pm
by Jammerz85
Can anyone tell me the cross road to 16ave. I am big with he crows in my neighbourhood.....