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January Birds and Beers at the Loring Crow Roost!

The next Birds and Beers is on January 22, 2011 at 4:30pm at Joe’s Garage.  This is the one where we watch the millions of crows fly into Loring Park!

I’m looking forward to this one, the crows at Loring Park are a spectacular sight and last year’s gathering was the biggest Birds and Beers we’ve ever had!  The only downside is that we have to pay for parking for this event but we get a spectacular show in exchange. Birds and Beers is an informal gathering of birders of all abilities–if you’re interested in birds, you’re invited. You can meet other birders–maybe find a carpool buddy, ask about where to find target birds, share cool research projects you might be working on, ask a bird feeding question, share life lists, share some digiscoping tips, promote your blog–the sky is the limit. It’s low key and it’s fun.

Non Birding Bill and I stopped by Joe’s Garage the day after Thanksgiving to check out the crow roost and even took a moment to walk beneath the crows in the dark.  Loring is a busy city park, these birds are used to a bit of pedestrian traffic.  As we walked through, one of the flocks abandon their tree.  For a second I was worried that we startled them but then NBB said, “That doesn’t look like a crow…”

Sure enough, it was a great horned owl passing through the roost, no doubt looking for a vulnerable crow for a meal.  Hope you can make it and again this is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and meet some new birding friends, promote your bird club or group.

5 comments to January Birds and Beers at the Loring Crow Roost!

  • Joanna

    I wonder how many owls check the park for dinner every night?

    I plan to attend my first Birds and Beers because I’ve wanted to for a while, and because: crows!

  • Em

    This reminds me of a Great Horned Owl on the eastern shore of Maryland. I was walking across a main street, and noticed an owl in a tree. She was so still that I thought it was one of the plastic owls and was grumbling to myself about someone putting one of those in a tree … until I got close to the tree and her head swung around to watch me. We looked at each other for easily 7 or 8 minutes, then she flew across the street. I followed her and watched for a little while longer and finally dragged myself away to run the errands. The closest I’ve ever been to an owl in the wild. Totally thrilling.

  • I love crow roosts. I love watching them fly in as the sun sets and listening to their chatter as they congregate. And also, Jagerbird!

  • Jacci

    NBB picks out a different species in the flock of crows! What a nice Christmas gift for you Sharon to have him just blurt it right out – like he’s maybe been holding back all along. How nice to have the husband who listens, learns & remembers! Cheers!

  • JagerCrow loves some deer blood!