24 February 2013

Crows Congregate Among Place of the Dead

During these latter times of winter, American Crows continue to gather, as they have for several years in eastern Omaha. The place they prefer as a nightly roost is the Holy Sepulchure Cemetery, northeast from 50th and Leavenworth Streets.

Nearly every morning this month, and most likely every morning if there had been given particular attention to this topic, the crows could be seen flying northward over the bluffs of Carthage. After having seen the flight of these black birds, a hunch needed to be followed to determine where these birds were spending their nights.

American Crows at Holy Sepulchure Cemetery; Feb 2013There was an expectation about the roost site, but it had to be actually discovered, again. On a relatively warm Saturday night in mid-February, a dusk time visit was made to the cemetery. It was the right place to see many crows gathering at dusk.

Initially, there were a bunch of expressive crows among the treetops, as observed from 50th Street, with more than 200 counted. Continuing on into the place, my route went along the cemetery drives. It was an opportunity to hopefully get a closer look at the crows perched atop the trees, but they were mostly flying away, especially to the southwest.

Crows, being smart birds, preferred to go elsewhere, rather than deal with an unexpected intruder. The birds' flight continued during the evening visit.

The apparent usual routine for the crows is to gather at their night's roost. They would likely ignore the drive through at dusk by the cemetery's hired security firm, and then settle in within the trees surrounded by open space, and enclosed by a fence to keep away any intrusions.

Typical for the crows, obviously in the morning, they would fly along to other places.

A few crows typically seen here and there at Carthage, Dundee, Memorial Park and the UNOmaha campus are birds most probably from the Leavenworth Street congregation. The crows have also been notable in expressing their perspective about raptorial birds, especially being expressive about the occurrence of Cooper's Hawks, among the midtown district.

In early February 2010, the gathering of the crows was also documented at this locale, with a county of 300.