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Welcome to the Seattle Crow Area Mapping Project!

Have you noticed hundreds of crows streaming through the shadows at dusk, or witnessed a crow harass a bald eagle? Crows are all around us and it seems that everyone has at least one story to tell. If you do too, here is your chance! I've created an interactive website enabling citizen scientists to share their observations of daily migrations, nightly roosts, banded crows, and more, with scientists and each other. The ultimate goals of the project are to involve more people in the process of scientific discovery and explore our cultural fascination with our corvid neighbors. During this process I hope we will build a useful database of crow happenings in the Puget Sound region and beyond. Sightings can be submitted and accessed from a map on the website, via Twitter, or by posting photos to Flickr. Help us collect data on these fascinating birds!

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This project is sponsored by Prof. John Marzluff in the College of Forestry Resources at the University of Washington

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Hanging out with two unbanded crows. All were forging in a lawn. And looked good.
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Around dusk, in this case 4PM, every day we have a massive migration of crows which is a nonstop stream for maybe 45min. They are flying North along the east edge of Lake WA. It's like a Hitchcock movie. Are they heading up to roost each night at a landfill?
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roost of hundreds possibly thousands
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I saw what must have been thousands of crows hanging out in the harbor just after sunset, with more coming in with flocks that looked like rivers in the sky. I have a picture of just a small fraction of these crows if anyone wants to see it (over a hundred are visible in the photo)
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This banded crow was with two other un-banded crows in the parking lot of 5 Guys Burgers and Fries. They were all getting handouts. It was curious and looked healthy.
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With a group of about 10 crows. I spotted it with another banded crow in the area. The other had L-green and dark blue R-yellow and red. I spotted them around 11:30
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Gathering with a group of crows. There are about 15 of them. It's a bit early (14:00) but I'm guessing they are gathering before they head NE to roost. Perhaps it's because it has been overcast all day.
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Gathering with a group of crows. There are about 15 of them. It's a bit early (14:00) but I'm guessing they are gathering before they head NE to roost. Perhaps it's because it has been overcast all day.
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Every morning, at 7:30am, I walk from my home on the corner of 44th and Francis Ave to the #5 bus on the corner of N 46th st and Phinney Ave N. Every morning, I walk with a friend and eat string cheese for breakfast. There has been what I think is the same crow that follows me. I feed him the string cheese by throwing a piece on the ground. He waits for me to walk forward a bit, then hops down and grabs the food when I'm about 20 feet away. I repeat this until I get to the busy bus stop. By this point, he usually picks a spot and watches me until I get on the bus. Some mornings, he doesn't show up, but most he does. Since daylight savings time, I've seen him less than usual. I believe the time change messed up our routine. It is light out when I leave the house still, though. The Location of the sighting is where I notice that a lot of crows seem to live. There is a tree across the street from my house that they always seem to be going in and out of. I would say there is anywhere from 10 to 30 crows. They eat any food I throw out for them after I've departed the area.
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This crow was perched on a power line then swooped down to catch some food in it's beak. There were about 15 other crows foraging together. The banned crow was on the periphery of the group. All of it's bands looked to be worn.
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