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Crows on the Hudson
March 2 @ 8:00 am - May 4 @ 5:00 pmFree
A communal Roost of Crows. During the colder months, just before dusk, a winter roost occurs in Poughkeepsie. It’s an awesome sight to see thousands of crows (as many as 10,000) from Dutchess and Ulster Counties and beyond gather near the Mid-Hudson Bridge. These clever animals socialize, hunker down for a night’s sleep, then as the morning twilight brightens, they depart for daily excursions and return in groups at night.
Reasons are uncertain, but it seems communal roosts minimize the risk of predator attack at night and perhaps it helps the birds stay warmer in frigid weather. Some speculate that the younger and less skilled crows can learn social wisdom, defense efficacy and where to forage by day from the smarter birds. Possibly, it‘s an opportunity to find a mate. When spring arrives, the crows scatter far and wide to start families.
Photographing the magic and mysteries of the crows’ eccentric behavior is challenging since when they arrive, it’s dusk, light is minimal, and its usually pretty chilly out, but it is always worth an attempt on my part. I have a passion for birds and do my best to find the crows and record this phenomena given the opportunity.