Crows

flock of crows © Marj Rines, Mass Audubon

Crows have long suffered under the reputation of being "bad." Crows raid crops, frequently steal eggs and chicks from other bird nests, and have been known to steal shiny objects such as articles of jewelry from people. Yet, these vocal black birds are among the most intelligent. Crow are said to be able to count (to a point) and they are also known to be very discriminating in their abilities to identify specific objects. Learn More

Despite Alfred Hitchcock’s portrayal of crows in his movie The Birds, crows are not dangerous. Yet, people are often concerned when noisy flocks of hundreds to thousands of crows gather to sleep at night in what’s known as a roost. Other species that roost include European starlings (late summer), house sparrows (fall), red-winged blackbirds, brown-headed cowbirds, common grackles, and chimney swifts. Learn More