Our Carlsbad Crows at Sunset

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

Carlsbad Crows at Sunset

Carlsbad crows at sunset

I was out in the front yard at sunset yesterday, watching the crows gathering in the trees and on the roofs of many of the houses.

 

It's typical behavior for them late in the day, and the crows in this one bare tree seemed to be checking out the sky as well. They were certainly making a lot of noise for some reason.

 

We have what we call "crow shows" often, and the grandkids love to watch them. They spend a lot of time gathering in the evening (I understand they are communal sleepers and gather in groups to roost at night), typically in the trees across the canyon from our house although the venue changes during the year and isn't always near our house. I wonder how they decide where to go?

 

 

Then, all of a sudden they will all take off , making quite a racket. Sometimes they fly elsewhere and sometimes they just fly around then go back to the same area. I suppose they know what they are doing and why. But the kids enjoy the ruckus and seeing hundreds or thousands of them flying around all at one time.

 

It's entertaining for a few minutes, but fortunately it doesn't last too long before they settle down or fly off somewhere to roost. 

 

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Comments (21)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Jeff, for sharing your observations and your photographs.

Feb 10, 2022 04:14 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Just like a scene out of the Birds .  Be careful when they start the wild cackling

Feb 10, 2022 04:39 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - I like both the visual as well as the written message in your post.  It matches my memory of how I have observed crows over the years.  Fascinating for sure.  And in so many ways.  

Feb 10, 2022 04:53 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jeff. Nature sure has its way to entertain those who take the time to enjoy it.

Feb 10, 2022 05:06 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is an amazing photo, you captured a wonderful scene and I love the colors in the sky!

Feb 10, 2022 05:13 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Jeff... I've had occasion to see a number of crows gathered here in Charlotte, but I don't know that I've ever seen as many at one time as you've pictured in your post.

Feb 10, 2022 06:28 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jeff,

We have crow shows here also on a consistent basis.  When they lay their eggs, they are very vigilant of hawks, and I have seen 3-5 chasing hawks.  A

Feb 10, 2022 07:46 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Grant Schneider  And that wasn't even one of the bigger ones. It's hard to tell but I would guess sometimes there are a thousand that pass over the house over a few minutes time.

You can't help but think of "The Birds!"

Jeff

Feb 10, 2022 09:00 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

So true Ed Silva 

Thank you for stopping by Roy Kelley 

Thanks Michael Jacobs  They are pretty interesting birds to watch.

Jeff

Feb 10, 2022 09:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Wayne Martin  Nature CAN be pretty entertaining if you pay attention.

Thanks Brian England The REAL attraction for me was the sunset, not the crows! LOL.

Jeff

Feb 10, 2022 10:44 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff that all most looks like the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Birds".

Feb 10, 2022 02:27 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker 

Crows seem to be pretty common, at least everywhere I have lived.

The little video is far from the largest gathering of crows we've seen so you can well imagine...5 minutes of crows flying over yields thousands I'd guess.

Jeff

Feb 10, 2022 02:53 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

I get a kick out of the crows ganging up on the hawks. It's usually at least several of them after 1 hawk.

Jeff

Feb 10, 2022 03:32 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi George Souto 

It would be hard to NOT think of that movie if you've seen it.

Jeff

Feb 10, 2022 05:12 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

A real Congress of Crows, Jeff Dowler, CRS !  And a bit intimidating.  Have a great Friday!

Feb 10, 2022 08:56 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Yeah in that area the crows can give seagulls a run for their money

Feb 10, 2022 09:53 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

We get crows (too) on our water fountain every afternoon Jeff Dowler, CRS I never realized what coastal dwellers they can be, I was used to crows in Napa County growing up, that's part of wine country life. But, it always amazes me how many are Mission Bay Park based.

Feb 11, 2022 05:21 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Jeff,

Nice picture. Nice to know that crows are back in force. There was a disease some ten years ago that wiped out a lot of them.

Feb 11, 2022 06:11 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - Wow!  That is something.  That video says it all.  Your story reminds me of a couple of different groups of birds that gather nightly and "crow" until the sun goes down.  I do remember one time when thousands of swallows were flying back to Capistrano and they spent a night and day in my neighborhood in Alta Loma.  They actually took the time to build mud-nests under the eves of homes and of course, there were droppings everywhere. Honestly, it was a nightmare because of the mess of mud. It took weeks for all the neighbors to get rid of the mud.  Fortunately, it was only one year.    

Feb 11, 2022 06:58 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Rocky Dickerson 

I think the crows would win in terms of noise and the number of them that gather. I don't recall ever seeing crows at the beach but seagulls wander inland some.

Jeff

Feb 11, 2022 08:34 AM