To anthropomorphize, the large, raucous clans of crows that gather in winter
always put me in mind of Edith Wharton novels, where the old families are
tangled by intermarriage and winter is the height of the social season, with
a dinner or a ball every night.  As in the novels, I bet the younger
individuals are using the large, impersonal "crushes" to check out potential
mates for the coming season, even as the big, noisy gatherings reaffirm the
larger relationships among the clans.


On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:05 PM, Andrew Roe <>wrote:

> This is only my second winter in Ithaca (I'm a grad student, here from the
> southeast) so I don't really know how normal this is- but there seem to be
> an ENORMOUS number of crows around downtown Ithaca and Cornell- swirling at
> dusk, covering roofs, nearly toppling trees, blotting out the sun, etc.
> Can someone in the know let me know what's going on? Are these all
> birds passing through, or is there some sort of monumental attack on the Lab
> of O in the works?
> Thanks,
> Andrew

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