I stopped for gas on Main Street in Springfield’s North End this afternoon and noticed a lot of crows moving through the neighborhood. So, I followed them.
At first I thought they might be headed up to the area near Tapley and Albany streets, which were popular roosting and staging areas last year. Instead, though, I found a large group congregating in a vacant lot behind the Spanish Christian Church near the corner of Chestnut Street and Jefferson Avenue.
The lot is a tangle of blown-down trees, and crows were arriving in droves between 3:30 and 4 p.m.
I didn’t observe them long enough to determine whether this location is a staging area or the roost itself. But I did stay just long enough for a man to come out of his house and ask what the deal was with all the birds.
“It looks like that movie,” he said.
I explained that in the fall and winter hundreds or thousands of crows gather in certain spots to roost at night.
“So, are they going to keep coming here?” he asked.
I told him it was hard to say — but that I’d be interested in keeping an eye on them.