Field Journal: Renton Crow Roost

It was only the second day of my 365 Nature Project when we tracked down the crow roost in Renton, nearly one year ago. For years, since we moved into our house in south Seattle, I had watched the crows fly south in a giant stream every night in the autumn and winter months and I wanted to know where they went. On Day 2 of 365 Nature I found out – they descended on a parking lot in an industrial area of Renton, just south of Seattle and near the local Ikea store. It was a thrilling experience with thousands of crows everywhere and starling murmurations adding to the spectacle. For one reason or another I neglected to return the rest of the season and once this autumn rolled around again I put a visit on my list of places to visit.

On Thursday this week I…

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365 Nature Project – Day 2

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


Today was very exciting.

For a few weeks my husband has reported seeing Starling murmurations from his office in Kent, just to the south of Seattle. Also recently, there been several reports of murmurations of Starlings seen at Ikea in Renton, between Kent and Seattle. I desperately wanted to see this for myself so this afternoon we made the drive south to Kent and arrived just…

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