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Murder On Campus

December 24, 2011

Our campus is a winter vacation spot for thousands of crows. Here are at least three hundred of them.

Crows at Illinois State University

Walking under these trees is nervous work

No, I didn’t actually count them. I just enlarged this pic to full-screen size, noticed six trees had more than fifty crows in them, and guessed.


  • The collective noun for crows is “murder”. Check out this Joshua Klein video on The Intelligence of Crows. Their natural habitat is wherever we are. They’re adapting to us – and Klein suggests we might be able to adapt to them.
  • Crows are best known for loud,¬†raucous noises but sometimes they make soft, eerily almost-human sounds.
  • No idea why the stadium lights were on; the whole campus was deserted. And this was right after I’d gone through our entire building turning off every light I could find for Christmas break.
  • Wonder why they roost 100 feet in the air in cold, ¬†windy weather? Seems like maximum exposure to the elements.
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  1. December 24, 2011 at 15:42 | #1

    Have a happy holiday season, George!

  2. dof
    December 24, 2011 at 17:04 | #2

    Thanks Paul! And to you – and to all of us, every one.

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