Crow Mapping – Arbor Heights

Over 6 years ago I wandered the neighborhood documenting where I saw crow families. Today I decided I would do a little checking up on them.

As the years went by they always seemed to be in the same place. I even had a few gimpy and banded crows that made it easy to identify individuals. Today I only saw my one gimpy crow at 106th. The rest seem to be in hiding or have moved on.

So, follow along as I wind my way around Arbor Heights.

  • 39th & 106th Avenue SW

This gimpy crow comes quickly when she/he sees me. Peanuts have made me friends over the years.

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Gimpy crow on 106th Ave SW
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See her/his dangly leg?

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A little bit up the block was her friend

Gimpy Crow's friend mid block 39th.
Gimpy Crow’s friend mid block 39th.
  • 39th & 104th Avenue SW

This little murder of crows is a known family to me. I think they also use the Arbor Heights School grounds as their territory.  Good eats from kids dropping lunch and other crow food items.

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Crow family at 104th & 39th SW
Crow family at 104th & 39th SW
Some wing cleaning on 39th.
Some wing cleaning on 39th.
  • 37th & 104th Avenue SW

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See the crow in the distance. He is actually on the wires over the alley between 37th Pl and 37th Ave. Arbor Heights School is behind me in this photo.

Crow over alley west of 37th Pl SW
Crow over alley west of 37th Pl SW
Looking down alley and crow on wire
Looking down alley and crow on wire
  • Arbor Heights Elementary School

Brand new school in the neighborhood is about to open. A crow is hanging out in the fir tree on the SW corner of the yard.

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Crow in tree next to Arbor Heights School
Crow in tree next to Arbor Heights School
Tall tree on left has crow watching me.
Tall tree on left has crow watching me.
Front Entrance of Arbor Heights new school
Front Entrance of Arbor Heights new school
  • Alley between 99th and 100th on 37th Ave SW

Heading south of the school I came upon a crow pair in a yard and in the alley that is running east & west between 99th and 100th. They were just looking for a tasty lunch.

Crow in alley
Crow in alley
100th to the south of the crow alley
100th to the south of the crow alley
99th is north of the crow alley
99th is north of the crow alley
  • 37th SW and 99th Avenue SW

After wandering around in Fauntleroy Park I came upon this crow who of course loved a peanut.

99th has crows!
99th has crows!

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They came on down for a peanut.
They came on down for a peanut.
  • 41st and 100th Avenue SW

100th is a busy arterial and bus route. There are a couple of families that have territories overlapping here. Two churches and a pottery co-op seem to have plenty to support them.

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See the crow on the wire
See the crow on the wire
  • 42nd and 102nd Avenue SW

This tree on 42nd has seen a few nests over the years. I saw a crow fly up into it and several did a fly by over me.  I don’t think the bird is in the picture but here it is anyway.

Can you find the crow?
Can you find the crow?

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  • California Avenue SW and 104th

Close to where the alley comes out on 104th there has always been crow families. Seen several babies over the years south and west of where California meets 104th. Today it was a motley looking crow who was molting something awful. He was very pleased to see a peanut or two.

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Two Peanuts to save for later
Two Peanuts to save for later
No wasted morsel
No wasted morsel
Mr Molting is very pleased with his peanuts
Mr Molting is very pleased with his peanuts
  • California Avenue SW and 104th

This crow just did a fly by and never came over for food. He was flying along Marine View Drive parallel to California Avenue that I was walking on.

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Crow on Marine View Drive with trees turning colors
Crow on Marine View Drive with trees turning colors
  • Marine View Drive and the Robin viewing Mt Rainier

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Here where the view of Puget Sound and Mt Rainier is priceless I spotted a bird on a chimney. I thought it might be a crow. When I got home I looked at him on a bigger screen. It was a fat Robin enjoying the view.

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Robin who looked like a crow

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That ends my Crow Adventure this Sunday. How many crows did you count? Bet it was a lot more than you expected. All it takes is looking up and being aware of ones surroundings. Then the miracle of nature will reveal herself.

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