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St. Louis residents counting crows

11:05 PM, Nov 18, 2012   |    comments
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(KSDK)-St. Louis

Residents of south St. Louis and the Central West End report an influx of birds.

Sunday night near Boyle and I-64, thousands of the large, black birds could be found resting in trees, on power lines, and in the middle of an empty parking lot.  At the intersection of Newstead and Clayton, the birds occupy nearly every tree.

An official with Wild Bird Rehabilitation in Overland took a look at some digital photos taken of Newschannel 5 video and determined the birds are crows.

Dwan West lives and works in the area.  He said he's seen them seasonally for each of the last four or five years.

"I was parking where they were landing and one day I came out and they did a number on me," said West, laughing.  "Today I noticed here on Clayton, if you look around between Newstead and Euclid, they're all lined up on the telephone poles and power lines."

Residents of south St. Louis report similar bird sightings in the area around Kingshighway and Manchester.

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