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crows, gathering

I left the jail at exactly the moment of sunset when all the crows--ALL OF THEM--were flying from every point lower than the hill on which the jail sits to the trees above the parking lot and below the highway. They swirled in the air, so many of them, and then settled to roost. I wish I could have captured the waves of them, coming up from the river, and then how they filled the sky right above the parking lot. "A little creepy," said one woman, walking from her car toward the lobby. But no, it was thrilling, magnificent ... also made me thing about the word "jailbird."

cross roosting

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Jan. 19th, 2018 09:29 pm (UTC)
murder of crows
in vancouver we have crows that commute daily from burnaby, west to the lower mainland in the morning to pick through human garbage and back at night in large flocks as you describe.

Murder mystery: The reason why a murder of 6,000 crows flock to Burnaby every night


-poem of crows

Each morning
We fly
To work
Stealthy strides
Wings on wheels
Till as the crow flies
We return home
To rest, roost
Jan. 19th, 2018 11:43 pm (UTC)
Re: murder of crows
Enjoyed the poem, and the linked article is excellent too--thank you! I especially liked the nursery rhyme about crows, which I'd never heard before.
Jan. 19th, 2018 09:41 pm (UTC)
I hit that spot at about the same time today. The crows don’t always hang out in the hood, but this year they’ve been more present than not. One morning not too long ago they were in the trees all around our house. Sounded like something out of The Birds.
Jan. 19th, 2018 09:42 pm (UTC)
Oh! But right by the river, the female bald eagle.
Jan. 19th, 2018 10:06 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, wonderful--I'd love to see a bald eagle there.
Jan. 19th, 2018 10:05 pm (UTC)
Totally, right? I couldn't watch **hard** enough. So thrilling.
Jan. 19th, 2018 09:46 pm (UTC)
What a terrific photo!

The other day I heard an enormous storm of geese honking as they fly overhead, I think angling toward the coast. But by the time I got outside, the rooftops hid them.
Jan. 19th, 2018 10:06 pm (UTC)
Geese flying can be so very lovely--and so very hard to capture, even if you have a camera on you--even in the time you get it out and try to focus, they've gone.
Jan. 19th, 2018 11:23 pm (UTC)
When I was doing my master's degree at Illinois State and working at WGLT-FM, there were always huge flocks of crows in the trees around Hovey Hall. They'd all be cawing as I'd walk past on my way back to my apartment after work.
Jan. 19th, 2018 11:44 pm (UTC)
Welcoming you home :-)
Jan. 20th, 2018 09:35 pm (UTC)
Quite possibly. Crows are extraordinarily intelligent birds, and very social. They recognize individual humans, and apparently communicate information about individuals -- if a human harms a crow, every crow in that area will become hostile toward that individual, but will remain friendly toward humans who have been kind to them.
Jan. 21st, 2018 09:02 am (UTC)
So I've heard! I'm impressed with crows' ability to distinguish us; I'm afraid I can't return the favor, much as I'd like to.
Jan. 19th, 2018 11:42 pm (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2018 11:44 pm (UTC)
It really was.
Jan. 20th, 2018 04:33 am (UTC)

I love the sight - and the sound - of rookeries in winter.
Jan. 21st, 2018 09:01 am (UTC)
I've never had the chance to experience anything like it before!
Jan. 20th, 2018 04:52 am (UTC)

So pretty!

Jan. 21st, 2018 09:00 am (UTC)
It was an impressive scene!
Jan. 20th, 2018 07:09 pm (UTC)
Think of the collective brainpower in that group.
Jan. 21st, 2018 09:00 am (UTC)
They could probably build a time machine.
Jan. 21st, 2018 04:40 pm (UTC)
You are right.
Mental time-travel in birds
Recent research has discovered that birds check army ant bivouacs at the end of the day, after they have fed at the raid. They may use the information about the army ant nest location the next day to find the ants again, thus accessing a past memory (the nest location) to fulfil a future need (bird will be hungry tomorrow), also known as ‘mental time-travel’. … Mental time-travel consists of two elements: the ability to remember past events and the ability to anticipate and plan for future events.
Jan. 21st, 2018 04:57 pm (UTC)
It's no wonder that crows are respected in folk traditions around the world!
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