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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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pigshitpoet
Jan. 20th, 2018 12:29 am (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

http://www.theprovince.com/life/Murder+mystery+reason+crows+flock+Burnaby+every+night/9085538/story.html

-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
.
asakiyume
Jan. 20th, 2018 02:43 am (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.
slobbit
Jan. 20th, 2018 12:41 am (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.
slobbit
Jan. 20th, 2018 12:42 am (UTC)
Oh! But right by the river, the female bald eagle.
asakiyume
Jan. 20th, 2018 01:06 am (UTC)
Mmmm, wonderful--I'd love to see a bald eagle there.
asakiyume
Jan. 20th, 2018 01:05 am (UTC)
Totally, right? I couldn't watch **hard** enough. So thrilling.
sartorias
Jan. 20th, 2018 12:46 am (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.
asakiyume
Jan. 20th, 2018 01:06 am (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.
starshipcat
Jan. 20th, 2018 02:23 am (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.
asakiyume
Jan. 20th, 2018 02:44 am (UTC)
Welcoming you home :-)
starshipcat
Jan. 21st, 2018 12:35 am (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.
asakiyume
Jan. 21st, 2018 12:02 pm (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.
xjenavivex
Jan. 20th, 2018 02:42 am (UTC)
Magic!
asakiyume
Jan. 20th, 2018 02:44 am (UTC)
It really was.
puddleshark
Jan. 20th, 2018 07:33 am (UTC)
Beautiful!

I love the sight - and the sound - of rookeries in winter.
asakiyume
Jan. 21st, 2018 12:01 pm (UTC)
I've never had the chance to experience anything like it before!
nemophilist
Jan. 20th, 2018 07:52 am (UTC)

So pretty!

asakiyume
Jan. 21st, 2018 12:00 pm (UTC)
It was an impressive scene!
oiktirmos
Jan. 20th, 2018 10:09 pm (UTC)
Think of the collective brainpower in that group.
asakiyume
Jan. 21st, 2018 12:00 pm (UTC)
They could probably build a time machine.
oiktirmos
Jan. 21st, 2018 07:40 pm (UTC)
You are right.
Mental time-travel in birds
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/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.
asakiyume
Jan. 21st, 2018 07:57 pm (UTC)
It's no wonder that crows are respected in folk traditions around the world!
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