Saturday, January 28, 2017

The first crow of the winter

Every winter the crows fall silent.  Someone said they do, indeed, migrate, but no one seems to know why, or specifically where.  Maybe to Aunt Ruth's in Brighton. Who knows.

But some time in mid-to-late January I open the door to see if the weather is still there (one never knows, with winter) and, like today, I am greeted with an early morning symphony from the far woods.

And it's okay.

I think sometimes we have conscious or unconscious marker points in our weather/personal calendar, and this is one for me.  The next one will be getting to the last day of February.  My dad always said if you could make it that far, spring was on the way.  Ironically, he died on the last day of February.
Can't believe it's been nearly 44 years.

But the sky is bright blue, the wind is whipping the tall narrow ash trees behind the house into a frenzied swaying dance, and the crows are back.

And it's very okay.

(6ws)

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  1. Some people despise crows. I don't. Thanks for this positive note about crows.

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    1. Nor do I. They are highly intelligent, and someone said they know the difference between three people entering a building and two coming out. They always remind me of my Uncle Fred's family, rowdy, good natured, and always busy doing something.

      (I like coyotes, too. Go figure)

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  2. the crows have been circling overhead almost daily. it should be noted that it is currently mid-Winter here in Montreal. sadly, their presence only serves to underscore my sense that things are far from okay. i'm gonna make some more tea and try very hard to recoup some small measure of faith in humanity.

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    1. Well, it's midwinter here too. They are always the first noise in the forest in winter, and even though we have at least two months to go, it's good to have them back.

      Deep breaths, N.ayisha. They are a harbinger of spring-to-come, not doom. REALLLLLY.

      I can understand how you feel. It's why I don't watch the news, and if the Donald appears, I move to something else online.

      Humanity isn't the problem, actually. It's stupidity and a willingness to believe in the Pied Piper, even if he has no idea how to play that damn pipe.

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  3. Well, we're very grey here and the snow that kept us from dining out last night is still falling heavily this morning. On my way to blood labs this morning, though, huge Mr. Crow decided to buzz the Tacoma, just to make sure I knew he was back, I guess. I loves me my crows, I do.

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    1. Good luck with the labs, Ron. It does seem that your crows and our crows are on the same schedule. I always welcome them, it's the only noise in the woods this time of year.

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  4. It sounds fine, Judith. I've got a hint of the Winter blues but I'm fighting it :)

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  5. understand that one, jo. I struggle through January every year, but it's a lot better than it used to be. someone wised me up to Vitamin D, and that, for me, is the wonder drug.

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  6. Glad all is ok . . . . . and that the crows agree.

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  7. Well they do help. One of those things to look forward to, like the first robin or the jonquils poking through the bare ground. and thanks, Becky.

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  8. I love crows...they are smart and beautiful. Have a good day.

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    1. yep, and their big brothers the Ravens, too. I've watched crows migrate before, and a bigger racket you will never see. Someone always has to go back and make sure the doors are locked, and someone else forgets their luggage, and they all shout about it for ages.
      Where geese seem sedate and organized, crows just mill about in this wonderful commotion...no wonder they don't go far, it's far too much organization for any of them. =)

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  9. Our Carolina wrens are still shouting up a storm even when everyone else is muted. Many species at the feeder, noshing busily. Makes me wonder if there's Weather on the way.

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  10. Where you're so much further south, Boud I wonder if they aren't getting into that pre-mating territory thing.

    But you could be right about the feeder stuff, birds have a much better barometer than we do about such things.

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