I am the black crow king…
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Ok, so not really, but I’ve always wanted to start off a post with a Nick Cave quote.
This morning I went out to water my garden in the front yard (it’s slowly but surely taking over what used to be grass). These two crows started screaming at me and flying threateningly at me. It was scary and weird, like the Birds.
I figured there must be a nest nearby, but I couldn’t tell where. I wasn’t too close to a tree, so I watered quickly and went back inside so that I wouldn’t keep disturbing them.
This afternoon when I got home the crows were still out there and started doing the same screaming and diving at me that they had done in the morning. I picked a few veggies and went inside. On my way in, though, I looked back out the almost closd door and saw a 3rd crow just sitting in the middle of a big tree on the other side of the front yard. She was completely still, and sitting right in an opening into the middle of the tree.
I’m guessing there is a nest in the center of this tree, and there’s a whole group of crows who are all working to protect it. Their cooperation astonished me. They’ve got their roles and jobs, and they each do what they need to. I wonder if they take shifts? I was also wondering if maybe there are multiple decoys at different trees. I’ve read that crows are amazingly smart, so I wouldn’t put much of anything past them.
There is something amazing about being able to see animals living outside of any cages or pens or fences, on their own terms, but still in the same world as us. We are a part of their world and they are a part of ours, but we can each live here.
Incidentally, crows are also a favorite of a fantastic local band that you need to check out.