I could almost just as easily say post-crow, as it has been months since I have seen crows. But the weekend before last I managed to go down to the lakefront parks where all the activity was just north of Buckingham Fountain. There was a flock of warblers that I attempted to follow, but the moment I saw and heard crows, I knew I had to follow their cawing.
Just north of Buckingham Fountain. They turned out to be pre-teens, still a little awkward, losing the last of their brown feathers for their adult plumage that resembles blue-black velvet. But finding a place to put peanuts is more of a challenge than it used to be. There are fences surrounding all the grassy areas. And of course there had to be workers emptying trash cans. I didn’t want them to think they had to clean up peanuts too. I put the peanuts inside a wrought-iron fence that surrounded a sculpture.
The young crows barely hesitated. It occurred to me later that I have never met these birds before, but we all seemed to know each other. I didn’t even have my black tote bag, instead I was hiding peanuts in my backpack. But the moment I took out the peanuts and put them down, the crows came quickly. Indeed they had been following me, anticipating the result.
And I knew I didn’t have to worry about them leaving peanuts there for long, as they tried to cache as many as possible before taking off to stash them.
I hope I have more opportunities to see the crows as I miss their company terribly. It’s reassuring to know I can still find them somewhere along the lakefront.
I will be back, with the warbler part of that morning.
What handsome birds they are.
Thank you! It takes a special person to appreciate the beauty of crows. 🙂
Love that picture with the crow holding two peanuts in its mouth!
Thanks! I’ve seen them manage three, nearly gagging on them…
Hi Lisa, I see you’re in good company. I’m just back from my week vacation with the family. I saw a lot of crows in Clearwater Beach, Florida. It reminded me of your love for them. You must be getting low temperatures by now in Chicago, no? 🙂
Welcome back! Yes, the heat went on this morning and I expect it to go back on tonight. I miss the longer days but not the hot temperatures! 🙂