14 August 2022

Town meeting of crows

Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Convention of crows, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 October 2015.

Convention of crows.

October is the month when crows hold meetings, so it’s fitting that the first day of the month the only bird species I saw or heard at Beech Hill was the good ol’ American Crow. A couple dozen of them. They were loudly bringing a convention to order down the eastern slope, near some first-to-turn foliage. I’m reminded of these lines from one of my favorite E. B. White poems, “The Answer is No”:

In their assemblies on the edge of town / Crows introduce resolutions, then vote them down.

Today was chilly, nippy, breezy, brisk. Also gray. Supposed to be gray for the next several days, from what I understand. That time of year.

I worked all day, then took a hike, and now I’m typing out these words to you, dear reader.

Are you there?

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 5:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*


2. Herring Gull

*Also elsewhere

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