May 04 2011
It’s rare to notice an absence in nature. Our brains are wired to see “This is here, this is new,” but unless we’re specifically watching for something, we don’t notice when it’s gone.
The crows are a case in point.
Last fall in the city of Pittsburgh everyone remarked that there were, “So many crows!” “Too many crows!” and even “The crows are awful!”
But look now. Where are they? Have you seen more than one or two lately? Have you seen any?
They are virtually gone.
We didn’t have to do anything to “get rid” of them. Some of them left town to nest in the suburbs and those who stayed to nest here are extremely secretive.
This is the crows’ quiet period.
If you don’t like crows, savor this moment. When their young fledge they’ll be noisy again.
This fall they’ll be back in the thousands and everyone will say, “There are so many crows!”
(photo by Chuck Tague)