Sep 07 2011
Speaking of crows…
Today in Maine it’s light more than half an hour before sunrise but I don’t need a sun chart to tell me. I know this because of the crows.
At the earliest light, the crows outside my window open their eyes and wonder if it’s time to get up. They never think about this without asking their friends.
I wake at the sound. 5:08am. That inverted “Caw” must have meant “Are you there?” because a second crow answers, “Awk!” Then a third bird, “Awk!” And a fourth, “Awk!”
Silence. I doze off.
A few minutes later, “Caw! Caw!”
Four crows leave their roost.
I’m wide awake. Should I get up? Isn’t this early rising excessive on vacation?
“Caw, Caw, Caw!” “Caw, Caw, Caw!”
No point in trying to sleep! There’s no “snooze” button on the Crow Alarm.
(photo by Walter Siegmund on Wikimedia Commons. Cick on the photo to see the original)