Sep 07 2011

The Wake-up Crow

Published by at 5:40 am under Crows, Ravens

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.

“Awk!”

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)

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  1. Kristenon 08 Sep 2011 at 12:07 am

    This reminds me of the spring Bird Frenzy in the big pine tree across the street from me. They start up around 3AM and are absolutely raucous for the next couple of hours! There are a couple of weeks in May that I actually have to resort to earplugs.

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