There are some mornings when I’m so thoroughly sick of walking the same few blocks around our house. Like everyone else, it’s been close to a year of being mostly confined to same few kilometres.
It’s a proper test of the “Urban Nature Enthusiast” philosophy — finding new things to marvel at in your own backyard and all. I must admit that the last week I’ve been starting to think I’d reached the limit of exploring everything on the same old, same old walk as if it was a voyage to a new land.
Ground Hog Day syndrome had set in.
It was in that spirit of ennui that I set out on yesterday morning’s walk. I wasn’t even sure if I should bring my camera as the weather looked so unpromising. Luckily my corvid therapists must have sensed I needed a boost.
The first part of the walk already cheered me up considerably as I was followed by my new friend, Chip. Small, fast, cheeky, and prone to defying crow territorial convention by following me on the whole walk, Chip always cheers me up.
She’s one of Mabel’s 2020 fledglings, and a clear favourite to follow in her mother’s majestic foot prints. She’s the only one allowed, for example to sit on Mabel’s coveted golden throne. I was glad I brought the camera after all.
Further on, the walk also included visits with the Wet Walker family …
… and the similarly rain-spangled White Wing and partner.
Heading home, I was feeling quite satisfied with my “boring” walk. My urban nature battery felt sufficiently recharged and I was ready to pack it in an have a cup of coffee when I heard THAT SOUND.
My husband says it’s the equivalent of the dog sensing a squirrel (SQUIRREL!!!)
Just as squirrels set Geordie’s every nerve end a-tingling, the the slightest whisper of a raven call carried on the wind does the same to me. Raven radar instantly engaged! At first I thought it might have been just wishful thinking, but there it was again . . .
Stay tuned for Boring Walks Part 2, coming next!
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I am constantly amazed how you can keep track of all your Corvid families…always enjoy your musings Thanks June
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Those are such awesome photos June. Your dialogue should be put in the local newspaper for all to enjoy and potentially a series of these could become an online podcast.
Very nicely written.
I enjoys our crows. My neighbor has been shooting them. Is there something that can be done about this? My heart is broken
Oh no, how horrible. Where do you live?