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crows on the roofOn the roof, the crows are discussing breakfast. This involves a great deal of emphatic cawing and flapping as well as heavy-bodied hopping — small hammer-blows that thump throughout the house.

The crows live in the neighborhood year-round and the roof doesn’t change, but these visits seem seasonal. A few times each spring, they abandon their preoccupation with the sky, with the squirrels and robins, with the neighbor’s lawn and the entertainments of stolen peanuts and chicken bones, to dance here, overhead.

The skylight is a frustration. They scratch and peck at it, trying again and again to climb its slick dome. They are busy up there, defending and arguing over a morsel, hopping away then returning to claw at the skylight and peer down at me with my craning camera.

P.S.: Nearly an hour has passed since the crows arrived and they are still on the roof, doing whatever they do, occasionally adding the cacophany of claws-on-metal-stove-vent to their orchestrations.

8 responses to “visitors

  1. Eric Solstein June 19, 2014 at 8:23 am

    At my place, certain birds attack certain widows, seasonally, as well. I think they are fighting with the reflection of an imagined rival. Sometimes my little birds get so riled up they draw blood, there own. The crows by me never get too close to the house, usually hang down nearer the road, but the groundhogs, now that’s another story….

  2. Eric Solstein June 19, 2014 at 8:24 am

    No, widows ARE safe. Windows, not so much.

  3. jik June 19, 2014 at 8:28 am

    groundhogs! widows! oh the terrifying streets of New York!

  4. susanissima June 19, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Viva crows! Here, they scratch crow code against the cedar shakes of my writing cottage and try to engage me in conversation as I weed the tomatoes. Though not yet good at cawing, I think they are pleased that I even try. Thank you for shining your light on these dear birds, jlk.

  5. jik June 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    And thank YOU for visiting with us!

  6. Sheila S June 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I wonder if I’m the only one whose brain insists on interpreting this great crows-at-the-skylight photo as a piece of paper with the NY Times’ nameplate emerging from a printer or copy machine.

  7. jik June 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Whoa! I love that, even if you’re the only one who sees it!

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