What a weekend! Yesterday a storm blew in with 40 to 60 mph gusts. I love a good storm and it was good weather watching most of the afternoon. Then around 9pm a big gust came along. The lights had been flickering all night but this time they had a longer outage. Then they came back on for a moment followed by this weird screechy sound. Then they were gone.
We got the flashlights out and juggled new batteries. I turned the power strip off to the television and sound system so it wouldn’t blow up when things started jacking around again.
Next we had to go walk down the street to see how widespread the darkness was. I got around the corner & it was dark…. really dark. I could hear a fire truck in the distance but didn’t think much of it until down the road which dips down into a gully I could see light. Pretty obvious it was the fire truck from the color and intensity of the light coming up the street.
When they got up closer I could see down the other way a big tree down. The firefighters stopped and told me to stay back cause a power line was down. They caution taped off the street and left.
Around 2:30 am even though I had tried to turn lights off in the house I was awoken by power coming back on & things coming to life. What a relief cause I had a refrigerator full of food from stocking up like I do on Saturdays.
Today, I went for a walk and here are some pictures of the tree. It let loose a big limb and took out our neighbor’s car rear window.
Remember… dont’ mess with Mother Nature!!
Wind, trees and cars don’t mix
40 to 60 mph gusts take out a big limb
Street cautioned taped off due to big tree blowing down
Halloween dog walker doomed
Crows have such a bad rap. Are they the evil flying beings that a lot of people think they are? Halloween brings out a lot of myth related to anything black. Cats, rats and crows are the top contenders for owners of evil.
Here we have a poor dog walker tied to a tree with his dogs close by. Even they could not protect him from evil. Did the crows do it? Of course not. They might have dove in for a quick meal. Yes they are opportunist. They gained a lot of their relationship with evil from being seen on battlefields getting a snack. Now days we have more sterile warfare but in days of old they were always there to help clean man’s mess up.
So, who did this evil deed? Who tied the dog walker to the tree and left him and his hounds for dead?
The grim reaper of course!!
The grim reaper awaits his next victim
Crow Guard high up watches for trouble
The beach flock graze peacefully knowing the guardian high up in the tree will alert them if danger arrives. One expects this kind of behavior for humans who we like to think are family orientated. If you watch a crow murder you will see there is always someone up high or to the side watching. Usually, I see more than one even.
Four guards watch while the flock feed
Check out what I mean by multiple watchers. Here on the vertical tree are four more watchers. One is about to go feed and soon will be replaced by another. If you look into the distance a little there is another pair up on the driftwood also doing guard duty.
Crow murders are a tight pack and they watch out for each other through thick and thin.
Morning Crow Chat in Renton
It was early in the morning behind our building when I spotted the Renton Murder having a chat. They were atop the movie theater getting ready to fly off for the day. This group of crows disperse each day and go back to their home territories. Then at dusk they fly back to party for a while with their friends before bedding down together.
There are many theories on why they do this in the fall. I have my fun ideas that they are looking for mates, sharing gossip and introducing their youngsters to the pack. The more mundane reasons are they gather together for protection from predators or share best food sources. What do you think? If you want to see more of the Renton Flock, search my blog for to see these amazing black darlings of the bird world.
Hope you enjoy the movie I took of them chatting.
WWII inspired Studebaker Torpedo Nose
Couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of this over 60-year-old Studebaker. Bright yellow and still licensed which means it runs.
Torpedo Nose Studebaker
Space Needle thru the arches of US Science Pavilion
Another passion of mine besides crows and nature is Worlds Fairs. I have quite a collection and decided I needed a showcase for them.
Here is a link to the inaugural article I just posted. Perhaps you will enjoy this era gone by as much as I do and follow my adventure there as well as on Crows of Arroyos. This new blog’s name is When the World was Fair.
Looking up into the Madrona forest above the beach I saw these two crows chowing down. They had found a tree laden with berries. Autumn is here and they are taking advantage of the bounty still hanging around for the taking.
Renton Crow Gathering
At dawn this week, on my way to work, I encountered the clan gathering outside a fast food place. Tis the season for the big Crow party to begin.
Arbor Heights Elementary School is disappearing quickly. Sunday they were tearing away at it & using the wreaking ball on the west side of the school. Soon a new school will start to rise. Can’t wait for the families with kids.
I originally went to the school grounds hoping to see the Crow Family that belongs there. I thought they might be picking through the rubble and I could document that. However, they were scarce because of all the big equipment working today. Then down the street I found the younster with a gunky beak. Related? Perhaps.
Sticky Beak Crow Boy
What the heck got on this crow’s beak? From a distance I thought he might have some disease. When I got home and looked at this zoomed picture you can see it is sticky. A piece of grass or pine needle is even stuck to it.
What was this little guy digging in? He acted like a youngster so perhaps he put his nose in someplace he shouldn’t. He and his family are only a block from the Arbor Heights Elementary which is being demolished. Is it construction gunk?
One more thing – see how this crow’s neck feathers are still in molt mode. Kind of distressed and thin makes him look even more unkempt.