Jon Crispin's Notebook

Springfield, Ohio

Posted in Birds, Cities, Jon Crispin by joncrispin on 07/12/2014

Much of the time when I stay in hotels, I get crap views out the window.  This is a bit of an exception.  The black streaks in the sky are crows, which came out in droves as the sun was going down. (Is that what a shitload of crows would be called? A drove?  Hold on, I’ll look it up.  Oh dear, it is a “murder” of crows.).  There were hundreds of them, all making quite a ruckus.  AND, when I was walking around town before dark, I heard what I was sure was a very loud hawk.  It turns out it is a recording (!) of a very loud hawk, probably in an attempt to scare off the crows.  What a world.

Crow

Posted in Animals, Cities, Flowers, Nature, Travel, Trees, Weather by joncrispin on 15/04/2012

Cris and I are in Vancouver.  She is here for the AERA conference and I am just tagging along.  This is a most remarkable city.  I am happy that there are lots of crows about.  They seem to have displaced the usual pigeons that often dominate cities.  There is water everywhere and lots of seagulls but it is the crows that are the most fun to watch. /  The weather has been lovely; lots of sun and in the mid to upper 50s which is perfect for walking in Stanely Park.

I was in London a month ago and the magnolia trees were just starting to bloom.  Now they are at the same stage here in Vancouver.  Everything is popping out.  Flowers are everywhere in the city and I am overwhelmed with how beautiful this place is.

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