Catchy title; all is well.
No, no, nothing so mundane as to the reason one MAY have on clicking such a lurid sounding thread tile. Would that be full retard? IDK, I’ll leave that to the constant reader.
....thank SK for my little ripoff
OK, that all said, now to my little story about a murder of crows…
I like birds. Observing birds, listening to birds play their music. Sitting everyday outside, to breathe and be. One finds, after a while, certain melodies going on among many different kinds of rhythms. All going on all at once. It’s good for practical reasons, as well: discerning melodies and rhythms for my own musical diversions is one.
Crow calls in particular are striking! All kinds of calls. Ones, two’s, threes, fours, and more. All with different tones and pitches. Gathered together, in their murdering way, these phrasings seem to become entire paragraphs of communication amongst them all. Each individual bird a part to a much larger phrasing structure. Each individual crow adding a syllable, a word, a phrase. Along with commas, periods, exclamation points, the whole shazzam. They put on quite a show when large murders cackle their conspiracies.
I’ve noticed distinct melodies. Sometimes, my own weak attempts at mimicking their rhythms causes a response. Once, while observing just a couple of them interact in a tree, I started up the usual plagiarism of musical phrasings. Apparently, I must have hit some sweet notes. The response was immediate! Both flew off in opposite directions. Distinct chatter could be heard. Not a moment later, groups from North and South converged in the tree in front of me and started up the band! It was awesome. A great show.
I did, of course, join in ~ and they got louder and softer. Distinct communication. This went on for a good three or four minutes. Enough for a really good song on the spirit of radio. It was a Rush!
Well, that’s how I managed to orchestrate a murder of crows. Next time, I’ll try to remember to video tape it for posterity. I suppose just paying attention is all it really takes to talk to birds. Because they Do pay attention!