Crow in the rain

An American Crow walks along a bench in Veterans' Park, October 19. (c) Greg Saulmon 2011

It’s easy to ignore the crows.

They seem to be everywhere, all the time. Their call can be grating and their wardrobe is utterly minimalist.

But in terms of watching — real, close observation — it’s hard to find a bird that exudes more personality.

Soon we’ll see their fall and winter roosting behavior. At dusk, thousands will blacken the sky over I-91 near the AAA offices in West Springfield. In the early mornings they’ll gather in the trees of Springfield’s Brightwood neighborhood.

During the darkest days of the year it’d be easy to wish for a brighter bird, but it’s worth learning to appreciate a bird that’s truly brilliant.

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