Crows Learning to Fly

I’ve been following a pair of Hooded Crows living on my roof for awhile now, and on a rainy morning recently I heard them launch southward with 6 or 7 voices following them. As the rain let down a bit and the sun peeked through the clouds, I followed their distant cawing. As I approached down a side street, they came to greet me. They circled above, diving and spinning, leading me onwards to a stand of cedars towering on the edge of the foothills. There they landed, pausing only for a moment to count heads, and then launched off again down the hill and back up again. It was then that I realized that they, and what is probably a pair of their older children, were teaching four younglings how to fly!

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