Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Signs of the times
A friend was once walking through the park on her way to school and saw what appeared to be an injured bird on the ground.
As she went closer, it seemed to be a fledgling crow.
Suddenly she was attacked by the little bird's parents, dive bombing to peck her on the head.
Even as she ran away, the crows followed her all the way to school in constant attack.
Here is another sign of caution in a park.
It is only a warning ... no advice of what to do should you get attacked.
A Japanese Jungle crow.
Actually we also have Carrion crows, the difference being flatter foreheads and thinner beaks.
These guys are not only dangerous, they are very smart and quick to take advantage of clueless humans.
Once while camping, I saw a crow flying over the campsite carrying a small shopping bag.
What was in the bag? The ingredients of the Scout's planned dinner. (removed from the top compartment of the backpack. And, that is not the only time it has happened on a camping trip.
When we lived in Suginami-ku, the trash collection area had a green net that was to be spread over the waiting trash. One could hear the crows discussing the possibilities from early in the morning and sure enough, every morning on collection days, they managed to pull out the smaller lighter bags or those that had not been tucked well under the net and spread it all up and down the street.
This opens into an oblong bin with a drop lid on top.
The biggest problem was apartment dwellers, probably dropping off their garbage on their way out to work. Not only were those bags too light to hold the net, but easy for the crows to carry off.
In the end, it was the homes that were at the collection site that had the questionable pleasure of sweeping up the scattered trash.
After doing my duty twice a week for many years, I had to smile when I saw the up-grade.
One of my friends complained that the city has a crow problem ... well. in my estimation, it is a people problem. Our current neighbourhood still uses the big net but people around here are much more careful about keeping the net well tucked over the pile.
I wonder what this one indicates.
Is the building behind a school?
Not the one where I work.
Maybe if I follow that arrow I will find my home.
There is not a lot to show on the quilting front. The snowflakes are just about all quilted.
I am hoping I can get to the border before long.
As I work, I am contemplating what to quilt in the segments of the star. (I already quilted along the seams) I have ideas for that kite-shape but have yet to try them out. With the Christmas prints, the quilting may not show anyway. Once I begin I don't want to have to take any of it out. Hopefully a picture will follow before long. The door hanging for my second daughter .... well ... not yet begun.
Where does all the time go? Crows got it?