What a bizzarre occurrence.
As the soft Classical music played harmoniously in the background while I worked away in our Essentia showroom, the tension built, and the hairs on the back of my neck started to rise, and then it all started…
Sounds of a hundred angry crows grew closer and closer, and then overtop of our showroom they flew. The people walking outside in the grey-lit street froze to look up at the loud murder of crows cawing and diving right down into the middle of 4th Avenue. Within a second, a powerful Raven maneuvered down into the street with at least 20 crows in angry pursuit, as the others seemed to make a net of wings to stop the raven from coming back up.
I could feel the tension build as the Raven just missed a Mercedes car that was coming up the street. The driver of the mercedes slammed his brakes on, and and came to a jittery stop while looking up above through his front wind shield in astonishment. Then the raven helplessly dove again, but this time it saw a clearing through the black feathery beasts, pumping its wings with great force, it flew up and up as numerous crows torpedoed it to what they hoped would be sure death by a Volvo.
I walked to retrieve my Canon Camera thinking the raven maybe would dive for a third time, yet it was to late to film the event; it had passed. In reflection, the experience of watching the murder of crows was disturbing and eerily uncomfortable. The sounds of the crows unpleasant and continuous.
Vancouver does have an amazing amount of crows, thousands upon thousands of them make their nightly migration out towards Burnaby. Where they nest over night I am not certain? There is a youtube video just to prove what I am saying, un real amounts of crows.
Have you seen the crows migration? What do you think of it?
I now sit here in our Essentia showroom as some of the remaining crows banter at each other, quite possibly about what may have been a close call with a bigger more notorious black bird, but due to the horde of crows, that Raven was the one in trouble… And then the rain starts.