Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Four and twenty blackbirds (more or less).

Can you see a pie's worth?

I was walking through the neighbourhood late yesterday afternoon and heard the "kek" of a Brewer's Blackbird, and then another, then another. They were flying overhead, one at a time, gathering for a night roost in a tall tree across the road. In summer they are widespread in BC. In fall/winter their range contracts and they become locally common in the Lower Mainland, seemingly very locally common --I remember watching them gather in the same tree last year.

In our previous neighbourhood there was also a blackbird tree, a poplar, the same one used year after year. I wonder what decides which is the tree.

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