Herself: Went to store meeting. Complained about sorters. Ah well. Since there’s going to be a garden special, I was asked to removed the shelf of gardening books to storage. Breakfast: beans, coffee. Lunch: half sandwich, baby banana, olives. Dinner: Veggie gratin, baked potatoe, grapefruit and avo salad.
Reading: The fifth Dan Rhodes mystery. They sure have some interesting characters in them.
Balance: Took a nap not at the computer.
We weren’t really fond of having a duck making noise outside our bedroom windows. But we got used to it thinking it would go away at the end of summer. No such luck. It reappeared this year rasping its way into the Geezer’s consciousness all day while he works. After dinner he kept muttering that he wanted to know the lifespan of the crow. Amazingly, our giant bird encyclopedia didn’t have that information.
From “All about Crows/Life History,” I learned some facts that discouraged the Geezer and I found fascinating. During the winter, crows “congregate in large numbers in winter to sleep in communal roosts. These roosts can be of a few hundred up to two million crows. Some roosts have been forming in the same general area for well over 100 years. In the last few decades some of these roosts have moved into urban areas where the noise and mess cause conflicts with people.”
How about the fact that, “American Crows do not breed until they are at least two years old, and most do not breed until they are four or more. In most populations the young help their parents raise young for a few years. Families may include up to 15 individuals and contain young from five different years.”
There’s more. They are highly susceptible to the West Nile Virus and die within a week of contracting it. Carrion is only a small part of its diet. They eat anything. Most interesting to me is the fact that they make and use tools.
The geezer was appalled by the fact that “The oldest recorded wild American Crow was 16 years old. A captive crow that died in New York lived to be 59 years old.” Imagine, if we have this family living here in perpetuity, G will have to listen to that baby crow for the next 2 to 3 years as it helps it’s mom raise the next generation. The newest baby sounds normal, by the way.
Now Imagine that I will have to listen to his complaints for all those years.