If you’re wondering whether the crows would return to the University of Pittsburgh campus this winter, I have news. The murder is back, but only after dark. (*)
Late Monday afternoon, 28 October, I waited until sunset near the Cathedral of Learning for the peregrines to return for the night. The falcons slipped by unnoticed but as I walked to my car a huge flock of crows arrived. They were shouting!
The vanguard aimed for the trees on Forbes Avenue …
… then burst into the sky, wheeled around, and flew to Fifth Avenue.
By the time I drove past Heinz Chapel hundreds of crows were crossing the dark sky above Fifth Avenue near Clapp Hall. My windshield acquired “spots” as I passed beneath them.
This week most people won’t notice the crows because they arrive after everyone’s left Oakland for home.
Not so next Monday. After we turn the clocks back, sunset will be at 5:13pm and the crows will arrive during rush hour.
Next week, wear a wide-brimmed hat.
(photos by Kate St. John)