So much for it being crow season. The birds in the yard right now are grackles. They swarm and sound like they do in this YouTuber’s yard:
Eerie, huh? More eerie than the cawing of crows, which is how I figured out I was wrong about that. Jimmy came home this evening while I was sitting in the kitchen with the window open, listening to the chatter and screech of hundreds of birds in the trees around the house and on the street. He said, “Hear the crows? Amazing.” He added, “Your blog post didn’t capture the sound they make.” The instant he said the words “crows” aloud, I realized I had gotten it wrong. Crows caw. So, I looked online and in the Sibley Guide to Birds until I figured out that what we’re annually witnessing is the migration of the common grackle.
Still, grackles or crows, the sound they make is like a shrieking call to pay attention, pay attention, pay attention, pay attention!