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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Birds

Yesterday we had some really nice weather - temperatures climbed in the mid to upper 60s and the sun made its presence felt all day. The Ithaca airport recorded a high of 68 degrees, Cornell's Game Farm Road weather station a few miles away made it to the same mark, and Syracuse (about an hour up the road) topped out at a record-high of 70, its second-highest December temperature in the last 100 years.  The winds picked up in the evening, and rain came through overnight, ushering more normal temperatures in the 30s to lower 40s for the rest of the week.

I looked outside at one point, and there was a bunch of crows going crazy in the yard, pecking away at the ground.  I wonder what they were going after.  Crows will eat pretty much anything, so maybe they were on the hunt for insects or worms.  With their crazy antics, it reminded me just a little bit of scenes from Hitchcock's "The Birds".  I see the crows all of the time, but I rarely see them acting as frenetically as they were yesterday.  I couldn't really capture it in a photo, and my moving to the sliding glass door startled a couple of the closer crows away before I got to take the picture, but this is my attempt to capture the moment.

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