********************Driving to work on winter mornings it's sometimes easy for me to forget that I'm actually in Norwich, Connecticut rather than Bodega Bay, California - setting of Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 masterpiece thriller "The Birds". Every winter, like clockwork, Norwich is invaded by thousands of crows that take up residency in the trees close to the Thames River which, incidentally, is right across the street from American Ambulance.
Driving down Washington Street and across the Thomas Sweeney Bridge, one can see hundreds upon hundreds of crows circling in the air and perched in every available tree branch along the way. If you put your car window down, what you will hear is a constant cawing - a noise that makes the skin on the back of my neck crawl while visions of the good people of Bodega Bay being pecked to death dance through my head.
It's creepy - just downright creepy - and it makes me look forward to Spring and the departure of these creepy winged creatures for greener pastures - or wherever the heck it is that they go. Come to think of it, I'm not even sure where they go during the day as they take off en-masse to Lord only knows where before the sun fully rises only to come winging back in a large, black, creepy cloud shortly after sunset.
And just to add to the "creepiness" factor - did you know that a group of crows is called a murder?? I bet Mr. Hitchcock knew!