On the 13th of this month, while helping our grandfather assemble a playset, the kids stopped working and pointed toward the woods. “Isn’t that a baby crow?”, they asked me. I looked where they were pointing and, sure enough, a young crow was sitting atop a pile of brush, looking around at the bustle in the yard through its bright blue eyes. No one in the family, aside from our grandmother, had seen a young crow before, so we were all excited.
I walked slowly toward it, keeping behind a tree the entire way, then leaned around to look. With it’s large, fleshy-in-the-corners beak, shining blue eyes, and fluffed-out feathers, it looked quite comical teetering back and forth on the shaky twig where it had perched. I reached out to pick it up, but it hopped down from it’s spot and ran a short way through the brush. Young enough that it could not yet fly, or know better than to let itself be caught, it stopped at the base of a small tree and stared up at me. I picked it up, being careful not to let its wings beat around wildly, and carried it over to the rest of the group so they could all get a look at what was then dubbed “Poe, The Crow”.
I kept Poe close for a short while, observing behavior and just enjoying having a wild bird so near. After I had taken some notes, attempted a sketch, and offered a worm (which was not eaten, as Poe apparently had no idea what to do with it), I carried him the short distance back to the brush pile and set him down. Not without an accident on his part, I might add, that forced me to go home and change into a clean outfit. I watched Poe flit around clumsily on the brush for a few moments, then took the trail through the woods out onto the road and back to our house. I was not gone for very long and, upon my return, found Poe sitting on the edge of our road, very near the place I had turned off. Knowing that his nest was in the opposite direction, I assumed that he had followed me, so I picked him up and started back for the brush pile and the general vicinity of the nest . . .
Check back again soon for the second part of Poe’s Short Story!