Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Our local ravens, Marco and Polo, have been looking sullen.
This winter and spring they breakfasted at 9:00AM daily with neighbor Richard.
While Richard ate his egg whites in the kitchen, Julia served the birds hard-boiled egg yolks on the back deck.
Richard was enthralled.
"They're intelligent, and they talk to each other".
Marco and Polo were like family.
They periodically checked in during the day and peered into the windows.
Then daylight savings kicked in and suddenly the ravens' breakfast was served an hour late.
The new schedule wasn't to their liking.
Marco and Polo were used to having breakfast only so many hours after sunrise.
They started peering into the window while Richard and Julia were still in bed, and when they got up, the birds watched them through the bathroom window.
Julia found it a little unnerving, but Richard was amused.
The birds remained impatient waiting for breakfast.
"Then I heard this tapping," said Richard, "but it took me a while to find out that they were pecking at the skylights".
It was starting to get like Hitchcock's "Birds", so Richard cut off the family breakfasts.
Cold turkey. It worked.
Marco and Polo gave up their attempts to break through the skylights, and spend a lot less time around the house.
"They still visit," says Richard, "and they grumble on the phone pole. But they don't hang around like they used to".