Yesterday I was out hanging clothes on the sunny line as the crows in the neighbor’s Douglas fir worked on their nest. So I just had to share this image from my new book, Crow Planet. Amazing local artist Dan Cautrell created gorgeous lino-cuts for each chapter. This one is called “Dwelling,” and I think it’s my favorite.
This is the season that everyone starts calling to ask why crows are dive-bombing their heads. They are, of course, protecting their nests, eggs, and soon their fledglings. It’s a seasonal behavior, and will cease as the chicks grow into sturdy young adults. Dive-bombing makes crows seem aggressive, or even “mean.” I’m not a crow apologist, but I do think we need to remember that because they are so large, and they have such big nests, crows don’t have the advantage of quiet, hidden chick-rearing that many birds do. They resort to cawing and swooping only in order to protect their young. If you are scolded by a crow this time of year, just try to avoid it–cross the street, and act uninterested.
All the beautiful Crow Planet prints are available for sale. Contact artist Dan Cautrell through his Fusion Press Studio website.