Anytime you visit Lincoln Park is a special time and so it was yesterday. We went to the park so Bob could practice fishing for sea run cutthroat. I went along to walk the beachfront and take pictures.
I’d just left him fishing when I noticed something out of the corner of my eye.
When I turned I saw a large whale tail slap the water – a gray whale had breached! I’d come hoping to finally see a whale and this was my lucky day! Not so lucky that I had time to take a picture but lucky to have seen it at all!
Afterwards I sat and watched with camera poised hoping for another breach but that would be it for the day. So I headed over to the paved pathway for a walk.
It wasn’t long before I knew I was being followed.
By crows – cawing and making a ruckus. They were trying to tell me something, a case of mistaken identity I assumed. I’d done nothing to bother them so I kept walking. They were not deterred and continued to follow, flying ahead and landing in front of me. I stopped.
“I don’t have anything to eat,” I said to the one approaching. “You must have me confused with someone else.”
Still they came, cawing, swooping, landing in front or on nearby trees. I like crows but I have to admit it was a little weird. There were a few other folks on the path and none of them were being accosted by crows.
“Really,” I said. “I don’t have anything. No food. No nothing. So go on!”
I didn’t wave my arms or clap my hands or make a commotion. But I was puzzled by their behavior and did want them to leave me alone.
Eventually I headed over to the beach to continue my walk in peace. The air was fresh and salty, the sky was silver gray, and all manner of colors and shapes were on display.
After a while I began to notice a few crows hunting in the seaweed.
I tried to ignore them and hoped they would reciprocate.
Most did, but one headed my way.
“How weird is that?” I stopped to talk to to a women seated on a bench.
“The crows seem to be following me today – and I like crows – I really do – but I don’t know why.”
She had just moved here from Southern California and it was her first time at Lincoln Park. I welcomed her to Seattle and told her of the bald eagles overhead and the whale I’d seen earlier.
And while we talked the crow stood nearby.
“He’s really watching you,” she said. “Do you come here often? It seems like he wants food.”
Actually I didn’t come often – maybe every few months since I live south. But then I remembered an incident earlier this year. We’d come to walk in the park and I’d brought peanuts along for a snack. The squirrels wanted some so we gave out a few and soon the crows arrived and wanted their share too. (Pictures below are from that story. )
Could it be the crows remembered me from our visit months ago?
(“There she is! The lady with the peanuts!”)
I really think so! I have no other explanation for their behavior towards me.
So we’ll be back again. For more fishing. And walking. And hopefully whale sightings.
And perhaps also with peanuts.