365 Nature – Day 44

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


Last night at sunset I looked out the south facing windows of our house and was treated to some incredibly fluffy clouds, the tops of which were high enough to still be capturing the setting sun’s orange colors. I stopped to watch the clouds and was doubly treated to the crows flying south right over our house to their nightly roost. We see them every night, but sometimes they fly further east or west of our house, and when we’re lucky they fly right over us. I’m curious as to what sets them on their specific path each night. Perhaps it’s wind direction or something else to do with the weather conditions. Sadly, this spectacle will be steadily declining as mated pairs return to their nesting territories and few and fewer return to their roosts at night. But a few will continue through the spring and summer months and they’ll be back full force by next autumn.

This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count and we’re planning to do our count tomorrow. Have you participated yet?

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Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of a book about urban nature, coming Spring 2020 from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, ParentMap, National Wildlife Magazine and others. On the side she writes fiction.

Kelly holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

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