Gatecrashing a crow funeral


I’m back on the running. ¬†I got back up to 5k last week and it was actually pretty enjoyable, apart from gatecrashing a crow funeral. ¬†Yes, after outing myself as a bit of a twitcher here a few weeks ago (yeah, I know, I am so cool), I thought a bird related tangent would be appropriate.

So this ‘storytelling’ of crows, that’s the¬†collective¬†noun, or alternatively a ‘murder’ of crows. Best collective nouns I have ever come across. ¬†They were making a murderous racket in the trees as I jogged along the river, flapping and squarking, and then I saw why. One of the ‘murder’ lay dead on the ground. ¬†I heard a ‘tiding’ of magpies grieve once, (I’m loving these bird related collective nouns), suddenly there was a terrifying clattering and squarking across my roof, and when I looked down at the road outside, one of them had been hit by a car.

Cowering in my attic office, terrified by the phenomenal noise, I¬†googled¬†’magpie funerals’. I found a reference to Dr Marc Bekoff who claims that magpies have funeral rituals, they even lay ‘wreaths’ of grass alongside their dead. Amazing hey?

Back to jogging. I slowed down as I passed the crow funeral, paid my respects and then legged it, because to be honest the noise and the flapping was starting to remind me of a Hitchcock film.

I also think it is time to invest in some new kit. ¬†My jogging bottoms are falling down again, just a little bit, hurrah. ¬†I’ve read the¬†research¬†that suggests the amount people spend on kit is inversely proportional to the amount of exercise they do, but I’m hardly Miss Sports Clothing UK. ¬†Joggers that don’t fall down, and tops that aren’t XL t shirts from trade shows Mr A has been to would do just fine.¬†Trainers don’t last long when you’re running, I can feel my shins starting to niggle which usually¬†means¬†it’s time for a trainer pit stop. ¬†I’m coveting some old skool purple adidas running shoes.

And my Dad keeps gently dropping mention of half marathons. ¬†He knows it won’t take that much more convincing. ¬†My next door neighbour is going for the Robin Hood one in Nottingham, another person trying to twist my arm. ¬†Anyone know where/when I can do one for a cancer or third world charity?

Image credit Richard Carter

3 thoughts on “Gatecrashing a crow funeral

  1. Wow super impressed by your running. Perhaps that is where I am going wrong and not investing in ‘the kit’.

    I am currently rocking a injured inner thigh from my ‘secret street crew’ dance session with Bex!!!

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