Fence post visitors crow about Cochrane on their way south

COFFEE WITH WARREN, with Warren Harbeck
Cochrane Eagle, September 27, 2018

A murder of crows pause on a row of fence posts along Highway 22 just south of the Bow on their seasonal migration. Photo by Mary Anna Harbeck

We’re all familiar with the bold yellow sign along Highway 22 just south of the river – “Caution: distracted driving law in effect.”

But for sure, it’s getting harder and harder to heed that warning, with autumn’s colours and creatures all around us – and especially when a whole murder of crows are perched in plain sight on a row of roadside fence posts along the way. Distracting, to say the least!

Well, that’s exactly what Mary Anna and I encountered midday last Saturday on the east side of the Highway 22 near the Rolling Range Rd. turnoff. Eight crows, formally attired in black, had settled in at the “visitor centre” and were being served by a pair of magpies in tuxedos. They seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the autumn view of Cochrane nestled in our beautiful Bow Valley.

We pulled over so Mary Anna could celebrate this fence-post distraction with another of her great nature photos. I guess we’re not the only ones who crow about Cochrane!


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