The large, black bird surveyed its domain. It was a gray, cloudy day, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. The crow had the good luck earlier in the day to have caught and consumed a small mouse. And just the day before, it had managed to snare a chipmunk. So hunger was not an issue for the bird.
There were dozens of small sparrows resting on the wires strung from pole to pole on the periphery of the park. Two herons were hunting for their own meals, one investigating the numerous gopher holes in the grass and another fishing in the shallow waters of the nearby lake.
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