It’s sunset at John Wayne Airport and pilot Robert Lange has his eyes trained on the sky for the birds about to take flight.
The birds he’s watching for aren’t metal, as one might expect at Orange County’s commercial airport. The birds he’s focused on have feathers.
On a recent evening, Lange motioned toward a mass of American crows bellowing their raucous caws as they perched on tree branches just outside the airport’s boundaries.
“They’re getting ready,” he said.