Ron speculated that the birds may have been summoned by the ephemeral raven that lives on the curtain across the street at the Bates Motel. His existence having been revealed in Ron's photo, perhaps he called in his reserve troops to prove strength in numbers.
Thankfully, the afternoon improved considerably and we closed the day having greeted 21 visitors, from Farmington NM, Denton TX, Kansas City KS, Broken Arrow OK, Atlanta GA and Purdy, Crane, Marionville and Marshfield MO. Smashed pennies sold well today. Two young boys from the neighborhood came in toward the end of the day and spent what I am thinking may have been the majority of their allowances in the penny smasher. We were late closing because some late visitors lingered.
I guess Ron found the time to sneak away with my camera (perhaps while I was entertaining visitors) to take this photo -- a new perspective on Afton Station, which is peeking artfully out from behind weeds growing in a box across the street.