They certainly took their time. Our lone crow grew bored with so little cooperation, but then another crow came in. He saw Yahooti and began yelling. The first one, encouraged, also cawed, and the two of them started diving on the owl.
That did it. Within seconds there were 50 crows in the tree, over the owl, circling the swamp and even on the ground. As with any mob, one bird excited the others, and they went into a sort of frenzy, hurling themselves at Yahooti and often hitting him. David began to be afraid for his owl, and I decided the time had come to open fire.
Even on the wing, the crows diving at the owl were a lot closer than those in the tree, so I concentrated on them. When they dove they were going much too fast, but when they started to pull out of the dive they were almost motionless for an instant, and this was my chance. I put a pile of ball bearings beside me and fired as fast as I could work the slingshot.
As the slingshot was noiseless, it didn't disturb the birds, and they were concentrating so hard on Yahooti that they paid no attention to me. I fired pretty much at random into the black blizzard. Then I saw one crow fall. Instantly Yahooti grabbed him. The sight drove every other crow raving mad. I fired again and again. At first I tried to lead them a little, but the velocity of a ball bearing, even from the powerful slingshot, is only about 500 feet per second, and as I was firing from 10 yards away this proved too tricky. It was easier to shoot right into the middle of the mass, except for an occasional crow who would hover over the owl for a few seconds and present a perfect target.
When the crows finally quit, it was because they had gotten tired of attacking the owl. They finally stopped diving and sat in the tree. I tried a few long-range shots, but now the birds seemed to catch on to what was happening, and most of them flew off. Although a few remained, as soon as I made a motion with the slingshot they followed the rest.
Although the slingshot does not equal the power of the sling, it is a lot easier to use and, for nonexperts, more accurate. I'm still practicing with the sling, and when I get good enough I'm going looking for a giant six cubits and a span. Ever since I was a kid, that's been my ambition.