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Raven Chicks About To Fledge

5-14-13 raven nestlings DA8A1747Looking as if it were stuck to the vertical cliff wall by crazy glue, a raven’s nest is often used for several years in a row. The nestlings remain in the nest for about 5 to 7 weeks, during which time they go from being an orange/pink color, sparsely covered with gray down, to the black plumage of an adult. The pictured nestlings are approximately five weeks old, and have just started to exercise their wing muscles in preparation for their first flight. They are panting with open beaks in an attempt to dissipate the heat of an unrelenting May sun. Within a week or two they will leave the nest, but will stay nearby for a few days. I couldn’t get close enough to give this nest a smell test, but supposedly raven nests can have an unbelievably unpleasant odor (due to the remains of leftover food/ carrion and feces).

6 responses

  1. Kay Shumway

    Good for you! You got there! I love ravens and have never seen a nest or nestlings either. I sure hope you didn’t try to scale the cliff! Meeze

    May 14, 2013 at 10:43 am

  2. Kathryn

    Close enough to see the nest and far away enough not to smell it – sounds perfect to me!!

    May 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

  3. Jennifer Waite

    Amazing pic Mary! Where is it taken?

    May 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

  4. Sue

    There is a nest very similar to this one on a rock wall on the Jenneville Rd. Is it a raven’s nest? Have you seen it? I have been watching it for several years but haven’t caught any action in it.

    May 16, 2013 at 11:44 am

    • There are always broad-winged hawks in that vicinity…don’t know whose nest it is, but will keep an eye out! Thanks.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      • Sue

        If you go down Densimore Hill to Jenneville Rd, turn right and it is on the rock wall after you pass the Dow’s garden on the right. It has been there for 5 or 6 years at least so I expect it it still there though I haven’t been by this year…

        May 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm

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