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Common Ravens Fledging

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Amazingly, there are birds that are fledging from their nests this early in the spring, among them Common Ravens. The intelligence of this species is well known, but perhaps less familiar are their antics, especially those of young birds.

Common Ravens have been observed “sliding down inclines on their belly, lying on their side grappling sticks, dropping and catching objects while in flight, hanging upside down by one or two feet, snow “bathing,” giving vocal monologues, caching inedible items, playing “tug-of-war” or “king-of-the-hill” with other ravens, and pecking predators on the tail.” (Birds of North America Online) If you hear their guttural call from above, be sure to look up and enjoy the show. (Photo: Common Raven fledgling. Thanks to Erin Donahue and Charlie Berger for photo op.)

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12 responses

  1. Every once in a while I hear a several-note musical call that I wonder about. It sounds happy or celebratory to me.I checked a number of sites on the internet and did not find it mentioned or reproduced. Ravens are so interesting!

    May 18, 2018 at 7:44 am

  2. Such beautiful and majestic birds. Sadly, you don’t too many in most of the UK, but when you see one, you know you’ve seen one.

    May 18, 2018 at 7:53 am

  3. Alice Pratt

    YouTube (of course) has an interesting video comparing Ravens and Crows.

    May 18, 2018 at 8:04 am

  4. Bill On The Hill...

    Hi Mary… Funny, as I type this comment sipping on my coffee I can see & hear a bunch of ravens going through their daily acrobatic routines & making all those odd sounds as they dive bomb one another…
    The photograph is amazing Mary, very well done…
    Bill Farr…

    May 18, 2018 at 8:32 am

    • Alice Pratt

      You are fortunate…far as I know we just have Crows….I really like them…and I ‘know’ that they ‘know’ me…just like I think all the birds do…especially when served bird food, suet, mealworms…Hummngbird nectar…I wish the Crows wouldn’t mob the Hawks…but I suppose that’s their ‘job’ 😬

      May 18, 2018 at 12:22 pm

  5. Pat

    I wish I heard and saw them more often here. What fun creatures they are!

    May 18, 2018 at 10:30 am

  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9mrTdYhOHg – snowboarding

    May 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm

  7. Veery Frost

    The beautiful eye on this young Raven! I see intelligence there.

    May 18, 2018 at 1:15 pm

  8. Margaret

    Too much intelligence perhaps. Ravens have been taking every egg our 10 hens lay for the last month or so. I never see them do it so I don’t know if they take them in their beaks or with their feet. Maybe after the youngsters fledge they won’t need to take so many risks to get food and we can eat eggs again.

    May 18, 2018 at 4:39 pm

  9. David Fedor-Cunningham

    I once saw a couple of ravens taking turns rolling down a snowy hill, also filmed one mimicking every movement an osprey made as it flew by… synchronized flying. They are the most amazing birds, my favorite animal.

    May 19, 2018 at 9:13 am

  10. While walking with my daughter, her friends, and all of their babies last month, we discovered a raven’s nest in Putney. The youngsters were a pretty good size already by then. Guess I better get back out there to watch their shenanigans!

    June 7, 2018 at 2:49 pm

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