Monday, April 20, 2020

April 21, 2020 R is for Raven!

2020 A to Z Challenge!
R is for the Common Raven!

Adult Raven


Adult Raven
In flight, note wedge-shaped tail.

The intriguing Common Raven has accompanied people around the Northern Hemisphere for centuries, following their wagons, sleds, sleighs, and hunting parties in hopes of a quick meal. Ravens are among the smartest of all birds, gaining a reputation for solving ever more complicated problems invented by ever more creative scientists. These big, sooty birds thrive among humans and in the back of beyond, stretching across the sky on easy, flowing wingbeats and filling the empty spaces with an echoing croak.

Backyard Tips

You can attract ravens to your yard by leaving out large amounts of seed, grain, or pet food, or simply by not putting the top securely on your garbage can. These tactics might cause more trouble than they’re worth, though, attracting rodents and other pest animals or luring in ravens that may then raid nests in your yard. Find out more about what this bird likes to eat and what feeder is best by using the 
Project FeederWatch 

Look for ravens anywhere from the outskirts of towns (particularly landfills) to foothill forests or scrub, and out to the deep woods of mountains and national parks. If they’re around you’re likely to hear a deep gurgling croak from far overhead: look for a long-tailed black bird flying on long wings and easy, graceful wingbeats. When driving, keep an eye out for them on the roadsides, gathered at roadkill, or flying straight down the center line on the lookout. 


Juvenile common Raven

Enjoy your day and I hope to
see you tomorrow!
Cheers!
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20 comments:

  1. I never realized how large ravens are until I saw one up close at the Tower...

    The Multicolored Diary

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    1. Oh I remember going to the Tower and being so amazed at those birds.....later on inside I was amazed at seeing the famous crown!

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  2. Raven are beautiful, but so loud ;) We have a nest in front of our house, on the top of the big trees. Loud. But beautiful. But loud.
    R is for Rayures

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    1. Oh yes very loud! But I wish we had a few here...only crows and of course song birds, hawks and woodpeckers! They make a racket sometimes also!

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  3. My favorite bird! I love all the Corvus birds. They are so smart. I have crows that watch me garden, and I talk to them. They make funny noises back. Recently there has been one raven too.

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    1. We have lots of crows- no ravens...it would be fun to get our crows to talk back at me!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words- I like all sorts of birds! Cheers!

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  5. Ravens are absolutely fascinating - but I think a little too big and brazen for me to want them in my yard.
    Black and White (Words and Pictures)

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    1. They probably would frighten our cat when we take her out for walks!

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  6. Beautiful and so very, very smart! Experiments have shown that they can communicate what they've seen and what to be wary about to both ravens that haven't been subjected to that danger, and to the next generations. Astounding birds!

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    1. wow that is an interesting fact- thanks for visiting!

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  7. The word Ravens always reminds me of its. It is An Unkindness of Ravens!

    R is for Reminisce
    https://thedreamgirlwrites.wordpress.com/2020/04/21/reminisce/

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    1. They are very curious birds....I like watching them! And I am enjoying your blog! Cheers!

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  8. They are such huge birds but you have to respect them, only trying to get by like everyone else except they don't have to deal with all the virus info 24/7. I hate to turn on the TV. LOve the photos. Thank you for sharing and enjoy your week.

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    1. I also avoid the TV unless I can watch a silly comedy .... the news is awful to watch. Too stressful. Take care and thanks for your nice comments!

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  9. There are a lot of them around here but they keep their distance. I used to hear groups of them out back probably in the field as I didn't see them.

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    1. we do not have any here where we live...lots of crows and they amuse me as they talk back and forth! Thanks for your nice comments!

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  10. Noisy great things! I can't say they are among my favourite birds!

    S is for ...


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    1. I am not sure what my favorite bird would be....they all are very interesting! Thanks for visiting and commenting....I enjoy your blog! Very fun!

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