Common Raven

3 Feb

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Ravens. Common Raven Corvus corax.

We have a flock of them (6-8 pairs plus a few strays) that live around my school. They are amazing creatures. I love them although many of the teachers and students do not care for them at all. They are huge and beautiful birds. Smart and clever scavengers.

And, they are an early indicator of spring. Forget about Panxsutawney Phil. I’ll take my cue that spring is coming from the raven.

In the past few days, I’ve seen Ravens doing their mating rituals — puffing up for displays as well as sharing food with each other and kissing (for lack of a better word). They are very sweet with each other. You will usually see two ravens rather than one.

Recently, I’ve seen a pair high in a tree in our neighborhood. I hope they are moving in — I love Ravens and would be happy to have them around!

I NEED to take my camera to school and snap some amazing Raven pictures.

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