Common Ravens behaving uncommonly

25 Jan

I have been told that ravens are solitary
creatures who do not flock with birds of any feather
I have been told that to see ravens in pairs is fine
but more isn’t usual
But my ravens are unusual
My ravens join together in groups
of two or four or six or more
My ravens commune with one another
My ravens gather together in huge trees
and caw and kronk and chatter their great beaks
My ravens do not follow the rules
My ravens do as they please.

Ravens in the trees

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Poetry and photograph by Liza Lee Miller

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16 Responses to “Common Ravens behaving uncommonly”

  1. Mary 25 January, 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    They do as they please because they are YOUR ravens. Lovely verse.

  2. Pam 25 January, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    Your ravens are awesome, Liza!

  3. jodyss 25 January, 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    Love this!

  4. mon@rch 25 January, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    Today had a few Ravens flying overhead doing some courtship displaying! They are such great birds!

  5. Bob K 26 January, 2009 at 10:48 am #

    Ravens will be ravens and they are such intelligent birds. Good one, Liza!

  6. Mick 26 January, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    Very nice post and photo!

  7. Sparverius 27 January, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Ah Ravens. Sounds like yours don’t read the field guides, or the reports on how they should act. 🙂

  8. Birdfreak 27 January, 2009 at 7:10 pm #

    Wonderful photo and beautiful words!

    Good birding to you!

  9. Larry Jordan 27 January, 2009 at 9:29 pm #

    Great post Liza! I love shots of birds in trees with a clear blue sky background. But even better than that is bird poetry to go with the nice photography! Thanks for sharing your pros.

  10. animtreebird 30 January, 2009 at 10:53 pm #

    Very beautiful ravens. Nice photo. :)))

  11. Mary Carlson 31 January, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    Liza, I’ll trade you a few ravens for a few crows! ;o)

  12. Neil 1 February, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    Nice Ravens. Nice words.

  13. ulogoni 3 September, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    Ravens are certainly not solitary birds. They are a gregarious species, though mated pairs can be highly territorial, unmated and juvenile common ravens often form roosts. These are information centers that aid inexperienced birds in the important function of finding food. They are also a great place to hook up with the opposite sex.

    • Liza Lee Miller 3 September, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

      I haven’t found them to be solitary but I’ve read that they are solitary and had bird people tell me that large groups of them aren’t possible. I see them in groups prety regularly although I still contend that the behavior shown in this post is pretty uncommon!

      • ulogoni 29 July, 2010 at 11:20 am #

        As birdy as they claim, you’ve been given misinformation.

        Look to biologist Bernd Heinrich and his books “Ravens in Winter” and “Mind of the Raven.” The pinnacle of corvid literature, in my opinion.

        • lizalee 30 July, 2010 at 8:44 am #

          Thanks. I have those books . . . now to read all of them — that’s the trick! No time. Still, I’ll trust my own eyes and observations from now on. Thanks!!!

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