I Never Met a Raven I Didn’t Like

Ok, so who couldn’t love this little guy? And how could I NOT share it? What a great photograph. Thanks again to the Robinsegg (on flickr) for this most excellent photograph capturing clearly the interesting personality and charm Ravens possess.

What do you think he is thinking? Cheese? Perhaps. Or maybe he is thinking, “When you finish taking my photograph, would you mind terribly going and fetching me some McDonald’s?”

Profile in Curiosity


Profile in Curiosity

Originally uploaded by Robinsegg

Another great photo by Robinsegg. Aren’t they beautiful birds?

I am learning firsthand how picky they are about what they eat as well. It is a common (yet wrong) assumption that all birds like set foods and that most birds of the same species will like the same kinds of foods.

Corvids really are individuals. They each like something different. We’ve been testing with The Crow Show exactly what they like to eat and each of them has a different preference. Peanuts are next to try. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Crow Stuff

I found a couple of links that have great information about the crows, even the difference between a crow and a raven. You should check them out…

http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/living/crows.htm

http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/living/crows.pdf

A graphic showing the difference between a crow and a raven:

http://www.debbyporter.com/crows-caws/crow-vs-raven.gif

Demon Bird

Creative Commons -- I did NOT take this photograph

During the witch craze in Western Europe, ravens and crows were sometimes feared as demons. In Strathnaver, Scotland, for example, in the seventeenth century, an entire congregation of prayerful souls was seized with dread when they sensed a spectral raven in the house with them. Evil emanated from this shadowy presence, and the people were paralyzed with fear. A day passed and then another, and the group decided to sacrifice the house-holder’s son to the bird spirit. And so they would have done had it not been for the intervention of a servant. Eventually, neighbors rallied to tear the roof off the house, and the raven’s dire spell was broken. ((Source: Savage, Candace. Crows : Encounters with the Wise Guys. New York: Greystone Books, 2005.))