I was worried that I wasn’t going to get well soon enough to go up on the mountains again this winter. Luckily, it’s been snowing like crazy up there (as well as in the city!) and I finally started to feel better earlier this week.
Yesterday we headed up to Mount Seymour for a short outing.
Nothing too ambitious, just a nice stroll in the winter wonderland.
The silence in the snow-baffled woods … the traditional peanut butter sandwich at the Dog Mountain lookout … and fresh, fresh air, were all very therapeutic.
But he most joyful thing of all was seeing the ravens playing.
I’ve never seen them have fun with snowballs before, but conditions yesterday were extremely snowball friendly. In fact, I developed a ball of it under one of my feet at the end of our walk. I tried to knock it off with my walking pole, but it was so persistent that part of it was still stuck the underside of my boot when we got home. This snow just INSISTED on being made into snowballs, and the ravens were happy to oblige.
As you can see from the video below, they were quite committed to this game. They reminded me very much of puppies playing.
Just to emphasize how puppy-like the ravens were, here are Geordie and Luke wrestling this morning.
Compare the fun and strategy to these two ravens …
In my trips to the mountains in the winter, I’ve seen the ravens playing in the snow many times — rolling in it, playing with found objects — but I’ve never seen them having so much fun with snowballs. It wasn’t just this one pair either — I could see other groups further away engaged in the same game.
A few minutes later they all flew away to pursue other winter pastimes, so I felt very lucky to have watched this, and keen to share the fun with you!
More raven stories, photographs and video:
Special Days (with ravens and mountain bluebirds)