Chasing after a distant raven call can be a bit of a mug’s game as, nine times out of ten, the raven is long gone by the time you catch up with the sound.
Yesterday morning, however, my raven luck was overflowing. I followed the calls to a street really close to our house and found not one, but FOUR ravens.
One pair was calling in a large cedar tree, only a couple of blocks from our house.
Across the street another raven pair were calling from a house roof, setting off a cacophony of crow cawing and dog barking.
I should mention that Geordie, a calm veteran of many a corvid encounter, was not one of the barkers. He was more worried that we were never going to get home.
I ended up following the roof ravens as they moved from one house to another for the next half hour or so. Sorry Geordie.
The wet and windy weather was playing havoc with that majestic look the ravens usually maintain.
At one point the raven pair landed on the roof of some friends. As the raven was calling and I was taking photos from the alleyway, my friend’s head popped out of her attic window to ask, “Is there a raven on my roof?” and I was able to answer, “No, there are TWO ravens on your roof!” We decided that, if a pair of magpies is a “Two for Joy” situation, then two ravens must be a great omen.
The absolute highlight of my morning was watching the two wet roof ravens engage in some allopreening and also the affectionate beak play that I captured as a still moment in my new Raven Kiss image.
At that point I felt that my urban nature enthusiasm batteries were charged to the point of overflow. Simultaneously, my camera battery was drained, so it was finally (to Geordie’s relief) time to head home.
Sometimes it seems as if the world of nature knows just what I need. All I have to do is get outside, even if my jaded inner voice is asking “why bother?” … and just go see.
Sometimes it’s something I’ve seen a hundred times before — in just a slightly different light.
Sometimes it’s a show stopping surprise.
Either way, it’s always worth dragging my boots on. The dog generally agrees.
See also: Boring Walks Part 1
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