Date: 2/24/18 2:43 am
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Things have been fairly static since my last report save for two fronts.

First: ALCIDS, primarily RAZORBILLS, have begun to accumulate in the area
surrounding the island. No real rafting or large concentrations seen yet
but lots of small flocks shifting about.

Second: The SNOWY OWL traffic here this week seems to be a strong
indication that, as has been suggested elsewhere, the owls are beginning
their northward migration.
We've had at least 3 Snowys on the island this week.

The 1st stayed at least 3 days. It was last observed flying towards Grand
Manan on Thursday evening.

The 2nd was here for an uncertain period but not more than 12 hours and
likely far less. It was last seen as a half consumed carcass being carried
away by an EAGLE.

The 3rd Snowy was accidently flushed from among boulders this (Friday)
afternoon. At dark it was ground-perched about 200 yards from our living
room window where it had been since my disturbance.
I thought that it might move off when "our" RAVENS tried to harass it. When
the Ravens realized that the owl wasn't at all intimidated and actually
might be happy to eat one of them, they took their roadshow elsewhere.

You've hear about Hundred Year Eggs?
Not truly aged a century but still they can be several months old and quite
an edible delicacy when done correctly.
Well it seems that Ravens may have their own version of that Ming Dynasty
Crows and their allies are well known for their penance for hiding food and
for their ability to remember and retrieve their hoards. None are better
than Ravens but we seldom see both the hiding and recovery.
Friday afternoon, after the Ravens abandoned their hazing of the Snowy Owl,
both returned to poking around the landscape. One of the Ravens decided to
examine a grass clump that I knew contained cached food and I saw it eating
what proved to be a Tern egg.
The Raven flew off with another whole egg and I found two more in the cache.
Now do the math.
Terns laid those eggs in early summer. They were abandoned, then found by
the Raven & cached in late summer. It's now late February.
Those eggs rival any Pidan at 7-8 months old. Yum yummy!!

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