Date: 2/10/19 2:26 pm From: Stephen Broker via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Common Ravens at West Rock, Woodbridge
On Wednesday, February 6 the Common Raven nest ledge at West Rock (Woodbridge) had four medium-sized sticks recently put in place - the beginning of nest rebuilding for the resident pair. Today, some two dozen sticks have been positioned on the rocky nest ledge. Much rock substrate remains exposed. Nest building will continue for at least two more weeks. The nest is in a hidden and inaccessible location 40 feet below the cliff top and some 100 feet above west-facing talus slope. The adults can be seen periodically in flight from the base of the ridge as they carry sticks to the ledge. It is likely that the adult male of this pair is the same bird that I first found successfully breeding at West Rock in 2002. He is a very wizened bird that uses the same perches and has exhibited consistent behavior over the years. The female is less convincing in suggesting continuity of occupation of the ridge. The current nest ledge, first discovered in 2003, has been used most years since then, although for a five year period beginning in 2006 a nearby ledge was used instead. These birds annually fledge four or five young.