Date: 7/23/20 2:43 pm From: H Nicolay <sqrlma...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Ravens in Monkton
Hi all. I am waiting for Ted Levin to describe the other worldly sounds of hungry baby ravens. Its definitely a flat guttural note but instead of coming up to pitch as fiddlers do it stays flat out of tune. And it is loud and hauntingly obnoxious. It permeates our back forest, over and over again, like plaintitive shouts of people entombed but not dead. There are two babies. Fully feathered and flighted now. One smaller than the other. Brazingly brought up in established crow territory. South of Raven Ridge. First time in the 9 years we have lived here. I gave them a fresh rabbit today. A rabbit that a few minutes earlier was munching on a carrot but didn't have use of its back legs. The finders felt sorry for it and noticed large tumors near its rear. I politely educated them that male rabbits are well endowed. The ravens waited until the crows approached the kill. Later the large male bearded raven ate first. Chunk after chunk. The male baby raven croaked and pleaded and quivered his wings and got rewarded with a few mouthfulls. A smaller raven stood nearby. The large raven seemed to say; ok, its your turn to eat but when I get back from my walk its mine again. The large raven walked a large circle through a mown field and back towards the kill. He got annoyed the other raven, possibly the smaller offspring, was still eating. A tussle ensued, she quivered her wings but hierarchy is supreme and she stepped aside. In the end, the vultures reigned and chased off the mighty raven.