THE RAVENS ARE BACK!!! (Does anyone understand this behavior?)






A while back, I wrote about the ravens in our pasture.

We had 2.   A pair.

My hope was to make friends with them.

What I didn’t tell you was that about 4 months ago, before I had made friends with them, 4 new ravens came for a few days.   All six were in our pasture… then one day, the 4 flew away and my 2 went with them.  I was actually outside to watch this happen!   The 4 new birds flew away down the driveway, and then I saw the original two hesitate… then fly off as well.

I didn’t think much of it, until the ravens didn’t show up again…

This departure made me very sad.  I loved hearing them call and I loved seeing them fly about and pick at the hay seeds daily.

Well… yesterday, I had the kitchen slider open… and I heard their distinctive voices!

Oh my gosh!

I looked through the kitchen window and saw our two, sitting on the fence, like they always did.

I took as many pics as I could, through the kitchen window.

DOES ANYONE UNDERSTAND THIS BEHAVIOR?

Is it normal for them to fly away with a group of ravens and then come back after a while?

I’m so curious.

I just hope that they stay.

You are seeing Missy Miss’ tail, and Annie is coming in on the right.

The birds stayed there for a while and then flew off. They were back today, but they didn’t stay long… I wish I understood their behavior. Is this normal to be called away by other ravens?

 

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  1. Natalie

    Hi, I love the ravens also! Smart, entertaining … I miss them so much.
    I lived in Ruidoso, New Mexico, where the Mescalero Apache tribe had made protection of these birds part of their treaty. These birds are so intelligent that you probably wouldn’t believe some of the things I’ve seen them do! (They can recognize a McDonald’s carryout bag from 50 yards LOL)
    But I have to warn you about something that happened to a friend of mine. The ravens are scavengers (like vultures), and had eaten road kill and then drank from my friend’s water trough for the horses. The horses came down with botulism. 4 died awaiting diagnosis, and the other 3 were euthanized because they were too far gone. There was an actual investigation, and this was the determination of the wildlife officers and veterinarians who worked on the case.
    These are smart birds, and you can “train” them to stay away from the horses. Set up their own area away from the horses (with water, and food, if you like), and then aggressively shoo! them away from the horses, and leave them alone when they stay in their own area. It is amazing how smart they are.
    But don’t take a chance with them drinking from your horse’s water troughs. My friend’s horses died excruciating deaths (blindness and paralysis).
    When they are around, as a precaution use bleach and clean your water buckets every day.

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