2 April 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

For Love of Ravens

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
Soaring raven, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 March 2020.
Soaring raven.

Ravens are arguably my favorite birds. They’re not gaudy or beautiful, and they don’t sing a melodic song. They’re black, they croak, they steal eggs from the nest of other birds. They’re wondrous and mystical, that’s all.

They’re obviously intelligent. They’re playful—watching fledglings testing their wings is like watching children at their first amusement park—and curious. And if you’re lucky (as my dog and I have been) they’ll fly silently above you when you’re hiking a lonely trail, just to check you out.

I think the local nesting pair of ravens is getting to know Jack and me (as the resident pair at Beech Hill did). Not sure yet, but they’ll let me know.

(This morning we did the same 1,000-foot hike as yesterday. It’s a good one.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked a couple hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch* (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Northern Flicker (v)
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Pine Siskin (v)
10. Common Raven

Elsewhere

11. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

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Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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